Posts Tagged ‘gym flooring’
Posted on: September 25th, 2012 by Alex Miller
Consumers and manufacturers alike are doingÂ more and moreÂ to help preserve our environment byÂ producing and purchasing eco friendly products.Â To be able to recycle products that would otherwise end up in a dump buried underÂ our Â soil is fantastic.Â Â Additionally,Â manufacturers are usingÂ raw materials that are naturally grown on our own soil.Â Some companies, like MatsMatsMats.com,Â go as far as to plant trees when certain products are purchased.
I recently went to theÂ production facilityÂ that is used to break down used tires to make different products.Â The process is extensive, but well worth it.Â Our playground surfacing, gym flooring in fitness centers, doggy daycareÂ flooring and much more are using these recycled rubber products.Â You probably don’t know this,Â but when you go into your local gym you are standing on recycled car tires.Â It’s amazing what we can with a tire which used to be thrown away in dumps.
Posted on: July 27th, 2012 by Ben Gonzalez
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.Â I was contacted by KeithÂ Â Pickens of Percussion Design LLC this week to talk about ourÂ rolled rubber
Â (which has many uses, most notably as gym flooring
).Â 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.Â 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.
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
) Â 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 strangeÂ 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.
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: April 27th, 2011 by Mark Carmer
This product wasÂ recently featured on the “Big Basement Workout” episode of the DIY show “10 Grand In Your Hand.”Â This show features real homeowners remodeling and renovating their homes.Â 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.Â
If you follow the link below and forward toÂ the 15:14 time markÂ you can see the SoftRubber interlocking tiles they purchased at MatsMatsMats.comÂ being installed.
Additionally, Tuff N Easy recycled rubber interlocking tiles (often used for gym floors) is featured in the products section of diynetwork.com.Â Check it out:
Posted on: June 25th, 2010 by Charles Pruett
Iâ€™ve thought about even using one of my wifeâ€™s exercise mats to protect my knees while Iâ€™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 Iâ€™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, â€œWell my knees are being sacrificed to this project; canâ€™t you maybe buy me one of those kneeling pads, or maybe even a two-foot square tile of gym flooring?â€ I doubt Iâ€™d be met with much sympathy, butâ€¦the thought has crossed my mind!
Itâ€™s true, exercise mats, like my wifeâ€™s Pilateâ€™s mats, probably shouldnâ€™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 earthâ€™s eco system, as well as being non-allergenic.
Posted on: June 15th, 2010 by Charles Pruett
We have some friends who bought a huge house complete with media room and game room, and I jokingly told my buddy, â€œNow you can finally pull out that treadmill you bought and use it!â€ Maybe Iâ€™ll encourage him to put down some gym flooring tiles, or other durable rubber flooring appropriate for putting beneath gym equipment.
If youâ€™ve thought about putting down some sort of rubber flooring to go beneath your exercise equipment, but havenâ€™t been sure where to get the right kind or size, worried youâ€™ll have to buy something too large and have to cut it, or piece together something thatâ€™s not quite right, then you can stop worrying; youâ€™ll find every conceivable variation of gym flooring you could hope for, so browse awhile to see what really suits your needs. Maybe Iâ€™ll buy my buddy a treadmill mat for his birthday coming up.
Posted on: May 31st, 2010 by Charles Pruett
Kids 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, childrenâ€™s playgrounds have been buffered with sand or wood chips, which are messy andâ€”although safer and softer than concreteâ€”arenâ€™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.
Posted on: May 31st, 2010 by Charles Pruett
If you have a small exercise facility where you really wantâ€”or needâ€”to conserve on space, and itâ€™s not in your best interest to house big, bulky exercise mats or if your budget canâ€™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 theyâ€™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.
Posted on: May 28th, 2010 by Charles Pruett
If you own or run a professional gym or other exercise facility, you know what itâ€™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. Thatâ€™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 donâ€™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.
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.