What Happens If You Exceed The Weight Limit On A Trampoline?

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Few things in the world are as fun as jumping up and down on a trampoline, especially if you are quite large. The trampoline is considered a low-impact way of exercising when you are too large, as it can be done at home without having to jump up high; however, there is a weight limit. 

If you exceed the weight limit on a trampoline the most benign effects are that the springs will become stretched, the material will unravel, and the frame may start bending in some spots. However, the springs can also snap off and go flying towards something or someone, while the material can suddenly break, leaving you to fall to the ground

There are several videos on YouTube of the funny (but painful) things that can happen when a trampoline gives way underneath you. However, the dangers of overloading a trampoline should never be underestimated as it can become a big problem for you and those around you. 

We always recommend staying within the weight limit and having the coverings and safety features of the trampoline installed. Doing this will ensure that the trampoline does not break when you least expect it and that everything will work for many more years, with only maintenance required. 

How Much Weight Can Each Size of Trampoline Take?

There are many different sizes of trampolines, and each one has its limits, with many people are not aware that trampolines aimed at children are made entirely differently. The weight a trampoline can hold, therefore, is based on many things including size, intended market, materials, etc.

Typically, you will have a 15-foot trampoline outside your home that can handle around 250 pounds to 450 pounds. While smaller indoor trampolines between eight to 10-foot in size will only handle 150 pounds at max, special exercise trampolines sometimes handle 200 pounds.

Trampolines aren’t always easy to understand, and we would recommend that you ensure that the weight limits are never exceeded when you start using them. We have seen many people that make the mistake of assuming because a trampoline is large that it can easily handle any weight. 

Further, the amount of springs that can be attached usually determines the total weight that the trampoline can handle, purely because this increases or decreases the tension. Several trampolines are quite small that can handle extremely larger weights. 

Five to 8-foot Trampolines

These small trampolines are either for exercising inside your home or for children to play on, with the most common ones using only small elastic bands instead of springs. These are only rated for a maximum of 100 pounds and usually start aging the moment they are used. 

We recommend not having these if you are obese, they can be dangerous to use, and the elastic will snap while you are using the trampoline for just light exercise. However, if you have children who would like to jump on trampolines, we recommend that you have these; they are easy to fold away. 

10-Foot Trampolines

A 10-foot trampoline will usually not fit inside your home if you have an average-sized home, but it is also the first trampoline with springs instead of elastic. Capable of handling a maximum weight of 150-pounds, they are good to be used for obese children. 

Further, some teenagers who are just starting to gain some excess weight will use these to start becoming fit and active. However, most obese people will not be able to use these smaller trampolines as they cannot hold the weight and will break too fast to be of any benefit. 

12-Foot Trampolines

Capable of handling much higher weights, 12-foot trampolines are where we start with getting obese people to have some fun. Usually, they can handle up to 300-pounds which is considered the starting point of being obese for many people. 

These trampolines can be adjusted to be significantly stronger, allowing you to jump on them easier and with more comfort. We have seen many people start with these trampolines; they are longer-lasting, take much less space, and allow you to jump comfortably. 

14-Foot Trampolines

Strangely enough, these are the trampolines that you are much more likely to find around the world as they are both strong and comfortable in size. These trampolines will easily handle up to 350-pounds, making them perfect for families growing and becoming more fit. 

Because they have a large range of weight that they can handle, the 14-foot trampolines are usually bought for teenagers when they become interested in them. Many have these trampolines into their 30s if they are cared for properly. 

15 And 16-Foot Trampolines

Typically, the largest trampolines you can buy for your home, the 15 and 16-foot trampolines, are easily capable of handling up to 450-pounds, the maximum weight we would recommend jumping with. If you are heavier than this, it can damage your bones and organs when jumping.

Usually, people tend not to buy these trampolines for their homes because they are quite large and can be a hassle to deal with. However, if you plan on using the trampoline to help you lose weight, it will easily be one of the best ways to help you along on your journey. 

Can You Lose Weight on Trampolines?

The wonderful thing about a trampoline is that it is extremely fun to do and exercises the whole body at once. Allowing you to comfortably play on the trampoline each day and also get exercise whenever you go onto it, even if you are just walking in circles around it for an hour. 

Trampolines are excellent ways of losing weight as they use all the muscles in your body, they naturally help you burn through calories. If you are overweight or just not fit, we recommend using trampolines to drastically increase the number of calories you burn each day.

Usually, you will be recommended to get a trampoline when you are obese; this will naturally help you lose weight and build stronger muscles. Further, we have seen many people fall completely back in love with the sensation of being weightless at the peak of each jump. 

What Happens When a Trampoline Becomes Old?

The first thing that will start to set in with older trampolines is rust, as the steel framework becomes damaged and weaker. Next, the trampoline material will start to become brittle, having small holes throughout it, with the springs becoming slacker and slacker with each passing year.

Fortunately, all of these are easy to handle and treat; with the trampoline naturally becoming worn out, there are complete markets for fixing them. The material can be replaced completely, while the springs can either be tightened or completely replaced, while the frame only needs to be painted yearly. 

This means that a trampoline can theoretically not have any limit on the lifetime for its uses in your yard or house. The only trampoline that can fail is those that use elastic bands instead of springs, as these trampolines are usually made to be a break over time. 


A trampoline can usually handle the weight of most obese people, and it will comfortably help you start losing the excess weight that you have. Further, there are actually a few more expensive models of trampolines that will easily handle even the heaviest people, while limiting the bounce. 

Remember that no matter how large you are, a trampoline is easily one of the most amazing things you can have! 

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