Greatmats Crash Mats Offer Safety at Discover Happy Aerial Arts and Pilates

DECORAH, Iowa - December 16, 2019 - (

​After five years of owning a pilates studio in Decorah, Iowa, Amanda Rhine added an aerial arts program to her studio’s offerings three years ago and uses Greatmats to help keep her and her students safe.

Over the past two years, Discover Happy Aerial Arts and Pilates has been focusing more heavily on the aerial arts, rather than aerial fitness, as an outlet for creativity and a need for a challenge.

While Rhine’s aerial arts program primarily focuses on youth, she does work with some adults as well. With the increased focus on aerial arts, Rhine felt the need to improve the safety precautions and equipment involved with the program.

As a member of an aerial arts and safety forum on Facebook, a lot of discussion focused around mats, and her research soon brought her to, which offered the most budget-friendly options to meet her needs and specifications.

Knowing that a 4x6 foot crash mat with a minimum eight inches of thickness would do the job for her, she opted for three Greatmats Safety Gymnastics Mats in those dimensions.

“We covered all our bases in case anybody was in propulsion, orbiting, and happened to fall out within a spin - within their dynamic movements,” Rhine said. “These met the best of everything.”

They also solved the problem of continually changing space requirements under her silks, hammocks and rings. It's also made storage easier due to the convenient sizing of the crash pads.

“Being able to store this has been really easy,” she said. “That’s been an issue in other places before we moved into this gym.”

Described as “squishy” by one of her students, the aerial crash mats have lived up to expectations for providing cushion and safety for falls and landings.

Rhine and her students are doing more entertaining as the aerial arts program continues to grow at Discover Happy Aerial Arts and Pilates. And these mats are helping everyone involved breath a little easier.

“They allow us to explore some more dynamic movement with a little bit more ease,” Rhine said. “We know that we're going to fall on something safe.”

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