At FLIPnOUT, you love bouncing and soaring in our wall-to-wall trampoline arena. But do you know the history of the trampoline? Trampolines have a been around for generations, and it’s taken hundreds of years to develop the trampolines you enjoy today.
The history of the trampoline begins all the way back in ancient Arctic cultures. North American hunters called the Inuit used walrus skins to toss one another in the air. The recreation became tradition to people indigenous to Northern Alaska and is still celebrated in Eskimo culture today.
First Trampoline of the 20th Century
American gymnasts George Nissen and Larry “The Diving Fool” Griswold invented the modern trampoline in 1936. The performers developed the idea after watching tight rope walkers use a special netting to catch them when they fell. Nissen and Griswold began experimenting with different fabrics and devices to construct their own bouncing machine. Initially, the trampoline was used for training, but with their overwhelming popularity, gymnasts and circus performers alike began using the trampoline in shows. There became such a high demand for their bouncers that Nissen and Griswold opened up the Griswold-Nissen Trampoline & Tumbling Company in 1942.
Trampolines of the Modern Age
Nowadays trampolines are used in just about everything, from sports like gymnastics to astronaut and pilot training. Fitness experts even incorporate rebounders into their workouts. Since their invention, trampolines have been redesigned with state of the art technology that gives you the biggest, bounciest jumps. It’s why you have so much fun FLIPnOUT. Whether you’re new or have been bouncing your whole life, trampolines have a special part in everyone’s history.
When did you first bounce on a trampoline?