Published:: 5th November 2016

Bouncing off the walls!

At Hangtime we’ve got trampolines everywhere – including on the walls! Ever wondered what to do with those big orange trampolines? I can tell you that when I first saw the orange wall tramps I had two thoughts. The first was ‘wow, they look awesome!’ and the second was ‘what do I do with them?’ Well, it turns out the possibilities are endless.

Today we are going to learn to back bounce from the wall. This is a simple and impressive way to get started. Once you’ve got this down, you’ll be tricking with the best of them.

The first step is jumping to the wall. Picture this: you’re bouncing along the main court, gaining power and momentum, and you arrive at your final leap through the air to the orange wall. From here it’s really important to remember to take off from two feet. In order to fly high you’ll need the power from both legs, and you’ll decrease any risk of injury from the jump.

Next up is the most important and fun part – the twist!

There are a few different things to consider with the twist. Firstly, which way to twist? Whichever way feels natural to you! A good guide is to think about which hand you write with, and use that shoulder to initiate the twist. Are you right handed? Then pull your right shoulder back in a clockwise direction to start twisting. Left-handed? Use your left shoulder in an anti clockwise direction. During the twist, think about keeping your shoulders and hips in a straight line.

Handy tip: as you’re twisting to the trampoline, bring your knees up to your chest in a tuck jump motion. This will make the next step a lot easier!

Okay so you’ve successfully put your back on the trampoline – well done! Now you’re there, the next step is getting back off. To do this you need to kick out with your legs (see why we brought them up to our chest!). If you don’t kick your legs out, you’ll just slide down the trampoline – which is fun, but not useful for bouncing. The kick out motion is simple – you just kick your feet out to start the motion, then focus on pulling your shoulders forward off the tramp.

Land with two feet on the main court, and you’ve done it! Congratulations!

Once you’ve mastered the back bounce, you can add any number of tricks after it. Maybe work up to trying that front flip we learnt last time! Be creative – We can’t wait to see what you come up with!

And just in case you missed Abdul’s video, here it is again: