Posts Tagged ‘carpeted crosslink rolls’

Rubber Flooring Tiles Ideal For Home Gyms!

Posted on: July 26th, 2013 by

Rubber Flooring Is Ideal For Home Gyms!So, you want to set up a home exercise area.  One of the first things you should do is decide what type of exercise regimen you will follow.  Aerobics, Yoga, weight machines, free weights, martial arts, Pilates, Zumba.  All of these programs require specific flooring needs.  As an example, let’s look at the difference between the flooring needs of free weights versus aerobics.

With free weights, consider these important factors.

Sub floor protection.  Weights are . . . well . . . weighty, and are generally not made of feathers or fluff. If you don’t believe me, just drop one on your toe.  You need a durable, high density, wear resistant surface with great noise absorption properties. Dependent on the amount of weight being used and the type of apparatus, my suggestion would be a recycled rubber flooring. One of the thicker rolled rubbers or maybe one of the Tuff n Easy interlocking tiles. Rubber flooring tiles are ideal for weight lifting because not only do they provide great floor protection but they also provide perfect footing, focusing on stability while incorporating anti-fatigue properties. Since the product is made from rubber, its wear and durability characteristics are assured. Besides, when lifting a bar, it feels cool when you put the bar down to have it bounce a little, proving how heavy it was.

Now consider the different criteria for an aerobic surface. Rather than being stationary, aerobics involve bouncing about like a rabid wombat in heat. (I looked it up in the Australian Wikipedia) Traction, energy return, anti-fatigue and comfort, tops the list of preferred properties.  I would look closely at either the premium SoftFloor tiles or maybe even a carpeted crosslink rolls.  The objective is to provide a springy floor with a lot of “energy return” rather than energy absorption.  Traction is a major factor when utilizing more robust movement and softness is desirable for when you plop to the ground in an endorphin induced coma.

When looking for flooring, it pays to inform your sales representative as to the purpose you plan to put the floor to. “I want to set up an exercise area”, means different things to different people and we here at MatsMatsMats.com can be your consultative resource to find you the perfect floor for your needs.


You Want Our Crosslink Foam Rolls To Do What?

Posted on: July 11th, 2012 by

Crosslink Foam Rolls will float in this lake.As I’ve said before, I never knew there was such a demand for the products we here at MatsMatsMats.com provide and I am always curious when people use our products for anything other than what it’s intended for.  That said, I got a phone call the other day from a man who wanted to purchase a roll of our non carpeted crosslink rolls so he could make what he called a Water Pad.  We tell customers all the time that our foam is closed cell, therefore it doesn’t absorb liquid (typically referring to sweat or drinks) – I never thought that it would float.  He seemed to want me to assure him that our crosslink foam rolls would work like he wanted and I just couldn’t.  We already tell customers that we don’t warrant our products to be suitable for any particular purpose and will not be liable for any injuries that may result during the use of these products.  However, I wouldn’t feel right assuring somebody that a product will work when it won’t, or if I know it will have other problems down the line.  I decided to do an experiment:

I took one of our crosslink foam samples and let it float in a bowl of water 8 hours, then let it dry naturally for 15 hours. I then submerged it in water completely for 24 hours, letting it dry naturally over the weekend. I was trying to determine whether the foam would retain its buoyancy, absorb water or start to smell.  It did nothing.  It still looks like it looked before coming in contact with the water and hasn’t expanded or started producing any kind of mildew smell.

I then started testing how much weight the foam could withstand before sinking, and I found that a little 4.5”x4.5” piece of foam, that weighs .5oz, was able to keep a piece of 4.5”x4.5” rubber, that weighs 1.2lbs, a float. 

I’m no scientist, but I’m pretty sure that I could now tell that man with confidence that the foam would work as water pad.  I think these rolls would be perfect when I go boating. Whether you’re out on a lake or out at sea you can throw one of rolls over board and have a floating dock to tan on or to help you get on and off your jet skis.  One full sized roll (rolled up) is only 6’ tall and 3.5’ wide and can be easily thrown in the back of your truck or boat OR cut up into smaller more manageable pads. These are just a few of my ideas, it is your responsibility to determine the appropriate use.  One of my co-workers customers decided to use this product as part of his trade show booth design – not as the trade show flooring, but as part of the design.  So, be creative… and let me know if you come up with another unique use of this or any other of our many versatile products.