Purchasing gymnastics equipment for home is a bit daunting. What piece of gymnastics equipment is right for your budding gymnast? What items are safe to have in the home? What should you buy, why should you buy it, and where can you find it? All of these questions are answered below!
You can buy any of the below listed gymnastics equipment for home through the specific equipment product links listed below. For more information and purchasing options, visit Gym Gab’s gymnastics Home Equipment Page found to your left in the sidebar.
(1) Balance Beams
Gymnastics balance beams are my favorite piece of gymnastics equipment for home use. Need further convincing before you buy a balance beam for your gymnast? Click on the two articles below for benefits, reviews, comparisons, and purchasing information. The gymnastics beam pictured above is the Brianna Balance Beam – w/ Prime Shipping.
(2) Panel Mat
Panel mats are a great gift and piece of gymnastics equipment for the home because they offer versatility and are easily stored. Panel mats are often used under balance beams, as additional padding for stationary skills & when folded provide ideal height for conditioning and flexibility. They also come in a variety of colors and designs, providing fun decor options for any room.
(3) Practice Mat
As described by Tumbl Trak, “The softness of the Jr. Practice Mat make it a great landing surface. It features non-skid material on the bottom and multiple mats can be connected together for a longer tumbling area. PARENT TIP: This gymnastics mat is 4” thick and makes a great small mat for cushioning falls and landings. We recommend this mat for use under the Jr. Kip Bar, Jr. Bar Pro or any Jr. Training Bar.”
(4) Incline Mat
An incline gymnastics mat (or cheese mat) is a great training tool. Smaller cheese mats (approx. 24 ” x 48″ x 14 “) are designed for preschool aged gymnasts. Skill practice includes bridges, forward rolls, backward rolls, bridge kick-overs, etc. If your gymnast is looking for gymnastics equipment for home use designed for more difficult skills, I suggest purchasing a larger incline mat.
(5) Junior Bar
Bars are a tricky piece of gymnastics equipment for the home and often not safe. There are limited bar skills appropriate for home practice. With that being said, if your gymnast would enjoy a bar for strength training, casting practice, or beginning single-rail skills, purchase mats to ensure safety! The sturdier the bar, the better! It’s worth the investment to pay a little more. For extra stability buy the extension kits if available!
Trampolines provide endless hours of entertainment for gymnasts and friends, but can also be dangerous. Make sure you set-up strict rules to go with this piece of equipment. To make trampolines safer, you can put them in ground (level with your yard) as well as buy a safety net (many trampolines have one included).