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Which is Mat is Used for Practicing Gymnastics?
Gymnastics is a sport and also an exercise. It involves floor performance in which players display their flexibility, agility and capability of making a fine balance while giving performance. But it is an exercise for health conscious folks. The exercises are practiced on special mats.
Before discussing advantages of this exercise, let’s discuss need of the mat. You are doing floor exercises for which you need strong grip on the floor. Also the floor should be resilient for jumping exercises and safe for landing movements. One thing you should keep in mind is that it won’t be possible for you to practice floor exercises without using a mat.
The mat would work for all exercises in which you need remaining in contact with floor. For instance take yoga. It is also a floor exercise that you can perform only after making the floor safe. Similarly you need safe floor for practicing martial arts. But here we are talking about Gymnastics and the mat used for this exercise. It is made of rubber and foam.
About the mat
The mat packs a thick layer of foam that makes it spongy, resilient and safe. It responds to the actions like jumping and landing. For Gymnastics, you need a large area where you can move freely. It is for this reason that most mats come in large sizes like 5’x10’. Five feet width and ten feet length provides ample space for free movements.
It can be set on any surface but for better grip, it should be used on a carpeted floor. A Gymnastic mat comes with Velcro fasteners that work well on carpets instead of on marble or tiled floors. Make sure that the mat is firm on surface before jumping on it. The mat can skid, if it isn’t firmly placed on the ground.
Quality of a mat
There are many manufacturers that produce mats for Gymnasts but every product is different from others. A substandard mat can get skid or get squeeze under feet. But a quality Gymnastic mat would keep working for long time. It could cost around $200.
How to determine quality of a mat?
It isn’t easy to determine quality of a mat until it is used. But you can try determining quality of a Gymnastic mat from its description and experience of manufacturer in producing mats. Consider weight, thickness and rubber used on a mat to make an opinion on it.
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