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Do You Know The History Of Trampolines As Exercise Equipment ?

By Jeb Taylor

The manufactured trampoline, as we know it today, was

created by two men, George Nissen and Larry Griswold.

Around 1935, Griswold, then the assistant gymnastics coach

at the University of Iowa, and Nissen, a tumbler on the

University of Iowa gymnastics team, "made regular jaunts to

Bloomington, Illinois where numerous circus people had

their winter homes.

Among them were the "Flying Wards", some of the finest

trapeze performers in the world. Griswold and Nissen worked

out with them at the local YMCA, and frequently helped them

make or mend their large trapeze nets. Nissen remembers the

hours they spent in the basement of the YMCA, threading the

long cords of the nets, using large javelin-head needles.

This experience was one of several that led them to the

idea of creating a trampoline.

One day, with the help of the wrestling coach at the

University of Iowa, Griswold and Nissen bolted together an

angle iron frame. A piece of canvas, in which they had

inserted grommets along each side, was then attached to the

frame by using springs. This was the first trampoline.

Since Nissen was still training for tumbling, they decided

to move the trampoline to a YMCA camp where he was an

instructor. There, during his free time, Nissen used it for

his tumbling training. Immediately, he found that the

children loved it. This was the first realization that the

trampoline could be more than a piece of equipment to use

when performing, or seriously training. It was something

that many others could enjoy.

In 1942, Griswold and Nissen decided to formalize their

small operation of making trampolines. They created the

Griswold-Nissen Trampoline & Tumbling Company, and history

was made.

But where does the name "Trampoline" come from? "El

trampolin" means diving board, in Spanish. George Nissen,

the co-creator of the competitive style trampoline, heard

the word on a performance tour in Mexico in the late

1930's. He liked the sound of it, and decided to Anglicize

the spelling and call his bouncing rig a Trampoline, a term

he later registered as a trademark.

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About The Author

Jeb Taylor is a fitness guru. He works out on all exercise equipment he thinks will help him. Along with bikes and jogging, Jeb loves bouncing on a trampoline as a fun way to fitness.


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