Flooring & Mats
There is no real mystery to the necessity of having high quality jigsaw and gym mats to train on. The truth is they are the best investment for any martial arts club, fitness centre, sports club, school or gym and its especially true when you first setup.
Gym floor mats, safety landing mats and wall pads are also very important for protecting all sorts of athletes from injury. Other kinds of rubber foam gym mats that are available at the Universal Self Defence web store include yoga and exercise mats, interlocking jigsaw mats, takedown mats, judo throwing mats, weight training and gym equipment mats. Whether you need heavy duty rubber flooring, vertical panel wall padding or a top quality foam landing mat, these mats are designed to absorb impact and reduce the sting factor. Damaging impact can be caused over a long period of time just from the repetitive stress of running, jumping and skipping on a hard surface or it can be caused from just one bad awkward fall. When purchasing jigsaw and gym mats consider the hardness of the floor surface, the size of the participants and all possible activities that the area in question maybe used for. You may find having a combination of mat thicknesses in designated areas to allow for different activities may serve your facility better.
Rubber or foam jigsaw mats (also known as puzzle mats) are a quick and easy way to cover an extended area of space with interlocking edges that hold tightly together. You can periodically pick them up to store them away or to completely sanitise them or you can leave them there bound together on the gym floor for years and years. 2 sided colour jigsaw mats give you more colour options to play with as both sides of the mats interlock and are fully reversible so both sides of the mats can be used to make any colour combination design. Experts advise using the different colours to define certain areas such as a centre piece or outer boundary. They are versatile and ideal for every indoor setting in the home, gym, studio or rumpus playroom. These high quality universal interlocking jigsaw or puzzle jigsaw mats have a minimum order quantity depending on the size of the mats and any bulk buy discount price offered.
Vertical Wall Pads
When optimising a martial arts training area you have to think about areas other than the floor. Wall pads and vertical panel wall padding are for protecting impact against walls. For example crash pads are very thick and soft which can be useful when learning a new skill. This is useful during martial arts sparring as well as self defence and security training. Wall padding can be attached by means of bolts or aluminium locking panels. Keep in mind that these panels can be ordered in singles or packs of three. Make sure you look at the wall pads dimensions in the product full description so you can measure out carefully the area you need to cover and accurately calculate the quantity needed.
There are many styles of gym mats that can be used for more general purposes. Each one is filled with a special core of cross-linked polyethylene foam and covered in durable vinyl lining. Gym mats thickness must be suitable for the activity. If you are not falling from a great height and you do not want to loose foot speed and mobility then you do not want mats that are overly thick. If you are going to hit the deck hard then you do want plenty of thickness between you and the hard floor. This is why there is a huge thickness range with gym mats from commercial grade rubber mats of 1.5 centimetres up to 30 cm thick safety landing mats. Weight training areas and exercise machines are much better on commercial grade high density rubber square gym tile mats because they are highly compressed and super tough and can be easily replaced and disassembled as needed.
Safety Landing Mats
Extra large landing gym mats and takedown mats are the best for all sorts of throwing and jumping that may come your way. Also known as crash mats, safety landing mats and jump pads are very thick and soft which is important when practicing a high impact sport. Some types of sports that call for a high level of jumping and landing include Judo, Jiu-Jitsu, Wrestling, Gymnastics, Athletics and more.
Exercise & Yoga Mats
One of the most portable kinds of gym mat is traditionally for the practice of Hatha yoga. Thin rubber yoga mats are generally used to keep the practitioners hands and feet from slipping. Most yoga and exercise mats are around 140 to 180 centimetres long and 60 centimetres wide with a thickness of about 4 millimetres to 1.5 centimetres. When shopping for a yoga or exercise mat, think about the area you need to cover and what thickness you need so you have adequate support, comfort and protection. Do not always go for the cheapest mats as often the foam is of low quality which you can tell by pressing down hard and seeing how quickly the mat rebounds back into shape.