There are things in life that we can enjoy only when we are kids, but jumping on a trampoline isn't one of them.
Can anyone really say that they don’t enjoy doing tricks on a trampoline? Just jumping up and down is enough to bring a smile to anyone's face, no matter how old they are. Some things simply never change.
One trick that’s especially fun to do is the double bounce trampoline trick. In case you haven’t heard of it, this trick requires multiple jumpers.
In this article, we will teach you how to do the double bounce, and we’ll also introduce you to double bounce trampoline physics. But don’t worry, you won’t have to memorize the technical stuff in order to have fun!
To put it simply, double bouncing is the use of a trampoline by at least two people at the same time. Ultimately, the actions of one bouncer will affect the rebound of the others. By double bouncing, you can jump much higher than you would if you were bouncing on your own.
Basically, you use the weight of two or more people to avert the mat of the trampoline downward and store more energy in the trampoline springs.
Now that we’ve got the technical stuff out of the way, let’s see how the double bounce trick is really done.
Let’s say you're performing the double bounce with two bouncers. The first one will be bouncer A and the second will be bouncer B.
Bouncer A is located in the center of the trampoline and should start bouncing. Bouncer B is located near the edge of the trampoline and should be standing still.
After a while, bouncer B needs to start jumping as well. Now, the tricky part is the timing.
Basically, bouncer A needs to hit the trampoline so it stretches towards the ground. At that moment, bouncer B needs to start jumping. So, person B is actually catapulting person A higher and higher with every timed jump.
If you don’t time your bounces correctly, there won’t be a double bounce effect. Furthermore, person A will bounce less and less, and it will feel like their bounce is being “stolen” or “absorbed” by the other bouncer. Who said physics wasn’t interesting? Also check our how to make your trampoline bouncier article to improve your double bounce.
If you would like to be the one who gets double bounced, then you should know that there are a few steps involved. If you follow them closely, you’ll be double bouncing in no time!
First of all, it’s important to know where each person needs to stand. Since you are the one being double bounced, you need to position yourself in the middle of the trampoline.
There are a couple starter positions that you can take when you’re waiting to be double bounced, but we’ll be covering the most basic one first.
The other person needs to stay in one of the corners of the trampoline. Or if the trampoline is round, they need to stay as near the edge as possible.
Now it’s time for you to start jumping. It doesn’t really matter how high, it's just important to keep jumping.
Once the other person starts jumping, you’ll start bouncing higher and higher.
You can choose to remain in the same position as in the beginning, or you can do a backdrop or any other trick you would like to add to the mix.
If you would like to double bounce someone else, here is how you can do that.
First, you need to position yourself near the edge of the trampoline. The person you are double bouncing should be positioned in the center.
Now comes the tricky part. Let the person you are double bouncing start jumping. Let them jump alone so you can plan your timing right. Wait until the jumper hits the mat and then start jumping. The key is to launch them into the air with your bounce.
As you keep jumping, you’ll notice that your friend is getting higher and higher.
Once you learn how to double bounce, you can add some cool trampoline tricks to the mix. Here are a few examples.
Front flips are easy to do, and you don’t have to be an expert bouncer in order to do them. Try out a few flips on your own, just to warm up, and then do a few double bounces before adding in some front flips.
This trick is pretty basic, but it’s still fun to do.
Again, it’s best to do a few tuck jumps on your own before adding them to the double bounce.
After you jump as high as you can, bring your knees up to your chest and hold them tightly while you’re in the air, and release them upon landing.
This trick is similar to a trust fall. In order to do a backdrop, all you have to do is fall straight back onto the trampoline after the double bounce.
Trampoline tricks are fun to do, and the double bounce is probably one of the most popular ones out there. However, you should be careful when doing this trick, as there is a high risk of injury.
Don’t immediately start adding other tricks to the double bounce, at least not until you’ve practiced double bouncing for a while.
Furthermore, it’s important to do a few solo bounces before diving into the double bounce.
Since double bouncing can put incredible pressure on your spine and knees, make sure to do a few warm-up jumps. If you’re not careful, you’ll suffer serious back injuries.
Yet another thing you should be mindful of is your positioning. Make sure that all of the participants are standing as far from each other as possible, or else you might crash into each other.
Believe it or not, the highest trampoline double bounce is 22 ft 1 in! It was accomplished by jumper Sean Kennedy and his two brothers Eric and T.J.
The three brothers are part of a trampolining team aptly called “Flippen Out”. They perform all over the world, mostly at sporting events.
The point of double bouncing is to get the person that’s jumping in the middle to bounce as high as possible. Ultimately, you can perform this trick with two or more people.