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Floating Exercise Mat Comparison

Floating exercise mats have come a long way since being just foam. Nowadays, there are various foam and inflatable floating exercise mats that are available. In this article, we’ll show you the difference between the floating exercise mats and our inflatable AirTracks. Our inflatable AirTracks are heavy-duty, with a high-grade double wall fabric that is water-resistant.

Our Most Popular Mats

Data Info Home AirFloor Home AirFloor XL AirTrack P2 AirTrack P3
Length/Width 3’x10’ 3’ x 16’ 6.5’ x 20’ / 50’  6.5’ / 9’ x 20’/ 50’
Thickness 4” inches 4” inches 8” inches 12’ inches
Color Options Y Y N N
Price Range $335.00 $650.00 $2,085 – $4,765 $2,235 – $6,885
Stored Size 50 x 35 x 32 cm / 100 x 50 x 35 cm 80 x 50 x 25 cm / 110 x 70 x 38 cm

Home AirFloor

The Home AirFloor and Home AirFloor XLs offer all the benefits of inflatable air mats in a smaller, lighter, and cheaper package. It comes in two colors; Pink and Blue. Our heavy-duty and water-resistant double wall fabric is perfect for the grass or in the pool. 

You can level up your at-home gym training by combining different Air Products like AirBoard or AirBlock. With the Training Set it combines our best home Air Products giving you the ultimate tool you can use for your home gym! Our versatile air mat is perfect for at home, on vacation, or at a park; you can still train like you’re in a gym! 

AirTrack P2

Our AirTrack P2 is the perfect and most popular tumbling mat. With 8-inches of thickness, it is the middle ground thickness for tumblers, cheerleaders, and other gymnasts alike.  You can see here @britthertz on the inflatable AirTrack gives you enough surface area to tumble in the pool or into it. It is big enough to tumble on still, be portable for travel.

AirTrack P3

At 12-inches thick, the AirTrack P3 is our thickest and signature product. The perfect tumble trampoline replacement for power tumbling and skill development is needed to compete at the most elite levels. With our AirTrack P3 air mat, from high leveled skill or tumbling pass can be performed on it. See here Dude Perfect using it perfectly for a slip and slide too! 

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How To Use Them In The Pool

Beyond practicing your gymnastics, cheer or parkour moves, our AirTracks provide the stability you need to workout in the pool, as well as on land.  Unlike other floating fitness mats, they are not intended for a single use and can be used for yoga, Pilates, balance and core strength training, mediation and even recovery training.

Yoga

Yoga in the pool is a low impact exercise that makes it ideal for people with joint pain or injuries to improve their strength, flexibility and range of motion.

Yoga moves like the plank, downward dog, chaturanga, and cobra are all perfect on the mat. By using it in the water, it adds a little twist to your regular yoga practice.

  • How to do a Plank
    Start from a downward-facing dog position (see below on a downward-facing dog), then inhale to move your torso forward until your arms are horizontal to the floor. Your arms need to be shoulder-width apart while your fingers firmly placed onto the mat. Lift the base of your head away from the neck and look straight down to the floor. Your back is to be aligned straight with your body. Use a mirror or ask for help to see if your body is properly aligned from head to toe. See Plank Pose for an in-depth way on how to do a plank.
  • How to do a Downward Dog 
    From a plank position move your body back to your legs, this will cause your waist and hips to be up. Rotate your thighs inward, keep your tail high, and sink your heels towards the floor This will extend your arms straight beside your ears. Look down and breathe in deep sitting into the stretch of your calves.
  • How to do chaturanga or low plank
    From a Plank, you will slowly start lowering your arms into a push-up position. The difference is you will be keeping your elbows bent straight back instead of outwards for a push-up. Notice your shoulders were already in front of your wrists, and your forearms should naturally assume a perpendicular position to the floor. Ideally, the pose has the upper arms parallel to the floor. Do not go any lower than that.
  • How to do a Cobra
    Like in yoga, there are many forms of the Cobras. For example, the Baby Cobra is when your head is straight with your arms bent. From chaturanga or low plank, lift your head while your neck is in a neutral position, only looking forward. All the while, your arms are bent close to you, or if you can straighten them. This will make your Cobra taller. Have your head and back straight and up as much as possible, stretching your back and calves.

 

Balance & Core Strength

There are many different categories and types of fitness, for example, Pilates, kinetic fitness training, yoga, and many other types of exercises. These types of exercise mainly use the body-weight to working out. Protecting your body from injury or even giving you a different playing field that could change up your routine. These basic four moves on our air mat and will support you all the way through.

  1. Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and your arms by your sides.
  2. Lower into a squat position and place your hands on the floor.
  3. Kick or step your legs back into a plank position.
  4. Jump or step your legs forward to return to a squat position.
  5. Return to the standing position.
  • How to do Squats
    Stand with feet shoulder-width apart, toes pointed out. Send hips back to squat down until thighs are at least parallel to the floor while keeping chest lifted. Stand back up to start and repeat.
  • How to do Mountain Climbers
  1. Put both hands and knees on the floor.
  2.  Place your right foot near your right hand and extend your left leg behind you.
  3. In one smooth motion, switch your legs, keeping your arms in the same position.
  4. Switch your legs back and forth twice, such that your right leg is again close to your right hand. 
  1. Get down on all fours, placing your hands slightly wider than your shoulders.
  2. Straighten your arms and legs.
  3. Lower your body until your chest nearly touches the floor.
  4.  Pause, then push yourself back up.
  5. Repeat.  

 Meditation

Similar to yoga,  meditation is a great way to destress and relax your mind and body. Meditation helps control your breathing and able to have clear thoughts. While performing yoga on our air mats in the pool will give a different sense of calm. When you’re rocking on your air mat on a calm pool during the morning can be very relaxing. 

Also, you’ll find the benefits of meditation also include:

  • A new perspective on stressful situations and life’s problems
  • Skills for managing stress
  • A better ability to place your focus on the present
  • A reduction in negative thoughts and emotions
  • Better self-awareness

Meditation can also help with the following physical symptoms:

  • Anxiety disorders
  • Asthma
  • Cancer
  • Depression
  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Pain
  • Sleep problems

 Recovery After Injury

Learning how to have stability of the mat and can help rebuild proprioception and kinesthetic awareness loss resulting from an injury. Having the mat on the pool makes it a bit easier on the joints because you’re not fighting gravity too much, just the motion of the water. Hydro exercises naturally make it easier during rehabilitation, the water helps reduce the weight on the injury. Building core strength, stability and stretching to bring back range of motion is a great way to come back from an injury.

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