5 Gymnastic Must-Have Safety Mats
Gymnasts can take part in a number of different disciplines which are broken down into various categories. These each focus on different elements such as strength and flexibility, performance and artistic movement.
In this article we explore the different forms of gymnastics and the best floor solutions required to perform gymnastic activities safely while maxmising your performance.
What are the Main Forms of Gymnastics?
Gymnastics are made up of acrobatic, rhythmic and aerobic forms where each type focuses on different elements of movement and skill.
Acrobatic gymnastics when individuals, couples, trios or groups perform acrobatics while advancing on a floor-based or vault-based apparatus. In competition, the objective is to execute the routine with the highest degree of technical proficiency and artistic presentation. Acrobatic Gymnastics is physically demanding as it involves elements of parkour such as running, jumping, climbing, tumbling and balancing on obstacles.
Rhythmic gymnastics is like a dance form where gymnasts perform expressive routines to music using hoops, balls or ribbons.
Aerobic gymnastics is a type of rhythmic gymnastics that focuses on performance and artistry. It combines dance, flexibility and strength training to challenge the body in new ways.
Types of Gymnastic Floor Options
Gymnastics mats and flooring come in a number of unique styles and types, thicknesses and designs each used for different purposes and for varied users.
Inflatable Mats or Air Tracks
This type of mat is is especially useful for portable use. Simple to assemble and comes with a pump, inflatable mats are a great way of training at home, at different venues and for events and competitions. Inflatable mats comes in various sizes to suit a number of routines and users.
Roll Out Mats
Mats that are easily rolled out and stored away are essential for any Gymnastic facility. Many Gymnastic clubs share venues with other users with different needs meaning specialist equipment requires to be dismantled and stored when not in use. For a simple, effective floor solution which ticks all the boxes in terms of shock absorption, comfort and protection, roll out mats are a staple for most gymnasts.
Tatami Foam Tiles
Tatami is widely used in MMA and other Martial Arts training because of the high density of the foam material which provides excellent shock absorption and is perfect for disciplines which require some purchase as well as cushioning. Tatami mats usually come in jigsaw design where the mats seamlessly interlock making it the perfect easy installation option.
With so many different forms of Gymnastics it can be challenging to source a floor type to suit all. Similarly, many Gymnastic organisations move from venue to venue and don't always have the option for permanent flooring. Choosing a floor option for Gymnastics should be based on your facility, whether it is temporary or permanent and what your main activities are. Selecting a floor option which is multi-purpose is also beneficial as it means it supports all forms of gymnastics and can be used for other sports and activities such as childrens play areas.