Abacus Sports Installations, with help from its partners at Regupol America, created a system for weight training use that has further enhanced the way athletes train. Both Abacus and Regupol have had exposure to a large number of coaches and athletes throughout the world. By analyzing issues involved with athletes training on a Raised Platform, the concept of the Inlaid Platform was born.
Essentially, the Inlaid Platform is a thick crash pad that is level with the rest of the floor. It allows for the dropping of heavy weights and protects the subfloor from the impact of these weights. This system eliminates the need for a Raised Platform, and adds a variety of benefits to any weight room facility.
Owners from both Abacus and Regupol realized that weight room surfaces were being damaged from the constant dropping of heavy weights tied to certain strength training exercises; from this, the concept of having platforms for these exercises was created. Before the invention of Inlaid Platforms, only Raised Platforms were being utilized in strength training facilities, in which the platform is raised 2-3 inches above the regular fitness flooring.
But there are problems associated with Raised Platforms tied to safety, cleaning, and space optimization.
Because the Raised Platforms are elevated a few inches, it often causes a tripping hazard when using or maneuvering around it. Athletes can suffer lower-body injuries such as sprained ankles and knee hyperextension, caused by tripping or falling off of a Raised Platform.
Also, cleaning a weight room with a Raised Platform can be tedious and presents the opportunity to leave germs behind. If every platform crevice isn’t cleaned, bacteria can harbor and later spread to athletes using them.
Abacus and Regupol picked up on these concerns surrounding Raised Platforms by listening to what their customers had to say. This feedback led to the creation of the Inlaid Platforms they offer. Eliminating the Raised Platform creates a level surface that allows for easy floor cleaning, injury prevention and the ability to move equipment around to create more space for other exercising activities.
The use of Inlaid Platforms also results in having more space in a workout facility for other training opportunities. Raised Platforms are permanent structures that cannot be easily moved. This presents a problem when wanting to rearrange equipment to open space for agility or condition training. Eliminating the Raised Platform creates a level surface that allows for easy floor cleaning, injury prevention and the ability to move equipment around to create more space for other exercising activities.
Inlaid Platforms are becoming more popular throughout the United States, especially in collegiate and high school weight training facilities, because of the benefits they offer. Abacus Sports is proud to have been a part of the invention of this product. Abacus strives to create cleaner, safer, and more efficient weight rooms for athletes and coaches around the world.
For more information, visit the company’s website or call 800-821-4557.
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