A table tennis table is a great addition to any household – it’s active, fun, and the whole family can play regardless of skill level.
This article should answer any questions you may have before purchasing a table tennis table. If you have further queries, give our online team a call on (03) 9091 5024, or visit one of our stores.
Indoor or Outdoor table?
The first consideration is whether you will be using your table tennis table indoors or outdoors.
Indoor tables are for indoor use only. This is because they are not made to handle outdoor elements. Moisture and sunlight can cause damage to an indoor table tennis table.
If the table is going to be used outdoors and subjected to moisture and sunlight, we recommend getting an outdoor table tennis table. Our Cornilleau outdoor tables come with a 10-year warranty.
Can you use an indoor table outside?
It is best to use indoor table tennis tables indoors. Indoor tables are made from medium density fiberboard (MDF) and do not survive well when exposed to moisture and sunlight. Outdoor tables are made from weatherproof materials, suited to outdoor elements.
What do the different table thicknesses mean?
We have a variety of different thicknesses available at Sportsmart. The thickness of the top and frame can affect bounce. A thicker table gives a truer and more consistent bounce.
Indoor table thickness available: 12mm, 15mm, 16mm, 18mm and 25mm.
Outdoor tables tend to feature a weatherproof resin laminate playing surface. The thicknesses is different to indoor tables – eg. 9mm resin laminate gives the same playing performance as an indoor 25mm top.
Outdoor table thickness available: 5mm, 6mm, 7mm and 9mm.
Do they come in a variety of colours?
Standard competition colour in Victoria is a dark blue top. There are no rules on colours of the tops for leisure use. We stock tables with blue and grey tops.
Will my table fold and store easily?
Most tables available from Sportsmart come in 2 pieces and can be folded for compact and easy storage. This also allows the table to be used in the playback position for solo practice. Cornilleau outdoor tables come as one piece, but can fold away very easily.
If I purchase a table from Sportsmart will it come with accessories?
The majority of tables don’t come with accessories, as there are many different nets and racquets available and everyone has different needs. But any table tennis purchase at Sportsmart entitles you to 20% off all full-priced table tennis accessories. We have a large range of bats, balls and nets, and our staff can help you choose the best accessories for your needs.
Will the table tennis table fit in my car?
A table tennis table will not fit into a car. It will need to be transported in a trailer, ute or large van.
It can be placed on roof racks of a car providing there are adequate tie-downs.
We currently have 18 table tennis tables to choose from, to suit a variety of needs and preferences. Brands that we stock include Stiga, Alliance, Summit, Cornilleau and SmartPlay table tennis tables.
For more advice, and to see our tables for yourself, visit us in store at our 3 locations – Sportsmart Moorabbin, Sportsmart Northcote & Sportsmart Kilsyth – and one of our friendly staff members will be able to assist.
Click here to view our range of Table Tennis Tables.
We all know exercise is important, but how do we get motivated when it’s dark, cold and raining?
Here are our top 5 ideas to help you get motivated to get active this winter:
- Join a team
If you’ve ever wanted to play a team sport – such as netball, basketball or football – now is the time to start. Nothing makes you more motivated to participate than knowing that others are depending on you.
- Find a gym buddy
Not a fan of team sports? Not to worry. Find yourself a gym buddy and organise a few days a week to go together. Not wanting to let someone down is a big motivator to get you out from under that doona.
- Treat yourself to new fitness clothing or shoes
One way to motivate yourself to get active is to get some fantastic new fitness clothing and shoes. It’ll give you a boost of confidence. Plus, the only way to show off your new outfit is if you leave the house! Check out Sportsmart’s range of Clothing and Footwear here.
- Train for an event
Sign up for a fun run, or an obstacle course; whatever gets you going! Having a goal to work towards makes training a lot easier and much more rewarding.
- Workout at home
Still not inspired to leave the warmth of your house? Then don’t! Invest in gym equipment and free weights and get active at home. Download an app or a workout plan and get going. All in the comfort of your pre-heated living room.
Check out Sportsmart’s website for everything you need to stay motivated to work out, this Winter.
Rowing machines have been around for a long time, but it seems rowing machines are becoming more popular than ever. So, what makes the rower such a good piece of fitness equipment? Rowing machines provide one of the best full body workouts that you can get from a piece of gym equipment.
The rower involves pulling your own weight, providing a strong workout not only for lower body but also the upper. The back, shoulders and arms all benefit from the motion of the rower. To make it even harder, most rowers enable you to adjust the level of resistance.
Not only is the rowing machine great to help build muscle, it is also one of the best pieces of gym equipment to burn calories. As you work up a sweat and work harder, your heart rate and lung capacity increase, improving your aerobic system.
Rowing machines are considered a low impact workout. This means there is less strain placed on the joints, making the risk of injury a lot lower compared to using high impact machines, which can jar the joints.
The rower can be used all year around – and, come summer, why not hit the water and give it a try for real?
Check out the full range online at Sportsmart or in store at one of our 3 Melbourne locations.
Using a mouthguard in contact sports is very important, especially for junior players. A properly fitted mouthguard is essential for you to be protected. The most popular types of mouthguard is the mouth formed or boil and bite which is heated and then formed to fit your mouth.
Moulding a mouthguard is made easy using the following directions. Firstly, boil a small pot of water and submerge your mouthguard for about 20 to 30 seconds. Your mouthguard should have instructions for the correct amount of time. Remember, the mouthguard should be heated to the point that you are able to mould, it should NOT be beginning to melt.
Remove the mouthguard from the water using tongs careful not to deform the mouthguard by squeezing too tightly. Cool the mouthguard either by dipping it in cool water or allowing it to air dry. Check your mouthguard instructions to see if water is recommended, different brands may have different instructions. Cool the mouthguard to the point where you can put it in your mouth without burning yourself, it should be warm still.
Place the mouthguard in your mouth to mould it. Push the mouthguard against your teeth with your fingers and bite down lightly. Pull the guard tighter to your teeth by placing your tongue against the roof of your mouth and sucking the air and water out.
Now you need to cool the mouthguard. Some brands say that the guard needs to cool rapidly after it has been fitted by dipping it in cold water. If the mouthguard does not fit properly, don’t stress, you can remould it simply by starting the process again.
Using a mouth formed mouthguard is the easiest way to ensure the mouthguard fits perfectly to your mouth. Be sure to inspect your mouthguard frequently and replace it if it becomes deformed or you notice that the edges become jagged.
If your child plays any of the following sports, they most likely need a mouthguard: Rugby, AFL, Martial arts, Hockey, Boxing, Basketball, Soccer, American Football, Lacrosse, Ice Hockey. It’s best to check with your coach, if you are worried it’s better to be safe than sorry.
Boxing has become the latest fitness trend. With it’s growing popularity, we want to make sure you are choosing the right equipment. Read on to understand how to choose the right boxing gloves for you.
Are you a beginner? Then you can’t go past the Everlast ‘Authentic Training Gloves’. They provide the support you will need and they’re also affordable, exactly what you need when you’re just starting boxing. These boxing gloves are best used for “Mitt Work” or focus pads. They provide full wrist support, which helps to avoid any hand and wrist injuries that may result from repetitive movements. The gloves feature adjustable hook and loop straps that allow you to adjust the wrist support and ensure a secure fit. The Everlast Boxing gloves also contain a soft touch lining which adds extra comfort and there EVERCOOL mesh ventilation panels help keep your hands cool and free from sweat. These are the perfect beginner glove.
The other option Sportsmart have for beginners in the Everlast ‘Prostyle Advance Training Glove’. This glove is engineered for: Mitt work, Boxing bag and Sparring. Making it the perfect all round beginner glove, whilst it is a little bit more expensive than the ‘Authentic Training Glove’, the pro style boxing glove can be used for different types of boxing, meaning you will only need one pair, saving you room in your gym bag! Lastly, the glove contains a soft synthetic leather outer for increased durability and comfort.
For our intermediate boxers, we have the Everlast ‘Power Lock Training Glove’ the more affordable of the two options. These boxing gloves are engineered for: mitt work, heavy bag (Boxing Bags), and sparring. This glove contains a layered foam construction, securing the hand into a natural fist position. They also have a soft synthetic leather outer for greater durability and comfort. As well as the thick wrist strap hook and loop closure for a secure fit and the soft touch lining for extra comfort.
The Everlast ‘Ever shield contender II training glove’ is the ultimate in all rounder gloves. Engineered for mitt work, heavy bag (boxing bag) and sparring, it is made of genuine leather for durability, a moulded one-piece padding helps form a comfortable fist and lastly has an advanced wrist protection padding. The secure fit helps to maintain protection and comfort during a variety of striking angles.
Last but not least, for the next Danny Greene out there, we have the Everlast ‘1910 Leather Training gloves’. Engineered for mitt work and heavy bag training, this leather boxing glove has an advanced padding design which ensures maximum protection. The same adjustable hook and loop wrist strap which ensures a secure fit as well as making it easier to get on and off as well as the mesh ventilation panels to ensure nice sweat free, non-smelly gloves.
Boxing gloves come in a variety of sizes depending on your hand size. Boxing gloves also come in a variety of weights. Lighter gloves are usually used by professional boxers, however if you are just training, use a heavier glove as they offer more protection.
Check out Sportsmart’s full range of boxing gear here.
Introducing the brand new Head Tennis Sensor.
What is it?
The HEAD Tennis Sensor powered by ZEPP allows you to track your performance on the tennis court. It is the same size and weight as the butt cap and allows you to measure your top speed, rpm, and sweet spot. You can analyse your serve using 3D animation and keep track of your matches and keep a record of all your best shots. It also provides free training session on the app.
How to use it?
Simply download the app, compatible with both Apple and Android phones and tablets. You can move the device easily from racquet to racquet and an easy to use installation tool is provided. With 5-6 hours of tracking time it lasts all games and comes with a magnetic charger with USB connection making it easy to charge anywhere.
The HEAD Tennis Sensor works with most Head touch and XT tennis racquets (see in store for details).
There are 3 different modes of play you can use the sensor in.
PLAY | TRAIN | COMPETE
The best way to understand is to see the technology in action: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oHb7AHylsPY
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Table tennis is a sport that any age and physical ability can play. It is a great sport to help stimulate the brain and improves reflexes and hand eye-coordination. Table tennis is a low impact sport that is able to help keep you fit as well as increase flexibility, with very little strain on joints.
Here are the top benefits of playing Table Tennis:
- Improves reflexes: Table tennis is such a fast paced, short distance sport, as a result it aids in the improvement of fine and gross muscle movement. Also, it requires short bursts of exertion and then recovery, which can contribute to the improvement of fast-twitch muscle development.
- Playing improves hand-eye coordination: Table tennis also helps to stimulate mental alertness, concentration and strategy building skills. Making it a perfect game for kids to help sharpen these skills from a young age, also can help older people to stay sharp.
- It’s a great family sport as anyone of any ability can play: Table tennis is a perfect sport to be played at home, in pairs or as a team. It is the perfect family fun activity that gets you away from the TV, phone and any other electronic device, for a few hours.
- Improves strength without putting any strain on joints: Table tennis is a great sport to help increase core, arm and leg strength without over exerting your joints. It also can be a great way to burn calories, especially considering how fun and addictive it can be, you’ll be playing for hours before you even notice.
At Sportsmart, we stock a variety of indoor and outdor tables from a number of different brands, including: Stiga, Alliance, Cornilleau. Check out the full range here.