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Cheer Mats - What Are They Made Of?

Lisa Hobbie // 2019

There’s nothing like a cheer routine to really get a crowd going. With the high energy flips and twists, it’s impossible not to get excited and pumped up. The thrills of cheerleading are not without danger, however, due to the high impact nature of the sport. Cheer mats are an absolutely essential part of training and performing. They help athletes master skills and stunts and build strength, flexibility, and confidence. Most importantly, they help minimize the potential for serious injury, so it’s imperative that you choose a cheer mat that is made from high quality materials to ensure safety and durability.

There are many styles and sizes of cheer mats available for sale at Greatmats. Some of the key differences among them are the sizes and the materials they are constructed from, but they are all excellent choices for preparing a home or gym floor for the intensity of cheer stunts and tumbling.

Poly Flexible Roll

The poly flexible mats are available in different sizes and thicknesses depending on the needs of your facility and athletes. These are extremely durable, professional quality mats that come in many colors - making them an attractive option for schools. Where some manufacturers glue carpet to a cheap foam mat, the top of our roll up mats are made of a 26 ounce needle punch carpet that is flame-bonded to a cross-link polyethylene foam base layer - making it the highest quality blend of materials available. Greatmats features flexi roll cheer mats for competition teams, high school squads, and college teams, and they come with a 3-year warranty. They provide great support and cushioned landings for any tumble or stunt, and they are extremely durable - standing up to continued pounding from jumping and stunting.

Convenience and ease of use is one of our priorities, which is why we provide hook and loop connector strips when ordering more than one 6 x 42 foot strip. These mats also feature a foam backing that is sliced part of the way through to make it easy to roll up.

Home Cheer Floor

For a lightweight, durable, and portable cheer mat that is made from high performance, carpeted sports foam and features a roll up design, choose a home cheer floor. Like the poly flexible roll mats, these are available in different sizes and thicknesses. They can be used indoors or temporarily outdoors, and will stand up to regular use with a 1 year limited warranty. These mats also feature a foam backing that is sliced part of the way through to make it easy to roll up.

Panel Gym Mats

Greatmats has a wide variety of panel gym mats from which you may choose in varieties that are flat and others that fold up and lay flat to attach to one another with velcro. They are constructed with a vinyl covering and durable polyethylene foam interior and are lead and phthalates free. Some of the thicker mats will combine layers of polyethylene foam with a layer of polyurethane foam for additional cushion. They are made with the highest quality materials and are available in numerous colors, sizes, and thicknesses. They are designed for durability and superior shock absorption and work as a great skill-building cheer mat.

Landing Mats & Safety Mats

Landing mats are the best option to provide cushioning for landing areas or to protect against falls from stunting that involve a potential fall height of greater than 4 feet. They work really well for learning and mastering tumbling passes and cheerleading jumps, as they provide a great mix of shock absorption and footing. These mats are available in different thicknesses and colors, and come in non-folding, bi-fold, or quad-fold. Greatmats landing mats provide a high level of performance for years of use and are made of matte textured vinyl coated polyester and crosslinked polyethylene foam.

For maximum cushion and support when learning new skills, a safety gymnastic mat is an excellent option. These are made of high density polyurethane foam with a heavy, vinyl coated polyester surface. They are designed to provide maximum support with up to 4 extra inches of padding over a standard 8-inches of padding on other mats.

Incline Wedge Mat

Another great mat used for learning and mastering new cheer skills is an incline wedge mat, which allows for the athlete to start at the high end of the mat and work along the downhill portion of the wedge and vice versa. This helps the athlete adapt to making his or her body move correctly for a given skill or exercise until they are strong enough to perform it on a flat floor surface. They are especially useful when athletes are trying to learn specific moves such as walkover, cartwheel, tumble, dive roll, forward roll, and handstand roll. Greatmats incline mats are extremely durable and made using the highest quality foam and vinyl.

Numerous Cheer Mat Options at Greatmats
The cheer mat options mentioned are just a sampling of what what Greatmats has to offer. If you would like to discuss these or any other options, just contact Greatmats friendly and knowledgeable customer service team. Together, you can figure out what the options are for your athletes and your space.

For more on this topic please review our Cheerleading Mats product page.