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Buying a Square Trampoline

Updated on July 27, 2009

 

There are a few key questions that you need to ask yourself before you purchase a square trampoline.  While square trampolines can be great fun, you want to make sure that it is the kind of trampoline that you are looking for and that it fits your needs.

 

The problem lies in the fact that most people do not realize that there is so much of a difference between types of trampolines, and that these differences matter greatly.  So, before you go out and purchase a square trampoline, make sure you consider the following points.


· Are you going to use the square trampoline for anything other than recreational use? If you are looking for a good trampoline for the kids to jump and play on, then a square trampoline might be great for you. But, if you plan on using it for serious competition training (for gymnastics or cheerleading for example), then you do not want to purchase a square trampoline. Instead, you will want to consider buying a rectangle trampoline. The main reason you don’t want a square trampoline for gymnastics or cheerleading practice is because you will not get the same amount of bounce from a square trampoline as you would a rectangle trampoline.


However, if you are looking for a good recreational trampoline, then a square trampoline could be great. Basically, a square trampoline has some advantages of a rectangular trampoline combined with some of the advantages of a circular trampoline, thus giving you in some ways the best of both worlds. With a square trampoline, you do get a more even bounce than you would fine with a round trampoline. This is because a square tramp’s springs are designed in the same criss-cross pattern that you find on rectangular trampolines, giving you a quicker response and making it so you don’t have to necessarily jump only in the center of the trampoline to get good height. However, with a square shaped trampoline you do not have the same amount of bounce in the mat, which is better for kids and recreational jumpers since it is safer and easier to control.


· Who is going to use the trampoline? If only small children are going to use the trampoline, then you want to purchase either a circular or square trampoline. Again, rectangle trampolines are suited best for athletes or those adults looking to lose weight and get into shape. Also, if your children are small, then you may want to consider purchasing a padded enclosure that goes around the trampoline. One advantage you have with square trampolines is that finding a square enclosure is pretty easy, as they are easier to make than circular ones.


· Is your yard suited for a square trampoline? The fact is, most yards are actually much better suited for a square trampoline. You can generally get much more jumping area in a square trampoline than you can with a circular trampoline. This is because of two factors. First, with a square trampoline you will have a larger surface area. Second, as mentioned above, with a square trampoline you also have a much more uniform bounce across the whole mat because of how the springs are set up. In addition to increased jumping area, however, is the fact that most yards are square, and using a square trampoline will just fit better and take up about the same space as a circle trampoline.


As you can see, square trampolines have many different advantages and can be one of the best options for you if you are looking for a great recreational trampoline. And, don't forget - a square trampoline can be great if you also want to purchase a trampoline basketball set to play trampoline basketball.


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      E Paul Wileyto 

      7 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

      I found this article under Gymnastics. While back-yard trampolines can be fun, I would recommend against having one if you are thinking it will help you with gymnastics. What it really does is allow you to learn bad habits at home without your coach around, and then your coach has to work doubly hard to break them later.

      Paul

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      Suzanne 

      8 years ago

      I really want a square trampoline! But I want one biggerr than these? Enough for at least people to do flips on???

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