Roll Out Cheer Mats & Gymnastics Mats Buyer’s Guide
By Ari Ziskin
Published: January 3, 2018 | Updated: January 21, 2022
Transform your living room, basement or playroom into a practice space in seconds with roll out cheer mats and gymnastics mats.
Imagine the ease and portability of a yoga mat. Now imagine that instead of practicing yoga, you can practice cheer, tumbling, gymnastics and more.
Okay, so most of these are a little heavier than a yoga mat – and trust me, when you’re doing back tucks and cheer tosses, you will want that extra bulk – but the same theory of ease and portability applies.
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What should you look for in a roll out mat?
Cheer and gymnastics are risky enough without the dangers of the wrong mat. These are high-impact sports, and often times, it’s younger kids and teenagers using these for at-home practice, making safety extra important.
So how do you know if your mat is safe for your specific activities?
Most of the time, as long as you’re purchasing from a reputable source, the product description will let you know which activities it’s appropriate for. For example, if you’re looking at a yoga mat, it’s not going to say “Great for practicing back layouts”. If you’re going to be doing advanced tumbling, make sure the mat you’re looking at is designed for advanced tumbling.
Additionally, you want to check out the thickness and shock absorption. Higher jumps, tosses and more advanced moves require a mat with the shock absorption.
If you’re anything like me, you reserve about 1% of my life for cleaning because it is, like, the least fun thing you can possibly do. So, needless to say, I am all about easy and low maintenance!
Our roll out mats are super easy to clean – most of the time, all you need to do is give them a quick wipe down with a damp cloth. Easy as that.
Ready to put your mat away? This is where the roll out option comes in handy! They’re so easy to put up after you’re done using them and need to make space for the next activity.
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Types of Roll Out Mats
There is no “one size fits all” mat out there. The reality is that the Olympic hopeful needs a different mat than the person who has decided to begin a core regimen at home.
We have roll out mats for every level – check it out and see which one is right for you.
⅜” Soft Mats
This is like the beginner’s level mat. But, don’t be fooled; it’s still pretty darn tough and can hold up to a lot of abuse.
Soft, warm, comfortable and durable, this mat is great for at home workouts, stretching, yoga and beginning tumbling.
These babies are also waterproof, which makes them super easy to take care of. In fact, they’ll even float if you toss them in the pool. Although, I have not tried adding a cup holder and using them as a pool raft. If you try that, you should let us know.
If you’re looking for an affordable and versatile mat for home workouts and beginning tumbling, our ⅜” Soft Mats will bring all the boys to your yard (if you’re from a different generation, that means they’ll be a great fit).
Home Cheer Mats
This is what we’d consider an intermediate level mat. It’s the perfect fit for almost anything you want to practice – cheer, tosses, back handsprings, martial arts, wrestling, you name it.
Our cheer mats are our most popular mats. They’re so versatile that they end up being a perfect fit for almost anyone, and they are built to last for the long haul.
They come in multiple size and thickness options so you can be sure to get exactly what you need. No wasting money and space on a mat that’s too big for you!
Not enough mat for you? No problem! Easily velcro multiple mats together to cover a large surface. Then, when you’re done practicing, you can roll them up individually and put them away – so simple and convenient.
If you want a mat that will stick with you through multiple levels of gymnastics, cheer or martial arts, our Home Cheer Mats are the way to go.
6′ x 42′ Cheer Mats
Dun duh duh dun! Now presenting: The King of All Roll Out Mats.
The 6′ x 42′ Cheer Mat is the cream of the crop when it comes to matting for cheer competitions, gymnastics competitions, and more at the high school and college level. So who needs this ultra-tough mat? Advanced gymnasts and elite cheerleaders will definitely love this roll out mat, but less advanced athletes will benefit just as much from the heavy-duty construction.
The cross-linked polyethylene foam is designed to absorb impact and keep you safe as you pull off advanced maneuvers. Plus, the durable carpet top provides the perfect blend of traction and style.
This versatile mat also rolls up in seconds for super easy transportation.
Need some extra cushioning? You can choose between 1-3/8″ and 2″ thick mats, and either thickness has 6’x42′ dimensions. That is a lot of mat.
If you know you’re at the point in your gymnastics or cheerleading career where you need that something extra, it’s time to meet our 6′ x 42′ Cheer Mat.
Highlights of Roll Out Mats
- Lightweight (in most sizes)
- Easy to clean, transport and store
- Great for all levels
- Durable and built to last
Limitations of Roll Out Mats
- Larger mats may be heavy to transport
- Will not protect you from jumping off a multiple story building, but we would hope you wouldn’t try that
Ready to get started? Order your roll out mat today!