October 22nd, 2014 by Stag
“ An ‘Axe’ to Grind “
After fifteen plus years of wanting to learn a musical instrument; I have finally really began to practice. I recently purchased an electric guitar second hand online. I have had this little beauty for about three weeks and I have actually practiced on it at least 2 hours a night almost five nights a week. This is a big increase when compared to my previous efforts. When I was 16 years old, I bought a bass guitar rather than a six string guitar. My reasoning behind this was that almost everyone I knew already played guitar, but no one was playing bass. So I figured I would fill that void. However I always tried to play the bass as a six string and it just never worked for me.
So many years later I ended up giving away my bass to a friend of mine, and thankfully he has put it to very good use. After that, I got into working out and even got attached to my favorite exercise mat. Well, now in my dare I say “older” age that I give it another go. However this time I wanted a guitar, “guitar”. Well it seems that I made the right choice and now only wish I had done so fifteen years ago. Now that I am practicing so much with this new axe of mine, I have found that I do need a bit of a back support cushion of some nature however. Sitting up on the couch of in a kitchen chair for hours definitely has its draw backs.
I decided to use a reading pillow to use a back support, as it is more ridged and I can prop it up in the couch, floor or a normal chair and still be able to clear my guitar so I can use it and so it doesn’t hit the furniture. So I call that a Win, Win in my book. Now that my back is set and rested with this nifty little support pillow, the real shredding can begin!
October 17th, 2014 by Chris Aviles
I was taking a tour of my friends new restaurant last week and It’s amazing how the right mats can make you so much more efficient. The restaurant isn’t open yet, but we were there for a soft opening and I got to watch all the servers and chefs in action.
To give you a better visual, let me talk about my first job as a host. The restaurant I worked at was always busy and I definitely wore more than a host hat, so I was constantly running around. There were drainage mats in the bar area and by the dishwashers, but no other mats in the entire place. You wouldn’t believe how much having to watch where you step slows you down.
After a few months of working there I had trained myself to not even pick up my feet in the kitchen; I and the cooks literally slid around because you were less likely to slip. In the server’s station, where if there was down time the host would make salads, I would do a little dance to adjust my legs and move my back and alleviate pain. I was young so I didn’t realize something was wrong and I just adapted.
Fast forward to last week and the environment in my friend’s restaurant was like night and day compared to my first experience. The back of the house (or kitchen) had non-slip drainage mats in all the walkways and there were anti fatigue mats in the server station. The servers, who are practically running around the front of the house (or dining area) were able to move into the kitchen at the same pace with no worry about slipping.
The anti-fatigue mats around the areas where you’re stationary, like salad prep table or silverware rolling stations do more than help pain. I know, because I’ve been there, that people will put off side work or complete it lazily; therefore lacking in quality because it’s uncomfortable and irritating to stand on your feet especially if you’ve been running around for 4-8 hours.
You can bet money that one of the first things I’m going to equip my restaurant with someday is quality mats. Whether you need anti fatigue mats or a drainage mat ours are affordable and high quality, I won’t have to replace them for years and I’ve seen first-hand how they can improve employee productivity and speed.
September 30th, 2014 by Ben Gonzalez
A popular misconception with most of our products is that they are limited to a particular use. Must be something to do with the extensive catalog of items we carry here. One would not think that “Wrestling Mats” are also a great surface for veterinary applications, pediatric, and a myriad of other uses that we’ve seen our customers purchase these for. While we do have two types of of these (the CLASSIC and the LIGHT WEIGHT), by far the most versatile and longer lasting of the two, albeit that more expensive one, would be the CLASSIC. At 1” or 1.25” in thickness, the proprietary material is quite literally a “rubber foam”. Strong enough to withstand constant use yet has enough shock absorption to be used as a surface to slam a 200 lb adult on. Or lay a baby on and have him take a nap. Whatever the need, these mats certainly deliver. Here are some of the more creative ways that our customers have used this material.
Yacht Deck – Too rich for my blood, personally. But one of our customers fitted his yacht with about 200 sq ft of this stuff on one of his decks presumably to sun bathe and host wild parties. At least, that’s what I would do.
Safety lining – A veteran and military enthusiast was building his own dune buggy type vehicle and was apparently having a hard time fitting the inside of his vehicle with a suitable foam-type material that can withstand impact but still have a color on it that POPS. He settled on several custom cut pieces of our Wrestling Mat material to fit the inside of his roll cage, his seat, and his dash board with in a right “tactical” orange color.
Veterinary clinic – Most veterinary clinics have high metal gurneys that dogs, cats, and other critters get placed on for check-ups, sterilization, etc. A more considerate vet decided that he wanted soft, hospital style inspection tables with a material that was non-permeable, had an anti-bacterial lining (Microban) and was strong enough to last but soft enough for the animals.
Backpacker – This one was a little more impractical but worth mention. Backpackers generally have roll up mats more akin to our foam exercise mats for sleeping in the wilderness or taking a quick rest in various rough terrain. This customer wanted something much thicker than the usual 3/8” material and also VERY easy to clean. A one-inch 2’x8’ mat was his winning number, although that mat alone would be about 16lbs in addition to his heavy bag.
Don’t let the names of some of the products deceive you! Get creative!
September 18th, 2014 by Chris Aviles
It’s kinda funny that out of all our products one of my favorite ones here at MatsMatsMats.com isn’t even a mat. I really like our Mylar Mirrors. There’s a lot of reason but mainly for me from a sales representatives prospective, they’re easy to quote, a product everyone is always pleased with and I have a soft spot for kids that perform and raise money to get the right (not so cheap) aids to help them perfect their art. I like being able to help them out anyway I can. Due to their light weight, shipping 1 or 6 is usually always the same cost and if you get more than 6 I can sometimes waive shipping all together!
Mylar Mirrors are not your typical glass type that you have in your closets or in your bathroom. Our glassless mirrors give a brighter, sharper reflection than plate glass, with no ghost images. Another upside is these mirrors are very light weight- less than 12 lbs!; If you have your mirrors on rolling frames you can move them around with ease.
I used to dance, and during rehearsals at school we had regular mirrors on rolling frames that we would use in front of us on stage. Very often somebody would fall into a mirror which is no huge deal, until one shattered all over the stage. Luckily nobody was hurt, but we could no longer dance barefoot or in socks for fear of left over glass shards. A mylar mirror is shatter resistant, and you will never have the fear of one of them injuring your students should it break.
September 9th, 2014 by Ben Gonzalez
The world is filled with garbage. Tons of it. So much, in fact, that there is a Texas-sized plastic island floating somewhere in the Pacific. Or is it the Atlantic? Does it matter? It’s hard to make sense and really conceptualize how much trash we generate as individuals. Recycling has certainly been an ever growing trend amongst developed countries but not nearly at the level that new trash is generated. Take your cellphone, for instance. While companies like schnApple and Shmamsung (see what I did there? NO FREE SEO FOR YOU!) try to best each other for the hottest new product EVERY YEAR, one has to wonder what becomes of discarded cell phones and their components as many consumers pride themselves in upgrading to the “newest, hottest, next big thing” or whatever other euphemism their marketing teams come up with.
I happen to keep all my past handsets (I’ve amassed a small collection of cellphones in perfect working condition dating back to 2006) since I figured I could get more use out of them as ways to experiment with their components or just have a readily available back-up should something happen to my current handset. This is a habit that is borderline hoarding. It’s hard for me to get rid of electronics despite their age or usefulness. Something about it just seems like such a waste. After much nagging over the years from parental units, room mates, and wifey, I’ve curbed the habit. Sort of…
A good example is my old gaming consoles. My old Nintendo is now a multimedia PC. My old Sega Genesis (much SEO for you!) is a neat little workhorse computer for my studio to run software synthesizers. It also looks really cool and makes feel like I’m all smart when clients come by and see that not only am I not screwing around on the job by turning on my old Sega console, I’m actually about to run this girls awful vocals through a pitch correction program that won’t make her sound like T-Pain. Score.
At MatsMatsMats.com, we have many of these old samples and materials that are either obsolete or just no longer in production. Before they get thrown away, something like a rubber yoga mat samples are now kitschy little coasters. Small recycled rubber mat squares are now spacers for my custom PC cases to stop the rattling while the fans are on. What was once a near-hoarding of garbage I didn’t technically need has been, thankfully, turned into a knack for seeing trash as simply nothing more than perfectly good-to-use, un-maximized resources! Pulling over before a dinner date to load up an old couch on the side of the road never felt so handy and Earth-friendly. Then again, maybe loading up that “perfectly good” mattress from behind the caution tape wasn’t the best of ideas. Or most legal… or hygienic… or prudent. Meh, 1 in 10, right guys?
August 26th, 2014 by Stag
I have recently been inspired to purchase a motorcycle. Call it a quarter-lift crisis if you will. In order to save some cash and to learn more about my new bike in general; I have purchased an older model that needs some work done to it. So begins the arduous tasks of fixing and building this bike back up to it’s former glory. If you have taken a motorcycle apart before then you know that there is a great deal of oil and oil spills involved in this process. Oil is bad in many regards. Not just in the fact that it makes a big mess but it can also destroy your bike’s tires.
In order to avoid this, I have started using the Performa Grease Proof mats. This way I can work on the bike and have a clean oil-free area, and not have to worry about degrading my tires in the process. Also the grease proof rubber mats give a very nice area to work, especially if you have to be on the ground to work on the bike. Now all I need is a bit more know-how or a few more instructions manuals and this little project should be ready to hit the road.
This not-so-little bike should be ready to purr soon and with this cleaver use of our grease mats, luckily I won’t have to buy new tires once it is ready to ride. So wish me luck and see you on the road.
August 26th, 2014 by Chris Aviles
Most everybody I know does yoga to feel healthy, but their yoga mat can be doing more harm than good. Unfortunately we don’t think about the hundreds of people that use the yoga mats when we’re taking a class at the gym. While the unspoken rule is to clean off your mat or equipment after you use it, a lot of people fail to do so. The amount of bacteria and disease on a yoga mat can seriously change your mind about working out altogether. The risk for athletes feet alone is enough to make me say NO THANK YOU!
Cleaning the yoga mats between uses can help reduce the health risk of spreading the germs and bacteria from person to person. Something as simple as our Jo-Sha Yoga Wipes does a great job, and the wipes are natural and smell real nice too.
The very best way to ensure the unwanted spread of gross germs during yoga is to buy your own personal yoga mat. We have a huge selection, so getting an affordable and light weight mat that is germ free is very easy. The purchase of your own yoga mat can also save you money over the long run since many yoga studios charge yoga mat rental fees. Buying yoga mat cleaner isn’t as effective on communal yoga mats or as effective against bacteria as using your own yoga mat.
August 15th, 2014 by Chris Aviles
I remember when I started working for MatsMatsMats.com, I was a little thrown off by the products we sell. Mainly because we have a so many products I had never known existed. The first one that caught my attention was our Interlocking Floor Mats because they are so versatile, and really inexpensive. We mainly advertise them for Tradeshows, but I put them in kid playrooms, workout room, and basements.
If you’ve ever been to a trade show you know they’re lined with booths that all look very similar. Interlocking foam tiles make your booth really stand out and give your people a comfortable floor to stand on all day.
For kids playrooms, you can mix and match colors to match your décor or just have a stack of tiles for the kids to make forts or just let their imagination run wild. Because they interlock you can arrange the tiles in a huge variety of ways. We have some tiles with the Alphabet and numbers to help your little one’s development.
If you want to us them for a work out floor, to protect those joints, these tiles have a good cushion and still good footing. Put a bunch of tiles together for a work out floor, or take a tile outside for a light weight workout mat.
I’ve seen display cases that use a bold color tile as their base, they interlocking “teeth” really make for an interesting look.
For professional use, or fun these tiles are good fit for lots of applications… oh ya… They’re in stock too!
August 8th, 2014 by Stag
“ Shake, No-Rattle and Roll “
For all of your audiophiles (a person enthusiastic about high-fidelity sound reproduction) out there; did you know that there is a cost effect way to reduce that troublesome speaker vibrations, rattles and low-end noise? Anti-Fatigue Mats can certainly have multiple purposes and one of those would definitely be absorbing speaker vibrations. Something like the ergo-flex fatigue mats would work very well under a studio monitor or home theater speaker. Doing so would tighten up the low-end sounds and reduce any of the rumble noise from the speakers at high volume.
You commonly see this in high-end home or professional studios. But buy not in your home as well? I not only have padded all my speakers in my home with fatigue mats, but have also used a similar technique with rubber for my turntable. Simply put a thin layer under the turntable in order to reduce any inconsistencies and vibrations from the turntable. This subtle little addition greatly improves the sound quality of any home sound system; especially if you are using a turntable of any kind.
I am certainly not an audiophile; at least in no official sense. But this little addition to my home sound system has definitely made my personal listening experience much better, and turned it into an experience indeed. If you are looking for a little extra kick and clarity to your music, definitely look into anti-fatigue mats and rubber mats for your equipment. Your ears will thank you!
August 6th, 2014 by Ben Gonzalez
Hot yoga is so hot right now. In more ways than one. And most popular in recent years is Bikram Yoga. Founded by the brother of Paramahansa Yoganandi (who himself founded the Self Realization Fellowship. Angelinos know what I’m talking about.Based in Mt. Washington? In that awesome Golden Age of Hollywood mansion-turned-monastery? Overlooks the Los Angeles skyline. Off the 110? No… dang… Well, if you’re local you should go visit. Google search it. I can tell you the entire history of that place and how I came to posses such knowledge at the risk of continuing to suddenly break from my point to give a brief history of this pseudo-religion founded by an Indian expat who combined elements of Buddhism, Hinduism, and Christianity into one easy-to-digest all in one philosophy emphasizing connection between the self and the all…. <deeeeeeeep breath> but I digress. Ahem…
Bikram is a form of hot Hatha Yoga where you step into a room at about 110 degrees Fahrenheit and humidity at about 40%. It’s hot. It’s not comfy, exactly. But it’s so popular that it’s become the go-to for an insurmountable amount of rush hour survivors and people looking for an intense set of 26 sequenced postures guided and standardized in the same duration of 90 minutes per class. This is more like an intense 90-minute set of heavy weight lifting than it is a 90 minute session with dim lights, burning nag champa, and new age soundscapes playing in the background . When the class is done, you are soaked and using your yoga mat as a stretcher. You become a purge of your own sweat and misery. The latter of particular importance as evidence from previous clinical studies showed that Hatha Yoga may have anti-depressant benefits.
Massachussetts General Hospital is currently pursuing a pilot trial to study the effectiveness of Bikram Yoga as a treatment for depression. While it’s been known to many from personal experience, Dr. Maren Nyer, director of Yoga Research in the MGH Depression Clinical and Research Program notes that Hot Yoga “…appears to be a promising treatment for depression.” She notes that hot yoga provides both mindfulness and intense exercise, both known to be effective treatments of major depressive disorder.
While this is a pilot trial of an actual clinical study, Hot Yoga enthusiasts should rejoice that not only is it great exercise, but it’s very likely that, as the the earliest trial currently show, practitioners are far less likely to develop major depressive disorders. One could assume it’s the constant exercise and serotonin production thereof that is a contributing factor into this. However, I think it’s partly the discipline that has to be assimilated in order to do this regularly. I tried it twice and decide that if I can pick and choose which I will engage in regularly, I was too much of a wimp to stick with the Hot Yoga as my regular routine. Instead, I chose daily 2k runs and 90 minute weight lifting routines. Although I love my yoga mat, Hot Yoga is just too hot for me to handle.