September 17th, 2015 by Chris Aviles
When most people, myself included, think of Ballet they tend to think pink tutus and Nutcracker recitals. Barre-based fitness programs are popping up all over the country and I have the pleasure of talking to so many people about exactly why it’s becoming so popular and have really changed my view on ballet. To the point where I wish I would have started as a child. It’s time we get off our exercise mat and start doing something new and fun for exercise – Ballet!
Starting Ballet or dance at a young age can really help with coordination development. That doesn’t necessarily seem all the important until you really stop to think what we need to be coordinated for… like getting behind the wheel of your first car at 16 years old. And for all those boys that think ballet is too “girlie”, how much coordination goes into football or ice hockey? I read a story about a NHL goalie, Ray Emery , that was real close to ending his career because of some hip issue. As a last resort he took up Ballet and less than a year later his career was back on track and better than ever. That just goes to show you it’s never too late. A simple 4′ or 6’ ballet barre in your bedroom, gym or garage can be the start to a much healthier, easier life.
Ballet not only helps with flexibility and coordination; It helps with other activities like your endurance while running. You’d be surprised how much cardio you are actually doing – and Cardio helps with heart strengthening, breathing and even will power.
September 2nd, 2015 by Chris Aviles
I’m pretty sure I just talked about Rubber Mulch and its benefits, especially during the extreme drought we’re experiencing in California, but I want to make one more point.
Brush fires are just part of life out here. All the dry brush, especially during a drought, can easily be lit on fire by a cigarette or a random spark. Just a few days ago, as I was driving down the road, I noticed some thick clouds and saw an entire stretch of road blocked off with Fire Engines. It appeared there was a house on fire. Not that I’m every surprised by random fires during our sweltering heat, but I am inquisitive and quickly turned on the news when I got home. I found out that while they’re unsure as to what exactly started the fire, it spread quickly because of wood mulch. This is horrible.
It got me thinking about our Rubber Mulch and how it not only looks nice but is so much safer in areas like mine. My favorite is our Rubber Mulch Tree Ring. A Tree Ring will help prevent erosion and conserve moisture. How nice to open my back door step out onto my door mats and look at how great my backyard looks and know it is helping the environment too!
With the weather as permanently great as it is out here, BBQ’s and backyard fire pits are not an uncommon occurrence. A random ember or spark could easily ignite the wood mulch you may have in your backyard. Or if you happen to live close to one of California’s wild fires, Rubber Mulch can actually keep the flames at bay (temporarily) allowing you to get to safety. So aside from easy maintenance and a very nice look, our Rubber Mulch can actually be better for your safety and all around state of mind.
August 21st, 2015 by Stag
A long while ago now; my friends and I all went in on a very nice personal telescope. This is a very serious piece of hardware. Much larger than what you naturally think of when you picture a personal telescope. It weights, easily 120 pounds and takes at least two people to set up properly and safely. Be that as it may; we have used it quite a bit over the years. From taking it to local spots to even taking it with us camping in the mountains. Due to the size of it the aperture (the eye-piece that is) is quite low – maybe two feet from the ground. This can sometimes make it a bit hard – literally to kneel or lay while using it.
This is why we started using the kneeling pads and anti-fatigue mats to lay and kneel more comfortably and for a longer period of time while doing our star-gazing. They come in very handy and make it so much better when having to kneel down on rocks or whatever else is along the ground in the deserts or mountains. If you are a fellow amateur astronomer as well, I heavily recommend a kneeling pad and foam fatigue mat. Trust me – your knees and back will thank you for it!
August 4th, 2015 by Chris Aviles
I’ve talked about anti fatigue mats before, but I’m going to talk about them again! A simple 2’x3’ Anti Fatigue mat can make a huge difference at your business for a few reasons. I’m going to use a restaurant as an example because it’s my only real life experience. I used to roll silverware after a long day of serving tables. It’s part of every servers side work and probably the most hated task. But it has to be done. I can do about 6 rolls every minute. In 30 minutes, that 180 rolls. Multiple that by 20 people (servers and hosts) and you get 3,600 rolls of silverware for one day of food service.
Now let me paint you a picture…
Since the managers know each person can do about 180 rolls in thirty minutes, that’s what they expect. After about 5 minutes, or only 30 rolls, my legs start to hurt and I’m bending over to relieve back pain. Shifting my weight only works for so long. Knowing I have to do 180 rolls, I start getting faster and faster. My rolls are getting looser, but I don’t care. MY BACK HURTS! My 180 rolls turn into about 90-120 usable rolls, since a lot of them fall apart and are unusable.
This makes for loose, unused silverware falling on the ground and having to be washed. Now the dishwashers have to re-wash unused silverware. That doesn’t seem so bad until you multiply that by 20 people a day. Now your dishwashers are backed up from all the extra silverware and your cookware and plates are piling up. Since there are no plates or the appropriate cookware, your guests are waiting a long time for their food and will probably not come back.
Now your business is failing. All because you didn’t know to buy a mat that cost less than $50.00
July 29th, 2015 by Chris Aviles
I would like to take this opportunity to one of the down sides to living in California. The sun is always shining and we don’t have to deal with snow and other extreme weather crippling our lives, but we totally dehydrated!
California is in serious manic mode and doing everything we can to conserve water. There are new laws being implemented that limit the frequency and time of day you can water your lawn or garden and I’ve noticed a few business’ removing their grass completely and installing Drought Tolerant Landscaping.
I’m sorry to say I’m not very happy with this situation. All “Drought Tolerant Landscaping” looks like dead weeds and rocks. It’s not very appealing and I would put off making that change as long as I could.
I was doing a little research and was happy to see my kneeling pad will still get used. There are flowers that can hold up with limited water and I also found out your soil can play a huge part. A drought tolerant garden grows from the ground up, you’re going to want soil that will retain the water and support the plants. That’s the basis to any Drought Tolerant Garden.
Grow the soil first because that means plants will need less water and fertilizer. Out here there is a lot of clay in our dirt; a little compost can really help. You want to make sure your soil is soft and will allow water to go deep. Instead of watering every day, practice deep watering only a few times a week. Deep watering will allow the roots to follow the water downward, where it will find natural reservoirs.
Lastly, in regards to those hideous rocks, you want to put something down to help keep your dirt moist. On these scalding days, your water can potentially evaporate quickly ultimately wasting it. I’d use something like our rubber mulch instead. The rubber mulch comes in a variety of colors to help keep your garden looking nice and will hold up for many many years while allowing water to get to your soil and not evaporate so fast.
July 23rd, 2015 by Ben Gonzalez
Many could argue that war and violent conflict is in our very nature as human beings. And after spending some nights around inebriated adults dancing to trap beats and EDM, I’d have to say it’s hard to argue with that. It’s not surprising since intellectuals and evolutionary biologist (not to mention psychologists, anthropologists, and hard right-wing republicans) can all agree that war and conquest is essentially a driving force in the evolution of our species. All intellectual pretention aside, however, I found myself thoroughly entertained by the notion of two adult males foregoing the “civilized” rules of engagement for a less, shall we say, safe, approach to working out their differences on a wrestling mat or within the confines of an octagon.
The altercation seems to have started over the affection of a certain female while inside the bar. After some harsh words are exchanged, it is suggested the two men “take it outside” by the facilities bouncer or keeper of the peace. Once outside, one might mistake the initial stages of confrontation for the exotic war dance of some birds. The two men nose to nose whispering what appears to be code of some sort as both have their fists curled with arms straight down. Neither seems to want to strike first. Then, from the crowd, a faint and unassuming voice announces, “Kick his ass!” and the first strike goes flying.
In a dust cloud of swinging fists, poor technique, and obvious drunken stupors, one of the men backs off to quickly take his shirt off. It seems he’s done this before and thus deduced it is best to have less to hold on by his opponent. His seemingly less experienced sparring buddy does not think of this and in one quick motion, his hoody is caught and pulled towards a fast flying right hook which laid him completely flat on has back to the enthralled audiences’ “oohs” and “whoooooa!”.
The victor stands over his defeated opponent for a brief second then walks away. Far from sportsmanship, but certainly not a bad player as many times this is the perfect opportunity to make sure your opponent does not get up. Usually with kicks while on the floor. I couldn’t help but think if the legitimacy of this encounter may have been more comfortable on some MMA flooring or mats. Needless to say, by the time we saw the sirens, it was time to get that Uber ride.
July 17th, 2015 by Chris Aviles
I’m often asked about putting a Logo on our products. Adding your logo to a something is subtle yet effective way to promote your business. For example, I have a few yoga studio owners that give out yoga mats embossed with their logo to their clients for free. Free stuff makes the clients happy and now they’re advertising.
One of the products that we don’t put logos on, which I’m asked about a lot, is our Interlocking Trade Show Flooring. It’s a great idea in theory but tradeshow tiles see a lot of traffic, and being foam, do need to be replaced from time to time. The tiles themselves are very affordable, especially from our company, but adding a logo can cost a little more. When it comes time to replace a tile or two, that can add up if we also have to re-do your logo.
A great solution is one our carpet logo mats. Our Logo Carpet Mats are very high quality and durable, fully capable of withstanding heavy traffic. You can place your logo mat at the entrance of your booth, so you can have the comfort of a cushioned floor with the added professional touch of your specific brand. If you use a floor color that contrasts your logo, you can even pull more attention your way.
Another benefit of a Carpeted Logo Mat at the entrance of your Tradeshow booth is it functions like any other entrance mat; it will help keep dirt and debris off your tiles which will only had to your tiles longevity.
July 8th, 2015 by Chris Aviles
I can’t believe it’s already been a year since I moved into my new apartment. I already have to sign the new lease! Instead of moving this time, I’m staying where I’m at; I’ll just redecorate a little. The first thing I’m going to change out is my Entrance Mats. It still works really well but after two years of use it’s beginning to look dull. It couldn’t have come at a better time because MatsMatsMats.com just added a bunch more Entrance Door Mats. There are almost too many options now. I might have to order a couple so I can switch it up.
I really like the top surface that is made of flocked fibers. The fibers give the mat a nice look that also provides fine scraping action and trap dirt. The other good feature is entire base is made of 100% recycled rubber, which provides durability and helps to reduce movement, unlike vinyl back mats that can slip around. The rubber backing also makes these eco friendly! Probably my favorite feature is these decorative door mats are easy to maintain: I never have to clean mine because my apartment hoses down the corridors once a week. There’s nothing worse than having something nice, but having to clean it all the time. Those items never last in my house.
June 15th, 2015 by Chris Aviles
Did you know all of our made to order gymnastics folding mats, which already come in a variety of colors, are even more customizable? AND it doesn’t cost anything more to make your mat a little more personal.
This was fantastic for a customer of mine recently. Her grandson is a very active crawler and on his way to walking. She told me they have him in a big boy crib, but he still manages to climb out and she’s concerned he may eventually hurt himself. Since he’s such a determined little boy, she really wanted to pad his floor a little better. The interlocking tiles were not a good match for her because she wanted to ability to store the mat, easily. We discussed the folding mats because they can be folded up quick and with a slide of the foot, hidden from site under the crib.
Next came deciding on color. Her grandson’s room is tan and yellow, but she couldn’t decide on one color. An all yellow mat would be too bright, and an all tan mat might be too dull. That’s when I discovered we can alternate tan and yellow for no extra cost! That made her very happy. Buying something out of need can be hard enough on your wallet. It’s nice to be able to make something mundane, a little nicer.
This is also a fun, comfortable idea for the living room. I love lying on the ground to watch TV or just hang out. Sometimes, even the most push carpet can be uncomfortable. Which the color options, you can match any room.
June 10th, 2015 by Ben Gonzalez
Any fans of The Big Lebowski? That movie practically raised me from the ages of 11 – 17. Maybe not the best idea to be “raised” by a character who prides himself in his absolute laziness but nevertheless, hilarity ensued. The line “It really ties the room together.” is at the root of the shenanigans Jeff Bridges’s character “The Dude” faces to secure his rug back from the Germans who stole it from his home. Genius concept, I know. But there’s something to be said about that. Rugs really do tie the room together. And something I noticed recently is how well welcome mats can “tie the room together” so to speak.
At my studio, we have several lock-out units. All rented by various musicians, drummers, recording engineers, and the occasional random-o solitaire weirdo that just wants a space away from home to do whatever the hell they want at whatever volume they want. But when you walk in, you immediately notice how the rooms with a door mat just look more official. Welcoming actually. It actually makes you think “there’s something going on in there probably.” Which is exactly why I acquired one for my studio. Now my synonymous door doesn’t just look like a closet space. It actually looks like “something is going in there” which is great since I make my extra income from clients there (as well as through various other avenues) stumbling onto my space and asking what services I offer.
The same applies to apartments and even larger houses. A nice mat at the front really just ties the room, porch, threshold together. Ever moved into a new apartment and feel like there’s something missing. It’s probably a mat! Big, beautiful entry mats or welcome mats to officiate you into your new place of residence. Never underestimate the power of simple items to really bring everything together.