The air barrel is a very simple, yet extremely versatile, multi-purpose training device. While it may look like a foam octagon or barrel, it is filled with air and is bouncy, helping with drills that cannot be done with traditional foam shapes. The air barrel can be used for tumbling, vaulting and bar skills and teaches body awareness and control. Each air barrel includes sturdy handles on the ends for easy mobility. Also, included on each end are d-rings for securing or suspending the air barrel for a variety of drills and uses.
Do you have limited space or travel from site to site? - when not in use, the air barrel deflates within seconds, making it incredibly portable and easy to store away. Unlike foam barrels, the air barrel has bounce and provides rebound for a variety of skills. Better yet, it can be deflated and easily stored away when not in use and each unit includes a dual action hand pump (electric air pumps are available for purchase if a quicker inflation time is desired, they are available here). The air barrels are available in three size variations - please use the drop down menu to select the required item(s).
The cradles (available separately here or as part of a package here) stabilise the air barrels during use and feature 18oz knife coated vinyl, soft density polyurethane foam and shaped to create a wedge for stabilising the air barrels. This can be helpful when using the air barrel for bar drills. The cradles can also be used on their own, set them up in an obstacle course or have preschool gymnasts jump or cartwheel over them.
Choosing between the three sizes?, we've seen creative coaches set up various stations with the air barrels with different height athletes in mind. For taller athletes, consider raising the height of an air barrel by placing it on top of a folded tumbling mat (available here) or booster block (available here). If it's the athlete that needs a little more height, have them stand on top of a raised surface.
Here's some general height guidelines:
Choose the 60cm red air barrel if you're using it for athletes 88cm to 1.09m tall
Choose the 75cm purple air barrel if you're using it for athletes 1.1m to 1.35m tall
Choose the 90cm sky blue air barrel if you're using it for athletes who are taller than 1.35m
Dimensions & specifications:
Red air barrel is 60cm diameter
Purple air barrel is 75cm diameter
Sky blue air barrel is 90cm diameter
Includes a dual action hand pump
Guarantee and Warranty is 24 months on materials and workmanship
Designed in the USA