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Folding Mats Side-by-Side Comparison Video

Size, Thickness, and Usage Comparison of Folding Gym Mats

Gym Rubber Floor folding gym mats.
Folding gym mats, otherwise known as panel mats, are one of the most common and versatile forms of padded flooring for general exercise, gymnastics, tumbling, wrestling, martial arts and wall padding.

These folding mats come in several different sizes and colors and include hook and loop connector strips on two or four sides to allow multiple folding mats to be connected together to cover larger areas.

Gym Rubber Floor offers its own line of folding gym mats in 4 or 5 foot widths, 8 or 10 foot lengths and 1.5 or 2 inch thicknesses.

All Greatmats folding gym mats feature hook and loop connectors on all four sides. Regardless of width, these mats fold accordion style in 2 foot sections.

Length, width and thickness preferences are determined by a number of factors, including type of use and size of people using the mats.

You'll want to make sure your panel mat setup large enough to contain your activity to the mats, whether stationary or in motion.

The more impact you expect to have when training, the thicker the mat you'll want to absorb that impact. This includes falls, jumps, throws and rolls.

1.5 inch thick mats are ideal for stretching, aerobic exercises and for kids.

The 2-inch thicknes offer more cushion for high-impact activities like cheerleading, judo, wrestling or tumbling. Thicker mats also offer greater height variation when using the mats for multi-level skill training.

For tumbling, you'll like want to connect multiple mats together end-to-end to create a long, narrow lane.

For wrestling, connect mats in multiple directions to create a square large enough for at least basic moves.

Keep all of these factors in mind when determining which size of folding gym mat will work best for you.
For more on this topic please review our Gymnastics Mats product page.