Raw Vegans and Rebounders

I know not all raw vegans have rebounders and I know not all people who own rebounders are raw vegan. It seems more and more raw vegans are getting into rebounding, though. Several years ago, I read a recommendation by Frederic Patenaude for the Needak. He said eBay had good prices on them but the prices on Amazon are just as low if not lower.

Why didn’t I get a Needak? Well, I figured if I got a rebounder it would be the only one I’d ever have and I wanted to do my homework. I know people who have Needaks and love them but then I heard about the Bellicon. I knew there was no way on God’s green earth that I could afford one but it does look cool. It’s also rated at four stars.

I started doing some research. For about five minutes, I contemplated the ReboundAir. To be absolutely truthful, I thought about it longer than that but in the grand scheme of things, it wasn’t what I’d call downright serious.

Then I found a site, Rebounders Reviewed. Sure, they sell the ones they review for the most part but they seem to be genuine in what they are saying. They have a page showing what the ratings mean that’s pretty fun reading on its own.

To get back to the purpose of this post, I was impressed to find while the Needak was rated at three stars, the ReboundAir was only 2.5. The Urban came in at two but there were none that only had one star. The Bellicon and the Cellerciser both came in at four stars—the maximum number any rebounder could get. No wonder the Cellerciser is their best seller!

No, I didn’t buy mine from them. I got mine from an eBay Power Seller who had an excellent rating. (That’s important to me. If other people have had good experiences, I am confident I will, too.) The Rebounders Reviewed people don’t have prices listed or a way to order on their site. Not particularly user friendly. They seem like a nice bunch but not CyberSpace savvy. Maybe they are careful who they sell to. I don’t know.

Anyway, my Cellerciser was delivered on Thursday as promised. Last night, I described my setting it up this way:

I decided I would at least open the rebounder box. One thing led to another and I pulled the rebounder out (not an easy task). In the middle of the floor, I tried opening it up. It folds in half. I’m glad I didn’t get the tri-fold. It would have been that much harder to handle, I’m sure. I finally turned it over with the legs on top and put one foot on one side and one on the other and pushed down. There was a satisfying “click!” and it was open. I popped the legs onto their pegs and rolled it to what has proved to be its final resting place.

I was going to wait until the next evening to put the bar together and install it but I was still loath to go to bed. The instructions was for the old style bar but I figured it out in spite of that and had the bar assembled in a few minutes. Then I had the job of putting it on the rebounder. The ends were supposed to go over Legs 1 and 3. Okay. That made sense but how? I picked up Leg 3 and took off the tip. The bar thingy slipped over the leg easily and I put the tip back on. That wasn’t hard at all! Now to Leg 1. Not so fast! It went on at an angle (because the other one was all the way on) and bound up. I pounded on it and beat on it and I couldn’t get it to go the rest of the way or come off, either one. I had to pray my way through and the Lord had mercy on me. It came off.

I took the Leg 3 side off and decided I could put them on at the same time if I turned it over. So I did. Didn’t work. The bar doesn’t do any good if it’s hanging down from the rebounder and the rebounder can’t sit flat on the floor with the bar hanging down. Back to square one. Or maybe it was round one only it was about round three by then and I was getting tired of trying. I’m not one to give up easily, though, and I started praying again. It was back to Leg 3, then Leg 1 and this time, it worked. Praise the Lord!

The thing came with a carrying bag. That will never be used—not by me! There’s no way I could break it back down, put it in the bag and carry it around. THEN it would be to assemble again. I don’t think so. HA! I say!

To celebrate my victory, I got on My Cellerciser and bounced a few times. Then I went to bed.

CellerciserTo say I’m in love wouldn’t be accurate but I’m certainly in like. I’m one of those people who hates to exercise. I would rather be sunning or working in my little Square Foot Garden. Or watching some of the programs I’ve recorded. The nice thing about rebounding is I can watch TV while I do it. The Cellerciser is totally quiet. Out of curiosity, I got on it and bounced as hard as I could and there was barely a sound. Not the squeaky squeaky I’ve heard from more inexpensive ones. Rebounding is easier and more satisfying than either my Healthrider or the NordicTrack.

My Cellerciser came with a DVD, a book that looks like it will be interesting reading, a laminated instruction sheet, a sheet that details how to get started (beginners and seniors—me—are supposed to start out at two minutes a day 3-5 times per day), a booklet about Dave Hall, the developer, and the history of the Cellerciser. It’s guaranteed for five years.

Well, I started bouncing before I read the material and I still haven’t read all of it. I’ve put in 10 minutes at a time. Once the first day. Twice the second day. Once the third day. And twice today. I’m sold. I have more energy. I sleep better. It’s a little soon to look better but I’m planning on that, too.

16 Responses to Raw Vegans and Rebounders

  1. Connie March 16, 2009 at 12:09 pm #

    Do you jump on it or jog? As a non~exerciser/lazy person I am inteested. 🙂

    • Tommie March 16, 2009 at 5:14 pm #

      This morning I bounced gently since I was un-bra-ed. This evening, I’ll do some variations on bouncing. There’s a suggestion in some of the material to do free-form dance, too. You can see some of the basic moves here. My bouncing this a.m. didn’t take my feet off the mat. It’s the upward motion that does the “massaging” of all the parts of the body. Go to youtube and type in cellerciser and you can find all sorts of videos. There’s even one with a fellow from the review site setting up a tri-fold. It looks easier than my half-fold but that could be because a muscular man is doing it rather than a wimpy 65 year old female. 🙂

  2. Sarah March 17, 2009 at 6:43 am #

    I love my rebounder, although I went for a more inexpensive one. I put on some fun music and spend one song bouncing to warm up, the next song jogging using some hand weights, and the remainder of the time free-form dancing. I vary my music and therefore my dancing, so it keeps it fun and interesting.

    • Tommie March 17, 2009 at 7:10 pm #

      You are considerably younger than I am so…at my (advanced) age, I decided I wouldn’t go the route of a less expensive rebounder and then upgrade. I got what I knew would be kind to my ankles and knees rather than take a chance. Sounds like you are really “cutting the rug” with your routines. You go, girl!!

  3. Connie March 17, 2009 at 9:08 am #

    Thanks Tommie and Sarah!


    • Tommie March 17, 2009 at 7:11 pm #

      You’re welcome! Have fun!! 😀

  4. Sarah March 20, 2009 at 7:01 am #

    Oh, my! Less than an hour after I left my comment on Tuesday, I decided to work out on my rebounder. Half-way through my routine, it BROKE!!! How ironic is that? One of the loops the springs attach to separated from the mat. Fortunately, I wasn’t hurt. The inexpensive rebounder is now in my garage and we’ve ordered an urban rebounder. I’ll have to let you know how I like it when it arrives next Tuesday.

    • Tommie March 20, 2009 at 7:13 am #

      Well, that was a kick in the teeth, wasn’t it? Did you read the reviews of rebounders on the site I linked to? Hope the Urban works out for you. I’ve bounced, briefly, on one and it seemed okay though it’s noisy. If you’ll just wake up the dog, no problem.

  5. Sarah March 21, 2009 at 5:49 am #

    I read the reviews from the site you linked and I read through the reviews on Amazon. I didn’t want to go the cheap route again, but I couldn’t afford to go for the best of the best either. I thought the middle of the road might be a safe and effective compromise. My house is rarely quiet (not even at 5:30am), so I’m not too concerned with a little noise. I’m just interested in comparing the difference between the urban and my old one. We’ll see how it goes on Tuesday.

    • Tommie March 21, 2009 at 6:33 am #

      As I said before, you are younger than I am. Your ankles and knees are sure to be stronger than mine. I turned my ankle a couple of months ago so I’m still “babying” it. I figure paying more for a rebounder will cost less in the long run and be more beneficial than taking a chance. 😀

  6. Sarah March 22, 2009 at 6:02 am #

    I can totally understand why you chose to go for the cellerciser, Tommie. My Urban Rebounder arrived early!!! I was sooooo excited. The difference between it and my old cheap tramp is like night and day. The Urban Rebounder was virtually silent, whereas I could hear my other mini-tramp all over the house. It had more bounce and it was a much smoother bounce. I really could feel the difference on my “young” joints. It was so much more gentle. I’m definitely in love with it.

    • Tommie March 22, 2009 at 6:28 am #

      That’s great you don’t have to wait all that time! Did you get the bar, too? I can hold onto it and do moves I’d never be able to without it. And, as the cheaper ones go, I’ve heard you can actually injure your joints on them. I’m glad you like the Urban! Have fun!

  7. Anonymous March 23, 2009 at 4:53 am #

    Yes, it came with a bar!!!

    • Tommie March 23, 2009 at 5:35 am #

      This has a fraction of what’s on the DVD that came with mine but it shows some of the moves that can be done with the bar. He does ones without, too, but I’m not gonna take my bar off!

  8. Mercy June 28, 2009 at 2:22 pm #

    Hi Tommie, Now that you’ve had your rebounder for a while – is it still quiet? I live in an apartment so silence is crucial.

    • Tommie June 28, 2009 at 11:53 pm #

      It’s getting just a little squeaky but nothing a little oil can’t fix. I just haven’t taken time to do it.

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