How To Make Gymnastic Bars For Home

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How To Make Gymnastic Bars For Home

The most popular gymnastics equipment for home use are low beams, floor mats and mini bars. However, gymnastics accessories like pull-up bars and balance balls can improve your gymnast’s strength and help make her time at the gym more productive. Gymnastics videos can also be an inexpensive way to give your gymnast some extra coaching on skills she is struggling with.

How To Make Gymnastic Bars For Home

Below I’ve given you some tips on buying your home gymnastics equipment. And I’ve given you my picks for the best beams, mats and bars for home use. I’ve actually seen and tried out all of the equipment listed below, so I know that I’m recommending quality, sturdy pieces.

How To Make Gymnastic Bars For Home

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A mini bar at home can be fun, is great for strength training and for improving your gymnasts bar performance. Beginner gymnasts and young kids love to play around on them, and more advanced gymnasts can use them for strength training. Mini at home gymnastics bars have made many improvements over the last few years and are much sturdier than they used to be.

How To Make Gymnastic Bars For Home

DISCLAIMER: The plans provided here are rough drafts. You will need to adjust to fit your needs. If you decide to build anything, YOU take full responsibility for all of it – for the construction process, for your structure and for it’s use. Because of all the variants in how this project could be built, and because you are doing it yourself with an infinite amount of different things you could do, by building or using a structure similar to this – you agree to hold harmless this website and any of the suggestions and tips herein, including those found in the comments, social media, or anywhere relating to this article. Please do not build this if you’re worried your kids might misuse it. It’s a fun way to practice and get exercise, but there’s nothing fun about getting hurt! We want you to be safe! I don’t know your construction skill level, or your kids’ gymnastics skill level (or, their level of obeying rules!!), so I want to make it very clear that you have to use your best judgment to decide if this project is right for you. For example, gymnastics bars sold on Amazon are restricted to various weight limits, such as under 50 lbs for a basic mini practice bar. If your child is a teenager, this is probably not right for you. Ours can probably support up to 125 lbs, but that’s a guess. Please check it out thoroughly, regularly to ensure that it remains sturdy, stable and safe!

How To Make Gymnastic Bars For Home

Tumbl Trak Junior Pro Bar: The Tumbl Trak Junior Pro Bar is a very sturdy bar, but unlike other bars like it, does not need to be stabilized with additional plywood or supports. It can be set from 38″ (about 3 feet) to 59″ (about 5 feet) tall, with a weight limit of 125 lbs. This bar is safe for all levels and can be used to practice kips and casts. It takes up a 4 foot by 6 foot space on the floor. It needs a 4’x6′ mat that is 4″ to 6″ thick, due to the thick center support bar. This mat will work, or something of similar size.

How To Make Gymnastic Bars For Home

Our Story: My daughter started gymnastics last year, and now she wants to practice at home. I checked out gymnastics equipment and gymnastics mats on Amazon but couldn’t find anything decent in my price range. So, next I turned to Craigslist and my local Facebook garage sale groups in hopes of finding cheap gymnastics equipment. Sadly, there was nothing available. And, the few things that were for sale either sold incredibly fast before I could respond to the classified ad, or the item was priced higher than new! So, as a last resort I wondered how to make gymnastics practice mini bar at home. I Googled it and got quite a few ideas, but not one single post I found showed actual plans or really explained what they did. So, my husband agreed to help and we headed to the home improvement store.

How To Make Gymnastic Bars For Home

Coming from a former gymnast herself, your own little gymnast will need to devote time for practicing day in and day out at home, so they can keep up with the skill level they need to be at. So, you’re going to need to invest in some at-home training gymnastics equipment to keep your gymnast at her absolute highest training level possible.

How To Make Gymnastic Bars For Home

Balance beams at home are great for beginner gymnasts and preschoolers to learn balance. They are great for intermediate gymnasts to practice cartwheels and handstands. And if your gymnast is more advanced, she can practice back walkovers, front walkovers, splits on the beam, and her beam routines. When you’re buying a beam for home you want to think about a couple things:

Having a mat at home to practice is great because wood floors or carpets don’t have a lot of cushion.  You want to be able to fall without getting bruises. Home mats are great for practicing beginner tumbling like handstands, cartwheels, rolls and walkovers. Mats are also great for general horsing and playing around safely.

One way to learn gymnastics faster, is by watching instructional videos at home.  Most gymnastics videos have both drills and exercises you can do at home in them, along with tips and instruction for when you practice harder skills at the gym.

The Beam Store Suede Beam: This practice beam is 2 inches above the ground and the standard beam width of 4 inches. It has a padded top, and is made of suede to give it the look and feel of a competition beam. Great for beginner or advanced gymnasts that want a beam slightly raised off the floor. Since this beam is slightly raised off the floor, it’s helpful when a gymnast is practicing because she realizes when she “falls” off the beam. But, it’s still close enough to the ground to be safe for home use. This beam comes 8 feet long in either tan, pink or purple. 

CAUTION: Before you begin, here are a few things to think about. This is a great way to save money if you’re looking to buy gymnastics equipment. But, this does not replace a trained gymnastics coach or gymnastics classes. Keep in mind that practicing at home might cause sloppiness or bad form if you don’t coach your kids. Talk to your coach about it, and ask for pointers!  A homemade gymnastics bar should ONLY be used under strict adult supervision. Although, when built right, it is very sturdy – it is not intended for swinging on, standing on, doing flips or spins or anything else. If, after you build it, you must inspect it and you determine that it is safe. If it is, it can be used for basic candlesticks with adult supervision. And, it makes a great chin up bar. Again, this is only with the full attention of an adult – always within arm’s reach! If you’re unskilled at building things, ask a friend or family member to help. Please use caution and common sense!! Obviously, if it feels like it might fall down, it’s not safe and should not be used. And, even if it feels solid and sturdy, you still must not let your kids play on it unsupervised.

Sectional Beam: Tumbl Trak makes a 4 foot long sectional beam that rests on the floor. You can either just buy one unit or you can buy multiple and they easily connect with Velcro at the ends. So, you can buy three of these and connect them to make a 12 foot long floor beam. This is convenient because you can disconnect them for easy storage. It’s the same 4″ width as competitive beams, and is made of similar suede material.

And don’t forget you’ll need a good gymnastics landing mat, throw skill cushion or manufactured sting mat for under the bar. The mats shown in picture are little tumbling mats we have, which are not suitable for practice bar landing mats. I haven’t found a great price on gym mats, but sometimes you can find them on Craigslist. Just make sure to do a quick Google search to compare prices since sometimes CL prices can be higher than new!

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