Thanks for posting. My sister has wanted one. She is going to be very surprised! I have a different one so knowing that you like this one gave me the confidence to get it. They are such a great way to exercise.
Yes, I heartily agree rebounding is a great way to exercise!
I have rebounded for about 25 years now, and hope I shall always be able to have a unit to use--for the great results, for efficiency, a bad-weather beater, convenience, time-saving qualities, over-all health benefits--including building and maintaining the immune system (which was the original purpose of rebounders), and for maintaining great blood circulation in my normally Low-Everything body (low blood pressure, low thryroid function, low body temp, etc.) , and plain ole FUN.
The Needak Folding Soft-Bounce rebounder with Stabilizing Bar sells on the Needak website for $329.00. The Needak is still probably the very best quality rebounder available, with excellent service and easily obtained replacement parts, if ever needed. In the approx. 25 yrs. I had my really expensive, hi-quality, Al Carter-connected rebounder (which I think was made by the company that is now Needak) the only replacement I ever had to make was the rubber caps on the legs--and that was after about 20 yrs of constant use by me, several children, and then some of my grandchildren.
Money is definitely a consideration for me now more than ever before. I tried to compare many of the features with the Needak before buying the Urban Rebounder--like the hinges--and how they are connected, size and shape of the springs, the spring cover, cleat design, etc. There are some differences if a person wants to spend the time researching.
I still don't know if the legs on the Urban rebounder are made of steel or not, as on the Needak. I really like the bright yellow band around the outer edge of the mat on the Urban R. for a visual warning of where the springs are connected under the spring cover. I noticed that the Needak Platinum edition now offers a contrast band, also. And the Indigo Blue spring cover on my Urban R. appeals to me also, after all my years with an all black unit. No big thing, but pleasant, since Indigo Blue is a favorite of mine.
So far, I remain satisfied with the whole package I received, and for only $99.00. With shipping, I think mine came to $119.00. I ordered from the Urban Rebounding Infomercial when it was active on TV. Everything was exactly as advertised, including shipping, and arrival time, etc. I don't know if the Hacres people deal directly with the Urban Rebounding people, or ________? There were no selection options on the DVD exercise program that came with the unit, and I contacted the company, using information that came in the pkg, and they told me to keep the DVD and they sent me a Video tape to make it easier for me to choose the sections I wanted to use.
I think the Needak continues to be the top of the line, and the overall best quality, and will continue to lead the industry.
Only Time will tell how this $99.00 package holds up compared to the already time-tested Needak.
Please let us know how you and your sister rate the Urban Rebounder in use. --and how it compares to the one you have.
Your sister, if she is a total beginner to rebounding, might be interested in reading about the Basic total rebounding program which includes some optional light dumbell work in Dr. Robert O. Young's book, The pH Miracle for Weight Loss
. The program includes very easy to follow instructions and includes a warm up, a stretch portion, the optional weight lifting, an aerobic/cardio section, then an isometric section, then the cool down--all accomplished in around 15 minutes for rebounding portion, and only about 5 more min. to add the weightlifting routine.
Dr. Young adds some optional ways to "Pump Up" the program, once the basic program is mastered, if desired.
It is an EXCELLENT, do-able program. Others on this board are also using this simple, but effective, work-out, with their rebounders. --and it is in agreement with Dr. McDougall's recommendation on his program for "moderate" exercise.
Please keep us posted!