Posts Tagged ‘ballet barre’
Posted on: 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.
Posted on: April 29th, 2014 by Chris Aviles
As a kid we all have dreams of being something amazing. Growing up in California, so close to Hollywood, my dream was always to be an actor. I am so in love with the entertainment industry and couldn’t imagine doing anything else. As I got older I transitioned from acting, to public relations, to management, to event coordinator and now as an adult I’m on my way to running or owning my own restaurant. Although being a restaurant owner isn’t the same as being an actor it’s in the same family. I realized that while I love becoming somebody else and having fun performing, it comes down to being entertaining and making people happy.
While I’m ever so slowly putting myself through school, I have this great job at MatsMatsMats.com where I’m still not very far from the entertainment industry I love so much! Weird..right? Well let me explain…
Along with every kind of mat you can probably think of, we also have a huge selection of Dance products which some of you may be more familiar with then you realize. Some of our Ballet Bars have found a home at Glee’s Mckinley High, our Mylar Mirrors danced all over the Stage with ABDC’s Fanny Pak, our Free-Standing Ballet Barre made it all the way to 30 Rock to show some new workouts on “The Today Show”, even our Rolled Rubber Flooring graced the stage of Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre for Cirque de Soleil’s Iris.
So while I’m a little more detached from the world I really want to be in, I get to peruse my dreams while working at a job that I can be passionate about. In a small little way, I get to be apart of the entertainment industry and help bring joy to people.
Posted on: 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.
Posted on: March 17th, 2013 by Chris Aviles
I wish all online companies would include shipping in their costs. It would make life a lot easier and probably help boost sales.Â I talk to probably 2 or 3 people a week that are gymnastic coaches or cheer-leading instructors and I see how much gymnastics equipment is necessary and how expensive it is to ship and how hard they work for funding.
Remember being a kid, really wanting a kids play mat or a toy or something and having to save up for it? I do. I remember when CD players first started becoming big and I wanted one so bad, but my mom said I would need to save the $60 myself.Â After a few months of doing odd chores and hoarding lunch money, I was finally able to afford it. Imagine how devastating it was to learn I didnâ€™t think about tax? The same goes for shipping prices, in my opinion. Most instructors, or students themselves, go online looking for the best price possible and start working as hard as they can to raise the money only to find out theyâ€™re still short a couple hundred dollars for shipping.
We at MatsMatsMats.com include shipping cost in almost all of our gymnastics mats, dance equipment like the ballet barre, and many other products, which make saving money for these super simple! You will know exactly what your cost is, without having to predict shipping costs (especially since there isnâ€™t an exact science to figuring it out). Â Itâ€™s not like tax where you can just add a percentage. So many factors come into play. The lightest item can cost $100 to ship because itâ€™s bulky, and vice versa for smaller items.Â As a super consumer, I really appreciate companies like ours that make purchasing so easy.
Posted on: January 28th, 2013 by Chris Aviles
Be on the look out and get on the ground floor of the next big thing in personal fitness!
Every field has its own trends. In movie and television itâ€™s the un-dead- Zombies and Vampires etc.. Some are global, like Gangnam Style or the Macarena. Others are more local like Pink Berry (amazing frozen Yogurt mostly in California). In exercise, yoga and Pilates pretty much dominated the scene until nowâ€¦
Xtend Barre is a new franchise that utilizes a ballet barre for a fun and effective workout and we supply custom ballet barres for their locations. Ordinarily you notice something becoming a trend because you see or hear it everywhere! I had no idea what a Pink Berry was until I started seeing them everywhere. Unless you live in California you probably still donâ€™t, but itâ€™s huge! My point is, just because youâ€™ve never heard of something doesnâ€™t mean itâ€™s not the next big thing.
These Xtend barres are growing fast. I know youâ€™ve probably never seen one, but theyâ€™re out there. I know they have locations in Utah, California, Louisiana, Nevada, Florida, and New York (just to name a few). Iâ€™ve also noticed a jump in Athletic clubs looking for a ballet bar for sale. That leads me to believe the â€œXtend Barreâ€ workout (or at least a variation of it) is going to be coming up in a big way.
I was talking to the latest addition to our MatsMatsMats.com family and he had a very good point. Now a days, people are pulling toward activities that are fun and effective. Dancing is a big one! Thatâ€™s hugely apparent in video games like Just Dance or Dance Dance Revolution.
So if you need a good workout, are looking for a new business or just like being on the cutting edge of the latest thingsâ€¦ Dance on this bandwagon!
Posted on: October 8th, 2012 by Alex Miller
Thinking about Setting up a Ballet Studio?
Weâ€™ve got you covered from the Marley Flooring to the Ballet Barre to the glassless Mylar Mirrors. Â I have been selling the Marley Flooring for over three years now and have had nothing but positive feedback and repeat orders. Â It is used for everything from tap dancing to ballet. Â Our wide selection of Ballet Bars will allow you to teach people of all ages. We have wall mounted units that can be adjusted for kids to adult classes. Â In addition, we have portable bars that can be moved when not in use. Â The Mylar Mirror we sell come in a variety of sizes and can either be mounted on the wall or be mounted on moveable frames. Â They are also easily stored when not in use.Â Â
We can not only deck out your whole studio, we have some of the most competitive pricing in the market. Â We are also very capable when it comes to helping you figure out the best sizes and styles that would work best for your home or studio.Â You may even want to look at our extensive yoga mat
collection. Â Our sales staff is very knowledgeable about all the products,Â should you have any questions just give us a call toll free at 877-777-MATS.
Posted on: August 21st, 2012 by Chris Aviles
I love new and fun and ways to work out and thanks the one of my customers I was introduced the ballet barre workout.Â From what Iâ€™ve read this is a total body experienceÂ that uses all the muscle groups in a way that really helps promote strength, endurance and overall fitness.
The ballet barre workout uses a ballet bar to perform small isometric movements set to upbeat music. Which is why I think Iâ€™ll love it, Iâ€™m instantly obsessed with anything where I can shake my butt, especially if I can tone it at the same time!Â Supposedly, the ballet barre exercises burns fat fast, lifting the booty and toning the thighs, abs, hips and arms.Â My customer is opening his own exercise studio and swears that The Pure Barre workout is going to be the next big thing- like yoga or pilates, but better:
- Pilates works smaller muscles that realign the core and help to stabilize it, while the ballet barre workout works most muscles, small and large, by using body weight to isolate these muscles.
- Yoga offers a more comprehensive approach to health because people can work on their physical, mental and sometimes spiritual dimensions of health. The ballet barre workout focuses on fitness specifically by strengthening and stretching the muscles to provide overall power, grace and stamina.
I havenâ€™t done this workout, because I donâ€™t have a ballet barre yet, but from what I found online, it looks pretty fun and seriously effective.
Posted on: July 27th, 2012 by Alex Miller
Over the last year I have sold ballet barres for Pilates and other exercises just as much as for there original purpose, ballet.Â Of late, using aÂ ballet barre for exercise, seems to be quite the craze. I’m selling them to gyms, athletic clubs, pilates studios and more. Â People who are taking classes at these locations are now getting ballet barres for the home.Â I have been told that there is extensive exercise routines used with the bars that are great to help to build core strength and improve muscle tone.Â People are also buying our yoga straps to wrap around the bar to create even more exercise routines.
Xtend Barre is a great example of this. I have been getting lots of sales from people who are buying into the franchise and opening or extending their business. It is Pilates based exercises used primarily with Ballet Barres. This is a great example of where the yoga straps come into play. Just look up Xtend Barre online and watch one of their video clips and you will see just how many different exercise routines can be done using our ballet barre.