The average person burns 250-325 calories per hour playing recreationally on a trampoline. The number of calories burned trampolining will depend on your weight and the intensity of activity.
How many calories are burned from trampoline?
Calories burned per minute = (MET x body weight in Kg x 3.5) ÷ 200
“MET” is a measurement of the energy cost of physical activity for a period of time. You can find an activity’s MET on the chart above.
A task with a MET of 1 is roughly equal to a person’s energy expenditure from sitting still at room temperature not actively digesting food.
A task with a MET of 2 uses twice as much energy as a task with a MET of 1. A task with a MET of 10 uses 10 times as much energy as a task with a MET of 1.
MET values “do not estimate the energy cost of physical activity in individuals in ways that account for differences in body mass, adiposity, age, sex, efficiency of movement, geographic and environmental conditions in which the activities are performed. Thus, individual differences in energy expenditure for the same activity can be large and the true energy cost for an individual may or may not be close to the stated mean MET level as presented in the Compendium.” (as quoted from the main page of the Compendium of Physical Activities).
A person weighs 180 pounds (81.65kg) and does recreational trampoline (a task that has a MET value of 3.5) for 1 hour (60 minutes).
Calories Burned from recreational trampoline (per minute) = (3.5 x 81.65 x 3.5) ÷ 200 = 5.00
Calories Burned from recreational trampoline (for 60 minutes) = 5.00 x 60 = 300
Calories burned on a trampoline per minute (recreational)
Jumping on a trampoline at a recreational level burns approximately 0.0278 calories per pound of body weight per minute, or 0.0613 calories per kg of body weight per minute.
Calories burned on a trampoline per minute (competitive)
Jumping on a trampoline at a competitive level burns approximately 0.0357 calories per pound of body weight per minute, or 0.0788 calories per kg of body weight per minute.
Sources and External Resources
- Ainsworth BE, Haskell WL, Herrmann SD, Meckes N, Bassett Jr DR, Tudor-Locke C, Greer JL, Vezina J, Whitt-Glover MC, Leon AS. The Compendium of Physical Activities Tracking Guide. Healthy Lifestyles Research Center, College of Nursing & Health Innovation, Arizona State University. Retrieved May 11, 2015, from the World Wide Web.
- Arizona State University Healthy Lifestyles Research Center – Compendium of Physical Activities – Sports – Provides MET values for sporting activities, including trampoline.
- Learn about “MET” and the compendium of physical activities from Arizona State University, University or South Carolina, and Wikipedia. There is a summary of general physical activities defined by intensity from the CDC and the Harvard School of Public Health.
- Recommendations on physical activity for health from the Harvard School of Public Health and the WHO.
- Find out about the health benefits of jumping on a trampoline with “Why You Should Try Rebounding And How to Get Started” by Ashley Marcin of healthline and “17 Benefits of Trampoline Exercise” by Jacinda David of Just Bounce.
- Learn to bounce on a trampoline with “Cool Trampoline Tricks That Will Impress Your Friends” by Trampoline Gurus, “Trampoline Gymnastics Fun – Basic Trampoline Jumps and Tricks – Part 1” by YouTube user Fit For A Feast, and “Cool Trampoline Tricks for Beginners” by House of Air.