Posts Tagged ‘yoga mat’
Posted on: May 15th, 2013 by Stag
I am not sure as to how prevalent or obvious it is through these blogs, but I have a very non-stop kind of “over-thinking” brain process. I constantly question and second and triple guess each and every thought, motive and action. Although an asset at times; and it certainly has been in the past, it is also been a source of frustration.
With this said I decided to attempt and calm this part of myself in some fashion. My first attempt was what is commonly known as an isolation tank. It is a large metal box essentially. It is filled with about 12” of water that is saturated with 800 lbs of salt to make it incredibly buoyant. You simply lay in this water and float, and then the fun part. You close the door to this box and it is completely black. There is no sound, no visuals or stimuli of any kind. In fact after a few minutes you begin to feel as if you are actually floating and completely weight-less. Although this is not for everyone, it is quite an experience and I highly recommend it.
However although very fun and interesting, this isolation tank is not exactly the “calming” experience that I really need, nor is it something that is practical to do on a consistent basis. So I began to dabble into the good ‘ol meditation. Now, I am in shape and that shape…is round. So needless to say, I need some comfort to brace between the floor and I. I tried many things, from a yoga mat, to a bamboo meditation bench and then finally the meditation cushion.
These Zafu and Zabuton meditation cushions were certainly my favorite thus far and are eco-friendly. They made it much easier to “let go” per say, rather than thinking about how hard the ground was. So although I am a grave novice at this point, I shall see where this little rabbit holes leads and report on my findings down the road.
Posted on: April 23rd, 2013 by Chris Aviles
I’m pretty lucky. I’ve worked for some less than moral companies and at times have had to question my own morality. Sometimes, unfortunately, we have to do what we have to do in life. Anyway, my point is it’s nice to work for a company that’s upfront and stands behind their products. Very rarely do you actually find inexpensive quality. I truly believe that at matsmatsmats.com we are honest and have quality products at great prices.
The only downside is most people (myself included) are quick to voice their opinion when they’re unsatisfied and rarely do so when they are satisfied. Being that a big part of our job here is customer service, we hear about the rare instances when there are problems and complaints. That kind of thing is expected to some degree, especially with the volume of business we do. I mean, accidents happen, especially when you package and ship as much as we do.
When I see positive feedback, it’s usually on the website and it’s our customers talking about how great our customer service is (it really is!) or how fast they got their product. Much like a puppy that’s been adopted, I don’t usually hear anything about how well our product is doing- until last week. I had a customer call and order a supply of our SoftFoot Pilates Mat. The owner of ‘Synergy’, a Pilates Studio in Cookeville, TN, just celebrated their 6 year anniversary and needed mats to accommodate their growing clientele.
As I was hanging up with her she let me know that the set she currently has, the ones that were purchased from us over six years ago, and the ones she’s buying now aren’t even to replace those mats. I was informed that her Pilates mat is used all day, every day and she hasn’t found a better exercise mat or a more economical mat. That information really is good to know. I’ve always been confident in telling our customers how great our products are, but actually hearing it from you guys reassures me that we not only have a large yoga mat and Pilates mat selection, but our prices and quality are really good too!
Posted on: April 17th, 2013 by Ben Gonzalez
Luckily for our customers, we do our best to navigate them through the various pros and cons of anything from 3/16″ PVC yoga mat vs the 3/16″ natural rubber yoga mat or 1-3/8″ thick crosslink vs 2″ thick. This,
however, can’t guarantee against the guiles of a stubborn customers who despite their best intentions and frugality do come into play in our daily routine.
Our SoftWood flooring is one of our most popular items and one of the ones surrounded by this exact kind of issue. A soft EVA foam with a nice laminate top emulating various wood tones like cherry, walnut, and two shades of oak are a perfect additions as kids playroom flooring, a family room in the basement, or most commonly, display booths at trade shows. This is where it gets ‘controversial’. While these tiles are very durable, a trade show has higher than normal amounts of actual foot traffic. A good portion of this foot traffic can be women’s (or men’s… we don’t discriminate) heels. While it depends on the type of heel and the person walking on it, we stress that THEY CAN but won’t necessarily leave an imprint or permanent indentation. In the worst case scenarios (happens less than 1/100 times!), a tile might even get punctured. It’s stressing these kinds of points to our customers and having an honest dialogue, as opposed to just driving a sale, that really makes a customer feel comfortable making a decision to purchase something online from a person across the country they can’t even see.
One of our recent customers, Allan from Picaboo Yearbook, just sent me this today:
“Hi there, Love the [trade show flooring] floor, it is a great compliment to our booth. I think I may have sold 2 more floors for you to other exhibitors. I gave them your company name. Thanks for your help!”
Posted on: January 23rd, 2013 by Ben Gonzalez
Unchecked male aggression is one of my pet peeves. All the macho with none of the class. When our reptilian brain beckons daily to just eat and breed, it’s no wonder the addition of entertainment on demand to our latest generation of teens and pre-teens can help provoke some of our less self-disciplined cubs to bully, steal, or just be all around jerks. Not only that, but add the pressures of social expectations in the face of adversity for many and you have a recipe for what seems to be a never-ending news feed of disenfranchised youths taking to recreational drugs, a stance against critical thought and educational institutions of any sort and in the worst cases, violence towards others.
I recently spoke to a customer who is working in the one of the poorest counties in the state of Kansas and is taking it upon himself to start a free youth wrestling program. His program is aimed at teaching kids discipline, poise, and most importantly, self-control through the likes of wrestling mats. I couldn’t help but be a bit moved by the idea given that when I was growing up, programs like that greatly affected me and really did keep me deterred from expressing my more troublesome tendencies in an outwardly destructive ways.
Now I was never very athletic, but I distinctly remember how after-school programs that offered Tae Kwon Do, soccer, and even roller hockey, offered an alternative to the pressures of being a teenager in a low-income neighborhood where aside from staying indoors playing video-games and listening to music, there was little incentive for the ‘nerdy’ kids to go outside and socialize. Through a little positive influence and motivation from young adults such as this customer and mentors, kids can turn to martial arts, wrestling, exercise, and even using yoga products (which I have seen more and more recently especially here in Southern California) to make new friends, stay active, healthy, and build confidence and self-discipline.
MatsMatsMats.com is always happy to offer additional discounts to various local and volunteer funded programs on just about all our inventory from martial arts mats or exercise flooring to a yoga mat or meditation products. If you, much like many of these mentors and willing individuals, wish to make a difference in your community, give us a call and we’d be more than happy to help. While generally we don’t have second-hand items or donations available, we offer highly competitive pricing and might even be able to point you in the right direction if we don’t have exactly what you are looking for.
Posted on: December 31st, 2012 by Ben Gonzalez
New years is upon us and that means a lot of empty vague resolutions. Quit smoking, volunteer more, finally start learning that foreign language, ask that cute receptionist out, listen to your wife, eat healthier and work out more!
Well, here at MatsMatsMats.com, nothing makes us happier than people actually following through. Right around the new year, we get a flood of calls from people that are starting yoga, spin class, got a gym membership, cheerleading, you name it. A lot of people in the developed world live very (often needlessly) busy lives and as a result, personal improvement can seem like an unimportant facet. Well bah-humbug to the nay-sayers! This year, that spare tire is going on craiglist!
If your thing is Yoga and you need a yoga mat, we’ve got a LARGE and I mean LAAARGE variety of different yoga mats to meet all needs. Too sweaty? Try a natural rubber yoga mat. Purist? Try our Ashtanga rugs. Cheap? Get an 8-pack of studio mats for you and a few friends. Yoga is always more fun with friends. Let’s say you just want to dust off that treadmill but those imbecile downstairs neighbors insist on imposing THEIR idea of quiet time when it’s actually YOUR work-out time. What do you do? You slip a treadmill mat under that sucker and smooth sailing away. No more complaints, no more neighborly conflict, AND you feel good about it.
But what about the grown man that really just wants to be a gymnast. My first piece of advice is to see a chiropractor. My second piece of advice, is to get one of our folding cheerleading mats. These suckers are cheap, durable, and come in all colors! Don’t fret my unfit friends. If getting in shape is your goal this year, we got your sweet rump covered!
Posted on: November 6th, 2012 by Chris Aviles
I was going through all the wonderful comments you guys make on our website and I was pleased to see how many of you decided to go with our company because a product was Made in America. I knew our Gymnastics Equipment as well as our Dance Equipment and many of our other products, are made in America. Whenever I hear “Buy American” I usually see it as a marketing ploy. I can’t stand salesmen or ploys to trick me into buying something (which will make me the most honest salesman ever). I went online to look up actual reasons to buy USA made products and I’m going share with you my favorite:
-Foreign labor standards allow unsafe worker conditions in many countries. When you buy American you support not only American manufacturers but also American workers, safe working conditions, and child labor laws.
-US manufacturing processes are much cleaner for the environment than many other countries; many brands sold here are produced in countries using dangerous, heavily polluting processes. When you purchase American-made product, you know that you’re helping to keep the world a little cleaner for your children.
-The growing lack of USA ability to manufacture many products is strategically unsound. When you seek out American-made goods, you foster American independence.
- Foreign product safety standards are low. For example, poisonous levels of lead are in tens of millions of toys shipped to the USA. When you buy toys and other goods made in the USA, you can be confident that American consumer protection laws and safety standards are in place to protect your family.
- As the US manufacturing ability fades, future generations of US citizens will be unable to find relevant jobs. Buy American and help keep your friends and neighbors-and even yourself-earning a living wage
-Shipping anything from overseas can take a long time and be pricey when you consider duties and fees that have to be paid. Even if you don’t order directly from another country, if the company you do order from gets their products from overseas- they most likely pass those extra fees onto you
I was going to list all our products that are made in the good ol’ U S of A, but then I discovered it’s too many. From Gymnastics to Dance, you can be sure it’s made here- even most of our Anti Fatigue Mats. In fact, the things you won’t find are made here are the Soft Floor Tiles (trade show flooring) and our Yoga Mat. But I guess you can’t win them all.
Posted on: November 5th, 2012 by Stag
After a long week I am sure that we all could use some relaxation. So I’d say that it’s time to break out the Yoga Equipment and Meditation Pillows. Sit down, or lay; your preference and simply let the previous days stress and tomfoolery slip away.
With all the wonderful Yoga Mats, Meditation Pillows and accessories we have at matsmatsmats.com, you’ll have no problem finding what you need. You may have stress during the week, however finding the best Yoga Mat or Meditation Equipment won’t be one of them. At Matsmatsmats, it’s easy, fast and simple.
MatsMatsMats.com offers a large selection of environmentally friendly products that are healthier, safer, and better for our planet. We continually strive to be more environmentally friendly and expand our Eco Friendly Products.
So get a Yoga Mat, or Meditation Pillow…or both! Meditate while doing Yoga (This takes skill, not for the faint of heart). So limber up and settle down. Let the Mats be your guide. Tune In, Turn On, and Mats Out!
Posted on: October 15th, 2012 by Chris Aviles
The holidays can be fun, but also super time consuming. The hours in your week usually spent exercising may well instead be spent shopping, wrapping, or baking for the never ending holiday dinners and parties. I’m really starting to worry, mainly because I don’t want to gain any weight. I’ve worked too hard to drop almost 40lbs and all the tempting holiday treats can potentially destroy my diet. I want to have my cake and eat it too! So, once again I went to my annoyingly healthy and fit sister for some tips and I’m gonna pass them on to you! Instead of throwing things to the wind this year, try these quick but effective -no equipment exercises, all easy to fit into your jam packed schedule.
Of course there are crunches, cardio, or simple things like stretching and jumping jacks (make sure you at least have exercise floor mats or one of our fitness mats to protect those joints!) According to my sister, these next activities are kinda fun and can also target specific muscle groups and it will make you lose a lot of excess fat. It is important that when you do these activities, safety should be a primary concern.
Milk Jug Squats
When putting away groceries, grab a full, one-gallon container of milk, juice or whatever else is at hand, then do six to eight squats (keep a straight back). It should feel like you’re sitting down in an invisible chair, then standing up (if it helps, put a chair behind you but don’t sit down in it). Do at least two sets.
Gift Wrap Runs
Wrap two gifts, then walk or run up and down your stairs three times or jog in place for two minutes. Repeat five times or until you’re done packaging your presents.
While you’re waiting for the cookies to bake, do five push-ups (knees on the floor for beginners; plank position for advanced exercisers). Then lie on your back with four dish towels (each folded in half) under your head, knees bent, and feet shoulder-width apart. Raise your hips off the floor about six to eight inches, then slowly lower them. Repeat five times. Keeping a yoga mat in the corner might help remind you. Plus, if you’re like me when you cook there is going to be flour and who knows what else all over the floor. An eco exercise mat is good for the environment and can help keep your floor clean.
Soup Can Curls
While cooking, take an average-size soup can in each hand. Face your palms forward and “attach” your elbow to your waist. Then slowly curl one arm at a time and return it to the straight, hanging position. Do one set of 10 repetitions for each arm.
If your holiday culminates in one big family dinner, plan to take a 45-minute post-meal walk with your sister-in-law. Here’s why the “walking pact” is a good idea: For about four hours after a high-fat meal (such as a typical holiday dinner) your arteries look just like those of a person with heart disease. That’s because your vessels are trying to expand to accommodate increased blood flow, but the fat in your bloodstream is making it harder for your arteries to flex. A 45-minute post-meal walk helps reverse oxidative stress.
Exercise mats are a great gift and are really beneficial when adding simple workout routines into your daily life. Now you don’t have to lie to yourself about taking off that Holiday weight. Just don’t put it on!
Posted on: October 8th, 2012 by Alex Miller
Thinking about Setting up a Ballet Studio?
We’ve got you covered from the Marley Flooring to the Ballet Barre to the glassless Mylar Mirrors. I have been selling the Marley Flooring for over three years now and have had nothing but positive feedback and repeat orders. It is used for everything from tap dancing to ballet. Our wide selection of Ballet Bars will allow you to teach people of all ages. We have wall mounted units that can be adjusted for kids to adult classes. In addition, we have portable bars that can be moved when not in use. The Mylar Mirror we sell come in a variety of sizes and can either be mounted on the wall or be mounted on moveable frames. They are also easily stored when not in use.
We can not only deck out your whole studio, we have some of the most competitive pricing in the market. We are also very capable when it comes to helping you figure out the best sizes and styles that would work best for your home or studio. You may even want to look at our extensive yoga mat
collection. Our sales staff is very knowledgeable about all the products, should you have any questions just give us a call toll free at 877-777-MATS.
Posted on: August 21st, 2012 by Ben Gonzalez
I was going to do a follow up regarding a blog I posted a couple of weeks back, but my customer has yet to put his prototype drum together and send me pics. Naturally, I was sweating what I was going to write about so I decided be literal and write about… sweat!
Be aware that I’ve NEVER done HOT YOGA, so I’m mainly referring to what I would call “normal yoga” although I’m sure the same applies. In any case… It’s well known that individuals’ body chemistry varies greatly. One of the common issues we run into as a result is that some of our yoga mats are stickier than others… depending on who uses them. My personal favorite mat is the Natural Fitness Elite Yoga Mat. It’s made of natural rubber so not only is it not filled with chemical softeners like most vinyl, but it just grips. Being a very, very sweaty individual (ALBEITN CLEAN AND HYGENIC I SWEARTOGOD DON’T JUDGE ME!) at my extremities made me assume that the best option for all sweaty guys and gals would be a natural rubber yoga mat.
WRONG! Something people don’t take into consideration is that everyone’s skin has natural oils that excrete at different levels based on sex, diet, and genetics. As a result, a person who sweats a lot and very easily yet doesn’t have very oily skin, can benefit from a mat such as the rubber ones. However, someone who sweats a lot and has oilier (is that a word) skin will most likely need to lay a Yoga Towel on any mat regardless to maintain their grip and comfort on the mat. Other alternatives for varying body chemistries would be something like Mexican Blankets (we called them “sarapes” when I was growing up).
Well, happy sweating!