Gymnastic Mats

Gymnastics mats may be the last thing on your mind while you are busy training for tumbling, martial arts, aerobics or calisthenics, but the truth of the matter is that a good gym mat is an indispensable training aid that should not be ignored. It is very easy to assume that all gym floor mats have been created equal and that one is pretty much like the other, but there can actually be a world of difference.

Here is what you should look for when you purchase a gymnastics mat:

  • High impact foam.Sports mats with high impact foam generally have better water-, bacteria- and mildew resistance, which is great if your mats spend a large amount of time in storage.
  • Thickness. Aerobic mats should be selected in terms of size and thickness. Determine beforehand which thickness you require and check with the store if they have it in stock.
  • Usage. Will the mat be used for general exercise and training or is it meant for landing events? In the case of the latter you will have to think about splurging for thicker foam that offers additional protection.
  • Double up. Do you exercise both at home and at the gym? Worried about the germs that that thrive in hot, sweaty environments? Why not invest in a personal exercise mat that you can roll up and take with you? This way you will never have to worry whether or not the person before you has taken the time to wipe down the mat.
  • Manageability. Mats at the larger end of the spectrum can be quite heavy and cumbersome to handle. Look for mats with carrying handles, zippers and mesh breather bars on the sides. If you have limited storage space you may also consider hook and loop fasteners which will enable you to hang it on the wall when not in use.

Investing in gym mats for a home gym or school PT area can be quite a big expenditure, which is why you have to be sure to make the right decisions the first time around. If you feel at all unsure as to which product will best suit your particular needs and requirements, we recommend that you consult one of our friendly in-store sales assistants who will be able to help you select the perfect piece of fitness equipment.

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