Posts Tagged ‘Exercise Flooring’
Posted on: January 9th, 2014 by Ben Gonzalez
It’s no secret that as we get older we get wiser. We also get brittle. Slowly but surely, our cells start braking down and what was once a pleasurable activity playing on the ground and getting your hands and knees dirty is now replaced by changing your oil on the garage concrete. And your reward (if you don’t know what you’re doing and spend too much time through awkward positions under your Ford-rrari Escort) is sore knees. Yes, sore knees. Now this could be just my fragile artistic genetics, and while we do have knee saver kneeling pads for such tasks, something a little more rugged and al encompassing might work better. A little more universal. Something that can allow me to roll the car into the garage yet not get completely eaten by the weight my car but STILL retain the softer and forgiving properties of foam. Hmmm… I was thinking perhaps something along the lines of rubber. Like a tuff-and-easy interlocking rubber tile but with the forgiving shock absorption of EVA foam tiles.? Does such a thing even exist?? I can’t keep making hard concrete floors my friend when all they want to do is hurt me! THERE HAS TO BE A BETTER WAY!
And now, there is!
However embarrassing it may be that a customer had to point out the obvious for me: interlocking soft rubber tiles are actually the best option for garage floor mats
that will have multiple applications. A fully installed rubber top interlocking an all around solution for kids that want to play dirty (on the floor that is) with their action figures and imagine whole worlds where GI Joe and Spider-Man team up to fight Gumby and his hordes of green, plastic soldier minions. Or play with their ipads while sitting on the floor… I mean, that would work too if they don’t have any imagination… or action figures. Geez… I’m old… I miss G.I. Joes.. and Ninja Turtles…
It’s also great as exercise flooring
for equipment like treadmills that get used or just look pretty in the garage. Dropped 50 pound dumbells at total failure from that last rep? No prob, Rob! These suckers come in 3/8″ and 5/8″ interlocking versions so you can rep away and not crack your floor! How about a drunken brawl with your friends? Not a broken bone will be had* if you just take it to the garage, boys. Need to be on your knees for a prolonged period of time…? You know… perhaps you are assembling some sort of complex Swedish furniture without reading the instructions and need that meditative period in front of all those pieces to figure out what the hell goes where. Say no more for comfort AND practicality will be yours. And finally, maybe you feel fresh out of ideas for writing your mandatory blog and you just need some quiet time away from your cat and your pre-wife (you can’t afford a ring and your too old to be calling her your “girlfriend”) to really sort out your ideas. Then throw some headphones on, turn your avant-garde classical playlist to ten, and stretch yourself out on your new tough, durable, rubber topped garage floor and let the ideas flow through you because you just pissed off pre-wifey. Keywords and context will soon flow through you like water. You’ll thank yourself later.
Posted on: September 7th, 2012 by Alex Miller
Many people don’t know exactly what flooring to put down in their exercise rooms. That’s because of the large selection and different materials that are available today.Â When doing cardio exercises our EVA foam tiles are very popular.Â They protect you joints as well as your floor.Â Mainly used without heavy equipment on them.Â They come in different thicknesses from 1/2″ to 1″ depending on the exercises and stature of the person.
When it comes to a room that is being used to put in equipment and have more of a gym feel the Tuff-n-Easy interlocking rubber floor tiles are my favorite.Â They are composed of Â rubber made from recycled tires that would otherwise be headed to the dump. They are also made here in the USA.Â They are extremely durable and when connected look like seamless rubber flooring.
Than we have our newer tiles that are made for a combination of cardio and it’s okay to have equipment set on them.Â Our soft rubber flooring has a denser foam with a layer of recycled rubber on top. These tiles are taking becoming one of the most popular picks.Â This is because they have help keep the stress away from the impact of cardio and can withstand the weight of most any exercise equipment.
If you’re still not totally sure what is best for you just call or email us.Â We have a dedicated sales and customer service team that is very knowledgeable in all the exercise flooring we sell.Â We can tell you what’s worked best for people in the past as we have great customers that give us feedback on how the tiles have worked for them or have friends who want the same product.
Posted on: June 9th, 2012 by Ben Gonzalez
For many of us here at MatsMatsMats.com, a VERY typical phone call from a customer starts with “I’m looking for a mat.. but I’m unsure what kind.”Â Thus the glorious process of deductive reasoning begins.Â Because we offer such a wide range of products, it is important to always think of the application.Â This may seem obvious at first but what is not so obvious, is that many of our customers have found some pretty unorthodox or creative uses for our mats.
One of my favorite non-traditional uses of our matsÂ was from 48 Windows Music and Mix, a sound recording and post production studio in Santa Monica, California.Â This company called us looking for a solution to a problem.Â They had a very noisy hallway that would bleed sound from people walking into some of their rooms when doing voice-over work.Â Since they kept having issues with their busy staff not being able to walk through the hallway during normal business hours to avoid any unhappy clients, it was clear they needed something that was rollable, not terribly unsightly, and above all, QUIET.Â After talking for a couple of days back and forth about our manyÂ carpeted mats
, I made aÂ simple suggestion to consider using aÂ different material altogether.Â I have, and continue to work as a second job, as a sound tech (among other things) and most sound techs and acoustics nerds know how powerful rubber can be as a subfloor to absorb and control noise.Â Thus, the bright idea came about to have a 1/4″ to 3/8″ rollable piece of rubber flooring
for the hallway.Â
In the end, 48 Windows Music and Mix purchased several of our 3/8″ rolled rubber flooring
rolls, which isÂ most often used as exercise flooring
or gym flooring.Â They were able to put these rubber flooring rolls in the hall when needed and roll them up and store them when they were not needed.Â The problem was solved by using what is generally used as gym flooring
asÂ rubber runner mats
Â in the hall – it looked fine and the noise was eliminated.Â Another happy customer.
Posted on: May 18th, 2012 by Ben Gonzalez
It has become abundantly clear that my local gym, Woodland Hills Athletic Club, is in need of new exercise flooring in the HIT (high intensity training) room.Â A comparatively small room to the rest of the facilities, this particular area is where the most intense workout regiments take place and you can tell by the shape that the gym floor is in.Â Black foam flakes stick to your sneakers and follow you home after setting just one foot in that room.
Currently the gym floor is outfitted with 4â€™x4â€™x1â€ EVA foam mats which were purchased about 4 years ago just as the new owner, Eric, took over the place. Myself having trained in that room, Iâ€™m amazed that 1â€ EVA foam has withstood the continuous 4â€™-7â€™ drops of 300 pound dead lifts over and over again. Despite their perceived durability, Eric is looking for something that has the resilience of rubber and the high impact shock absorption of the EVA foam tiles. After a series of tests on some larger samples pieces, it looks like heâ€™s leaning toward the Soft Rubber interlocking tiles in Â¾â€ thickness for its hard rubber top and the foam base. Installation is looking to take place sometime during the summer and weâ€™ll be keeping you posted with pics and installation tips.
Posted on: May 3rd, 2010 by Charles Pruett
Looking for exercise mats and accessories for your school gym, karate studio, or the local YMCA?Â Â Unless your needs are rather small, and youâ€™re not too picky about quality and goods that will endure, donâ€™t go shopping for ANY type of exercise, yoga, or other training matsâ€”even stretching matsâ€”at your local super center that also happens to carry sporting goods or that has a small section of their store devoted to sports apparelâ€”you know which ones weâ€™re talking about hereâ€¦they also have a grocery section, along with clothing, lawn and gardenâ€¦you get the idea.
If youâ€™re the one who has been assigned to outfit an exercise facilityâ€”if youâ€™re not the owner or head manager, that isâ€”your best bet is to shop online.Â For instance, if youâ€™re looking for weight lifting gloves, resistance tubes or resistance bands, interlocking foam tiles, or rolled rubber flooring [pictured here] to provide the right kind of flooring, you can be sure to find what you need here.
Posted on: April 30th, 2010 by Charles Pruett
With the invention of 2â€™ square, interlocking foam tiles, the world of exercise mats and exercise flooring blossomed into a safer, more energizing, and more attractive world, to say the least!Â How so? Â Well, for example, it used to be, in a high school gymnastics program, large, bulky, foldable mats were slid togetherâ€”or stackedâ€”to provide floor space that was suitably safe for tumbling and practice of other activities where falls are inevitable.
Nowadays, since the advent of the tough, durable, firm-yet-sufficiently â€œspringyâ€ foam flooring tile, gymnasts can tumble with greater vigor, spring with more bounce, and the shock absorptive qualities of the foam are ideal to protect against hard falls where even harder floors lie underneath.Â And if the space to be filled is especially large and spacious, 4â€™ square, EXTRA jumbo interlocking gym flooring will be perfect to get the job done and lay down that much-needed protection.