If you’re looking for a versatile and fun way to improve your acrobatic skills, an air track may be the perfect solution. With its soft and bouncy surface, an air track offers endless possibilities for gymnastics training and practice. However, you may be surprised to learn that air tracks can be used in many ways beyond standard gymnastics skills. In this article, we’ll explore seven unique and alternative ways to use your air track that you may not have thought of before.
So, if you’re ready to take your air track experience to the next level, keep reading!
Table of Contents
- 1. Air Track Yoga: Elevate Your Practice
- 2. Air Track Bouldering: Rock-Climbing on a Bouncy Surface
- 3. Air Track Parkour: Get Creative
- 4. Air Track Slip N’ Slide: Get Wet
- 5. Air Track Dance: Perfect for Hip Hop Styles
- 6. Air Track Martial Arts: Tricking
- 7. Air Track Aqua-Fit: A Fun and Low-Impact Workout
1. Air Track Yoga: Elevate Your Practice
Yoga is a great way to build strength, flexibility, and balance, but practicing on a hard surface can be uncomfortable and even painful. With an air track, however, you can create a soft and supportive surface for your practice. You can try new poses and flows with ease, knowing that your body is protected from hard falls.
Some Yoga poses that will help with gymnastics:
- The Lotus pose
- The Cobra Pose
- Half Lord of the Fishes
- Downward Facing Dog
2. Air Track Bouldering: Rock-Climbing on a Bouncy Surface
If you’re an avid climber, you may find that air track bouldering is an exciting new challenge. With the air track’s soft landing surface, you can practice climbing and use the airtrack as a landing mat.
I wouldn’t recommend putting an air track on any kind of rough surface as this will damage the material but a bit of backyard climbing could be fun.
You can even create your own routes and challenges along a wall or tree, making for a unique and fun experience.
3. Air Track Parkour: Get Creative
Parkour is a sport that requires quick thinking and creativity. With an air track, you can enhance your skills and creativity by using the airtrack as both a launch pad or a landing area.
You would need other obstacles to vault on or over but the bounce an air track provides means you can experiment with new moves and tricks, all while minimizing the risk of injury.
4. Air Track Slip N’ Slide: Get Wet
If you’re looking for something to do outside on a hot summer’s day then this is for you!
Hose down your air track so it’s wet, and for extra slip add bubbles or foam – yes, your airtrack will be fine when wet!
Some of the early Damien Walters videos showed him and his friends doing exactly this and it helped make air tracks so popular because of it. Once the air track is wet you can run up and slide along either on your front or back.
5. Air Track Dance: Perfect for Hip Hop Styles
If you’re a dancer, you may find that an air track can be a great addition to your practice. Lots of dance styles use flips and breaking moves which are ideal for practicing on an air track.
As well as the extra bounce and air track is made of material that lets you spin and slide with control and minimizes the risk of injury all at the same time.
You can even incorporate the air track into your performances, adding a unique and dynamic element.
6. Air Track Martial Arts: Tricking
Martial arts require precision and control, and an air track can help you improve both. In fact, the combination of martial arts and gymnastics has developed into ‘Tricking.’
The original Air Track company (also known as Air Track Factory) has even developed an Air Trick floor which is basically a square version of the normal longer Air Track.
This helps Trickers develop their sequences which don’t always go in a straight line like traditional Tumbling does.
You can even create new moves and combinations, taking your practice to the next level.
The gym that I co-founded has an Air Trick floor (pictured below). It measures approx 30 feet x 20 feet and is 8 inches thick. It cost around $7,000 from Air Track Factory (Also known as AirTrack or AirTrack US) and is still in excellent condition after five years of use.
7. Air Track Aqua-Fit: A Fun and Low-Impact Workout
Finally, if you’re looking for a fun and low-impact workout, you may find that air track aqua-fit is the perfect solution. With an air track placed in a pool or lake, you can practice a range of exercises, from yoga to acrobatics. The water adds resistance and challenges, making for a unique and enjoyable workout.
So, there you have it – seven alternative and exciting ways to use your airtrack. Whether you’re a gymnast, climber, dancer, martial artist, or simply looking for a fun and low-impact workout, an airtrack can be an excellent addition to your practice.
But don’t just take our word for it – try out these unique and creative ideas for yourself and see how your airtrack can take your skills and workouts to new heights. So, dust off your air track and prepare for a fun and bouncy adventure!
In conclusion, an air track is a versatile and fun piece of equipment that can be used in many ways beyond standard gymnastics skills. With its soft and bouncy surface, an air track can help you improve your skills, creativity, and fitness in new and exciting ways. From yoga and bouldering to parkour and aqua-fit, there’s no limit to what you can do with your air track.
- Do I need any special equipment to use my airtrack for these alternative activities?
- No, you can use your air track as is, although some activities may require additional safety equipment, such as a landing mat.
- Can anyone try these activities, or do I need to be a professional athlete?
- Anyone can try these activities, but some may require more experience or skill than others. Always start slowly and work your way up to more challenging moves.
- Is an air track suitable for outdoor use?
- Yes, an air track can be used both indoors and outdoors, but be sure to protect it from sharp objects or rough terrain. Most air tracks are inflated by an electric pump so consider where you can inflate safely outdoors and keep electrics away from water at all times.
- Can I use my air track for regular gymnastics training as well?
- Yes, an air track is an excellent tool for traditional gymnastics training and can help you improve your skills and confidence. If you want to find 11 ideas for gymnastics training on an air track, click here.
- How do I maintain my air track?
- To maintain your air track, be sure to clean it regularly with a mild soap and water solution, and store it in a dry and cool place when not in use. Avoid exposing it to extreme temperatures or direct sunlight. Check out this article here for a full maintenance guide.