Gymnastics mats are sports equipment consisting of a piece of thick padding on the floor used for safety in gymnastics. Gymnastics mats can be used for various physical activities not only in gymnastics but also for yoga, dancing, light stretching, wrestling, martial arts, and general exercise.
Gymnastics mats are used in covering the gym floor for the safety when performing routines. Gymnasts do not really wear shoes on gymnastics mats because they can move freely and they can get a better grip on the mat when in barefoot. Gymnastics mats supports gymnasts’ wrists, ankles, knees, elbows, and necks without compromising the tricks appearance.
Gymnastics mats are made up of different densities of foam according to its use. Usually, they are made of polyurethane foam covered with vinyl. Polyurethane foam refers to a number of different types of foam consisting of polymers made of molecular chains bound together by urethane links. It can be flexible or rigid, but has a low density. They are made in blocks and then cut into desired shape.
There are different kinds of gymnastics mats and hundreds if not, thousands of styles of it. The type of gymnastics mats that you are going to use depends highly on the kind of activity that you are going to perform. In a gym, you may encounter the following mats: rubber gym mats, weight lifting mats, interlocking mats, exercise machine mats and anti- fatigue mats. In gymnastics, there are also varieties of mats where they perform different activities like tumbling, landing training and aerobics.
Gymnastics mats varies in size, thickness, and colors. For instance, an Olympic gymnastics mats are bigger than those that we use for aerobic exercise. The size of an Olympic gymnastics mats should be 12m x 12m with a maximum thickness of 3.5 cm. Interlocking gymnastics mats are convenient to use because they are interlocking; that means you can easily adjust its size anytime you want. When it comes to the color of the mats most often we see blue gymnastics mats, but now manufacturers innovate more appealing gymnastics mats that is available in 12 colors (red, royal blue, beige, grey, forest green, black, green, white, yellow, orange and maroon). Not only the colors are enhanced but also its appearance because gymnastics mats are for all ages, they (the manufacturer) also place illustrations or drawings on the mats. This is to encourage kids to play on it, yes! The mats are their favorite playground.
Gymnastics mats are not only use for gym activities but also for other activities like backyard or park exercises, aside from these, they can also be placed inside the house. We use carpet mats at home but in the trend these days we use portable gymnastics mats that can be either homemade or ready-made.
If you are planning to buy a gymnastics mats for home use, there are several factors that you must first consider. Do you already have a place where you can put the mats? What kind of exercises will you perform using your mats? If you already settle these things in your mind then that is the time that you are ready to buy the best gymnastics mats for home use.
When laying a gymnastics mat, one of the very first things to do is to clean the area where you are going to place your gymnastics mat, it would be better if you have a wood floor. Next, is to put some padding underneath your mat before you place it on the floor. It would be ideal also to use a padding of the same size as your mat. Lastly, place one side of your mat on the floor if it is one piece; gently roll it out on the padded floor with your forearms pressing it down to prevent air bubbles. And, if your mat is interlocking, place them one at a time and check whether those pieces interlock with each other.
Activities both indoor and outdoor require different gymnastics mats thus; it is advisable that you must find one that best suits your need.