Need to know how to buy martial arts training mats? When purchasing martial arts training mats, there are several ways to begin. Having a plan can save you money in the long run, as can shopping around. Chances are you won't find what you're looking for at the local sports store, so be prepared to do some driving, make some phone calls or engage in internet searches.
- First, you must consider what you need the mats for. If you're looking for single person and in-home training, a five-by-ten-foot, one- or one-and-a-half-inch mat will probably suffice. If you're looking to train with a group, you may want to look into mats that can be connected, usually with Velcro strips overlapping the edges. Knowing the size of the area you wish to cover, and the purpose of the mats, can help you prepare before you buy your martial arts training mat.
- Start with an internet search for martial arts training mats. Even if you do not plan to purchase from the internet, this can help you establish your budget. Knowing what these mats cost can save you a lot of disappointment later. The internet can be a great resource for learning about the different styles of martial arts mats available. Some are vinyl coated while others have a canvas cover sewn on. Some are made from single pieces of foam, but you can often save a few bucks by opting for a remnants mat, assembled from pieces of foam attached to form the proper size.
- Establish your budget. Once you know what you want, and how much the average cost will be, you can establish your budget for buying the mats. A five-by-ten-foot vinyl coated remnant mat will likely set you back about $300, more or less.
- Ask local martial arts and MMA schools where they purchased their martial arts mats. Sometimes you can buy old mats from these schools. You can also check with your local YMCA, gyms and fitness centers to see where they purchase their training mats from, or if they have old ones for sale. Gather this information as a list of resources.
- Consult your newly created resource list. Fill in addresses, phone numbers and websites and start calling around. You should now know the size of the mats you need, the type of mats you would like and how much you can spend on them. See what these places have available, write down their options and prices and also whether they will deliver the mats for you. Note delivery charges, or shipping fees, if purchased long distance or from a website. This will help you determine what will fit into your allotted budget for buying the training mats.
- Make your decision and place your order for martial arts training mats. Allow at least fourteen days from the time you receive the mat until the time you will need to use the mat if you purchase a vinyl coated model. Though some places cure the mats for you, to ensure the vinyl has cured properly it is best to lay the mats flat for six to seven days and then flip them over and lay them flat on the other side for an additional six to seven days before stepping on or using them. If the mat is vinyl coated and not properly cured, there is a high risk of tearing the vinyl coating. Be sure to check with the company before using the mats.
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