Posts Tagged ‘gym flooring’

Recycled Rubber Flooring – Eco Friendly Products

Posted on: September 25th, 2012 by

Rubber Gym FlooringConsumers and manufacturers alike are doing more and more to help preserve our environment by producing and purchasing eco friendly products.  To be able to recycle products that would otherwise end up in a dump buried under our  soil is fantastic.  Additionally, manufacturers are using raw materials that are naturally grown on our own soil.  Some companies, like MatsMatsMats.com, go as far as to plant trees when certain products are purchased.

I recently went to the production facility that is used to break down used tires to make different products.  The process is extensive, but well worth it.  Our playground surfacing, gym flooring in fitness centers, doggy daycare flooring and much more are using these recycled rubber products.  You probably don’t know this, but when you go into your local gym you are standing on recycled car tires.  It’s amazing what we can with a tire which used to be thrown away in dumps.


Rolled Rubber In New Drum?

Posted on: July 27th, 2012 by
During the last few years of working at MatsMatsMats.com, I have had the good fortune of talking to more than a few interesting customers.  I was contacted by Keith  Pickens of Percussion Design LLC this week to talk about our  rolled rubber (which has many uses, most notably as gym flooring).  Their company is designing a new type of electronic drum that circumvents triggers and instead uses the natural acoustic resonance of the shell and a rubber head to create a natural sound that also triggers an electrical signal into an amplifier or sound module.  In other words, where traditional electric drums essentially work like a play button that when struck triggers a drum sound via a module, this drum creates it’s own electric-acoustic signal that can be directly plugged into an amplifier.
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Since they are working on prototypes, they were looking at our 1/8″ thick recycled rubber product (or possibly one of our anti fatigue mats)  to use as part of the head of the drum which is the part that the drum strikes directly. This is very exciting as I’ve personally been to the NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) show several times and have gotten to see all kinds of new, cutting edge, and sometimes very strange musical instruments. For more information on their work over at Percussion Design LLC, feel free to visit www.percussiondesign.com
Stay tuned next week for a follow up on the prototype.

Rubber Flooring Isn’t Just For Gyms Anymore…

Posted on: June 9th, 2012 by
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.”  Thus the glorious process of deductive reasoning begins.  Because we offer such a wide range of products, it is important to always think of the application.  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 mats was from 48 Windows Music and Mix, a sound recording and post production studio in Santa Monica, California.  This company called us looking for a solution to a problem.  They had a very noisy hallway that would bleed sound from people walking into some of their rooms when doing voice-over work.  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.  After talking for a couple of days back and forth about our many carpeted mats, I made a simple suggestion to consider using a different material altogether.  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.  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 is most often used as exercise flooring or gym flooring.  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.  The problem was solved by using what is generally used as gym flooring as rubber runner mats in the hall – it looked fine and the noise was eliminated.  Another happy customer.

With SoftRubber Gym Floors You Can Save Money

Posted on: April 27th, 2011 by
Home Gym Flooring - Interlocking TilesSoftRubber interlocking rubber floor tiles from MatsMatsMats.com make quality, cost effective home gym flooring that is easy to install.

This product was recently featured on the “Big Basement Workout” episode of the DIY show “10 Grand In Your Hand.”  This show features real homeowners remodeling and renovating their homes.  DIY Network comes into a renovation or remodeling project at the beginning, offering homeowners smart advice on new materials and technologies, plus essential how-to info on doing some of the basic work themselves. Homeowners are amazed how much we can shave off their total budget, leaving serious cash available to spend on another project, a vacation or a new toy. 

If you follow the link below and forward to the 15:14 time mark you can see the SoftRubber interlocking tiles they purchased at MatsMatsMats.com being installed.
http://www.diynetwork.com/videos/big-basement-workout/68973.html

Additionally, Tuff N Easy recycled rubber interlocking tiles (often used for gym floors) is featured in the products section of diynetwork.com.  Check it out:
http://marketplace.diynetwork.com/Flooring/Carpeting/Other


Exercise Mats

Posted on: June 25th, 2010 by

exercise matsI’ve thought about even using one of my wife’s exercise mats to protect my knees while I’m kneeling down to either change a flat tire, screw cement board down as sub-flooring before laying tiles, or for some other such purpose, but I’m not THAT crazy! My wife would NOT be too thrilled about such a stunt, and I would have to either admit my error, or utter something like, “Well my knees are being sacrificed to this project; can’t you maybe buy me one of those kneeling pads, or maybe even a two-foot square tile of gym flooring?” I doubt I’d be met with much sympathy, but…the thought has crossed my mind!

It’s true, exercise mats, like my wife’s Pilate’s mats, probably shouldn’t be used for kneeling down on concrete driveways, or even concrete backer boards, as those rough surfaces could really scratch them up. But many of such exercise mats are made of materials that are recycled and are not harmful to the earth’s eco system, as well as being non-allergenic.


Sports Flooring

Posted on: June 15th, 2010 by

exercise matsWe have some friends who bought a huge house complete with media room and game room, and I jokingly told my buddy, “Now you can finally pull out that treadmill you bought and use it!” Maybe I’ll encourage him to put down some gym flooring tiles, or other durable rubber flooring appropriate for putting beneath gym equipment.

If you’ve thought about putting down some sort of rubber flooring to go beneath your exercise equipment, but haven’t been sure where to get the right kind or size, worried you’ll have to buy something too large and have to cut it, or piece together something that’s not quite right, then you can stop worrying; you’ll find every conceivable variation of gym flooring you could hope for, so browse awhile to see what really suits your needs. Maybe I’ll buy my buddy a treadmill mat for his birthday coming up.


Safety Playground Flooring

Posted on: May 31st, 2010 by

trade show flooringKids play areas have become much safer over recent years, to where special safety playground flooring, like what you see here, is fast becoming the norm. This specialized flooring is made to resist the elements such as sun, rain, cold, etc, unlike traditional trade show flooring, which is made exclusively for indoor use.

For many years, children’s playgrounds have been buffered with sand or wood chips, which are messy and—although safer and softer than concrete—aren’t anywhere nearly as pleasant as the bouncy, foam tiles of playground flooring. Playground flooring has a higher impact rating than rolled gym flooring, can help to reduce insurance premiums, as well as liability potential, but (more importantly) greatly reduce injuries even from falls as high has 6 feet.


Folding Exercise Mats

Posted on: May 31st, 2010 by

exercise mats and gym flooringIf you have a small exercise facility where you really want—or need—to conserve on space, and it’s not in your best interest to house big, bulky exercise mats or if your budget can’t finance wall-to-wall gym flooring, then you might want to consider handy, foldable exercise mats, like those pictured here.

These convenient, colorful mats are great because you can stack them easily in a corner, or in a good-sized closet where they’ll be out of the way for when your floor space is in use for something else. Or, if you think these are still too bulky for your needs, you might try the ultra compact aerobic fitness mat, which is thinner, but only comes in black. Either choice should suit the needs of persons looking for compact durability.


Exercise Equipment Mats

Posted on: May 28th, 2010 by

exercise matsIf you own or run a professional gym or other exercise facility, you know what it’s like to keep up with exercise mats or expensive gym flooring, which can wear out quickly or take abuse just from day-to-day wear and tear. That’s one good reason to look at purchasing exercise equipment mats to help preserve your flooring, rather than resting your stationary bikes, treadmills, or other such apparatus directly on your flooring, to not only provide extra protection, but also to provide stability you might not get otherwise.

If you decide you don’t want to put down exercise equipment mats under your equipment, how about creating a specific area where you use something such as interlocking rubber flooring where your bikes and other machines are, rather than going wall to wall with the flooring, and worrying about having to pull that machinery aside sooner to replace worn tiles?

The point is: explore all your options before making a decision.


Exercise Flooring

Posted on: April 30th, 2010 by

Exercise FlooringWith the invention of 2’ 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!  How so?   Well, for example, it used to be, in a high school gymnastics program, large, bulky, foldable mats were slid together—or stacked—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 “springy” 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.  And if the space to be filled is especially large and spacious, 4’ square, EXTRA jumbo interlocking gym flooring will be perfect to get the job done and lay down that much-needed protection.