Posts Tagged ‘yoga mat’
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, itâ€™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.Â His program is aimed at teaching kids discipline, poise, and most importantly, self-control through the likes of wrestling mats. I couldnâ€™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 â€˜nerdyâ€™ 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 flooringÂ toÂ 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 weâ€™d be more than happy to help. While generally we donâ€™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 donâ€™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.Â 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, weâ€™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. Letâ€™s say you just want to dust off that treadmill but those imbecile downstairs neighbors insist on imposing THEIR idea of quiet time when itâ€™s actually YOUR work-out time. What do you do? You slipÂ 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! Donâ€™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.Â Whenever I hear â€œBuy Americanâ€ I usually see it as a marketing ploy. I canâ€™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 Iâ€™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 donâ€™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 olâ€™ U S of A, but then I discovered itâ€™s too many. Â From Gymnastics to Dance, you can be sure itâ€™s made here- even most ofÂ our Anti Fatigue Mats.Â In fact, the things you wonâ€™t find are made here are the Soft Floor Tiles (trade show flooring) and our Yoga Mat.Â But I guess you canâ€™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.Â Â So Iâ€™d say that itâ€™s time to break out the Yoga EquipmentÂ and Meditation Pillows.Â Â Sit down, or lay;Â your preference and simply let the previous days stress and tomfoolery slip away.Â
With all the wonderful Yoga Mats, Meditation Pillows and accessories we have at matsmatsmats.com, youâ€™ll have no problem finding what you need. Â You may have stress during the week, however finding the best Yoga Mat or Meditation Equipment wonâ€™t be one of them. Â At Matsmatsmats, itâ€™s easy, fast and simple.Â
MatsMatsMats.com offers a large selection of environmentally friendly products that are healthier,Â safer,Â and better for our planet.Â We continually strive to be more environmentally friendly and expand our Eco Friendly Products.Â
Â So get a Yoga Mat, or Meditation Pillowâ€¦or both!Â Meditate while doing Yoga (This takes skill, not for the faint of heart).Â So limber up and settle down.Â Let the Mats be your guide.Â 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. Â 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. Â Iâ€™m really starting to worry, mainly because I donâ€™t want to gain any weight.Â Iâ€™ve worked too hard to drop almost 40lbs and all the tempting holiday treats can potentially destroy my diet. Â I want to have my cake and eat it too!Â So, once again I went to my annoyingly healthy and fit sister for some tips and Iâ€™m gonna pass them on to you! Â 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!) Â 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. Â 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). Â 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. Â Raise your hips off the floor about six to eight inches, then slowly lower them. Repeat five times. Â Keeping a yoga mat in the corner might help remind you. Â Plus, if youâ€™re like me when you cook there is going to be flour and who knows what else all over the floor. Â 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. Â 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. Â 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. Â 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. Â Now you donâ€™t have to lie to yourself about taking off that Holiday weight. Â Just donâ€™t put it on!
Posted on: October 8th, 2012 by Alex Miller
Thinking about Setting up a Ballet Studio?
Weâ€™ve got you covered from the Marley Flooring to the Ballet Barre to the glassless Mylar Mirrors. Â I have been selling the Marley Flooring for over three years now and have had nothing but positive feedback and repeat orders. Â It is used for everything from tap dancing to ballet. Â 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. Â In addition, we have portable bars that can be moved when not in use. Â 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. Â They are also easily stored when not in use.Â Â
We can not only deck out your whole studio, we have some of the most competitive pricing in the market. Â 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.Â You may even want to look at our extensive yoga mat
collection. Â Our sales staff is very knowledgeable about all the products,Â 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, Â 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.Â In any case… It’s well known that individuals’ body chemistry varies greatly.Â 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.Â It’s made of natural rubber so not only is it not filled with chemical softeners like most vinyl, but it just grips.Â 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.Â 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.Â 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. Â Other alternatives for varying body chemistries would be something like Mexican Blankets (we called them “sarapes” when I was growing up).
Well, happy sweating!
Posted on: August 9th, 2012 by Ben Gonzalez
My trainer put me through a rigorous regiment twice a week.Â Embarking on new vegetarian diet means I have to watch what I eat even more.Â 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.Â For those not familiar, a plank is a very simple yet very effective form of core training.Â You basically get down on the floor, back straight, and lift your body off the floor with your forearms on the floor.Â The idea is you use your elbows and toes to anchor your body while your core (lower back and abdomen) support your body.Â A minute of this can get pretty intense pretty fast.
At my gym, we haveÂ workout mats
in varying thicknesses.Â What I noticed was that depending on the person, different mats will provide a substantially different level of comfort and balance when planking.Â 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.Â 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
.Â I happen to sweat A LOT. Like, a lot. Â 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. Â As a result, I always go for the pebble embossed 3/8″ thick closed-cell pvc mats and the 5/8″ when available.Â 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.
Posted on: July 27th, 2012 by Chris Aviles
â€œThank you for calling MatsMatsMats.com! This is Chris, how can I help you?â€Â
Say that 10 times fast.Â My whole life is mats.Â I know we all take work home with us, but that usually applies to actual work or problems from work. Â I find myself noticing our products (or similar) all over the place.Â From the Marble Fatigue Mat at Costco to the Jumbo martial arts tiles at the DoJo by my movie theater and the carpet logo mats I see everywhere. Â
I find myself inspecting various products to see if they are ours or if they compare.Â Often, they are our products andÂ unfortunately for the various businesses, many other times they are not our products and look pretty â€œcheapâ€.Â Â One of these days I need give those business owners my business card and the opportunity to get a product that will last, and is most likely less expensive.Â All I need is a little courage, because Iâ€™m not a very pushy person- Itâ€™s easier when I get to talk to you guys because Iâ€™m really just giving you more information on something you already want or need.
Am I the only one that finds themselves being an employee outside of work? I think itâ€™s probably that itâ€™s just become second nature- and maybe a little pride?Â Every once and a while a friend or family member will say something about needingÂ kneeling pads, or a yoga mat or something we carry and I find myself very eager to just start spewing all the information I know about those products and why ours are better than anybody elseâ€™s. What is that?!?!Â Letâ€™s be honest, mats arenâ€™t the most fascinating thing to talk about but for some reason Iâ€™m progressively more aware of their existence.Â Please tell me Iâ€™m not alone!Â I know you canâ€™t comment belowâ€¦but feel free to call me (877.777.6287)! Iâ€™d love to hear your stories.
Posted on: July 19th, 2012 by Chris Aviles
I really wish I would have started yoga as a kid. Not that Iâ€™m an avid yogi now, but if youâ€™ve read my blog about the Runyon Canyon Yoga class, then you know I dabble- in whatever is fun for the moment. Iâ€™m not the most flexible person, so doing some poses is too difficult, and Iâ€™m impatient. I feel having started as a kid would have changed my life. As weird as that sounds, itâ€™s true.Â Iâ€™d probably be more healthy and active.Â Friends of mine who do take yoga seriously, and go at least once a week, seem to have more energy and just over all freshness to them.Â I really would love to be able to get into yoga for real and feel as good as Iâ€™m sure my friends feel.
One of my friends actually has her 4 year old son in yoga already.Â Sheâ€™s very healthy and â€œgreenâ€, or organic but luckily never tries to force her way of life on me,Â although if I should make the mistake of asking- I get more information than I can handle.Â I asked her why she thinks her son should be doing yoga. â€œKids are already, NATURALLY, limberâ€ I said.Â â€œWhatâ€™s the point?â€Â She had a lot of good pointsâ€¦
Kids today tend to be more overweight, and thereâ€™s not too much we can do about it. Their interests have changed to more technological stimulants which are great mentally but can cause us to neglect our body.Â I myself have noticed a trend among younger parents who seem hesitant to enroll their children in sports or activities with a competitive nature. This is causing them to find an alternatives that gives their kids the same benefits as competitive activities. Yoga seems to be the go to. Thereâ€™s the obvious benefits of flexibility and balance, but it also makes kids more aware of their bodies and can help develop self esteem.
OnÂ americanyogaassociation.org I found some interesting information about yoga and kids, which I will definitely pass on the my friend. The good news is, so far, thereâ€™s nothing to say Yoga can be negative.Â You really just have to make sure the kids donâ€™t over stretch their muscles.Â Remember that children often donâ€™t know what theyâ€™re feeling isnâ€™t normal- it may not always cause pain, per say. They should only practice light stretches or simple poses for no longer than 20-30 mins.Â Considering children have lower attention spans and smaller bodies and may not do so hot with position-holding or the meditative aspects of yoga. Try to be playful, mimicking animals is a fun one.Â Anything that encourages imagination seems to be popular.Â Here are a few good techniques I got from newbieyoga.com to help you practice yoga with your child.
First, get a yoga mat for kids – not an adult sized yoga mat.Â Kids love to do things themselves and the smaller sized kids yoga mats are easier for them to handle on their own, plus there are usually some cool colors and/or designs for the kids to choose from.Â
Now, make doing yoga fun.Â Yoga poses have very unusual names, make up games or ideas for your child.Â For example, if your child is in Warrior Pose, have him or her imagine being a warrior. Tell them about the strength and courage a warrior would have. In Tree Pose, tell them to imagine what it would be like to be a tree.Â Pretend that their legs are strong roots and branches and have your child lift their arms up to the sky like the leaves of a tree, opening to the sun.Â Â
Allow them to move through poses at their own pace. They may not be able to concentrate for too long on each pose so make the time between each pose shorter.
Do yoga together. This can increase the bond between you and your child.
At the end of your yoga session lead them through a relaxation in Savasana(Corpse Pose) by telling them a story or a visualization such as being birds in a beautiful garden, imagining to be fish in the sea or eagles soaring over green pastures.Â This will help calm your child, increase their concentration as well as tap into their creativity.