November 2nd, 2012 by Chris Aviles
Christmahanakwanzika is coming and Iâ€™d like to tell you guys about my favorite products.Â Unless youâ€™re a gymnast or dancer yourself, you might not know what things to look for- let me help!
My most favorite product is by far the Mylar Mirror.Â They have the most clear reflection (better than a regular mirror) and they donâ€™t reflect a lot of light which makes those duckface pictures in the mirror so much easier to take, since the flash doesnâ€™t bounce back at you! Just kidding!! If youâ€™re a dancer you know that the reflection of a light can obstruct your view of yourself, which makes rehearsing in front of a mirror kind of pointless. There are also no ghost images. Â So if youâ€™re standing further away, you wonâ€™t see a blurry or double image of yourself.Â I also really like how light these glassless mirrors are. Whether you have them on rolling frames or mounted to the wall, they are easy to maneuver or reposition. The other cool thing about them being so light (especially if you have school and you need multiple mirrors) is that whether you purchase one or six, shipping cost will stay the same.
My next favorite product would probably be the Softwood or Soft Floor Interlocking Tiles.Â The wood ones I really want to put in my living room. Every once in a while I want to lie on my stomach and watch TV, but I donâ€™t have carpet so itâ€™s not very comfortable.Â Having these foam tiles would make it much better.Â Since they look like wood I wouldnâ€™t have to worry about putting them away- this speaks to my laziness.Â A lot.Â The colored ones are great for kids playrooms, the Soft Rubber Tiles work amazingly in work out areas or washrooms where youâ€™re potentially standing on your feet for a while. Over all the Soft Floor Tiles are very versatile.
The Matlay Dance Floor is another product I wish I would have known about when I used to dance. I canâ€™t tell you how many splinters Iâ€™ve gotten from trying to dance on wood, and you certainly canâ€™t tap on wood, or tile for that matter. The Matlay floor is a smooth, and strong, material that allows you to move smoothly and protects any floor if you happen to tap.Â One other great thing about Matlay flooring, if you tap or have people in your house that do, is that it helps muffle the sounds.
Lastly, I like the Folding Exercise Mat.Â The fold in half, which makes storing them and taking them out very easy.Â They might come in handy this weekendâ€¦Iâ€™m having a party and there are always people that are too..uhâ€¦tired to go home so I could just pull out a mat from my closet or under a couch and let them sleep there.
October 30th, 2012 by Ben Gonzalez
Once upon a morning dreary, after stumbled, late and weary,
Upon many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten quotes,
While I nodded, nearly sleeping, suddenly there came a ringing
As of someone gently rapping, rapping at my telephone.
“Thank you for calling,” I muttered, “How may I help youâ€
Only this Iâ€™ve said before…
Ah, distinctly I remember, this customers wish me dismembered
As each separate dying ember, wrought their ill forgotten quote.
“I called twice, good sir, last morrow – and I must insist you follow…
follow up on promised rubber flooring quotes!”
“I need rubber mats for my brood! They play rough, I must conclude,
that as such they’re safety surely would be skewed.”
Deep into the darkness peering, of my screen with products gleaming
Out I shot my first suggestion, “Interlocking carpet tile flooring perhaps?Â It makes the ideal play room floor.”
I questioned others
“Folding mats, Gym mats, or Wrestling mats for the young in violence nestling?â€
Bored and uninterested
Quoth the customer â€œNevermore…â€
Flabbergasted there I pondered, through the phone her children wandered
With their screaming deep inside the burrows of my soul.
What would appease this consumer beast
With needs ill met by merchants there before…
â€œPlease, on hold youâ€™ll wait
While I try and formulate some kind of discount for you more.â€
PART II next week!
October 23rd, 2012 by Alex Miller
We have one of the largest selections of folding mats.Â These are generally used as gymnastic tumbling mats, but we have customers that use them for everything from anÂ exercise mat to martial arts mats.
Not only do we have a huge variety of sizes and styles we can create custom folding mats to the size you would like.Â And if you don’t want velcro tabs, no problem.Â We recently just added two more styles to our selection. Â They are for the girls out there and one has flowers and the other has hearts on the mat. Â One thing that makes these mats so popular is that you can set them up when in use and then fold them up and put them in your closet or storage area when done.
Â So, when you get a chance, please take a look at the variety of what we offer and if you need a special mat size not shown or any assistance just let us know matsmatsmats.com.
October 22nd, 2012 by Ben Gonzalez
I have two nieces. Â They have been princesses, witches, models, pop stars, scientists, superheroes, and just about every other occupation you can think of. Â Of course, nothing could prepare us for the very creative ways that they go about fulfilling the tenures of their latest imaginary employment. Â I’m sure we can all relate.
The mess on the kitchen mats from the five-star chef. Â The crayon art on the walls from our little Picassos. Â Even the near flood on the floor mats from our bath-tub Jacques Cousteaus. Â They all serve to inspire us on the time where we really felt and thrived on the idea that absolutely anything we could think of was a potential occupation. Â
While we’re in the bathroom, let me tell you about my co-worker’s niece Emma.Â This little doll is a gymnast in the making. Â Her parents, being the good folk they are, have catered her physicality with gymnastics equipment and classes, the toys and tools that might make this little tike the next McKayla Maroney. Â This unfortunately, does not slow down the imagination and as she lacked gymnastic bars, she decided to do a little practicing with the towel racks in the bathroom. Â
Suffice it to say, these are most certainly not the ticket to fame and fortune, but might make for a good scowling form the folks. Â Lesson be learned parents: Keep the young ones occupied with the right tools and an extra bit of supervision.
October 5th, 2012 by Chris Aviles
It was National â€˜Mean Girlsâ€™ day recently, and I know youâ€™ll make fun of me but I LOVE that movie!Â So, as offended as I was, when this next thing happened to me, I thought it very appropriate:
Iâ€™m going away this weekend on a much needed mini vacation to Catalina Island. Â Iâ€™m really looking forward to turning off my phone and just disconnecting for a while. Â I havenâ€™t really had any time to just relax and enjoy the amazing weather weâ€™ve had this summer (I know…sad).Â
So anywayâ€¦I went to Nordstrom yesterday looking for some swim shorts and when I asked the sales clerk she replied â€œThat season is over, you can try Ross.â€ Â I was mortified! Â But being National Mean Girls Day I took it as festive. Plus, she really got me thinking about how fast the seasons are changing! That means the Holidays are fast approaching!!! Â I somehow always forget to start shopping, so I guess Iâ€™m grateful?Â Now Iâ€™m stressing out and starting to think about how I can get the most gifts for my buck. Getting to the mall to shop is not an easy task, especially when I start thinking about lack of parking and the unorganized shelves. I really would prefer to do all my shopping from home, if only I could not pay for shipping.Â
Â I wish I knew more people that needed dance equipment, gymnastics orÂ cheerleading equipment.Â We have many great productsÂ that are really affordable.Â Â In fact, that is even before you take into account that a lot of theÂ dance and gymnastics equipmentÂ includes shipping!Â That really makes life easier because when I am budgeting how much money I will spend on all the people in my life, I rarely think about shipping costs. Â I also never think about shipping errors, which is odd because I see how often shipments get lost or damaged. Â By the way, if that ever happens follow the procedures from who you are ordering from and you will be protected.Â
We can do everything weâ€™re supposed to, toÂ get your cheer mats or other package and out on time, and stuff still happens! Â You wouldnâ€™t believe how often a storm delays a plane, or a truck breaks down or some overwhelmed delivery guy accidentally delivers the package to the wrong address. Â I figure I should probably start shopping now, and attempt to avoid all the chaos or at the very least have enough time to rectify the problem. Oh wellâ€¦as soon as quitting time hits, Iâ€™m stress free!
October 3rd, 2012 by Ben Gonzalez
A very uplifting letter came in the mail the other day.Â The opening paragraph read as follows:
“Dear Mr. Gonzalez,
On behalf of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana, I would like to express my sincere appreciation for your generous donation of discounted foam floor tiles
for Savannah’s wish…”Â
Savannah is a little girl who wanted a playhouse and it seems like our foam tiles were just the thing they needed to line the inside of a full size dollhouse for extra padding and protection.Â A very nice pink, purple, and flower patterned soft flooring now decorates the inside of her very own life-size dollhouse.Â We often get requests for donations and while we can not always accommodate, it’s really good to hear from any customerÂ following up with us to give us positive feedback.
For me, this instance was particularly touching because Darla, the program manager, was one of the most positive people I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with.Â Her absolute dedication to her job and all that it’s about make it pretty inspiring to be a part of it, even if it’sÂ just to provide a service or product.Â It’s people like her that can really make something so trivial as our play mats for kids
, and apply it to give someone in need a little more strength, hope, and joy.Â An important reminder that even when you’re down and out, it’s good to know that there are people out there striving to make a big difference in an innocent little boy or girls life.
October 2nd, 2012 by Chris Aviles
As much as I envy this generation and all the cool toys they get to grow up with, I feel as if they donâ€™t get to use their imaginations as much as I got to. Â When I was growing up my Dad, along with the neighbor dad and his son, used to take us to department stores and get empty fridge or washer/dryer boxes. We would take them home and make the most awesome forts!Â We could literally spend the whole summer playing in our back yards, in BOXES!
I kind of miss being able to use my imagination like that! I got very nostalgic for simpler times when I was talking to a customer this week who wanted to get some trade show flooring (interlocking foam tiles) for her kids playroom.Â Thatâ€™s very common and I provide people with these types of tiles all the time so their kids can have a colorful, safe, and soft area to play on.Â I remember one customer of mine who had a different use!Â She said she wants to have a floor her kids can play on or build stuff with, like tunnels.Â Right away, my inner child came out and I started thinking how fun it would have been to have tiles like this when I was younger.Â I can already imagine the different types of forts I can make.
I actually have some smaller versions of the trade show flooring or kids playroom floor tiles on my desk and arranged them in few different ways that could be fun.Â (as seen in pictures) The cool part about having these tiles as a kid would have been that theyâ€™re mine, and permanent.Â Let me explain.. while the refrigerator boxes were cool , Mom could only stand seeing â€œtrashâ€ in her backyard for so long.Â These interlocking tiles would have been awesome!! They look nice are easily stacked and hold up against elements a lot better than cardboard!Â We also carry a number and alphabet puzzle mat with removable letters- these donâ€™t interlock with the interlocking trade show tiles but being able to punch out the letters to create windows in my fort would rock! And if you look at the product page for the ABC mats youâ€™ll see a couple other ideas for your tiles like hop-scotch! If you have some of these tiles, or plan on getting some send me pictures of what creative stuff youâ€™re kids do with them!
September 18th, 2012 by Alex Miller
I have been getting a lot of requests from various people and companies regarding what type of mat to put under their climbing walls.Â Some people know what they want, but most don’t.Â I have a couple customers that own athletic facilities with climbing walls. We have worked close together to figure out the best thicknesses, sizes and foam types to use. Basically we are customizing climbing wall mats that were previously created for other purposes.
A good example is our stunt mats which come in three different thicknesses and multiple sizes. We have altered multiple things from the sizes to the types of foam and placement of them.Â Sometimes, you may want a stiffer foam on top and softer on the bottom, or the same stiffness all the way through.Â What’s great is we have the capabilities to do that.
We can create mats for climbing walls in various sizes, thicknesses, colors, etc.Â We can create mats that are suitable for gyms, clubs, parties or home use.Â Quite often custom mats are not necessary and our stock matsÂ will work just fine for your needs.Â It is still a learning process where we can work and help the customer to decide what may work for them, but in the end we also can’t guarantee that they won’t hurt themselves.Â We can just go off recommendations from previous customers that have created custom mats and customers that know exactly what they want.
September 18th, 2012 by Chris Aviles
OMG! You guys actually read these things?! I didnâ€™t believe it until Mr. Mats himself told us he can see number of people that visit the blogs. Thatâ€™s great.Â Now, I donâ€™t feel like Iâ€™m talking to nobody! Not to show my age or anything, but the internet or social media is amazing and has come such a long way from the AOL discs we received in the mail to â€œtryâ€ the internet.Â You can literally say anything you want to nobody in particular and somebody interested can seek out the information.Â It gives anybody an outlet to discuss or rant about anything they desire.
Iâ€™ve had some friends read my blogs and they all seemed less than thrilled. It really took away my motivation. Then I stopped and realized that they have no interest in Gymnastics Mats, or Tradeshow Flooring, or Anti Fatigue Mats so of course theyâ€™re not going to find my writings interesting. You guys, however, sought out this information and are probably more entertained/benefited by these. Now that I know I have an audience I think I can be a little more creative. I know we carry a ton of different products, but youâ€™d be surprised how hard it is to talk about them- to myself essentially. I really wish you could comment, Iâ€™d love some interaction. You can always call me if you want to talk about the blogs or maybe I sparked a question about something, then maybe I can write a blog inspired by you! Stay tuned, I’mÂ going to start brainstorming ideas to make these blog articles more informative and entertaining.Â I should do a youtube channel, where I answer questions! Would you watch?Â Iâ€™m kidding- kind of.
September 11th, 2012 by Chris Aviles
A true testament to how many products we carry is the fact that after 2 years of working here, I just discovered the extensive collection of Sports Mats we have!Â Ordinarily I handle custom orders so unless itâ€™s a product that can be produced in custom sizes, I donâ€™t really deal with it.Â
The way I found out we even had such a huge selection is because my cousin called me to ask what kind of discount I could get her on a San Diego Chargers area rug and she wanted to know if the quality is better than hers.Â Do you guys remember the plastic canvas patterns we played with as kids? You know, you would thread the different colored yarn through the template to make a furry image? Well thatâ€™s what her rug looks like (similar to the image above).Â Needless to say, I told her our nfl area rugs are MUCH better quality and would look so much nicer in her game room! She doesnâ€™t actually have her current â€œrugâ€ on the floor, it hangs on her wall- So a 7â€™8â€x10â€™9â€ rug will hang perfectly over the wall.Â Â
I decided not to give her any pricing, because I will give one to her and every other sports fan in my family for Christmas. That just took so much pressure off me!Â I can easily get everyone a gift from one place, with minimal thought and they will all be unique.Â Iâ€™m going to be a hero, because my family takes their sports seriously!Â I just need to figure out what size to get everyone.
So, if you need a birthday gift for a sports fan or a Christmas gift for a sports fanatic? Check out our sports mats (NFL area rugs, MLB rugs, NHL team rugs and college logo mats. You can thank me later!