Posts Tagged ‘workout mats’

Workout Mats Need A Mat Cleaner!

Posted on: May 24th, 2013 by
Exercise Mats Should Be Clean!I came down with a nasty flu this week.  Not nasty in length, but in severity.  103 degree fever for a solid four plus hours or so. When it finally broke, I felt like I was hallucinating.  And I actually was.  You see, I thanked my girlfriend for bringing me the glass of water that I didn’t ask for and in reality, wasn’t even there.  After stumbling from bed to the kitchen for some refreshment and battling my cat to not trip me as I shuffled my feet in what can only be described as an alien imitation of human bipedalism, I had a revelation.  I was sick from the gym!  Of course!  All the grime, sharing equipment, and that one folding exercise mat I used… I remember the one.  I had a bad feeling about using the common exercise mat but I went ahead and did it anyway.  Four days later, BAM!  Sick as dog.  Now, I wouldn’t dare suggest that this particular facility does not disinfect its workout mats regularly, but I have my suspicions.
I always wondered why we sell our mat disinfectant.  That sounds stupid… I know WHY we use them, but I never really thought about it in context.  But the sweat, the grunts, the exhausting of ones body to the limits while perspiring sweat and salival grunts, well, let’s just say your gonna be swapping fluids (involuntarily) with a couple of people at your gym. I’d like to think that ALL gyms (and after researching OF COURSE THEY DO) disinfect their daily use common equipment with disinfectants and a mat cleaner, but if you happen to be extra paranoid like me, take your own aerobic mats with you from here on out.

Fitness Mats – Ideal As A Pilates Mat, Stretching Mat Or For An Exercise Mat!

Posted on: November 20th, 2012 by

Exercise products and Pilates Mat accessoriesThis is starting to get extremely taxing… writing about an exercise mat. You’d think it’d be much easier when you are thinking and talking about them 9 hours out of your day, but it’s not like that at all. There’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 I’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 blog’s writer’s block). Which is why I’m happy to have access to rolls of our 3/8” 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, don’t have any shocking odors or outgas like some other PVC based mats. Lord Hades would be pleased by this development.


Comfortable Planking

Posted on: August 9th, 2012 by

exercise mat in various colorsMy trainer put me through a rigorous regiment twice a week.  Embarking on new vegetarian diet means I have to watch what I eat even more.  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.  For those not familiar, a plank is a very simple yet very effective form of core training.  You basically get down on the floor, back straight, and lift your body off the floor with your forearms on the floor.  The idea is you use your elbows and toes to anchor your body while your core (lower back and abdomen) support your body.  A minute of this can get pretty intense pretty fast.

 
At my gym, we have workout mats in varying thicknesses.  What I noticed was that depending on the person, different mats will provide a substantially different level of comfort and balance when planking.  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.  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.  I happen to sweat A LOT. Like, a lot.  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.  As a result, I always go for the pebble embossed 3/8″ thick closed-cell pvc mats and the 5/8″ when available.  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.