Posts Tagged ‘gymnastic mats’

Wrestling Mats Versus Gymnastics Mats!

Posted on: August 2nd, 2013 by

Wrestling Mats Made To Order!Among the biggest rivalries in history is Mother’s Day versus Father’s Day.  Think about the disparity between the two:

Moms get flowers, Dads get ugly ties.

Moms get candy, Dads get whoopee cushions and flatulence jokes.

Moms get to eat out, Dads end up choking on barbeque smoke.

Okay, I admit, I don’t have a problem with any of this. In fact, given the choice of waiting for expensive food prepared by a temperamental French cook and grilling my favorite chunk of meat on a mesquite grill with an icy beverage and some 60’s bebop blaring, I’ll take the grill anytime.

I bet you’re wondering how this all relates to mats. Me too. . . Wait, I got it!

Just as there is a perceived disparity between the two holidays, there may be a perceived disparity between two of our exercise floor mats, it all depends on the end user. Consider sports that use mats like wrestling mats versus gymnastic mats.

A wrestling mat is not a gymnastic floor. Typically a mat used for wrestling has fantastic energy absorption properties. When a mass with terrific kinetic force comes to an abrupt stop, generally speaking, you want that mass to have a fairly cushioned landing area so as not to have said mass break, spindle or mutilate. There has to be some degree of “pillowing”.

Contrast this with gymnastic floor mats need. Rather than absorb kinetic energy, it amplifies and returns the energy and softens landings without reducing kinetic energy. Without this property, tumbling runs would rely solely on the limb strength of the athlete to obtain height and rotation.

If you were to wrestle on a gymnastic floor, it would look like an old cartoon as bodies would be slammed about like Bam Bam Rubble from the Flintstones manhandling Barney BAM BAM BAM BAM! Whereas trying to do a double back or even a running front Russian on a wrestling mat would take legs the size of a youthful Arnold Schwarzenegger.

I look at the sentimental cards and handmade artsy-crafty stuff that makes my beloved wife get all teary eyed on Mother’s Day and I think, “What the heck is that?!” Just as I am sure my wife think, “That tie looks like a clown threw up, please don’t let him wear that outside where people can see.”

It’s all about the end user.


Knee Savers For Personal Or Professional Use!

Posted on: April 30th, 2013 by

I feel old. At 50, I realize I shouldn’t, but the abuse that I have put my body through is catching up with me. As a former tumbler (not on gymnastic mats), performer and physical comedian, I have seen more than my share of tweaks, bumps and bruises.  I guess I wasn’t landing on the softplay tumbling mat that got me started as a kid.  I had a lot of kid play mats growing up.  As I get older, I am finally realizing that all the whining my own father did about back pain, creaky knees and sore joints,  was not only valid, but a glimpse into my own future. I am constantly amazed how the older I get, the wiser my dad seems.

So now, when my wife suggests a pleasant afternoon in the garden, all I can think of is the amount of pain my creaky old knees will soon be complaining about. Part of the problem is trying to get comfortable kneeling for extended periods of time. If you’re not on a squishy, squelchy, wet patch of soggy grass, you’re kneeling on the cement that borders the expensive plants that are trying their darndest to die.

It seemed so easy, get something to kneel on that resists water and is soft enough to ease the pain of ancient joints. Some type of anti-fatigue mats or something.  What I found online was a veritable plethora of flower prints, cute bugs appliqués or tiny things that barely fit one knee, let alone two.  So I went to my “go to” sight for all things mat-like, MatsMatsMats, and sure enough, there they were. A kneeling pad, of course!!  Large (14”x21”) dense (1’ thick) and MANLY (solid black) no cutesy little ladybugs crawling across the surface, no delicate little plants, daintily decorating the pad so that all my other tools laugh and tease it. This mat looks like you could use it on the side of a busy highway to rest on as you change the tire of your Hummer.

You can get a discount if you buy them in an affordable six pack (and what guy would refuse to buy a six pack?) I also found them to be a great alternative to stadium rental cushions.  I now have to decide if it would be appropriate to bring to church.  Wooden pews, beware.


Gymnastic Equipment In Stock For The Holidays – Sure To Cheer You Up!

Posted on: December 6th, 2012 by

Yes! The holidays! So much joy and holiday cheer and fireside chats and sing-alongs. But don’t forget the most important thing of all…PRESENTS! For without presents, our children might actually start asking why we’re not around as much!

Seriously, though, folks.. I strongly implore you to browse and peruse through our many in-stock gymnastic mats and other items this holiday season.  Lest we forget our aspiring little gymnasts mini high bar, or perhaps a  balance beam, or any of our many other types of gymnastic equipment. The next McKayla Maroneys of the country are hard at work on their spring boards in order to one day fulfill the dreams of a nation!

 So this holiday season, be sure to get in on our Christmas delivery guaranteed items and if you didn’t quite make it, there’s always our Santa Letter you can show to the wee ones. Make sure to cover your bases, parents!