Buy Gym Pit Foam Online in the UK
As suppliers to world renowned Olympic gold medallists, GB Foam’s gym pit website offers a fantastic range of gym pit foam and gym pit mats for all your gymnastic safety needs.
Every serious gym needs a gym pit foam and no elite gymnastics training programme would be complete without one to learn some of the harder to perform tricks and manoeuvres. A gym pit offers a safe landing in case of falls from equipment.
Gym pit foam is useful for vault, tumbling, beam dismounts, safe bar skill learning, bar release moves, bar dismounts, skills off the trampoline, ring dismounts and P-bar dismounts.
Choosing the Best Gym Pit Foam for Your Gymnastic Safety Pit
Our gym pit foam team is here to help throughout the selection process but here are a few tips to help you choose the perfect gymnastic safety pit.
Larger foam blocks are safer – Although we still get many requests for our 6” foam blocks, we recommend the larger 8” foam cubes. The larger cubes offer a greater amount of dead space air between the cubes; maximising the foams ability to absorb impact from the gymnast.
Use thicker Foam on the sides and bottom of your pit – All pit sides should be padded with our signature ____ thick mats. Although the industry standard is only 1¼” we believe this is insufficient to safely pad against the concrete underneath if the gymnast should fall on the pit edge. As such, our thicker crash mat like foam walls offers a better room for error to extend the landing safety margin.
Pit depth is the most important factor when choosing the size of your pit – In a standard gymnastic foam pit it is recommended that the pit is 6-8 feet (around 2 metres) deep along with base pit liner foam. The deeper the better as this is what stops the user from banging on the hard surface hidden beneath.
Fluff pits regularly – Loose gym pit foam should be fluffed up regularly to prevent foam compression which can reduce the efficiency of the foam (as it is the packets of air between the blocks that take most of the impact). The pits can be fluffed manually or you can even use special hydraulic devices to do this for you.
Keep your gym foam pits clean – Depending on the amount of use it is best practice to remove foam cubes and vacuum the bottom of the pit from time to time to reduce foam dust build up. In recent months, we have been developing a gym pit sock product to substantially reduce the amount of foam dust created.
Safety Warning For Gymnasts Using Your Gym Pit
No gym pit or landing surface of any kind can completely eliminate serious neck or back injuries. You should make every effort possible to avoid landing on the back or neck especially when going forward. We recommend working closely with your training team to progress at a safe level to avoid dangerous landings on your neck.
Try not to land in the pit in an arched position or on your knees. Doing so, especially in a frontward arched position can hyperextend and injure your back.
Supporting Team GB
GB Foam have an ethos of making great things right here in the UK. We pride ourselves in being a pillar to the UK foam industry. We ethically source all of our products and components; all of which are either hand made in our foam factory in Buckinghamshire or elsewhere in the UK.
All of our gym pit customers are happy with our personalised gym pit service and with over 40 years in business we have grown to become one of the most competitive priced foam companies out there.
If you would like further information on gym pit foam and a quote for your gym, please contact us or call our pit foam team on 01494 441177. We would be more than happy to talk through your foam pit requirements and help you throughout the process.