For a while now, Airtracks have been a fixture in training for gymnasts. Professional (and aspiring) gymnasts find the inflatable and low-friction airtrak quite useful, but those are also qualities that make them interesting for everyone else. If we were to provide a crude introduction, it is the trampoline’s cousin; albeit one that is better groomed and is easier to carry around.
The surface and design of airtrack is excellent for gymnasts. The smooth surface helps to execute complex maneuvers with relative ease, while the soft surface can also play a role in reducing the risk of injuries. And since the airtrak is a bit more comfortable (and more fun) than your usual gym mat, they find takers quite readily. The cushiony, low-friction feel does have its benefits.
Due to the very nature of their construction, Airtracks have earned acceptance quite fast. I guess the looks do help, so does the fact that they can be available in a whole array of sizes. Your average, run off the mill air track used in mat tumbling could be a behemoth that goes 50 feet in length, to smaller versions that are barely larger than a pillow.
With the availability of all those sizes come possibilities, and those enterprising minds willing to exploit those possibilities. And a major possibility is taking the airtrack beyond the gym. There already are a ton of videos on YouTube and Instagram where you’ll find people with airtracks in open spaces like parks, or even in their backyards. While the backyard versions are limited to a few people, those placed in larger open spaces offer far more to see. Imagine a few airtracks placed together – and you have the grounds set up for a very fun party. Amid the scenes of the skilled gymnast showing their elegant moves, you’ll also find an amateur just happy to be jumping and bobbing around on the airtrack.
Of course, while the amateur might enjoy the airtrack, the contraption itself is targeted towards the gymnast. All said and done, it is a specialized piece of equipment, and as such can bring about quite a price. For several people the price point can be a tough sell, but then that’s just how specialized equipment is! For when you’re all about gymnastics air track can be a necessary part of your training, and using the right equipment can make a massive difference for our modern athletes.