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Studies show the cylindrical spring "bottoms out" causing a rebound frequency that is about twice as fast as the gymnast's take off. Weller is a closer matched response, meeting the different needs of heavy and light gymnasts. Softer and responsive for lighter athletes. At the same time, cushioning the impact of heavier, more powerful gymnasts.
Kids LOVE the smoother feeling of Weller. The engineering data indicates that the spring and floor are more compliant and match the natural frequency at take off better than existing technologies. The major point is that Weller provides rebound for small as well as larger athletes. Our design is patented. No other floor can do this!
Weller outperformed cylindrical springs used in AAI, Spieth America, and Janssen Fritsen in this FIG Apparatus Test at the AAI plant in Jefferson, IA. Like airbags in cars, Weller increases the impact time and therefore the peak force transmitted to the athlete is decreased making it easier on the athlete. This data proves a closer matched response.
Q. Is it difficult for gymnasts to train on Weller and compete on other floors?
A. Gymnasts prefer training on Weller because its forgiving nature allows more training with fewer injuries. Legs, knees, ankles, and Achilles feel better so having fresh legs is a competitive advantage. The loading is identical to other floors so it's not an issue, otherwise.