We’ve partnered-up with Trampolines Online to give away an incredible prize: an 8ft by 12ft trampoline! To honour this monumental opportunity, our in-house trampolining expert has written out two easy-to-master routines, carefully selected to pack the finishing blow to friends and family, after they’ve realised there’s a brand-new trampoline in your garden.
For those of the ‘tl:dr’ persuasion, the competition details are at the bottom of this blog. We won’t be too upset if you skip straight down – that blog title is too tantalising to resist, isn’t it? However, once you’ve thrown your name into the hat, be sure to come back for our fast-track to trampolining prowess.
Trampolining Safety Top Tips
- Safety Net – It’s a choice between being caught and gently deposited onto the trampoline, and going headfirst into the garden. We know which we’d prefer.
- Zip It Up – It’s a choice between being caught and gently deposited onto the trampoline, and thinking you’re going to be caught, only to fly out through the entrance of the safety net and headfirst into the garden.
- Respect the Rules – Nobody likes being told what to do. So, don’t see the rules listed somewhere on the side of the trampoline as fun-killing law. More as a free ‘skip four hours in A&E’ voucher.
- Wear Socks – Wear socks!
- Sports Gear – This one’s up to you. Stiff clothing can restrict movement, while baggy clothing has a habit of catching on people and objects at precisely the wrong moments. But there’s a trampoline at the party and you turned up in chinos? Go for it. Just don’t blame us when an unfortunate tear has let everyone check out your Christmas undies.
- Hands by Your Ears – When performing any skill on the trampoline, it’s best to stretch up tall before you start the move, and take off with your hands by your ears (plus, you’ll look the part).
- Bounce Like a Pro… – Straight legs, pointed toes, fingers being held together and straight arms go a long way in the trampolining world – so try to do this whenever possible!
- …But Don’t Push It – Sure, a double back pike looks cool. But a neck brace doesn’t. Always practise advanced techniques under a coach’s supervision.
Two Routines to Pull Out at Parties
These routines are for beginners, but that doesn’t mean they won’t look someway impressive when properly mastered. Enjoy giving them a shot!
- Seat Landing – Stretch up tall into this move and then land on your bottom with your legs out in front (together and straight), your hands either side of your bottom, and fingers pointing towards your toes.
- To Feet – From your seat landing position, stretch up and use your bounce (as well as stretching your hands up tall) to aid you onto your feet.
- Straddle Jump – This is a jump whereby your legs separate by 90 degrees (in the air), whilst keeping your legs straight and your hands reaching to your toes (remember to bring them back down after so you land on your feet).
- Half Twist – This is a jump with a 180-degree turn to face the opposite direction.
- Tuck Jump – This is where your knees come up together and then aim to touch your chest with your hands on your shins (then bringing them back out to land on your feet).
- Full Twist – This final move is a 360-degree turn where you twist all the way around, finishing the twist facing the same way you started it.
Full Twist – 360-degree turn where you twist all the way around, finishing the twist facing the same way you started it.
Straddle Jump – Legs separate by 90 degrees (in the air) whilst keeping your legs straight and your hands reaching to your toes (remember to bring them back down after so you land on your feet).
½ Twist to Seat – A half twist jump (180-degree turn) landing in a seat landing position (legs out straight & together in front of you). Remember to keep your hands near your bottom and fingers pointing towards your toes.
½ Twist to Feet – From the seat landing, lift your hands up as you come away from the trampoline and try to land on your feet. If you can do this, try to add a 180-degree (½) turn before landing on your feet.
½ Twist Jump – Complete another half twist jump, taking off and landing on your feet.
Pike Jump – In this jump, you stretch up tall first with your arms, and then at the top of the jump, bring your legs in front of you (keeping them straight and together) and reach to tap your toes with your fingers. Remember to bring your legs back down quickly enough so you land on your feet!
Back Landing – In the back landing (commonly called the ‘back drop’) take off with your arms straight above your head and your eyes looking straight ahead. Once in the air, try to lift your legs up so that you land on your back with your legs raised by 90 degrees (pointing up to the sky). You should then aim to land with your arms parallel to your legs.
½ Twist to Feet – Just like in the ½ twist to feet from the seat landing, in this skill you approach it as if you are just going to land back on your feet from the back landing (try to lift your hips as you come out of the trampoline), however just before you land, turn 180 degrees (to perform the ½ twist).
Tuck Jump – This jump is where you stretch up first like a straight jump and then lift your knees towards your chest and place one hand on each shin (at the top of the jump). Don’t forget to then bring your legs back out for you to land back on your feet.
½ Twist Jump – This is a jump with a 180-degree turn to face the opposite direction that you were facing.
Free is a nice price for anything. But a FREE 8ft by 12ft Telstar Elite Rectangle Trampoline Package, including a cover and ladder is something else entirely.
Why do we particularly like Trampolines Online?
- Safety comes first
- Home installation
- Promoters of ‘Exercise Through Play’
- Free UK Delivery
- They have partnered up with us for this fantastic opportunity!
How Do I Enter?
To be in with a chance of winning this trampoline package (worth £699!) all you need to do is:
- Fill in the ‘gleam’ competition details listed below.
- Go back to our Facebook post and share it with your friends!
- Like Trampolines Online On Facebook
Winner announced Wednesday 21st February on the Head Over Heels Gymnastics Facebook Page!