If you are thinking of getting into gymnastics, or if you have kids who want to get into this sport, then it is important that you get the right equipment. This includes things like crash mats. The type of mat you buy will depend on how much your children are going to be doing on the mat and for how long. It will also depend on what size they will need.
There are some factors that should be considered when purchasing a crash mat for your home gymnasium. One factor is its weight capacity (lbs per square foot).
- What factors should you consider before buying a crash mat?
So, what are the factors you need to consider before buying a crash mat? Hardness and foam density. The hardness is measured by the resistance to indentation of a material. While foam density is measured by the resistance to compression of a material. Both are measured in g/cm, which means “the weight of 1 cubic centimeter”. The higher value indicates higher hardness and lower foam density respectively; which results in less shock absorption when you land on it during practice or training sessions.
The benefits of checking hardness and foam density
Checking the hardness of a crash mat will tell you how much shock absorption it has. This is important because if you’re practicing martial arts, for example, you want your body to be protected from impact injuries. If it doesn’t have enough shock absorption and your joints get injured while training on a hard mat, then your career as an athlete might be over before it even begins.
On the other hand, foam density refers to how much cushioning effect there is in each layer of foam used in making the crash pad or mats. It also tells us what material was used for making these layers – memory foam or regular polyurethane foam (PU). The former is better than the latter since its hollow-core construction provides more protection against impact when compared with PU-filled products whose dense core makes them more rigid than memory foam products
- How to check hardness and foam density
Here is how you can check the hardness and foam density of your crash mat:
- The first step to checking the hardness and foam density of your crash mat is to get a ruler. A good one that comes highly recommended by our in-house experts is this one, which will do just fine for checking your crash mats’ surface area.
- Once you’ve got that, you need to lay it across the middle of your mat (as shown below). Then, use another ruler as a straight edge against both sides of where these two pieces meet up at right angles.
- Another factor is the thickness of the protective foam padding material inside (inches thick). Finally, consider whether there’s any way to support heavier people—like by adding extra legs onto one end of each side panel—or if it can only hold up just so much weight before collapsing due to gravity pulling down from above where all those heavy folks would be standing on top with their heads poking out overhanging edge
- 3 Tips for choosing the right crash mat for your needs
As any gymnast or diver knows, a crash mat is an essential piece of safety equipment. However, with so many different types and sizes of crash mats on the market, it can be tricky to choose the right one for your needs. Here are three tips to help you make the right choice:
- Consider the type of activity you’ll be using the mat for. If you’re looking for a mat for tumbling or diving, you’ll need a thicker and more durable mat than someone who just wants to use it for yoga or Pilates.
- Think about the size of the mat. You’ll want to make sure it’s big enough to provide adequate coverage, but not so big that it’s unwieldy or difficult to store.
- Consider your budget. Crash mats can range in price, so it’s important to set a realistic budget before you start shopping.
By keeping these three factors in mind, you’ll be sure to choose the right crash mat for your needs.
With these considerations in mind, you can be sure that your gymnastics mat will last for many years to come. Buying a crash mat is a significant investment and you don’t want to waste your money on something that doesn’t meet the needs of gymnasts or that may not even be safe to use.