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  • Choosing the Right Gymnastics Mat

    When shopping for gymnastics mats, the number of choices can be overwhelming. To determine the right mat or skill trainer for you, first focus on the skill that the mat will be used for and then select the correct size to meet your or your gymnasts’ needs.

    Gymnastics is among the most popular sports, especially for younger children who are just beginning to learn to use their little limbs! It’s also one of those sports that is good to start kids in at an earlier age, as they are often fearless, with many of the cool tricks becoming more difficult as one grows. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends practicing motor skills like tumbling and running for kids between the ages of two and five years.

    Your gym or gymnastics center will typically have its floors nearly completely covered with various types of mats. Whether practicing on the uneven bars or vault at the gym or practicing cartwheels and tumbling at home, it’s critical to have quality gymnastics mats  down. Slips and falls happen even to the most elite gymnasts; regardless of your current skill level, you should have the proper mats in place.

    When choosing your gymnastics mats, it’s important to consider the thickness, shape, size and structure of the mat. For general tumbling, mats typically range between one to two inches thick. The shape of your mat should be based on what types of moves you are working on. Octagons are good for learning coordination and balance  and are available in multiple sizes to meet the needs of any age user. Cheese wedges are also available in various sizes and are usually used for specific gymnastic training, depending on the move or area of the body that most needs strengthening. Determining the right size of your tumbling mat is fairly simple; it needs to cover the training area and a good-size perimeter beyond that for those inevitable times when sticking the landing means a foot or two will meet the floor. If you’re covering a large space, interlocking mats may be the way to go for more floor coverage.

    A crash pad is usually made of bonded sponge foam covered by a rubber shell or PVC. They range from 2” thick up to 12” to allow for maximum shock absorption to keep gymnasts safe while performing more intense routines. They include handles on the sides and fold in half for easy storage.

    No matter your age, a little tumbling is great for most; find your mat and get going!

  • It's Time to Get Active! 4 Great Benefits of Gymnastics

    Gymnastics as a sport has been around for over 2,000 years. Though it’s pretty unlikely you aren’t going to become the next Simone Biles or Larisa Latynina, you can still benefit tremendously from getting some gymnastics pads and tumbling mats, and working on your craft.

    From improving your flexibility to strengthening your immune system, here are some terrific advantages of rolling out a gymnastics pad and practicing and performing this great sport:

    Improved flexibility-- Flexibility is one of the most important aspects of gymnastics and each time you practice on gymnastics mats, you'll be becoming much more flexible. Additionally, gymnasts with improved flexibility are less likely to suffer injuries because their limbs can handle a wider range of motion.

    Meet your physical fitness requirements-- Whether you're a student hoping to make the gymnastics team or an adult looking to get a little more active, gymnastics is a great way to get some necessary daily exercise in. According to the American Heart Association, children should participate in at least 60 minutes of physical activity each day and adults should participate in 30 minutes of exercise at least five days a week -- gymnastics is the perfect way to get active!

    Improved social skills-- At all levels, gymnastics provides an excellent opportunity to work on and develop social skills. Children learn how to look, listen, and how to work and think independently. And older gymnasts learn how to set a good example for younger children looking on. Plus, everyone has fun and works on respect.

    Prevent diseases-- Since gymnastics promote a healthier way of living, it can actually fight off all kinds of diseases. Health officials have stated that regular gymnastics-based exercise can fight off diseases like diabetes, obesity, and even heart diseases and cancers.

    It's never too late to get active and live a happier and healthier lifestyle. If you want to learn more about the advantages and health benefits of participating in gymnastics, or find high-quality gymnastics pads, give We Sell Mats a call right away -- and have fun!

  • How to Measure Your Floor

    When shopping for floor mats, it's important to have a good understanding of the area your mats need to cover, or, if you're shopping for a gymnastics tumbling mat, whether your space is large enough to safely accommodate the mat you want. In this post we'll deal with calculating square footages, so here's a quick overview of how to measure your floor before purchasing interlocking floor mats.

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  • Common Sense Play Space Flooring

    Have you ever thought about taking the play mats outside? You can do it - our EVA foam play mats are the perfect padding between your little ones and the hard patio surface. Takes just a second to connect them, and when outside time is done, just sweep them off and bring them back indoors. Now that's a versatile play space! Continue reading

  • The Case for a Great Yoga Mat

    Why do you need a great yoga mat? Isn't the carpet in the living room enough? Or maybe just a thin, cheap mat from the local retailer? As Inigo Montoya famously quipped, "Lemme sum up." Continue reading

  • Set Up Your Trade Show Booth on the Beach

    When EVA foam mats are the foundation for your trade show booth, you'll feel like you're walking on the beach instead of a hard concrete exhibition hall floor. No, we haven't lost our marbles; EVA foam is the material your flip flops are made from, so when your whole trade show booth floor is covered in it, it's just like strolling the shoreline in your favorite footwear! Continue reading

  • Your Last Yoga Mat

    What do you look for in a yoga mat? Comfort? Padding? Traction? Durability? Manduka Pro yoga mats have these qualities and more all rolled up in the only yoga mat you'll ever need.  Continue reading

  • Flooring for the Serious Home Gym

    Looking for something durable, comfortable, and affordable for your home gym flooring? We gotcha. When you need more than a glorified aerobics mat to get the job done, we've got some serious flooring that will protect your joints and your floors.  Continue reading

  • Are Your Martial Art Mats Good Enough?

    If you describe your martial arts mats as "good enough" for what you're doing, chances are, they're not good enough for what you really need. We tend to skimp on equipment when the budget is tight, but when your safety and the longevity of your martial arts practice are at stake, "good enough" just isn't. The good news is that you can afford the best martial arts mats your practice and your well-being demand. Take a look. Continue reading

  • A New Aesthetic for Your Trade Show Booth

    Transforming your trade show booth doesn't have to cost a fortune in materials and consulting fees, especially when you start with EVA foam trade show booth floor mats. When you begin with the foundation of your booth, you're setting the stage not only for a new look, but a new level of performance. Continue reading

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