The sport requires plenty of strength to toss other cheerleaders, ample balance and dexterity for those at the top of a pyramid and sufficient aerobic fitness to cheer throughout a sports game. Modern cheer is about building strength, confidence, and learning how to work as a team. Kids as young as four are drawn to this dynamic sport, creating an increase in the demand for high-quality cheerleading mats and equipment. Cheerleading mats are essential for helping athletes build strength, stretch, and learn skills and stunts. Consequently, the sport offers several important health benefits.
Light exercises and stretches or the cooldown phase help prevent any injury, increase blood flow, and reduce stress to your heart and muscles. Breathing in deep while cooling down before or after your workout helps deliver oxygen to your muscles, release tension, and promote relaxation. Bringing your heart rate and body temperature back to normal levels before you continue with your usual activities will help loosen strain in your body.
Natcha gives great detail on how you can achieve and hold a basic handstand position.
Flips, holds, tucks, and other cheerleading skills require great core strength. Every muscular exertion starts from the core through bracing. For example, in-air tricks require the flyer to hold their entire core in order to move through the air gracefully and land safely.
Lie on your back on the mat with your legs extended out in front of you. Place your arms by your sides, palms down. Lift both legs off the ground about six inches to twelve inches from the starting position at a 45-degree angle. The “scissoring” motion is when you switch your legs back and forth from each other. One leg will be crossing over the other.
Lie face-up on the floor with your arms and legs extended straight out while lifted slightly off the floor. In one motion, lift both your torso and legs together as if you’re trying to touch your toes. Return to the first position where you first started. That is one rep.
Lie on your back with your shoulders and hands on the floor. Lift your legs at a 90 degree angle. Use your abs to point through your toes and lift your legs up towards the ceiling.
Lie face-up on the floor with one of your legs extended straight out while the other is flex to the ceiling. Contract your stomach and take a deep breath in slowly lower one leg to hover over the ground as you exhale. Continue to switch each leg from the starting position.
Jump conditioning is the second important exercise area for a cheerleader. You’re jumping, kicking, and tumbling, by having jump drills in your regiment will help build strength, stamina, and muscle memory. Repetition of good technique and form will help make it easier for you to go higher and land those tumbling skills. Check out Darin using the Home Air Floor on the cheer basics!
Fast Kicks or high kicks are the most basic yet vital cheerleading exercises you can do at home. Point your kicking foot from the floor to the ceiling until it returns to the ground. Your arms will be at a 45-degree angle at all times while kicking. Maintain good posture and keep your legs straight.
You can perform a left or right side hurdler. Throw your arms up at 45 degrees or a “V” position above your head with tight fists. Swing your arms toward each other, crossing your waist before swinging again. You’re jumping off the ground into the air with either your left or right leg straight out. The opposite leg at the knee is bent, with the inner thigh pointing at the floor.
In this jump, the legs are straddled and straight, parallel to the ground, toes pointed, knees backward are pointing up, and your hands are in fists and arms in a “T” motion.
On the floor, start in a straddle position, where your legs are at 90 degrees spread apart. Your hands will be placed; on the floor in between your knees. Lift one leg two inches off from the floor, for a count of two, and then set it back down.
Double T Jumps
Doing a double toe lift or double toe touch is the same thing but done twice. In this jump, the legs are straddled and straight, parallel to the ground, toes pointed, knees backward are pointing up, and your hands are in fists and arms in a “T” motion. Do this again to perform the Double T Jump.
The number one summer question we consistently get is always, “Can I take my air tracks into the pool.” We’re here to tell you the high quality materials and craftsmanship we put into every mat means you have no reason to fear putting your inflatable air track into the pool! Unlike your old traditional gym mat, AirTrack mats are filled with air which means this gymnastics tumbling mat can double as an unstable, floating, crazy fun inflatable tumbling mat for the pool.
Pool gymnastics is not yet an Olympic sport but that shouldn’t stop you from having a blast with your gymnastics exercises in anticipation for the day pool gymnastics gets invited to the big dance! Pool yoga, pool fitness, pool meditation, why not pool gymnastics?
All these skills should be mastered on solid ground before taking to the pool. Clear it with a professional coach, exercise caution and safety and then take that air mat and toss it in the pool to start mastering these 4 gymnastics exercises.
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No gymnastics exercise list can exist without the iconic Handstand and Bridge position. Stretch, warm up, then get ready to get wet. If you can do a handstand in a pool, you’ll never think twice about handstands on boring old yoga mats.
The AirTrack Home mat is so easy to inflate and deflate, you should be ready to go within 3 minutes with the manual foot pump or 30 seconds with the electric air pump.
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First and foremost master the back handspring skill on the ground. Once done, doing back handsprings on a normal floor mat will become easy and repetitive. Prepare for a completely different experience with an air track tumbling mat precariously floating in the pool. Wobbly and a bit silly, be prepared for crashes and splashes as you try to relearn a skill you thought you had in the bag.
One back handspring should fit on our Home AirFloor while two back handsprings can be fit on the Home XL!
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If you thought a game of back tuck “Stick-It” was tough on the spring floor, just wait until your coach makes you take it to the pool. In a normal setting using an inflatable air track for gymnastics offers bounce, explosion, and height – turning our air mats into a water gymnastics mat means all that energy is absorbed straight into the pool.
Practically, it means you better jump high and prepare to get wet. Give yourself plenty of room, because no one is coming out dry on this one.
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So here’s a trick to know, the bigger the air track the more stable your training will be. For skills like the Arabian, consider an AirTrack P2, AirTrack P3, or Spark tumbling mat for the pool. Those larger mats will provide more space and more stability to master any higher level water gymnastics skill you can imagine.
Another trick to know, our mats are durable but not indestructible. Taking air mats out of their intended environment of the gym always carries risk of damage. Luckily, all our AirTrack mats come with repair kits – just in case.
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Using your AirTrack as a pool gymnastics mat not enough of a challenge for you? Compact storage means, taking on vacation to the lake or the ocean is within the realm of possibility. Ocean gymnastics next?
At AirTrack™, we are fully committed to the health and safety of our staff, customers, and the community at large. Safety has always been a priority embedded within our company culture. We continue to prioritize a robust quality control and heightened sterilization process.
In these unprecedented times, there’s never been a more important time to keep up your health and training. We remain unwavering in our commitment to providing you inflatable products to support your continued training from home.
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For the safety and health of our employees, AirTrack™ is observing all social distancing protocols within our warehouses. This means staggered work hours and less fulfillment help. UPS and FedEx have also de-prioritized our products leading to more infrequent pick-ups.
With shelter-at-home orders in place and the closing of gyms around the world, we’re experiencing a sudden increase in orders that have overextended our production team. We are doing everything in our power to safely fulfill your order in a timely manner but please do understand that we are experiencing heavy production delays and longer shipping times due to the pandemic. We appreciate your understanding.
As the World Health Organization notes, the risk of catching the virus that causes COVID-19 from a package that has been moved, traveled, and exposed to different conditions and temperatures is low. The virus may survive a few hours on surfaces and instruments that people touch, however, simple household disinfectants can kill it. Just as we have sanitized every mat produced, we encourage you to do the same upon the delivery of your order.
Please use any CDC or Health Department recommended anti-bacterial NON-ABRASIVE soap. It’s most important to remember to fully dry the AirTrack™ before using again to prevent slipping.
We are carefully following the guidance from city and state health departments and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
We have instituted the following policies for the safety of our employees and customers:
1. All employees are required to wear masks during mat production and in the office
2. Sanitation rounds have been increased to cleanse the warehouse
3. Post-production, mats are carefully disinfected
4. When packaging mats, employees are required to wear gloves
Are you looking to attract new customers, differentiate your facility, but not break the bank? Investing in an AirTrack offers your gym extreme adaptability and flexibility for your customer, facility, and service offerings. An AirTrack opens the door to new tricks, activities, and programs. At AirTrack Factory US, we can offer you the BEST AirTrack for your gym. The only limitation is your imagination!
AirTracks are a cross-sport piece of equipment!
AirTracks have moved beyond traditional gymnastics and are now used in every sporting market: Dance, Parkour, Martial Arts, Cheer, and Cirque. By purchasing an AirTrack you open the doors to new program opportunities. Maybe you’re a gym wanting to ramp up your parkour classes or you’re a dance studio looking to expand your Acro program? The programmatic possibilities are endless with a guaranteed return on investment! An AirTrack will diversify your service offerings and fill your new classes with new students.
Add an AirTrack to your next birthday party!
Most gymnastics and cheerleading facilities host birthday parties as an additional program offering. A fun activity for all ages, but desperately needing new inspiration. What if we told you, we could shake up your party offerings with an AirTrack?! This is the perfect opportunity to test an AirTrack and reinvigorate your party planning. Our AirTrack Factory Gym-Take-Over program offers an opportunity for gyms to experience what AirTracks can do for their facilities and their customers.
Use AirTracks for Mobile Marketing!
Finding new and exciting ways to attract students and increase enrollment can be challenging. Investing in an AirTrack gives you the opportunity to safely bring your gym to the community. Head to your local community festival or give your audience a performance on the beach! Show your community firsthand the value and excitement of gymnastics, cheerleading, martial arts, tricking, etc. AirTracks are the perfect partner for mobile programs and Set-Up/Tear Down Gyms. Explore new setups and imagine new possibilities while keeping your students safe while they train. All products are airtight, light-weight and of the highest quality!
With 35 years of experience producing inflatable mats, AirTrack Factory US is the leading manufacturer of AirProducts. We’re more than an equipment supplier, we’re on the forefront of inflatable innovation designing equipment that progresses your athletes, inspires your coaches, and supports your business. We can offer you the BEST AirTrack for your gym!
Let us help you bring versatility to your business and growth to your customer base. Purchase your AirTrack today!
Guest blogger Dan Palacios
It isn’t often that great ideas are so easily implemented, coming together with the kind of synergy only seen in matters of fate. That’s exactly what happened when I stumbled upon the AirTrack Factory AirSpots.
Mulling and musing over the ideas of gym layouts I always thought to include gymnastic spring floor. A spring floor in a traditional style gym? Kinetic Training hardly does anything the traditional way. You’re right though… spring floors are incredibly costly, financially and spatially. Not to mention their foamy surface could pose a problem with ankle injuries. Certainly there were pros and cons to this idea.
Then I saw it. The AirTrack Tumbling track. Their Instagram @AirTrackFactory is rife with expert gymnasts flying around with impressive and apparent ease completing tricks that would make an pro gymnast blush. I knew I had to have them. Upon further inspection of their website www.airtrackus.com I quickly came to realize that these guys were real trailblazers in the industry. They not only offered the AirTrack Tumble tracks but a wide variety of designs, everything a gym owner could need for a full size gymnastics facility. Still, I needed a low profile piece that could easily fit in my truck for on-site training sessions or sessions in the gym. The AirSpots solved all of my problems
These nifty circular, portable spring floors are easily collapsible. They come in small, medium, and large sizes, only take about 3 minutes to pump up and can take just as much of a beating as their bigger, older brothers. The medium and large sizes also offer plenty of room to do various types of traditional, sport specific, corrective, and rehabilitative exercises. These AirSpots quickly became a fan favorite for me personally and my clients. The adjustable inflation means, that extra stability, or instability can be added to quickly progress exercises through a range of exercises to correct ankle and hip stability issues. The added cushion is a fantastic way to increase the power, speed, and explosiveness output while reducing the impact on the joints. The AirTrack Sport surface provides all of the added spring of a trampoline or spring floor without the increased risk of ankle or knee injuries. This thing is really a win, win overall!
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AirTrack mats have their history in traditional gymnastics and tumbling gyms. The fact that they were filled with air brought benefits to reducing training injuries, flexibility in setups, placement around the gym, and faster transitions to the spring floor due to the similarities in technique and timing compared to the slower elongated techniques that tumbling trampolines required.
With the rise of trampoline and freestyle parks we’ve seen a tremendous increase in adoption of these traditional air training devices into new environments accompanied with new and innovative setups. I don’t think intuitively this surprises anyone with any experience in gymnastics or tumbling. However, it’s still worth asking the question, why? What is the benefit that athletes intuitively feel and owners have picked up on?
The three most powerful driving forces as we’ve experienced are: Attracting a new type of customer, Pressure to differentiate facility, services, and activities, and low cost compared to similarly sized attractions.
Traditional trampoline parks have their limitations – mainly – the trampoline. Keep in mind that the trampoline has 2 things working against it. The vast number of tramp tricks are out of physical and talent reach of most trampoline park attendees compounded by the black bed of trampolines being designed to reduce top height reached. Bed area was shrunk with a nod to attendee safety, the trampolines themselves add an additional level of limitation to tricks and activities.
What you’re left with is a narrow space of activity that resonates with a specific segment of younger kids with average to below average physical abilities – to be fair, a massive market still.
Installing an AirTrack mat creates a space that opens the door to new tricks and activities which in turn attracts a new demographic – the practicing athlete. More specifically, we’re talking about cheerleaders, gymnasts, martial art trickers, dance acrobatics, and circus artists.
These new customers are able to bring their skills and tricks – which don’t normally translate well to the trampoline – now to the park. I’m referring to skills like: extended tumbling, handstands, simple cartwheels, traditional forward rolls, back walk overs, off-angle flipping, and twisting with reduced fear of careening out of control.
These practicing athletes now have a “reason” to go to the park. Whether it’s to get additional training in or show off for friends or family they can do what they couldn’t do before given the limitations of the trampoline.
Attendance fatigue is a very real challenge parks run into. That fatigues puts pressure on owners and GMs to mix things up, keep things fresh. This is where the AirTrack excels.
Lets illustrate the simple point with a thought game imagining how the AirTrack is used by minute, by day.
At any point in time on the AirTrack a cheerleader does a tumbling pass, quickly followed by a martial arts tricker doing a swing through. The court monitor might then organize a relay race for a group of 5 year olds followed by a game of dodge ball with 15 year olds. Afterward foam blocks are pulled on top of the AirTrack mat and a complete parkour course is created in the span of a few minutes.
Zooming out, the GM moves the AirTrack from one side of the park to the other giving the facility a fresh look from a Thursday to a Friday. And finally, the Owner deflates the AirTrack and brings it to the town Art & Wine festival for a marketing and outreach opportunity that Saturday.
The AirTrack’s main attribute is it’s flexibility. Flexibility of activities that can be done on the mat. Flexibility in the customer base that interacts with the attraction. Flexibility of it’s physical placement in or around your facility. That flexibility gives your facility, your staff, and your services the opportunity to adapt in ways that steel structures are unable.
New attractions are expensive. Attractions that take up a substantial footprint are doubly so. Value and “bang for your buck” are extremely important. Through put rates and usage percentage all have to be considered.
Groups are finding that an AirTrack mat can compliment or even rival the main tramp court as a standard baseline attraction that appeals to a wide base of customers while also accommodating higher usage and faster through put. By any metric, zip-lines, ninja warrior courses, warped walls, and parkour courses can’t match an AirTrack attraction.
This is only strengthened when you’re considering a renovation or replacement. Budgets become tighter and decisions all the more important.
Baseline costs for an AirTrack may start you around $2900 with larger mats running ~$8000. Which ever direction you go, the AirTrack matches up well against other trending attractions.
The list of high profile parks that are installing AirTracks is undeniably growing. These recreational facilities are seeing the benefits that traditional training facilities have enjoyed for decades. As attraction movements go, it is worth your consideration – www.airtrackus.com
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Many parents question if it’s safe for their kids to practice gymnastics at home. The truth is that it can be, safe, if practiced with the correct equipment like gymnastic mats for home, supervision, and attention to technique. Some key foundational pieces of equipment that are worth investing in are good quality gymnastic tumbling mats for the home. These mats are smaller, more affordable, and portable than their full-sized counterparts, but offer the level of quality found in professional gymnastics, parkour, and martial arts studios. In particular, the mats offered by AirtrackUS are ideal for practicing gymnastic moves like kick walks, forward rolls, bridges, and split leaps. Using a top-of-the-line mat at home to perform these exercises can help reduce the chance of injury and minimize repetitive strain. The key is to do your homework and find the best airmat for your needs.
The best gymnastics mats for home are inflatable, rather than made of foam. Inflatable mats provide an advantage for several reasons. They are softer on the body than foam, providing a more supportive landing surface. This helps minimize impacts on the wrists, ankle, and knee joints, which is crucial to gymnasts of all ages, considering some of the most common gymnastic injuries are sprains in these delicate areas. Another advantage of choosing an inflatable floor mat is the ability to easily store and transport the mat. When deflated, a well-designed airmat is small enough to fit in your car! These airmats inflate within minutes using an affordable and readily available electric pump. Consequently, they are easily brought along on road trips, stored during the off-season, or easily transported indoors or outdoors depending upon the weather. Since they are sealed, they do not require constant air to be blown in, making them silent and non-disruptive to the rest of your home. Finally, because airmats are inflated, they can be customized to the firmness required by your athlete. If you need further convincing, see how some of the best gymnastic, parkour, and martial arts athletes are using products like this. Take advantage of the fact these reliable and high-end products are now available at home.
Any parent will agree that the costs of gymnastics classes, memberships, and sportswear add up fast. However, when it comes to equipment, it’s wise to avoid the lower-end choices. Only the best gymnastics mats should be chosen. Especially regarding tumbling mats for the home. To ensure the life of your airmat, select a brand that uses durable, washable, material with reinforced stitching. This will help you avoid spending twice to replace ripped, dirty, or worn-out equipment. AirtrackUS utilizes extremely high, self-imposed quality standards, to ensure the virtue of their products. They put each mat through a 16-hour pressure test, and mark each unit with a code to track it’s manufacturing history and test results. Airtrack US, also offers a 2-year guarantee, and have over 30 years of experience in the industry. There aren’t many other companies around that can offer the same level of quality.
Your gymnast’s equipment needs depend on their current skill level, the specific types of moves they are working on, and what they want to hone in on during home sessions. Of course, the space you have available in your home is also a factor determining what’s possible. Luckily, AirtrackUS offers a range of products including airbeams, airmats, and training sets that can be set up in a variety of different spaces, both indoors and out. Make sure to pay attention to other factors like your ceiling height, walls, unlevel flooring, and anything else that could be a safety hazard. It’s a good idea to whip out your measuring tape and call the customer service team to help figure out the ideal product for your needs.
Great customer service can go a long way when it comes to making recommendations on different product options, offering payment plans, and answering commonly-asked questions that come up when purshings at home airmats for the first time. When investing in gymnastics tumbling mats for your home, it’s wise to speak to a friendly team that’s knowledgeable about their products. They will ask you the right questions to ensure you are buying what you actually need.
The increase in popularity of gymnastics, parkour, and martial arts in the United States is causing an increase in the demand for high quality airmats that can be used at home, or in a communal space. If you’re interested in investing, check out what other teams are doing with the latest generation of airmats. Buy from a company that’s been around long enough to truly understand the needs of both beginner and professional gymnasts.
While structured classes in a gym environment are essential to developing the skills and strengths gymnasts need, an at-home practice is also key for developing the confidence and strength. Invest in a high quality inflatable airmat to give your family a safe place to practice year round. Keep in mind that these mats can also be taken on the road for practice during vacations and tournaments. And, have fun outside! Gymnastics tumbling mats for home help you make the most of the great indoors. Don’t skimp on quality, and make sure to find a company that offers great customer service to help you find the best equipment for your space.
Cheerleading has become one of the most competitive sports in the country, and it’s no surprise. Contemporary cheerleading features exciting stunts and tricks that captivate audiences across the nation, and has even sparked a trend for cheerleading movies, camps, and blogs. Cheer teams are setting increasingly high standards for the sport, incorporating new and difficult gymnastic stunts that require training, practice, and appropriate cheerleading equipment. In fact, the National Athletic Trainers’ Association has just created a series of guidelines aimed at protecting cheer athletes across the country. In response, cheerleading equipment manufacturers are offering a range of products suited towards setting up safer gyms, and coaches are using a variety of new techniques and safeguards to keep athletes healthy. Cheerleading is now regulated at the middle school, high school, and college levels. The American Association of Cheerleading Coaches and Administrators’ now offers guides and education to help keep the community safe. Cheerleading teams in the NCAA now require coaches to get a safety certification. Consequently, injury rates, including concussions and sprains, have significantly decreased since 2006. This article explores how new equipment can help promote safe practices for your cheer squad.
Good cheerleading equipment starts from the ground up. The National Cheer Safety Foundation reports that roughly 93 percent of cheerleading injuries occur on hard gym flooring, concrete, or on surfaces that are not adequately covered by supportive mats or crash pads. Many of these injuries happen while a squad is performing or practicing stunts, like pyramids, shoulder sits, basket tosses, or other stunts involving a flyer, without proper cheerleading equipment. Since stunting is becoming more popular, it’s crucial that teams use appropriate airfloors or mats during training in order to prevent injury. How to decide what type of flooring equipment is needed? Start by considering the difficulty of the stunt, and then consider the height at which the stunt is performed. Stunts performed at a higher range equal a greater risk, thus a greater need for protective mats and floors.
An airfloor, as the name implies, is a strong, durable, and often large, inflatable floor pad. They provide more bounce than a foam pad or mat, and can be inflated to a range of pressures in order to support different needs. Airfloors provide the best support for joints and protection against impact. They can be quickly and easily inflated by a portable airblower, which allows for precision and efficiency. Deflation can usually be completed within minutes. High-quality airfloors are made with durable material and stitching that can easily be cleaned and repaired. Cheerleading coaches love the versatility of this cutting edge product, as they can be set up in a series, are easily moveable, and can be connected to provide one large surface area. Airfloors are also available in unique sizes. For example, a beam-shaped airfloor may be used to practice stunts or skills that require alignment and balance. They are used by a range of different athletes to support softer landings and reduced impact to joints during training.
During cheerleading training, safety mats are often used to support flyers that are dismounting from a stunt or landing a tumbling trick. These mats are anywhere from eight to thirteen inches thick, and are made of a high-density foam that helps support an athletes as they land, or provides cushion in the case that they accidently fall. Cheerleading coaches often combine mats with an airfloor in order to provide an extra layer of support during cheerleading tumbling or stunting training. Safety mats are not typically lightweight, but their smaller dimensions make it easy to store and transport them. They are covered in an easily washable and repairable material that is designed to withstand repeated blows. Every cheerleading team should practice with adequate mats, and with such a great range on the market, there’s no excuse to go without.
Manufacturers are now addressing the market for home and outdoor cheerleading equipment by offering smaller-sized airfloors and folding mats. A good home airfloor has all the benefits of a regular-sized airfloor, except it is smaller, lighter, and more affordable. A folding floor mat is also a great option and can often be customized to your cheer team’s colors. Opt for an option that is made with good quality foam and durable vinyl; it may require a greater investment upfront, but will last for several seasons. Cheerleaders can use this equipment to more safely practice tumbling while on the road, or in an outdoor setting. While it’s not advised to attempt stunting or tumbling outside of a supervised setting, enthusiasts can practice the basics at home knowing that they have a greater level of protection and joint support on the mat.
Flyers need to have excellent balance to keep themselves and their team members safe. Have your team take turns standing on the airroll– they’ll have to keep their core engaged in order to keep stable. Airrolls are a great tool for cheerleaders to develop core strength while practicing balance, and supporting the strengthening of the muscles surrounding the ankle. Though simple, this piece of cheerleading equipment is great for athletes to use in between routines, during warm ups, or during down time.
Today’s manufacturers are offering an upgrade on the wooden or metal cheer stands of the past. Contemporary models are made with durable, lightweight materials and offer a more stable base. These can be used to practice balance, and to support ankle strength during training.
Use wedges and airramps in your floor set up to provide a safer experience as athletes tackle complex tricks like backsprings and flips. Wedges can be set up in combination with airfloors and landing mats in order to provide support for cheer athletes that are attempting to learn specific tricks and tumbling moves.
Strong muscles and joints are the first step to preventing injury. Stamina and core strength are key to consistently practicing good form and landing stunts. As soon as an athlete gets tired, they are at greater risk for injury.
Use the correct flooring and mats recommended for the type of stunts your team is working on. Make sure they are adequately sized, properly inflated, repaired frequently, and safely stored.
There are several guidelines and training courses available to ensure that you’re following the best safety precautions. The Pop Warner Rules Book, the Youth Cheer and Dance Alliance, the NCAA, and the American Association of Cheerleading Coaches and Administrators’ all offer extensive guides and documentation.
When learning stunts, ensure you have properly trained spotter present and focused at all times. In the case that someone does fall, you’ll have a team ready to spring to action.
Cheerleading has well-surpassed its former cliché of pom poms and mini skirts. Modern cheer is about building strength, confidence, and learning how to work as a team. Kids as young as four are drawn to this dynamic sport, creating an increase in the demand for high-quality cheerleading mats and equipment. Cheerleading mats are essential for helping athletes build strength, stretch, and learn skills and stunts. The latest generation of cheerleading mats help prevent injury, build confidence, and are adaptable to the needs of each athlete. Below are some of the ways that cheerleading mats are utilized to support today’s teams.
In order to complete their stunts, cheerleaders need to develop balanced strength in their legs, core, and upper body. In fact, cheerleading provides an intense workout for all of the body’s key muscle groups. Exercises done the mat can help build strength and support skills and confidence during a performance.
Reduce Impact on Knees and Ankles While Strengthening Legs
Strong leg muscles are necessary for both basic stunts like Thigh Stands and advanced tricks like Aerials Cartwheels. Leg strength is also crucial for jumps, lifts, and dynamic cheer moves. Do your knees a favor and try these basic exercises on the cheerleading mat.
Cheer lunges are great for strengthening the quadriceps, glutes, and inner thighs, and are often integrated in various poses and positions throughout a routine. While practicing lunges, it’s crucial to make sure that your bent knee never extends past a 90 degree angle; your bent knee should not extend past the toes. Try both side lunges and front lunges. Doing this exercise on the mat helps build balance while reducing impact on the ankles and knees.
High-powered jumps and spins are an exciting part of most cheerleading routines. Therefore, athletes need to master these strength-building moves. Start crouched on the mat, with knees bent and hands touching the floor. Quick burst up and jump in a star position, with hands and feet extended at a 45-degree angle. Repeat. To increase the challenge, add a push-up after each jump. This exercise not only safely builds leg strength, but also tones the core and supports aerobic endurance.
Improve Core Stability While Training on the Mat
Flips, holds, tucks, and other cheerleading skills require great core strength. For example, in-air tricks require the flyer to hold their entire core in order to move through the air gracefully and land safely. There are endless mat exercises that can promote lower, side, upper, and deep abdominal strength.
One of the best ways to build core strength on the mat by repeating a series of different crunches. Try different combinations of bicycle crunches to work the obliques, raised-leg crunches to strengthen the lower abdomen, and V-shaped crunches that work the entire rib cage and upper abs. Performing these exercises on the mat helps to protect and cushion the spine, neck, and lower back.
Planks and Side Planks
Planks and side planks are an efficient way to work the entire core. Doing this exercise on a cheerleading mat helps protect wrists, shoulders, and knees. Start with the knees on the mat, then place your hands on the mat, directly below the shoulders. Ensure the entire upper body is in a straight line, and hold. Once the wrists, shoulders and arms are strong enough, extend your feet and try working into side plank holds.
With strength must come flexibility. In order to stay healthy, cheerleaders must spend time stretching and warming up to prevent pulled muscles and over extension. This is especially important for flyers. Flyers must hold positions that require flexibility in the hips, hamstrings, shoulders, and back. Stretching on the mat before, during, and after each training session is key to building flexibility over time. A good quality cheerleading mat provides comfort and warmth, helping athletes comfortably relax into each stretch. Just remember to warm up for at least five or ten minutes before working into a series of stretches.
Cheerleader’s Bridge Stretch
The bridge stretch is used by cheerleaders to develop both strength and back flexibility. It’s also a key to accomplishing the back handspring. This stretch starts with the athlete laying on the mat, then pushing the middle body up into the air in a bridge position with the feet and hands securely anchored to the floor. Over time, athletes will develop the shoulder, leg, and core strength needed to kick over and out of the bridge, as is done during in a handspring. Practicing this on a high-quality mat is safer and more comfortable than on a hard surface.
Scorpion Pose Stretch
The Scorpion pose is a classic cheerleading move that must be practiced over time. To work into this pose, the athlete must stretch on the mat at least two to three times a day. Lie on the stomach, then push up onto the palms, gradually straightening the arms. Eventually work on reaching back to grab a foot. With time and practice, you’ll be able to do this pose in a standing position, and eventually, in the air. The key is to start with baby steps on the mat before moving forward.
Cheerleading Skills on the Mat
There are a range of fun and rewarding skills that both beginner and advanced cheerleaders work to master over the years. A good quality cheerleading mat can protect athletes by providing a stable base and a cushioned landing surface, helping to minimize injury while building skills.
Cheer Tumbling Mat Basics
Tumbling is a technique that modern cheerleading takes from gymnastics. Tumbling can include twists, flips, rolls, and jumps, and is often injected into cheerleading routines to provide movement and speed. Beginning cheer athletes should spend time mastering their forward and backward rolls on the mat. Handstands, cartwheels, and jumps should also be practiced on the mat, not a hard surface, during the early days of training. The right mat will help to protect the spine as strength and confidence are built over time.
Advanced cheerleading athletes can safely practice more complex moves like handsprings, back handsprings, and aerial cartwheels on a range of mats. Air floors are excellent for providing safety during longer tumbling combinations. Beam-shaped mats are perfect for advanced cheerleading skills that require impeccable alignment and balance. Other moves like Toe Touches, Pikes, Herkie’s and Double Nine’s must also be practiced on an appropriate mat in order to prevent injury.
Practice Stunts Safely on a Cheerleading Mat
When people think of contemporary cheer, they invision images of people stacking into amazing pyramids and launching flyers into the air. It’s these stunts that make cheerleading such a fun and addictive spectator sport. However, it’s these stunts that are the most complex and risky to master. New NCAA regulations are now providing rules and guidelines over the correct cheerleading mats that should be used to prevent injury for athletes around the nation. Luckily, the latest generation of manufacturers are providing a great range of options to meet and excel these needs, helping to protect athletes as they take the sport to a new high.
Crash Pads for Shorter Landings
Crash pads can be used on top of an airfloor during training to shorten a landing and provide extra support while the team learns a new stunt. L-Stands, Shoulder Sits, and Thigh Stands can all be safely practiced on a range of cheerleading mats, as long as they are correctly coached. Having a spotter during each stunt is a must, especially for younger or less-experienced squads.
Select a cheerleading mats that has been quality tested for size, flatness, pressure range, stitching, and material strength. You’ll want to work with a company that is equipped to provide mats for a range of athletes, including other cheerleading teams that abide by the appropriate regulations. Select cheerleading mats that come with great customer service – a two year warranty is a good standard to look out for. Most importantly, don’t skimp on the quality or size of equipment. The safety of your team is depending on it. If in doubt, check here for more guidelines on cheerleading mats regulations.
From car batteries to fresh produce, it seems that everything is available on the web these days. However, as all smart consumers know, there are risks and benefits to internet shopping. When it comes to finding a parkour shop online, it’s important to take advantage of the benefits while avoiding the risks. Go with a trusted company and weigh your options before settling.
There are several benefits to shopping for parkour gear online. One of the key advantages is the ability to research different brands and products while at home or on the go. You can compare prices, dimensions, materials, reviews, and return policies with just a few clicks of the mouse. You can even share links with friends or colleagues in your parkour community who might be willing to lend some advice or weigh in on the options.
Because of the size of parkour blocks, wedges and mats, parkour stores require a large space, which translates into a high monthly rent. Pair this with storage, shipping, heating, lighting, and employees, and there is an even higher monthly cost to account for. The lack of an expensive storefront rent means lower costs for consumers.
Online parkour shops give athletes access to the products they need and want, regardless of their geographic location. This increase in accessibility has help the parkour reach new audiences, especially those in rural areas, or locations with a limited parkour training scene. This is allowing parkour to spread to demographics that ack parkour training facilities.
When shopping online for parkour gear, it’s important to consider the risks. First, you might not know the quality of the product you’ve purchased until it arrives. Imagine expecting a high quality, dense foam product with great stitching and durable material, only to have your product arrive and not live up to those expectations. Furthermore, parkour shops online can have exceedingly high shipping fees, due to the bulky nature of mats and blocks. Or, you might need more information when it comes to selecting the right product. It’s hard to know what size, shape, and amount of equipment you need without prior experience. Luckily, smart shoppers can minimize these risks by selecting the right parkour gear company.
Good customer service will answer questions about the quality of their product and help you select the options that are best suitetoor your needs. An experienced customer service team will answer phone calls or emails in a thorough, timely manner, be polite and friendly, and even pay attention to small details like spelling and grammar. They will work to understand and resolve any questions or issues you have, especially when it comes to billing, shipping, and returns. Considering that your parkour gym setup is an investment to your health and skill development, you’ll want to work with a company that cares.
Parkour wedges, blocks, mats, crash pads can be over three to six feet long or wide. Clearly, these items can’t be delivered by standard US mail. A good parkour online shop will partner with a private delivery company to accommodate the unique needs required for shipping these large and bulky items in a timely and cost effective manner. A good company will usually offer a flat shipping rate, or provide a shipping rate calculator to help you plan for the costs. Some companies may even be willing to offer free shipping, depending on the size of your order.
We’ve all been there. You purchase something online and it’s the wrong size, the wrong quantity, or just not what you were looking for. Don’t get stuck with a purchase that you regret- choose a parkour gear company that is willing to make returns or exchanges to ensure that you are happy with your investment. Several parkour equipment companies have 30 day return policies to help make sure that customers have the right product for their gym or home parkour setup.
When it comes to shopping online, knowledge is power. Consumers can educate themselves on available products by reading reviews, watching videos, and checking out forums. There are an increasing number of blogs and social media platforms popping up in the parkour world. Remember to take all reviews with a grain of salt, but know that there is a vibrant parkour community that is more than happy to talk shop and help you get what you need.
Not sure if a tower wedge is what you need? Unsure of what size or pressure mat to buy? Deciding between a mobile setup or a permanent features for your gym? These are all key questions to answer before planning to purchase parkour gear online. Spend time creating a spreadsheet to track and compare options, dimensions, prices, colours and policies. It may seem tedious at first, but it will help you decide on the best purchase for your needs and budget. Plus, it will be helpful when it comes time to change or build on your parkour gym setup; you’ll have a thorough list of researched products and reviews to reference.
The risks and advantages of online shopping should be weighed against your needs, budget, and timeline. Buying online can help save money and time, but make sure to buy from a company with great customer service, knowledgeable staff, and positive reviews. Do your homework when it comes to sizes and shipping, and don’t be afraid to contact a company to ask for more information before making a purchase with a parkour shop online.