Wrestling Mats Versus Gymnastics Mats!Posted on: August 2nd, 2013 by Kelly Green
Moms get flowers, Dads get ugly ties.
Moms get candy, Dads get whoopee cushions and flatulence jokes.
Moms get to eat out, Dads end up choking on barbeque smoke.
Okay, I admit, I don’t have a problem with any of this. In fact, given the choice of waiting for expensive food prepared by a temperamental French cook and grilling my favorite chunk of meat on a mesquite grill with an icy beverage and some 60’s bebop blaring, I’ll take the grill anytime.
I bet you’re wondering how this all relates to mats. Me too. . . Wait, I got it!
Just as there is a perceived disparity between the two holidays, there may be a perceived disparity between two of our exercise floor mats, it all depends on the end user. Consider sports that use mats like wrestling mats versus gymnastic mats.
A wrestling mat is not a gymnastic floor. Typically a mat used for wrestling has fantastic energy absorption properties. When a mass with terrific kinetic force comes to an abrupt stop, generally speaking, you want that mass to have a fairly cushioned landing area so as not to have said mass break, spindle or mutilate. There has to be some degree of “pillowing”.
Contrast this with gymnastic floor mats need. Rather than absorb kinetic energy, it amplifies and returns the energy and softens landings without reducing kinetic energy. Without this property, tumbling runs would rely solely on the limb strength of the athlete to obtain height and rotation.
If you were to wrestle on a gymnastic floor, it would look like an old cartoon as bodies would be slammed about like Bam Bam Rubble from the Flintstones manhandling Barney BAM BAM BAM BAM! Whereas trying to do a double back or even a running front Russian on a wrestling mat would take legs the size of a youthful Arnold Schwarzenegger.
I look at the sentimental cards and handmade artsy-crafty stuff that makes my beloved wife get all teary eyed on Mother’s Day and I think, “What the heck is that?!” Just as I am sure my wife think, “That tie looks like a clown threw up, please don’t let him wear that outside where people can see.”
It’s all about the end user.