Posted on: March 22nd, 2013 by Chris Aviles
I donâ€™t like getting older, but who does? Lately itâ€™s become very apparent that Iâ€™m transitioning into an actual adult and it really frightens me. I know we are technically â€˜adultsâ€™ when we turn 18, but I think we really become adults during certain events.Â For the most part my life hasnâ€™t changed in years, I thought I was an adult when I moved into my own place- but since then Iâ€™ve had the same friends, job and done the same things almost every day.Â Lately little things are changing- Birthday celebration at a bar or club are turning into brunches. Iâ€™m being invited to baby showers, weddings and house warming parties and my friends and I are even planning a trip to Mexico as a last hurrah.
I get more calls to babysit on a Friday night than I do to go out, itâ€™s really depressing.Â Furthermore, I recently applied to go back to school and found that Iâ€™m so old, my parents income is no longer a factor when it comes to loans.Â Thereâ€™s just too much to think about and not enough time to do anything!
I was asked to babysit last minute a few days ago and normally itâ€™s no problem! I have a play carpet,Â soft wood tiles, some toys and lots of Disney movies- so Iâ€™m always prepared.Â But just like us adults, sometimes we need an upgrade. It might be time to start looking at other softwood flooring alternatives for my house. The soft wood flooring is ideal as trade show flooring, but Iâ€™m thinking our lightweight wrestling mats will be a good alternative as the kids get older.Â The smaller sizes come in one piece and with slotted backing, can be rolled up and stored easier than the tiles. Also, since this mat is intended for wrestling, the foam is more dense and the surface is a lot more durable. Not to mention it can be made with microban protection, so all those little germies weâ€™re concerned about wonâ€™t be a problem.
Posted on: March 17th, 2013 by Chris Aviles
I wish all online companies would include shipping in their costs. It would make life a lot easier and probably help boost sales.Â I talk to probably 2 or 3 people a week that are gymnastic coaches or cheer-leading instructors and I see how much gymnastics equipment is necessary and how expensive it is to ship and how hard they work for funding.
Remember being a kid, really wanting a kids play mat or a toy or something and having to save up for it? I do. I remember when CD players first started becoming big and I wanted one so bad, but my mom said I would need to save the $60 myself.Â After a few months of doing odd chores and hoarding lunch money, I was finally able to afford it. Imagine how devastating it was to learn I didnâ€™t think about tax? The same goes for shipping prices, in my opinion. Most instructors, or students themselves, go online looking for the best price possible and start working as hard as they can to raise the money only to find out theyâ€™re still short a couple hundred dollars for shipping.
We at MatsMatsMats.com include shipping cost in almost all of our gymnastics mats, dance equipment like the ballet barre, and many other products, which make saving money for these super simple! You will know exactly what your cost is, without having to predict shipping costs (especially since there isnâ€™t an exact science to figuring it out). Â Itâ€™s not like tax where you can just add a percentage. So many factors come into play. The lightest item can cost $100 to ship because itâ€™s bulky, and vice versa for smaller items.Â As a super consumer, I really appreciate companies like ours that make purchasing so easy.
Posted on: March 15th, 2013 by Chris Aviles
So after a few months of being a bum I decided it was time to hop on my treadmill machine again.Â I was so glad that I remembered where I put my treadmill mat!Â I love my treadmill because in my heart of hearts Iâ€™m a couch potato. I LOVE television and since my machine is parked in front of my TV I can get on in and zone out. Well, yesterday I hopped on and after just a 45 minute workout I felt good, until I sat down for a minute and tried getting back up. Ouch.
Being the 28 year old baby I am, I called my dad because of course I was dying and automatically assume the worst. Also my father is an international Kick boxing champion and avid gym rat (a gene he did NOT pass to me)Â so I figured heâ€™d have a quick fix.Â I quickly learned I didnâ€™t stretch properly.Â The only thing quick about that phone call was how quick he was to start lecturing me. There are many benefits of stretching you might want to consider before jumping into a workout. You really need to take care of your muscles and blah blah blahâ€¦ I stopped listening. Everybody knows parents are always wrong and they just want to make life harder for us (says the 15 year old inside of me).Â Â I, being stubborn (a gene he DID pass to me) looked up facts on my own and was less than surprised to see my dad actually knows a thing or two.
The first and most important benefit to gain from stretching is relieving of pain!Â Â Not just to relieve pain, but to prevent the tightness that causes it. I read that another important benefit of stretching is that it releases a lubricating substance from the cartilage within your joints; which allows your joints to move more smoothly, preserving the cartilage in your joints and keeping your bones from scraping. I also learned that stretching can improve the circulation of water and nutrients through your body, which slows the aging process. Studies have also shown that stretching can lengthen muscles and, by doing so, can improve your posture.Â At this point I’m thinking an all purpose exercise mat would be an ideal gift to myself.
Hereâ€™s the kicker. All these benefits are achievable, even if you donâ€™t regularly work out. You can experience a healthier, more comfortable day, just by stretching.
In order for stretching to be effective, youâ€™ll need to warm up your muscles first. A simple ten minute walk or jog will make a huge difference. Remember, cold muscles are tighter, and will make you have a harder and more uncomfortable time stretching. If you donâ€™t want to go out into the heat or rain, orÂ have allergies,Â or you just want to stay in front of the TV, a stretching strap is a pretty affordable way to help you stretch indoors.
However, there are times when stretching should be avoided. Donâ€™t stretch before intense workout sessions like sprinting or other high-intensity cardio training. Â Below are some tips if you decide to use a strap:
-Use a yoga strap for deep stretching, especially sitting poses that stretch the legs. Take the yoga strap in your hands and place the yoga strap around the instep of your feet. Pull gently on the strap with both hands for resistance as you bend forward at the waist. Hold for 10 seconds. Repeat four to six times.For an advanced, deeper stretch, shorten the strap by wrapping it around your hands a few times. Place the strap around the instep of your feet and pull gently on the strap with both hands for resistance. Touch your nose to your knee (if you are flexible enough).This stretch will release tension in your hamstrings, calves and quadriceps.
-Use a yoga strap in standing poses to stretch your legs and hips, and to help improve your balance. Stand with your feet hip-width apart. Plant your feet firmly into the exercise mat. Look straight ahead and focus on the wall in front of you. Lift your right leg gently and place the strap around the instep of your right foot. Pull gently on the strap with both hands as you lift your right leg off the ground. Stretch leg straight. Hold for ten seconds. Repeat 4-6 times (alternate each side). For an advanced, deeper stretch, shorten the strap by wrapping it around your hands a few times. Place the strap around the instep of your right foot. Pull gently on the strap with your right hand only. Lift your right leg off the ground. Stretch leg straight in front of you. Move your right leg to your right side. Pull the strap higher with your right hand for more resistance and to achieve a deeper stretch. Hold for ten seconds. Repeat four to six times on each side.
-Use a yoga strap for stretching your arms shoulders and chest (especially when you can’t reach both hands behind your back). Place the right arm behind your back and place the left arm over your shoulder so it touches your upper back. Take one end of the strap in each hand. Tug each end of the strap with each hand, which will give you a deep stretch in your arms (especially in the triceps), shoulders and chest. Hold for 10 seconds. Repeat four to six times
-Use a yoga strap for prone positions (before final relaxation) to stretch the legs, back, hips and groin area. Lie down on your mat and wrap a yoga strap around the instep of your feet. Use both hands and lift your legs towards the ceiling. Tug on the strap at the same time as you lift your legs higher for a deeper stretch. Hold the strap with your right hand and move your right leg slowly the right side. Touch your right leg to the mat (if you are flexible enough) while still holding the strap with your right hand. Hold for 10 seconds. Repeat four to six times, alternating sides.
Posted on: March 7th, 2013 by Chris Aviles
Back in November I told you guys about that logo mat I saw at a car repair shop, when I had just gotten my business cards and was excited to hand them out. Remember? Well if you donâ€™t, I basically gave my card to a guy because his logo mat was falling apart.Â He never did callâ€¦
Anyway, I was back at that same repair shop just yesterday and guess what? Same dirty mat.Â It kind of upsets me. Itâ€™s not even the fact that the guy didnâ€™t call ME, itâ€™s more that he doesnâ€™t seem to see the importance in having good looking logo mats.
As a customer when I walk in the door and see the obviously torn indoor carpet mats that look faded it makes be second guess the quality of the business itself.Â Granted, they do great work which is why I chose them to fix my car the second time around. Had I been inside that office BEFORE deciding to send my car there, I would have probably walked out. Iâ€™m big on appearances and I like things to look clean and like there is some pride behind them. If you donâ€™t care about the appearance of your business, how much can I trust you with my car?
The other thing I should have pointed out to him was without the border on his mat, itâ€™s now a tripping hazard. I only determined this because as I was walking out I kicked up his entrance mats.Â Plus, like I pointed out back in November, if a front door mat or any entrance mats are borderless, the water that is supposed to me trapped in the rug will seep out thus causing another hazard.Â The picture you see is the actual mat (I scrambled the company name so they donâ€™t get all huffy)
Literally, for the less than price I paid to fix a headlight he could have had a brand new, durable logo mat.
Posted on: March 4th, 2013 by Chris Aviles
Thereâ€™s nothing more fun than laughing at someone that hurt themselves, especially if it happened in a funny way. But as entertaining as it may be, slips are no laughing matter. As a kid growing up in the restaurant industry I spent lots of weekends pretending to be a cook or waiter, probably annoying the actual cooks and servers, and I witnessed a fall or two.
My dad was always very particular about the safety of his employees. Whether it was escorting his servers to their cars after hours, making sure they have a safe ride home, or providing them with necessary non-slip shoes and non slip mats – safety was number one. The funny, semi ironic, part is my dad would neglect his own safety. He would opt for dress shoes, figuring as the owner of the business he should stand out and look nicer. Problem is Iâ€™ve witnessed my dad fall AT LEAST 5 times in my life, once putting him in the hospital. Thankfully none of his employees have ever injured themselves because workmans comp claims can be outrageous. Unluckily for him, I didnâ€™t work at MatsMatsMats.com at the time and couldnâ€™t let him know how easily and affordable he could have prevented an injuryâ€¦.or 5 in his case.
According to my research there were almost 11,000 serious work injuries caused by slipping or tripping last year and many claims for compensation. They are the most common cause of major injuries at work.
One of the most common causes is because of inadequate flooring or the cleaning of floors. A simple solution would be nonslip anti fatigue mats with drainage holes. The surface will keep your employees from slipping and the drainage holes will help keep debris and spills from staying on the surface. The floor in a workplace has to be suitable for the type of work activity needed. Workers should be able to walk on a floor without fearing that they might slip and any cleaning of it has to be properly notified to the workforce by notices or warnings. The employer is under a duty to maintain flooring to ensure that there are no trip hazards such as tears or holes and if there are changes of level then they should be highlighted. Regrettably people who work with us are often responsible for slipping accidents, they fail to deal with spillages, leaving it for someone else to clean up or they abandon wrappers on floors causing a hazard to others.
My point is if you have the correct matting, whether it be safety mats or anti fatigue mats or both, you can potentially save yourself a lot of hassle and money. In 2010 the average lost-work claim was about $65,000, according to the Workersâ€™ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau of California. For a small fraction of that cost you could easily equip your entire space with one of many many many matsmatsmats!
Posted on: February 18th, 2013 by Chris Aviles
Every individual is unique. Most of us like different things, itâ€™s amazing to me we get along as well as we do.I give props to the people who step outside of that â€œnormâ€ of following what others want you to do. So you wear clothes you shouldnâ€™t or dress how others view as inappropriate, who cares? The fact of the matter is it is your life; youâ€™re living it, so what if people donâ€™t accept your choices, it is not the end of the world. Those who have a problem with how you look or dress probably do or did the same thing at a time in their life.
We spend too much time looking at others when we should really be looking at ourselves. I donâ€™t care what you wear or how you look. I have my own thoughts like anyone else, but at the end of the day I am not you and vice versa.Do or buy what makes you feel like you are at the top of the world. What makes you feel downright awesome and donâ€™t care what people say.
The world we live in is filled with trends and conveniences (like cell phones) that everybody wants or needs. While most things do exactly the same thing, what makes it appealing to us is the options, or customization- whatever can be done to make us feel unique. This applies to every aspect of life- even floor mats!
We just launched a new line of SoftWood Interlocking Tiles. They do exactly the same thing the others ones do, but now there are more options! We used to only carry your everyday types of wood tile flooring, like maple or dark and light oak, but now we have grey, blue, black and green wood laminate flooring. I donâ€™t know about you but Iâ€™ve never seen blue wood floors.How cool would it be to have those in my workout room or â€œman caveâ€. Theyâ€™re definitely different and I know would spark interest. Iâ€™m a hamâ€¦ Ilove the attention.
Posted on: January 28th, 2013 by Chris Aviles
Be on the look out and get on the ground floor of the next big thing in personal fitness!
Every field has its own trends. In movie and television itâ€™s the un-dead- Zombies and Vampires etc.. Some are global, like Gangnam Style or the Macarena. Others are more local like Pink Berry (amazing frozen Yogurt mostly in California). In exercise, yoga and Pilates pretty much dominated the scene until nowâ€¦
Xtend Barre is a new franchise that utilizes a ballet barre for a fun and effective workout and we supply custom ballet barres for their locations. Ordinarily you notice something becoming a trend because you see or hear it everywhere! I had no idea what a Pink Berry was until I started seeing them everywhere. Unless you live in California you probably still donâ€™t, but itâ€™s huge! My point is, just because youâ€™ve never heard of something doesnâ€™t mean itâ€™s not the next big thing.
These Xtend barres are growing fast. I know youâ€™ve probably never seen one, but theyâ€™re out there. I know they have locations in Utah, California, Louisiana, Nevada, Florida, and New York (just to name a few). Iâ€™ve also noticed a jump in Athletic clubs looking for a ballet bar for sale. That leads me to believe the â€œXtend Barreâ€ workout (or at least a variation of it) is going to be coming up in a big way.
I was talking to the latest addition to our MatsMatsMats.com family and he had a very good point. Now a days, people are pulling toward activities that are fun and effective. Dancing is a big one! Thatâ€™s hugely apparent in video games like Just Dance or Dance Dance Revolution.
So if you need a good workout, are looking for a new business or just like being on the cutting edge of the latest thingsâ€¦ Dance on this bandwagon!
Posted on: January 18th, 2013 by Chris Aviles
Did you know that tires are one of the worst and largest source of waste? They have one of the largest production volumes and is one of the most durable materials, making it almost impossible to get rid of. The plus side is that those problems also make them one of the most re-used materials. Recycled Rubber has a non-slip surface which is easy to clean and maintain and itâ€™s very resilient and huge range of uses.
Tires are often recycled for use on basketball courts,Â new shoe products, and to make a recycled rubber playground surface. We at MatsMatsMats.com have quite a few other uses. One of the recycled rubber products that we carry is our rolled rubber flooring. It comes in 4â€™ or 5â€™ widths all the way up to 100â€™ in length. This version of our rubber is the most versatile because it also comes in 4 different thicknessâ€™ and 8 different colors. Most of the people I talk to that, are interested in rolled rubber flooring, use it for gyms, garages or dog runs. In a garage or gym it really helps muffle sounds and protect the floor while hiding dirt and can give your space a clean look. It is also excellent for surfacing (or as underlayment) for areas that require resilience, sound absorption, spike resistance and/or traction.
The people that use it for dog runs or kennels, like that the rubber is not very porous so it wonâ€™t absorb water or urine. Itâ€™s durable enough to withstand dog nails but has just enough give to protect the dogs joints when they lay down or run.
Our Tuff-n-Easy interlocking tiles are another great recycled rubber product. They come in 28.5â€x28.5â€ square which easily (and seamlessly) interlock, allowing you to create smaller or odd shaped areas. These tiles are also popular in garages and dog runs because, if one were to be damaged, it can easily be removed and replaced. I personally want to use these interlocking rubber floor tiles in my flower beds. My dogs love laying in the dirt and in always ends up in my house. All I would have to do is drill a few holes for water drainage. That would solve my mud problem!
Posted on: January 8th, 2013 by Chris Aviles
I love being a host.Â Thereâ€™s so much more to a party than a group of people and food. To me the point of a party is to get away from the daily norm and relax. Whenever I host a get together I try to transform my house as much as possible. Decorations are an important part.Â There is just something about decorations that makes everyone want to celebrate. Decorations makes a party, well, seem more like a party.Â
Aside from decorations I make other slight alterations to my house, from rearranging furniture to taking down things that can be broken.Â In the bathroom I put hand sanitizers, gum, lotion and anything else a good bathroom attendant might provide. Itâ€™s also pretty common for there to be Dry erase markers next to every mirror in the house so you can leave messages or draw pictures, silly string so you can just be silly. Basically I like to give my guests the feeling that they can let loose and not worry about messes. Silly string can be cleaned up, dry erase markers wipe up, spills on wood wipe right up and couch covers protect the furniture.Â I try to just let people have a fun experience. But the one part of my house that is forever being damaged by my get togethers is my hallway carpet.Â Being white, it shows every drip or drop or sneeze and I hate it!
I tried towels and plastic but both look so unbelievably tacky, that I would rather have dirty carpet. I usually put strobe lights and a smoke machine in my hallway to hide the carpet and the walls I need to paint. Problem is, I think that causes more spills.
Entrance matscould be the answer. I thought about buying a carpet runner, but they can be so expensive! Iâ€™ve spent years trying to solve this problem, all the while having the perfect inexpensive product here!Â Our Standard Olefin indoor entrance mats would be perfect for my hallway! The Standard OlefinÂ mats are typically entrance mats, but withÂ a customizable length up to 60â€™, it can easily be a used as carpet runners.Â Plus! The colors are not only darker, but kind of two toned which will help hide dirt.Â Come to think of it, this might be a good permanent solution to my hallway (since replacing the carpet isnâ€™t an option right now). Although I would probably go with one of our nicer mats, like the Plush Olefin or rubber floor mats like theÂ Royale,Â if it was going to be permanent.
Posted on: December 31st, 2012 by Chris Aviles
The New Year is here!! Time for those resolutions! How many of us are going to â€œlose some weightâ€?? All of us?Â Cool!Â MatsMatsMats.com is most definitely the place to look to get your workout room started.Â My favorite fitness related products are our interlocking foam mats. They come in a variety of colors and thicknesses and really help with protecting those joints.Â You can do a whole room or just a small area. My entire house is hardwood so sit ups or push ups and even jumping jacks can be strenuous. Â All I really need is a little 4â€™ by 4â€™ area which could stack and slip right under my couch, then snap together quick.Â These interlocking floor tiles are made of a closed cell foam which means moisture, like sweat (gross), wonâ€™t absorb.
Now if youâ€™re really gung ho about working out this year, we have soft rubber mats that are perfect for home gyms. They have a foam base so they are soft enough to protect your back and knees, but the rubber surface makes them durable enough to hold your equipment and give you great footing.
If youâ€™re exercise room also doubles as your garage, and aerobic routines arenâ€™t your focus, our Tuff-n-Easy interlocking rubber flooring might be a better choice.Â They are a solid piece of rubber perfect for giving your area a nice look, support your machines AND durable enough to park your car on.Â Theyâ€™re mostly black with colored fleck, so as an added bonus itâ€™ll hide all the junk your car might track in your garage. Even if one of these 28.5â€ by 28.5â€ tiles get ruined, you can easily swap it out with a new one.Â Try doing that with cement.
Check out my other blogs, I have a few tips to help get that holiday weight off.Â All the exercises can be done with things you probably have around your house or with something inexpensive and probably in stock on our website.