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Jigsaw race mats are great for team building as well as individual mental speed and agility.
Set of 14 Activity Mats, 4 Home Mats, 10 Shuttle Run and 4 Target Mats.
Set of 14 Activity Mats.
Home mats are colour coded. They come in four colours: red, blue, green and yellow so that matching teams can be created and be easy to identify. Games and challenges usually revolve around the home mats. Circuits start or finish at the home mats. Challenges aim to reach the home mats. Games feature the home mats.
Home mats are the hub for games and challenges. Home mats enable practitioners to create new games and challenges of their own.
Home mats are the key to unlocking the full potential of Action Mats.
Warming up and cooling down is a vital part of exercise. It is often overlooked as being superfluous but warming up helps introduce the muscles to upcoming dynamic movements. Cooling down through stretching is an important part of a balanced exercise regime and early introduction to both warming up and cooling down is good practice. The warm-up mat is designed for this purpose.
A set of 10 interlocking arrow mats and 4 target mats.
Shuttle run mats are a combination of narrow mats with arrows printed on and target mats to place at intervals along the arrows run.
Target mats can be placed on one or both sides of the arrows run for one or two players. Target mats can be tagged or can have bean bags placed on them or collected from them.
Shuttle runs challenge speed and agility and work legs muscles and core abdominal muscles. They help develop acceleration, speed and anaerobic fitness. Shuttle runs can be carried out against a timer or against another player to increase the challenge.
The Step-up mat makes use of the ubiquitous gym bench which is of a good height and stable. The main muscles used are the quadriceps and the hamstrings (front and back of thighs) as well as the glutes. Core muscles are engaged to maintain stability. Step-ups are a good lower body work out. Repeating this exercise helps to build strength and stamina.
Star jumps strengthen deltoids, the large muscles at the top curve of your shoulders, and the trapezius muscles between the shoulders and neck. Star jumps also work major leg muscles, including quadriceps, hamstrings (front and back of thighs), abductors and adductors (inside and outside of thighs) and calves. The core muscles are engaged to maintain balance.
Speed bounce is a dynamic activity. The challenge can be simple so that it is simply a two-footed jump from one side to the other. However, the challenge level can be increased by introducing timed challenges and precision challenges. How many bounces in 30 seconds? How many bounces landing with accuracy onto the footprints in 30 seconds? Speed bounce uses calves, quads and hamstrings and engages the core muscles to carry out the activity. Speed bounce increases heart rate and is a good calorie burner.
Skipping is a full-body workout which uses the abdominals to stabilise the body, legs for jumping, and shoulders and arms for turning the rope. Regular skipping improves muscle tone in both the upper and lower body. Skipping helps balance and coordination and, if carried out at a moderate level, increases the heart rate and burns calories.
Plank is very effective core exercise. It should not be overdone but done in moderation and with good technique. Plank will help develop core muscles and an understanding of why core strength is important. A strong core will help performance in all sports. It will help in later life with posture which will, in turn, prevent back problems. Care must be taken to prevent sagging of the stomach and to maintain the rigid 'plank' shape. Knees can be used instead of the full plank position to reduce the difficulty level and this will reduce the risk of poor technique.
Sit-ups and crunches strengthen the rectus abdominal muscles which leads to better posture and, in turn, helps to protect the lower back. To avoid neck strain, we suggest fingertips touching the temples, or forearms crossed with hands touching opposing shoulders, rather than hands clasped behind the neck. It may be helpful for a classmate to anchor feet flat to the ground to make the pivot motion easier.
Swimmer is great for lower back and core strength, both of which are vital for good posture, flexibility and agility. It is important not to over-flex during this exercise, but to raise the opposing arm and leg only a few inches to feel the benefit. The exercise can be carried out by simply raising and lowering an arm and leg or raising and holding for a count of up to four seconds before lowering. Swimmer mat strengthens muscles on the back, the glutes, the quads and, specifically, the lower back. It is advisable to tense the core/abs at the same time so as not to put strain on the back/spine.
Tricep dip uses the gym bench which is also used for step-ups. Tricep dips on the bench are fairly simple to learn. Arms should be shoulder-width apart and hands gripping the edge of the bench for stability. The starting position is sitting on the bench with legs extended straight out and heels down. Once stable and confident, slide forward and take the body weight on the arms without the shoulders hunching. Slowly lower the body down and then back up without over-extending or straining and working at all times within comfortable limits. Keep elbows in to prevent hyper-extension of joints.
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