August 23rd, 2013 by Kelly Green
I recently took a sick day off. For unknown reasons, I had a gland infection under my jawline that made me look like a squirrel harvesting acorns. Not only that but my eyes were reacting to some kind of irritant (I thought it was my mother-in-laws cooking but I could be wrong). Along with this came a nagging temperature, also known as a low grade fever. Is there anything more demoralizing than looking like a rabid wombat and feeling like a piece of meat in a toaster oven? I just wanted to sleep and call it a day. Problem was I could not get comfortable. Twisting this way and that way, I started looking at the bathroom tiles with longing, knowing that the coolness would be a balm.
Enter the Shiatsu Thai Massage Mat, this amazing, comfortable mat wicks away the sweat and keeps me cooler and more comfortable than anything else I know. Although the original purpose was for giving and receiving a massage, I have found it perfect for the rogue nap and camping. It provides a clean, soft platform to ease into slumberland and along with a zafu pillow “borrowed” from my wife’s collection of yoga meditation supplies. I was able to get a comfortable and cool few hours of rest while still able to tell my spouse that I spent the day with her meditation equipment. I merely leave out the part where I am snoozing.
If I had been thinking clearly, I would have added a silk eye pillow fresh out of the freezer to soothe my swollen eyes. But I was already asleep and snoring before I even thought about thinking about maybe wandering in that direction.
August 22nd, 2013 by Chris Aviles
One of my favorite technological advances is On-Demand anything! We live in a world of instant gratification and as much as I try to not be that person, I am. That makes it tough to be satisfied. I want the gourmet meal with the attention to detail, but I want it in 10 mins. Or I really want to have a new haircut and change my color, but I don’t have 2 hours to dedicate to getting it done.
Luckily there’s enough On-Demand or instant conveniences I can make more time for tasks that can’t be done right away. We already bank, watch movies, download music, bay bills, order groceries and even hold meetings online. It’s getting to the point where you don’t have to leave your house!
A friend of mine posted something online about there now being Pilates on Demand, which is amazing to me! Now, as long as you have your own exercise mat, you don’t even have to leave your house to get training or exercise. In the past, you usually needed an expensive gym membership. She uses it as a way to get her children to exercise and have a minute alone. This is a great way to multi-task and stay fit. Imagine how much you could accomplish if you didn’t have to take time to get to and from your workout. You don’t even need gym equipment all you need is a yoga mat, and you can start working that core from your own home- while dinner cooks. Or if you’re not exactly graceful when it comes to poses, this is a great way to learn without the added stress of being judged by other gym goers.
August 16th, 2013 by Kelly Green
Comic con San Diego has come and gone. Over 130,000 attended the 4 day event that celebrated the inner nerd and fanboi or fangurl lurking within us all. There were representatives not only from the comic’s world but movies, television, music, gaming, and art worlds. The display areas and tradeshow booths were on the order of “HOLY MOLEY!”
Yet in all riotous colors, seismic noise and swirl of dervish behavior, it seemed that something was lacking. The floors. No, the floors weren’t missing, there was no one plummeting to a cartoonish death into the sub- basement, the flooring was rather nondescript and decidedly “meh.”
I can’t believe that EVERY booth missed a golden opportunity to va-va-va-voom up the floor in their tradeshow booth with customized tradeshow flooring! Most opted for a standard soft carpet red or blue surface without any type of attempt to customize or separate the look from the booth next to them. Here was an opportunity for the walking dead to use soft rubber tiles to simulate the asphalt upon which so many doomed zombie chases occur. Or maybe a checkerboard pattern to call to mind the mind-games at the Dexter display. What about using softwood floor at the “Teen Wolf” display and mark it off with basketball decals? The most obvious miss to would be the Minecraft area. If you could take the SoftCarpet greens, browns, greys, blues and reds, you could practically duplicate someone’s Minecraft castle!
You could also use our custom Carpet Logo Mats to form just about any type of flooring look from M.C. Escher to H.R. Giger, OR how about a Giger Alien in an Escher stairmaze! (If you don’t know what I am talking about, bust out your handy Wiki on those names.)
One last choice, how about plain White Premium SoftFloor and hand out markers to the celebrity visitors and have them sign the tiles? Now you have a memento for future booths AND a cool way to show the cool visitors to your trade show booth! (or you could send them back to me at matsmatsmats.com as a gesture of love and goodwill.)
August 16th, 2013 by Ben Gonzalez
Another month is upon us and another third Thursday of the month for that matter. Yesterday was our Canoga Park Art Walk (or Third Thursdays as we hold it in the summers on the third Thursday of every month) and it was my distinct honor and pleasure to shed my sales hat and put on the sound guy hat. Since this event is completely organized by volunteers, there were little options more fitting than I due to owning and operating all my own gear AND because my day job is about 5 minutes away from the event. As a result, my trustee partner in crime, Mr. Stag and I quickly left the comfortable zen of selling gymnastics, commercial , and dance accessories for the brutal assault that is stage management and audio engineering.
Something that would’ve been handy (besides a better power amp as the one I brought blew out two songs into our last artist) would be some anti-fatigue mats. After carefully crafting a well balance sonic presentation for our audience, I still had to stay put (as any good engineer would) and monitor levels, check for noise (there was plenty) and enjoy the fumes right next to the generator. All the while managing the set times, kicking overzealous bands off stage, and partying it up with the resident DJ Phitoe. If anyone is local to the San Fernando Valley, Third Thursdays happens next on Aug 5th. Come by and pay me a visit. I won’t bite… hard. And I’ll be sure to bring me my marble fatigue mat this time.
August 16th, 2013 by Kelly Green
Hello true believers, we are back to Blogsville after taking some time off for the Independence Day Celebrations. I realize that many of you must be burning with desire to learn what tidbit of knowledge the “MatsMatsMats.com Blogging Krew” has in store for you.
By now you must have realized that each blogger has their own special style of imparting valuable information to you.
When Chris speaks of anti fatigue safety mats or home flooring, he always waxes poetical as he pulls deeply from his own life’s journey. Sentimentality and pathos, at times, run rampant as he waxes poetically from entrance mats to trade show flooring. One can almost imagine him in a dingy little loft, laboring over his latest treatise, “Somehow I must REACH THEM!”
Ben, on the other hand, often slings cold hard facts about like a fry cook with 10 orders on his docket. He does this with a surgeons skill whether talking about Yoga Mats or rolled rubber flooring. “I found myself pondering in very deep ways the nature of the universe”. Yes, my friends, our Gentle Ben is a conundrum wrapped in an enigma, surrounded by a mystery which has all been stuffed inside a philosophical musician who blogs about floor coverings.
Stag is much like a cartoon character. “STAG SMASH!” As an example of this unrelenting verbal violence, I render forth these typical “Stagisms”. “I started hacking and chipping, and banging away on this little project of mine.”, “. . . we all know cats are very finicky and picky. . .” completely and utterly annihilating the rented skates”. THERE! Have you ever HEARD of such unfettered rage? His takes on martial arts flooring and all things excersizish are legend.
I, of course, am your sweet voice of reason; I present useful and pithy dibs and dabs of knowledge reaching from Anti-fatigue mats to Zafus. I illuminate and elucidate with a certain je ne sais quoi. We all have our market of fans and followers as each of our voices are unique and highly defined. Except for Stag, he’s just scary.
August 12th, 2013 by Chris Aviles
I think people are tricked into paying a lot of money for things, just because things can appear to be different or are set in a different environment and therefor somehow become more impressive. I’m mainly talking about these” Mommy and Me” or Gymboree classes. This last weekend I went with my cousin and her 1 year old to one of those classes and it was pretty fun. Essentially she is paying $60 a month so her daughter can play in a colorful padded room. I told her to come to our website and look at our soft tiles. For less than what it costs her for 6 months of these classes, she could have her own playroom filled with foam floor tiles that her daughter could use whenever she wanted.
With the incredible selection of SoftTiles, combined with our great gym equipment, and variety play mats for children, you can really create a personalized at home play area for your children. I did a blog a few months ago about the different shapes and other fun you can have with these tiles, so take a look at that for more fun ideas. The only down side is with your cool playroom, all the other parents will want to organize play dates at your house.
August 12th, 2013 by Chris Aviles
One of the great things about living in California is I’m so close to entertainment at pretty much anytime. This last weekend I was in Hollywood taking a stroll down the walk of fame looking at all the people, and there are a lot of people to look at. Aside from the normal character actors like Johnny Depp look a likes or Batman walking around there are your good ol’ fashioned masses of unwashed locals. I’ve met spacemen from the future warning about the end, Marilyn Monroe’s ghost and some people that aren’t just celebrity impersonators, but people that actual believe they’re said celebrity. It is very entertaining, but very weird at the same time. After an hour or so I have to take solace in the many many stores, who’s merchandise is often as entertaining as the people outside.
While looking around the Harvey Davidson store, I came across one of our products being used in such a simple way, I can’t believe I haven’t thought of it before. In the display cases, the store was using one of our textured SoftFloor tiles as a display surface. So simple and kinda cool looking. The soft floor tiles didn’t look out of place or like a cheap alternative to something, it actually fit in well. The shelves they had were glass, so the colored interlocking tiles gave some depth to the case and made the product pop. Most of the products in that store are black, so they used a contrasting gray tile. Ant the interlocking teeth just sitting exposed gave It a cool off beat look that I liked. The softfloor tiles are often used as trade show flooring or as playroom flooring, but hey sure found a good way to use too!
Once again, one of our many products has yet another use. So whether it’s at a craft fair or trade show, our soft floor tiles can add a different look and be a simple way to highlight your products. There’s a wide variety of colors and styles which makes it easy to change up color combinations to match the product or season. I wish I would have had this idea for the fourth of July. I can already envision a white rectangular table with red and blue tiles as the surfaces for appetizers!
August 7th, 2013 by Ben Gonzalez
Rubber… not the 2010 French horror film about the psychic tire that murders people (yes it’s real), the actual polymer; RUBBER! Ta-da! We sell a lot of that stuff. Due to it’s versatility and durability, you can see it used just about anywhere. From car parts, to electronics, household items, and yes, rubber mats. It’s hard to imagine a world without it. Generally, you can split rubber products into one of two categories: Recycled rubber or EPDM rubber. But what is the difference exactly? In a nutshell, recycled rubber is, as the name suggests, recycled, while the EPDM, is not. EPDM is also know by it’s full name
ethylene propylene diene monomer which is a synthetic rubber (as opposed to NATURAL rubber which comes a type of tree) or simply virgin rubber. Our recycled rubber flooring is also made from EPDM rubber, but since it is recycled from various rubber materials (mostly tire rubber), the term EPDM can not be applied as it is not produced so much as “compiled” from the “crumbs” of other recycled rubber eco-friendly products.
Recently, I had a customer request a quote for a client who was looking specifically for EPDM rubber for a military training ground. After touching base with the customer the differences between the rubbers and our limited availability of EPDM (it is only available as the colored TOP for our Bounce Back Tiles and the colored fleck in our Mega Lock Flooring and Tuff-n-Easy interlocking rubber tiles), it seems some clarification was needed. For a while, they were under the impression that because EPDM is virgin rubber, that it would have a much better load resistance than recycled rubber. NOT TRUE IN THE SLIGHTEST. After much testing by our manufacturer, the process involved in our selection of rubber crumb for our solid black recycled rubber reduces any difference in load tolerance between standard EPDM rubber and the recycled rubber we produce to a marginal difference which is effectively non-issue for the carious athletic or commercial applications that our mats are most often requested for. What this means for our customer is that we could provide him with a much less product he would have otherwise dismissed due to misinformation.
August 6th, 2013 by Stag
Hello, thine loyal subjects! Welcome to the fair empire of Mat-tropolis. Where the wine and low prices flow freely to all; young and old alike. As you can see by my little art project, SoftFloor tiles are not just for practical use. I know that almost all of us out there constructed lovingly “couch forts” in our childhood. Adorning them with blankets; creating bridges out of the cushions and if one was brave enough, even attempting to cross it before it gave way.
Now just think of what you could have done then and even do now with the right amount of foam tiles to construct and furnish the royal living room sanctuary. I have three words for you…foam tile throne! Turn a mere fort into a true vessel for a king or queen to survey their kingdom. Next words…draw bridge! No castle is truly a castle, nor a fort truly a fort till you have your draw bridge or gate. Soft tiles make that dream a literal reality.
Think of the possibilities, you could make a full castle complex with enough soft foam tiles. Even better you can use the grey and dark grey tiles for the stone walls of the castle and then get really detailed and use the softwood tiles for the gates and draw bridge. I can’t be the only one that is excited about this idea. I have to admit that I am finding myself getting jazzed about this as I write. I say that we should all remember and whenever possible re-live that kind of fun that we had as a child, and if you have a little king of queen at home; let’s build those little people a castle!
August 2nd, 2013 by Kelly Green
Among the biggest rivalries in history is Mother’s Day versus Father’s Day. Think about the disparity between the two:
Moms get flowers, Dads get ugly ties.
Moms get candy, Dads get whoopee cushions and flatulence jokes.
Moms get to eat out, Dads end up choking on barbeque smoke.
Okay, I admit, I don’t have a problem with any of this. In fact, given the choice of waiting for expensive food prepared by a temperamental French cook and grilling my favorite chunk of meat on a mesquite grill with an icy beverage and some 60’s bebop blaring, I’ll take the grill anytime.
I bet you’re wondering how this all relates to mats. Me too. . . Wait, I got it!
Just as there is a perceived disparity between the two holidays, there may be a perceived disparity between two of our exercise floor mats, it all depends on the end user. Consider sports that use mats like wrestling mats versus gymnastic mats.
A wrestling mat is not a gymnastic floor. Typically a mat used for wrestling has fantastic energy absorption properties. When a mass with terrific kinetic force comes to an abrupt stop, generally speaking, you want that mass to have a fairly cushioned landing area so as not to have said mass break, spindle or mutilate. There has to be some degree of “pillowing”.
Contrast this with gymnastic floor mats need. Rather than absorb kinetic energy, it amplifies and returns the energy and softens landings without reducing kinetic energy. Without this property, tumbling runs would rely solely on the limb strength of the athlete to obtain height and rotation.
If you were to wrestle on a gymnastic floor, it would look like an old cartoon as bodies would be slammed about like Bam Bam Rubble from the Flintstones manhandling Barney BAM BAM BAM BAM! Whereas trying to do a double back or even a running front Russian on a wrestling mat would take legs the size of a youthful Arnold Schwarzenegger.
I look at the sentimental cards and handmade artsy-crafty stuff that makes my beloved wife get all teary eyed on Mother’s Day and I think, “What the heck is that?!” Just as I am sure my wife think, “That tie looks like a clown threw up, please don’t let him wear that outside where people can see.”
It’s all about the end user.