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If you’re like me, then you love watching the Olympics. One of my favorite events is gymnastics. I’m obviously not alone in this. Millions of people all over the world love to see people perform amazing stunts like flips, jumps, spins, and rolls and this has inspired many people, especially kids to want to partake in this type of activity. A normal carpet or rug isn’t suitable for this type of activity so what you will need to get is a tumbling mat. Let’s look at some of the different benefits of using these types of mats as well as what you should look for when buying these things.
The main reason people use these types of mats is because they provide you with cushion. When you practice flips and other tricks, you will inevitably fall a few times, or more precisely, a lot of times. By having the right type of mat, you will be able to slow the fall down and as a result, reduce the impact of the fall. This will greatly decrease the chances of injuries happening compared to during these tricks on a regular floor. So increased safety is the main reason why people buy tumbling mats.
A tumble mat isn’t just used for gymnastics though. Many people will use them for martial arts as well where padding is needed in case of a fall or if they are practicing wrestling or Jiu-Jitsu. Since falling on the floor is common in these activities, having the right mat to help lower the impact is crucial if you want to prevent bruises and even broken bones. Not all tumble mats are built the same though so let’s look at what you will want to look for when buying these mats.
The first thing you will want to look for is the correct thickness. The thicker the mat, the less painful a fall will feel. You can buy these mats by the thickness such as 1/2 inch, 3/4 inch, 1 inch and so on. The thicker the mats, the more expensive they will generally be. For tumbling purposes, you will typically want to choose something that is at least 2 inches. What you get will really depend on how you plan to use the mats. Another thing you will want to look at is the dimensions of the mat. You will want to have plenty of room to move around on the mat but at the same time, you don’t want to take up too much room in your garage or home if that’s where you plan on using these things. For space saving, you might want to look into getting those foldable ones that will make storage a whole lot easier. Some will fold in half while other can fold into fours. Yet another thing you will want to look at is the type of material the tumble mat is made of. You will want something soft such as thick poly foam.
Gymnastic tumbling mats can be quite expensive. You can expect to pay over $100 for a 4×6 mat. If you want to find cheap tumbling mats or cheap gymnastics mats, you can try to look on sites like Craigslist or even Ebay. Keep in mind that if you buy online, there will be shipping costs. Obviously, buying new ones will cost more than buying used tumbling mats but at the same time, the new ones will last longer. You will want to make sure you measure out the size that you will need before making your purchase. You can look for tumbling mats for sale at gymnastic supply stores but to see a wider variety, you will probably want to look online. You could even try contacting gyms to see if they happen to be replacing their existing ones and throwing away their old ones. It’s a long shot but you never know.
A tumbling mat can be used to provide safety for the young ones as they use their energy and talent to become the next Olympians. If you are buying these mats for your gym, then you will want to call different companies to get quotes or even look for places that will donate these things as well.
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