June 25th, 2013 by Ben Gonzalez
Vanity. Satan’s favorite sin. Well, at least in Al Pacino’s depiction of the devil. I don’t know why I found myself thinking about this other than the fact that I watched The Devil’s Advocate earlier this week. The movie is a solid 7.5 in my opinion. A perfect touch of Clinton-era cheese while people still had this post 80′s excess fascination with the ‘devil-lawyer’ archetype. Yes, lawyers are evil (no exceptions), but my point is that I came to very particular and nuanced conclusions about something while I was watching this film 16 years after it’s release:
a) Keanu is not a terrible actor.
b) I love Charlize Theron. Like… a lot.
c) I love Al Pacino. (there’s a reason he sits atop my cubicle screaming at me at the horror of seeing his anti-christ son commit suicide instead of serving him).
The real meat and potatoes, though, is that this whole experience left me thinking about another Al Pacino classic, Carlito’s Way! An undeniable classic tale of redemption with a tragic turn for the protagonist. I mean, the movie starts where it ends and you STILL hope and are even made to feel like things might work out. But anyway, the point is that in that movie, there is ONE brief scene where Carlito (Pacino), having just been released from prison, follows his old flame to a dance class. There, for a quick second, BAM, a ballet barre! And it all comes full circle. Maybe a shot of glassless mirrors too. I don’t know. The thing is that the more I thought about it, I thought that maybe my love and affinity for movies has just been a subconscious pre-conditioning to me learning all about dance accessories, commercial/industrial products, and exercise mats. I’ll be scouring my favorite movies looking for all these things I’ve missed before. Luckily with the power of HD Blu-Ray remasters, I might even see a MatsMatsMats.com label somewhere.
June 17th, 2013 by Kelly Green
It has been brought to my attention that most of my blogs are high in humor and low on information. I agree. Therefore I shall try my best to keep the humor to a minimum and increase the edification quotient.
Three men go on a hunting trip together and decide to stay at a local motel before the big day. As they walk across the entrance mats and are checking in to the motel, the clerk says, “Okay guys, that will be thirty dollars for the room.” The hunters each pull out a $10 dollar bill and give it to the clerk. Soon after they leave, the clerk remembers that this week all rooms get a special rate. Calling over the bellboy, he gives him 5 dollars. “Quick, take these 5 dollars and give them to the three men in room 207. The rate is $25.00 per night for that room NOT $30.00.
As the bell boy is riding up the elevator looking at the five dollars, he realizes that he can’t divide the 5 dollars evenly between the 3 hunters. “I know, I’ll just give each of them a dollar and call it a night.” Saying this to himself, he pockets two of the five dollars and continues to the hunters’ room passing by many beautiful door mats. The bell boy reaches the room in question and knocks on the door, “So sorry gents, you were overcharged for your room! Here is one dollar each.”
The hunters originally paid $10.00 each for the room, they all received $1 dollar back from the bellboy so in fact, they each paid $9 dollars for the room. $9×3=$27.00. The bell boy pocketed 2 dollars. $27.00+$2.00+$29.00. . . Where did the other dollar go?
The motel where they stayed had an outdoor TireTuff™, CleanScrape, Eco friendly flooring, outdoor floor mats, and a color coordinated entrance logo mat. They approached the front desk on a matching vinyl runner and stood on an anti-fatigue marble rubber mat whist registering.
Another runner led them to the elevator where yet more anti fatigue mats gently caressed their feet as they glided up to their room. They also noted that this particular hotel had a weight room with rolled rubber flooring. In addition, a side room offered massages on an eco-friendly 2” thick yoga mat with an unbleached, natural cotton shell, stuffed with 8 pounds of pure, natural, untreated cotton batting. All these products provided by MatsMatsMats.com.
June 12th, 2013 by Ben Gonzalez
I wrote about horses once before already, but HOT DANG I had to share my experience this weekend! I took my girlfriend out on a (romantic) expedition to the Morongo Valley and adjacent Joshua Tree desert area. We went to the Cottonwood Canyon Ranch which is basically a ranch that rescues and rehabilitates horses from slaughter auctions, neglectful owners, and other bad situations for the animals.
Because of my height and weight, I lucked out and got a BIG horse. And I’m talking BIG horse. She was driver named Rosie and if you could compare horses to cars, a regular horse is like a solid mid size pick up. My horse was Hummer. Big, comfortable, and all terrain! After an hour and a half ride where we got a tour of the local flora and fauna, we headed back for some pictures and a quick little tour of the ranch.
I resisted sounding too pitchy, but I immediately asked about the stall mats and what they use. It seems that they are currently using common recycled rubber tiles that, unlike ours, they weren’t sure if it was sulfur free. I of course, handed my card and just let them know that if they have any need for stall mats, rubber flooring, or any mats whatsoever, to please call us. Perhaps we’ll be exchanging some horse stall mats for group sessions? One can only hope!
May 29th, 2013 by Stag
So, Spring is the season for cleaning and that is exactly what I spent this last weekend doing. In particular, it was my garage that received the bulk of my attention. As it has been many a moon since I have ventured into the spooky depths my garage, I figured that now was the time. So with plenty of help and some elbow grease my friends and I liberated my parking domicile.
Now the question remained on what to do with this space (now that I actually had some). So we designated a space for the cars and found just enough room for the tools and hobby enthusiast areas. But with all this I decided that some a new floor was needed. I wasn’t sure if I should use interlocking rubber floor tiles which I know would be perfect for a home gym or rolled rubber flooring. I eventually decided to go with new industrial rubber flooring was needed. So we measured, checked twice, and thrice and laid in some nice new eco friendly rolled rubber flooring in the entire garage.
With the durability of this rubber flooring you can roll and park cars, store anything and practically everything on it. It also made a fantastic area for a little weight bench and bike and hobby area. It is much more comfortable to stand on for long periods than concrete for sure. Installation was a quick and easy process, especially seeing as though it was in my garage. We just rolled them in and used our seam sealant to put everything together and I had a brand new garage floor for a great price.
Now the real work began however, putting everything back into the garage and trying to organize that in the process. Although an arduous task, we did accomplish it and I have to say that it looks fantastic. So we will see by the time this next Sprint arrives exactly how well organized my garage is. The floor will still be looking new, but whether or not I will still be able to park in that garage is a different story all together.
May 24th, 2013 by Ben Gonzalez
I came down with a nasty flu this week. Not nasty in length, but in severity. 103 degree fever for a solid four plus hours or so. When it finally broke, I felt like I was hallucinating. And I actually was. You see, I thanked my girlfriend for bringing me the glass of water that I didn’t ask for and in reality, wasn’t even there. After stumbling from bed to the kitchen for some refreshment and battling my cat to not trip me as I shuffled my feet in what can only be described as an alien imitation of human bipedalism, I had a revelation. I was sick from the gym! Of course! All the grime, sharing equipment, and that one folding exercise mat
I used… I remember the one. I had a bad feeling about using the common exercise mat
but I went ahead and did it anyway. Four days later, BAM! Sick as dog. Now, I wouldn’t dare suggest that this particular facility does not disinfect its workout mats
regularly, but I have my suspicions.
I always wondered why we sell our mat disinfectant
. That sounds stupid… I know WHY we use them, but I never really thought about it in context. But the sweat, the grunts, the exhausting of ones body to the limits while perspiring sweat and salival grunts, well, let’s just say your gonna be swapping fluids (involuntarily) with a couple of people at your gym. I’d like to think that ALL gyms (and after researching OF COURSE THEY DO) disinfect their daily use common equipment with disinfectants and a mat cleaner
, but if you happen to be extra paranoid like me, take your own aerobic mats with you from here on out.
May 15th, 2013 by Kelly Green
I am always looking for things to do with my children. Someone once gave me this bit of sage advice, â€œThe hours are long but the years are short.â€ With a 10, 12 and 14 year old, I have experienced this first hand. As any parent can tell you, it seems like once the little people enter your life, if you blink, they age a year.
I remember growing up in a theatrical family, where we were always putting on homemade plays, skits and sketches. The highlight of the show was always me with my headband pretending to work out on my exercise mat and my older sister Tap Dancing with bottle-cap taps, on a cement floor in our garage.
Tap dancing has always been my favorite form of dance; making noise while you slap your feet on the ground, learning a time step, how to shuffle off to Buffalo. I learned to tap when a local high school needed a little kid to tap for a production of Gypsy. Here was something I could do with my kids.
Getting the tap shoes was an expensive but easy process but getting the right surface on which to tap proved a bit more difficult. It had to be portable, with a hard striking surface yet have some give and traction. After experimenting I came up with two, 6â€™x8â€™ plywood floors, covered with a Matlay Dance Floor â€œskinâ€ from MatsMatsMats.com that I secure with vinyl tape which I also got at MatsMatsMats.com. Â Now I have portable, professional looking vinyl dance floor that I can lay down anywhere and give the kidlettes basic tap lessons. My son has had me in for a father/son talent show that had us time stepping in tandem on the flooring. I even had a couple moms ask me where I bought the Marley floor.
All of my kids can now tap better than I, having received lessons at a local dance studio but we all get together and they teach me what they have learned. My wife asked if I could expand the flooring enough to learn ballroom dancing. . .yikes!
May 9th, 2013 by Stag
MMA has been around for quite some time now, in one form or another. One could even argue that it has been around for hundreds of years. One of the best known; even if not for itâ€™s Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) per say is Ninjistu. A style popularized by â€“ yup you guessed it, Ninjas. See Ninjas were the commandos of their day and they had to go up against a lot of different types of opposition, so they learned their enemies Martial Arts Style so that they could use it against them. Thus the first (maybe) Mixed Martial Arts was born.
No a days the Mixed Martial Arts scene is a bit different. However the main idea stays the same. The combination of various fighting disciplines coming together to allow the fighter to move more quickly, and react more appropriately to the situation and opposition with less flair and useless moves to deal with (i.e. â€œReturn Positions).
With MMA, people inevitably started to fight each other in public forums and thus started to make groups. The most popular of which is the UFC. So now you have thousands of aspiring fighters either learning MMA for self-defense, fitness or for a chance to be in the UFC and fight for the prize in a sense.Â This all requires training, and lots of it. Training requires classes, and classes require a good space to teach their students in a safe environment. So that is why we very commonly use, recommend and sell our interlocking martial arts mats and our most popular seamless flooring to MMA and Martial Arts Gyms.
Continuous Vinyl and crosslink foam flooring provides a fantastic area for the students to move and learn without fear of injury from falling, pulls, drops, or throws. We recently provided some seamless flooring to an up-and-coming MMA gym in North Carolina called Female Fighters MMA. In a sport currently dominated by male athletes they are setting the curve in providing a top notch environment and facilities for their students to learn and advance. They use our seamless flooring for their gym for just these reasons. You can see here for yourself, it not only looks great, but performs well!
Seamless Martial Arts Floor and MMA are very synonymous with each other, and if you are in the sport you certainly will see them everywhere you go.
April 23rd, 2013 by Kelly Green
Thereâ€™s nothing more exciting than the first day of spring . . . what can I say, I need to get out more. The Ides of March are now safely in the rear view mirror and the onset of warmer weather rapidly approaches on fuzzy feet. Here in California, that means beach excursions are right around the corner. Surveying the bathing suit landscape has made me realize that unless I want to be mistaken for a wayward whale, I may need to shed a few pounds before venturing outside in something less than a hazmat suit.
MatsMatsMats has already supplied my household with a veritable plethora of fine choices for svelting down my ample Orwellian figure. (Orson Wells NOT George Orwell) and I have written in the past of such items as the exercise ball, the fitness flooring and kids carpet.
Today I would like to expound on the virtues of (pause for dramatic effect) the workout glove.
If you are delaying the actual choice of exercise till you find the motivation to begin said regimen, nothing tells your ever-loving spouse that you are committed to the process of slenderizing oneself than buying matching workout gloves. MatsMatsMats has a HUGE selection of gloves to choose from. Everything from a delicate pink to a more manly camouflage.
If you know me, you know I prefer products that can be multi-purposed or re-purposed and these bad boys have â€œbatting glovesâ€ written all over them. Maybe even James Bond-esque driving gloves! (â€œYes, Miss Moneypenny, thatâ€™s shaken not stirredâ€)
The true purpose of these gloves is to use them in conjunction with weights to use a traditional approach to fitness. They also can be used to help cushion your hands when exercising, doing yoga, calisthenics or any other program that requires writhing on the floor gasping for breath.
Now that I have made that â€œfirst stepâ€, I have decided to reward my efforts by treating myself to a martini and an exploding laser watch
April 23rd, 2013 by Chris Aviles
Iâ€™m pretty lucky. Iâ€™ve worked for some less than moral companies and at times have had to question my own morality. Sometimes, unfortunately, we have to do what we have to do in life.Â Anyway, my point is itâ€™s nice to work for a company thatâ€™s upfront and stands behind their products. Very rarely do you actually find inexpensive quality. I truly believe that at matsmatsmats.com we are honest and have quality products at great prices.
The only downside is most people (myself included) are quick to voice their opinion when theyâ€™re unsatisfied and rarely do so when they are satisfied. Being that a big part of our job here is customer service, we hear about the rare instances when there are problems and complaints. That kind of thing is expected to some degree, especially with the volume of business we do. Â I mean, accidents happen, especially when you package and ship as much as we do.
When I see positive feedback, itâ€™s usually on the website and itâ€™s our customers talking about how great our customer service is (it really is!) or how fast they got their product.Â Much like a puppy thatâ€™s been adopted, I donâ€™t usually hear anything about how well our product is doing- until last week.Â I had a customer call and order a supply of our SoftFoot Pilates Mat.Â The owner of â€˜Synergyâ€™, aÂ Pilates Studio in Cookeville, TN, just celebrated their 6 year anniversary and needed mats to accommodate their growing clientele.
As I was hanging up with her she let me know that the set she currently has, the ones that were purchased from us over six years ago, and the ones sheâ€™s buying now arenâ€™t even to replace those mats. Â I was informed that her Pilates mat is used all day, every day and she hasnâ€™t found a better exercise mat or a more economical mat.Â That information really is good to know.Â Iâ€™ve always been confident in telling our customers how great our products are, but actually hearing it from you guys reassures me that we not only have a large yoga mat and Pilates mat selection, but our prices and quality are really good too!
April 15th, 2013 by Ben Gonzalez
I got some news recently… My girlfriend-wife (I call her that because she doesnâ€™t know that Iâ€™m going to marry her yet and she canâ€™t run forever!) has two beautiful nieces whom we just found out this week might suffer from cerebral palsy. She was very alarmed and scared. I, however, happened to know a very accomplished young man with cerebral palsy (itâ€™s not a death sentence by any means!!).Â I tried to assure her that we get many calls from parents with special needs children all the time and one of the most common ones I can think of is cerebral palsy.
Cerebral palsy is not terribly uncommon (1 in 400 live births) and there are many routes to treatment as well as programs that facilitate child development with such conditions. It reminded me of a call we got from a customer with a 4 year old boy that has cerebral palsy looking for soft flooring. For those not familiar: cerebral palsy it is a condition that affects motor skills. Generally speech and movement are affected at various degrees as a result of low birth weights. This makes it difficult to walk and speak and in many cases, children might be only able to move around with the help of walkers or wheelchairs.
After conversing with said customer about these specifics, he was surprised at my relative understanding of what he might need. His son had just been diagnosed with a milder form of cerebral palsy that mainly affected his ability to walk but nevertheless is VERY active. However, because he is so mobile and still needs to develop more coordination, he is prone to hurt himself since he tries to run and move faster than his feet can keep up.
Obviously, as sales people on the phone, there is really nothing we can do when we hear a proud yet exasperated parent looking to pad a room but give him good advice on the best interlocking floor mats and wall padding.Â Luckily, he was just getting information so didnâ€™t have to get all sales-pitchy on him. We do happen to actually encounter this often. We offered him samples of these materials and eventually got some wall paneling and soft tiles to keep the floor and wall padded and safe.
A personal friend of mine also was born with cerebral palsy. His case happened to be a bit more severe and he is bound to a wheelchair. Nevertheless, with the proper treatment, diagnosis, and a great support system of friends and family, he is on his way to getting his masters in law. If anyone happens to be interested in more information, this site is a great resource! -