GYMNASTICS is a multi-skill sport that requires an immense amount of strength, flexibility, balance and coordination.
It also requires a lot of practice: to really achieve in gymnastics, you need to start young and be willing to practice often, so you’ll definitely need a gymnastic mat for home use.
There are loads of different options, in terms of style and price point, when it comes to finding a gymnastics mat you can play around on at home.
Fold-up mats are handy as space-saving options – when not in use, they fold away into a compact rectangular shape. The also have handles for easy portability.
Wedge mats are another compact design: the ergonomic wedge shape can be used for running or tumbling, but folds into a neat square shape that’s handy for a variety of other exercises, like strength training.
Of course, you don’t need to be training to be the next Simone Biles to invest in a gymnastics mat to practice on at home.
Ideal for kids to play around on, they also conveniently double as yoga mats for when you’re in need of a meditative stretch or workout.
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1. Best gymnastic mats: wedge mat
This ergonomic, wedge-shaped gymnastics mat is a versatile addition to your home.
Not only is it suitable for tumbling, gymnastics floor work, rhythmic gymnastics, stretching, yoga and martial arts, it folds into a handy cube shape which can be used for Crossfit-style box jumps.
The gymnastics mat is cushioned with EPE foam for support, and has a hardwearing PVC exterior.
- (AD) COSTWAY Large Foldable Incline Gymnastics Mat, £105.95 on Amazon – buy here
2. Best gymnastic mats: crash mat
Tumbler in the house? This crash mat is just the ticket for helping them practice one back handspring after another.
Made from PVC with a high-density foam interior, you’ll find a range of thicknesses and sizes to suit your needs and space constraints.
Fans say it’s ‘simply perfect’, ‘well made’ and ‘thick enough to stop mummy from panicking’.
- (AD) Gym Princess Implay Multi-Use Gymnastics Mat (180cm x 120cm x 10cm), for £159.99 on Amazon – buy here
3. Best gymnastic mats: tumbling mat
They’ll quickly master their aerials and flic flacs with this inflatable gymnastics mat, which includes an electric air pump for easy inflation.
The mat is 300cm in length, 100cm wide and 10cm thick, but stores away compactly once deflated.
Bonus: it’s also waterproof so doubles as a pool float.
‘I bought this as a present for my niece and she couldn’t be happier with it.
‘She has wanted an Airtrack mat for ages and other brands are costing over £200, this one was a bargain and seems to be as good a quality as the other brands… She hasn’t stopped using this since she got it’, writes a reviewer.
- (AD) KUOKEL Airtrack Inflatable Gymnastics Mat with Electric Air Pump, for £145.99 on Amazon – buy here
4. Best gymnastic mats: foldaway mat
PROIRON is a reputable name in fitness equipment, and this gymnastics mat from the brand won’t disappoint.
The four-fold design is 4.1cm thick, and can be easily stored out of sight when not in use.
Carry handles allow for easy transportation.
The double-sided PU mat is easy to clean with a non-slip texture, and can be used for various other fitness activities beyond gymnastics.
‘Mat arrived very promptly and my daughter is over the moon with it, she hasn’t stopped practicing forward walkovers, cartwheels and so much more!!’ writes a satisfied parent.
- (AD) PROIRON Gymnastics Mat, for £42.98 on Amazon – buy here
5. Best gymnastic mats: large mat
GYMAX’s 8-foot mat is already big; if you’ve got the space, it goes even bigger thanks to the black Velcro straps which connect to other mats.
Don’t worry, though – it folds up compactly so you don’t need to trip over it in the sitting room every evening.
The combo of colours makes it an appealing choice for kids, too: use it for kiddie yoga and dance parties.
- (AD) GYMAX 8FT Folding Gymnastics Mat, for £65.90 on Amazon – buy here
6. Best gymnastic mats: budget mat
For any parent thinking their child’s current gymnastics obsession is just a phase they’ll be over in six months, this Lions mat is a great buy.
It’s well priced, folds up compactly and boasts 5cm thick foam – thick enough for floorwork like cartwheels and walkovers.
This gymnastics mat is also handy for stretching, yoga and Tai Chi.
- (AD) Lions Gymnastic Mat – 50MM, for £19.99 on Amazon – buy here
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