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GYMNASTICS EXERCISE YOU CAN DO IN THE POOL WITH AN INFLATABLE MAT

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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Handstands & Bridges

 

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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.

Back Handsprings

 

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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!

Back Flips (Back Tuck)

 

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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.

Arabian Flips

 

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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.

Airtrack at the Lake

 

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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?