It's not our favorite time of year but it is an important time. Spring cleaning does not mean vacuuming. It's time to move mats and clean areas that don't regularly get cleaned. Take time to disinfect and mop chalk off mats. Remember first impressions are the most important and invest some time in the details. Details are noticed when equipment is not being properly maintained. Make it a work day for the whole staff which will help keep equipment maintained.
When is it time to replace a mat?
Mats need to be evaluated monthly, or at least quarterly, for tears in covers and the break down of the interior foam. Over time mats will break down from everyday use in a gym environment. When worn corners and tears are observed in vinyl covers, order a replacement cover only. When the interior foam deteriorates but your vinyl cover is still intact order replacement foam inserts. We all know how expensive buying new equipment can be, by repairing mats before they get too bad, you can prolong the life of your equipment.
Tips and Tricks #3
Mats with multiple uses
Top three mats you must have in your gym.
1. Inclines - This mat can be used to teach front roll to standing fulls. Inclines allow the athlete to gain confidence and an advantage when practicing skills on their own. The more an athlete can be successful at landing a skill the more confident they will become.
2. Panel Mats - The uses of a panel mat vary for every situation. Use mats for doing drills and working in stations. Use one for handstands and have one for cartwheels or round-offs. Use panel mats for stretching drills or as a barrier for athletes that reach across their body when tumbling. The uses for this mat are endless. Definitely a must have for any gym.
3.Landing Mats - A good landing mat can go a long way, whether using it for a dismounting surface or on an apparatus, or throwing skills for the first time on the floor. When partnered with a good throw mat, this combo allows for a softer landing when developing skills.
How to check your trampoline
Taking the time to do routine maintenance is important. When checking Trampolines follow these steps.
1. Look at the frame make sure all bolts are tight, if any have loosened tighten them up.
2.Look at the bed for tears or fray, once these start appearing the tramp becomes quite dangerous.
3. Check edging and springs for over stretched springs or springs that may have popped off.
Keeping your athletes safe is the number one priority, take the time and do maintenance.
Trampoline Repair parts can be found here
How to secure the carpet to your Spring floor.
Many of us know, or have seen the walking carpet bonded foam. This is an easy way to keep this issue from happening.
Cut a 4 ft piece of velcro for each corner.
Velcro one side down.
Run the velcro under the corner between the springs.
Pull around to the front and velcro down.
Doing this will hold your corners true and keep your carpet bonded foam from shifting around.