Posts Tagged ‘exercise mat’
Posted on: November 20th, 2012 by Ben Gonzalez
This is starting to get extremely taxing… writing about an exercise mat. Youâ€™d think itâ€™d be much easier when you are thinking and talking about them 9 hours out of your day, but itâ€™s not like that at all. Thereâ€™s a literal writing block that happens when I try to summon the Greek God of workout mats to give me guidance: Hades. Lord Hades, I beseech you to grant me guidance on this day to fulfill my spiritual quest of le blog. Please grant me the strength…!
Too much strength! Now Iâ€™ve got back spams… great… On the plus side, though, I know that the trick to any mild muscular ailment is a hot bath and a good stretch are essential for someone as vertically endowed as myself to find pain relief from muscular pain (or weekly blogâ€™s writerâ€™s block). Which is why Iâ€™m happy to have access to rolls of our 3/8â€ SoftFoot stretching mats. Our SoftFoot Pilates Mat is the ideal mat for pilates exercises. It provides the extra cushion your body needs when working out on the ground. These fitness mats are comfortable, donâ€™t have any shocking odors or outgas like some other PVC based mats. Lord Hades would be pleased by this development.
Posted on: October 23rd, 2012 by Alex Miller
We have one of the largest selections of folding mats.Â These are generally used as gymnastic tumbling mats, but we have customers that use them for everything from anÂ exercise mat to martial arts mats.
Not only do we have a huge variety of sizes and styles we can create custom folding mats to the size you would like.Â And if you don’t want velcro tabs, no problem.Â We recently just added two more styles to our selection. Â They are for the girls out there and one has flowers and the other has hearts on the mat. Â One thing that makes these mats so popular is that you can set them up when in use and then fold them up and put them in your closet or storage area when done.
Â So, when you get a chance, please take a look at the variety of what we offer and if you need a special mat size not shown or any assistance just let us know matsmatsmats.com.
Posted on: August 9th, 2012 by Ben Gonzalez
My trainer put me through a rigorous regiment twice a week.Â Embarking on new vegetarian diet means I have to watch what I eat even more.Â While at the gym this past weekend, I noticed that when it comes to doing planks, everyone’s got a very different idea of what is comfortable on the ground.Â For those not familiar, a plank is a very simple yet very effective form of core training.Â You basically get down on the floor, back straight, and lift your body off the floor with your forearms on the floor.Â The idea is you use your elbows and toes to anchor your body while your core (lower back and abdomen) support your body.Â A minute of this can get pretty intense pretty fast.
At my gym, we haveÂ workout mats
in varying thicknesses.Â What I noticed was that depending on the person, different mats will provide a substantially different level of comfort and balance when planking.Â A petite woman with a small frame would probably dig into a plank on a relatively thin mat like a yoga mat
, while a larger, body-builder type male will not get much out of anything less than 1-3/8″ dense crosslink foam exercise mat
for most floor stretches and things like planks.
When it comes to finding exercise mats for particular applications, one must always consider comfort, thickness, and (often overlooked) body chemistry. At 6’4″ and 198lbs, I found that my deciding factor when using any of the floor mats for exercise
, is the actual surface material.Â Smooth Vinyl on most crosslink mats, embossing pattern on closed-cell pvc mats (e.g. yoga mats) or the hard surface of the rubber gym flooring
.Â I happen to sweat A LOT. Like, a lot. Â So much in fact, that by the time I’m doing a plank, my elbows begin sliding on the vinyl covering of a crosslink mat. Â As a result, I always go for the pebble embossed 3/8″ thick closed-cell pvc mats and the 5/8″ when available.Â The thickness, comfort, and grip it provides for me are just the thing needed to attempt a 90 second plank without sliding around once the muscles start to give.
Posted on: June 15th, 2012 by Chris Aviles
Summer is here, and itâ€™s time to get that beach body! I donâ€™t have a lot of time to work out and what little down time I do have, isnâ€™t enough to get to the gym, and I certainly canâ€™t afford crazy exercise machines. Hereâ€™s a few workout ideas I got from my sister, who has a crazy college schedule and still manages to be fit and healthy. I like all these workouts because I can fit them in between loads of laundry, or while Iâ€™m watching TV and I donâ€™t have to spend a small fortune of equipment.Â These are just a few examples:
Resistance Band Row
Sit on the ground or on an exercise mat and extend your legs out in front of you. Hold the ends of a long, flat resistance band in each hand. Wrap the center of the band around the arch of your feet. Sit up straight, and hold your hands out in front of you in fists, choosing either a horizontal or vertical fist position. Pull back on the resistance bands, bending your elbows as your squeeze your shoulders together. When your upper arms come in line with your back, reverse the movement and return the band to the starting position. Continue the exercise, repeating the movement 12 to 15 times. Try not to use your momentum to make you move- youâ€™ll pull something.
Chest Lift (Exercise Ball)
Chest lift is a great AB workout. It works the upper and lower abs. You will also have to use your legs, and your butt muscles to stay stable.Â First, sit on the exercise ball and walk your feet out and pull your abs in and up to roll down on the ball so that your back is supported by the ball. You will probably be a little less than even with the floor. Put your hands behind your head, elbows wide. Inhale (breathing is really important- I used to hold my breath and I would get worn out much quicker) Exhale: Pull your abs in deeply to curl your head and upper spine up. Do not tuck your pelvis. Leave your shoulders down.Â Inhale: Return to start position. Repeat 3 to 6 times.
Resistance Tube Bicep Curls
This is by far my favorite item to workout with. There are so many different routines you can do to work various parts of your body. Start by bending your knees keeping your back straight when positioning the resistance tubes underneath the balls of your feet. Stand up and raise your hands slightly so that there is a small amount of resistance before starting the exercise with your palms facing upwards. This time you will be using one arm at a time starting with the weakest. Exhale as you curl the tube up keeping your upper arm strong and solid to your side squeezing your bicep at the top of the motion. Inhale as you lower the tube back to the starting position in a slow, controlled manner not allowing your arm to fully lockout or the tube to become relaxed before starting the next rep with the other arm and tube. Repeat this technique alternatively with both tubes and arms.
Hope this helps.Â Have a great Summer!
Posted on: June 11th, 2012 by Chris Aviles
How many of you guys are like me and dance around the house when nobodyâ€™s watching?Â I know you wonâ€™t admit it, but you do. Â Anyway, Long story short, I don’t have a real dance floor at my house, so I wanted to make sure my bouncing and jumping around wasnâ€™t going to damage my wood floors (My house is lifted so itâ€™s hollow under the floorboards). Â On ehow.com I found out that dancing on a wood floor is better for your back and knees than dancing on concrete or tile floors, which are too hard. Â Dancing on hardwood floor or cushioned flooring lessens the impact on the joints and reduces the risk of injury.
I donâ€™t have a ballet bar in my house and I donâ€™t put on tap shoes.Â Iâ€™m not a professional dancer by any means, but Iâ€™ve always enjoyed dancing. Whether or not Iâ€™m any good is a whole different discussion, but I was happy to read that dancing is great exercise, and depending on the intensity of the activity, you can burn anywhere from 100 to 400 calories in an hour. Â Just 2 or 3 hours of social dancing can provide a moderate low-impact aerobic workout.Â Because dance requires good posture, a person who engages in it will also walk better, breathe better and feel better as a result. Â So, sometimes you might want to put away your exercise mat and just dance.Â
In additionÂ to the numerous health benefits, an evening of dancing can be an awful lot of fun, too. Â You just need to take steps to minimize the toll on your feet.
Posted on: June 2nd, 2011 by Mark Carmer
Yoga studios have been popping up like Subways throughout the United States for the past 10-15 years.Â Initially, everyone thought it was just the latest trendy thing to do, but I guess we can now finally say that yoga is not a fad and is here to stay.Â
With the increase in the number of people practicing yoga and the number of yoga studios came the myriad of yoga mats.Â Different colors, patterns, lengths, thicknesses, textures, materials and so on.Â Many people are not just doing yoga, but also wanting to use their mat for Pilates and/or general exercises.Â With all the yoga mat choices out there, very few mats are suitable for all of these various exercises.Â Sometimes you need better grip, sometimes you need more cushion, sometimes you need it to be easily transportable to and from classes and sometimes you need all of these things.Â
With all the various exercises, the one common factor is alignment.Â Whether youâ€™re doing yoga, Pilates or general exercises proper alignment is crucial.Â With all of this in mind, Iâ€™d like to introduce you to the YogaForce A-line Mat.Â This alignment mat improves your posture and makes you look great.Â It is ideal for yoga, Pilates or general exercises.Â The A-line mat is 30â€ wide at the top and tapers down to 20â€ width at the bottom.Â This exercise mat has patented alignment guides to assure proper positioning on your mat at all times. Whether you are a beginner or advanced in your practice, these guides take the guesswork out of your posture for a perfect workout.
This alignment mat also comes with a hands free adjustable shoulder strap and only weighs 4 pounds. It is easy for urban dwellers to transport on the run. This ergonomic mat also comes with a removable wallet to hold personal effects, such as sunblock, a cell phone, iPod, car keys and credit cards.
If you are in the market for a top quality exercise mat, Pilates mat and/or a yoga mat, the YogaForce A-line mat is the perfect mat for you.
Posted on: June 7th, 2010 by Charles Pruett
If you have a loved one, or if you, yourself, are an exercise enthusiast, and are still working out from home without a decent exercise mat, why is that? Donâ€™t theyâ€”or youâ€”deserve something appropriate for maintaining stability, reducing stress to joints due to impact, and help to prevent slips and falls, even on carpeted floors?
Aerobics mats like the one pictured here, come in three foot by six-and-a-half-foot or three by four foot sizes to provide ample workout space, with beveled edges, stippled texture and anti-skid grip no carpet can ever provide. Theyâ€™re latex free for those with allergies to latex, impermeable to moisture, and are readily cleaned to help maintain a healthful workout surface.
Consider one of these as a gift to for that special someone, or for yourself! Or, if you or that special someone is more into Pilates, Pilates exercise mats are also a fantastic alternative, with a variety of suitable choices.