Trampolines are an amazing means of exercise for both kids and adults. You burn calories like crazy while bouncing and flying through the air, plus that adrenaline rush can really lift your mood. But maybe you have memories of getting hurt on your neighbor’s trampoline, and you’ve been hesitant about your kids having one for that reason.
One solution to this problem is getting a net or enclosure for the trampoline. An even better option is putting a trampoline into the ground.
A History of Trampolines
The first trampoline-like concept was created by the Inuit people of the arctic regions in Canada, Alaska, and Greenland. This concept of trampolines was originally used in a traditional dance. The dancers were tossed into the air by means of walrus skin, one at a time, during the whale harvest springtime festival.
Other instances of trampolines, before the modern concept, include the uses by firefighters for people jumping out of buildings, others for circus performances, as well as for use by acrobats to enhance their acrobatic skills in various forms of entertainment.
The modern trampoline came into play in 1936, and has been incorporated into athletic competitions, like Trampolining, and used for cross-training for athletes of other sports. They’ve also been seen in training for astronauts, and, of course, fitness classes, trampoline gyms, and backyards.
Types of Trampolines
You probably wouldn’t guess it, but there are actually a large number of trampoline types, all of which serve different purposes, and meet different needs.
- Round Trampolines
- Rectangular Trampolines
- Square Trampolines
- Octagonal Trampolines
- Fitness Trampolines
- Water Trampolines
- Rebounders or Mini-Trampolines
- Professional or Olympic Trampolines
- Above Ground Trampolines
- In-Ground Trampolines
Trampoline Nets and Enclosures
There are a number of trampoline accessories available, as well, specifically for trampoline safety. Nets and enclosures are the most commonly used accessories, and are designed to help prevent jumpers from bouncing off of trampolines and injuring themselves.
How to Build a Trampoline
If you know you’re interested in getting a trampoline for your family’s backyard, we strongly recommend that your consider installing an in-ground or sunken trampoline. Putting your trampoline underground can help to prevent injuries, and can add a sense of stability for bouncers.
1. Look through Landscaping Ideas
Some of the most amazing ideas for incorporating your trampoline into the backyard can be found on sites like Pinterest. You can build a pool with the trampoline. You can recess lighting beneath the trampoline for a fun nighttime activity for your kids.
Get creative and make your in ground trampoline as enticing as possible, to help keep your kids actively using it for years to come.
2. Decide on Your Trampoline
Unless you’re headed to the Olympics, you probably don’t need a professional grade trampoline. You can base your trampoline choice on the size and shape instead.
If you’ve got several kids who have friends over all the time, you’ll want to make sure it’s a larger trampoline. If, however, it’s usually just one or two kids around, a medium sized trampoline should suit your family well.
3. Build in the Drain System and Masonry
While you don’t have to install a drainage system and masonry support walls, these two features will decrease cave-ins and stagnant water beneath your trampoline.
4. Gather Your Supplies
Next, you’ll need to grab up your supplies. Depending on exactly which plan you use, these supplies will vary. We’d recommend sifting through a few plans, and decide from there. Generally speaking, however, your supply and tool list will consist of the following items, no matter which plan you use.
- Tape measure
- Work gloves
- 2×4 boards
5. Install the Trampoline
Follow the instructions for the in ground trampoline kit or DIY plan that you chose. And don’t skip any steps, even if they seem unnecessary. There’s a reason they’re included — and that’s generally for your child’s safety.
6. Have a Trampoline Party
Now that you’ve done all of that hard work, have a party for your kids. It’s the perfect excuse for decking out the yard with fun lights, pulling out the grill you got for Christmas, and mixing up some drinks for all the neighbors over 21.
Let the Fun Begin
Trampolines aren’t just for the kids. But feel free to use them for an excuse for installing your trampoline in ground, if that helps. Encourage your kids to use it for exercise, and get out there with them. Studies show that increased time indoors and remaining inactive have worsened or caused the obesity epidemic in both children and adults in the U.S.A. If used often, your new underground trampoline is the perfect solution for that.