Monday, December 30, 2013

Customer Review-Dog Agility Mats

Steven H. of Maumee, Ohio purchased our Dog Agility foam mats for his training facility.  Here's what he had to say:
"This product is a great value for the money.  I am using it to train dogs in agility.  It doesn't get high traffic, so I cannot speak to durability...my dogs do not slip at all and they seem to love running on it.  Also,m my knees feel better working on this surface.  We installed it in a space that is 34x44 and work on obedience, some short jump sequences and weaves and tunnels. It was easy to install, and I appreciate the light weight of the product. The space we rent is an old dance studio :)"

Dog agility mats are a high density EVA foam that is designed for years of abuse in a commercial dog agility facility.  The surface texture is designed to provide maximum traction and, while the surface will be nicked by the dogs's claws, the performance and durability of the mats will not be affected.  These mats are waterproof and simple to clean, all you need is a damp mop.  The fatigue relief they provide for both dogs and trainers is second-to-none which makes these foam mats an appealing and popular product.

For more information, call Greatmats at 877-822-6622.

Friday, December 20, 2013

Don't run in the house!

"Running in the house?  You've got the wrong guys."
If you've said it once, you've said it a thousand times.  But, like jumping on the bed or leaving "every light in the house on", some things are too inviting to be left alone and the kids don't always heed your advice.

If you're concerned that your little ones might take a tumble on that ceramic tile or worse(?) the concrete basement floor, we have a product you should take a look at.

Home Sport and Play is a 7/8" thick interlocking foam floor tile that's simple to install, totally waterproof, and lightweight.  It's also on sale right now with free shipping.
"You're killing me."
 These foam floor tiles are commonly used for a variety of applications including martial arts training and aerobics so they're designed to take a beating.

Install these tiles by piecing them together like a giant puzzle and forget it.  It's that simple.  These foam tiles come in two colors, one per side.  Universal interlock system allows you to make a checkerboard pattern on your floor if you wish.  They can be installed directly over concrete, tiles, or any hard, level surface.

Home Sport and Play mats are soft enough for wrestling and other horseplay but also double as a great fitness floor option for mom and dad.

For more information, call Greatmats at 877-822-6622.


Thursday, December 19, 2013

Customer Review-Rubber Utility Floor Tiles

Steve from Omaha used our Utility Rubber Floor Tiles for his basement.  Here's what he had to say:

"Greatmats is great to work with.  They have fantastic response times to both phone and email questions.  The rubber utility tile I purchased was for an 18' x 14' home gym.  I installed it myself right to the concrete.  It is dense, quality rubber.  The only drawback to this is make sure you have a sharp utility knife for the perimeter cuts, because it takes a few passes and elbow grease.

Luckily, I didn't have to worry about my edge cuts being perfectly straight because they slid under my trim out of sight.  It's nice that they are 3' x3' as this makes the install go faster than you think.  It only took me about 3 hours and I had no help.  Overall, I could not be happier with the product.  It looks and feels just like the flooring at your commercial gyms and it is the lowest price I could find anywhere on the web!"

If you would like more information on rubber home gym flooring or any of our specialty flooring products, call Greatmats at 877-822-6622.

Monday, December 16, 2013

What's the best workout flooring for over carpeting?

Can you use foam mats over carpeting?  How about rubber tiles or rolls?  These are questions we hear a lot here at Greatmats.  I wanted to address this for those of you who may be wondering the same things.

First of all...no.  Foam mats (including folding mats like the ones you find in schools and universites) are not a good flooring solution for your carpeted area.  Depending on the depth of your carpeting, the mats can sink and slide around.  Interlocking seams can begin to come apart as one tile is stepped on and the other stays up.  You will find yourself spending more time assembling and re-assembling your flooring than you will working out.

Also, folding mats will slide around on carpet.  If you're jumping or bounding, this can be dangerous.

What about rubber?

Contrary to popular belief, rubber matting and rolls are, typically, not a good solution for aerobic workout areas.  Unless you invest in a plyometric/plyorobic type of rubber, these products create a very hard surface.  Rubber is ideal for protecting your floor from free weights or exercise equipment like treadmills or eliptical machines.  It is not particularly conducive to bounding, running, floor exercises, etc. even in the most ideal situation.  Compound this with a carpeted sub-surface and you have a mess.  Like foam, rubber will slide and shift over carpeting.  Rolls separate at the seams.  Interlocking tiles come apart due to the softness of the surface below the rubber floor.  This makes for an unstable workout area which can also result in injury.

But all hope is not lost.  At Greatmats, we do carry a few exercise floor options designed to lay directly over carpeting.  The best of these options is probably the StayLock series.  These tiles are built of a flexible and forgiving, soft PVC.  They provide wonderful cushion and fatigue relief for people who are wanting to do floor exercises or aerobic activities such as Insanity or P90X.  However, they are a rugged enough material that you can place heavy equipment or weights on them without fear that they'll come apart or get permanent indentations in them (a real concern for foam products).

StayLock tiles are available in three types.  Perforated tiles are UV treated for outdoor use and are generally used as a wet area tile or for toddler playgrounds.  (They provide a 20 inch fall-height rating.)  Bump Top which provides the maximum cushion for ergomic and aerobic usage.  And Orange Peel which presents an attractive surface while still providing exceptional comfort and cushion.

Manufactured by Greatmats in Wisconsin, all three StayLock products are waterproof, lightweight, extremely durable, and very comfortable for working out or for standing for extended periods of time.  Interlocking tiles connect together with a hook and loop design that will not come apart unless you are deliberately disassembling your floor.  They require no adhesive for installation and can be cut to fit your room easily.  All you need to install this flooring in your basement is a straight edge and a sharp utility knife.

Want more information?  Call Greatmats at 877-822-6622.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Customer Review-1-5/8" Grappling Mats



Absolute Fight Factory in Kalispell, MT offers classes in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ), Muay Thai Kickboxing, and Mixed Martial Arts (MMA).  They teach classes for ALL levels, from beginners to the professional athlete. 

The owner, Rob McCaskill, began training and competing in martial arts in 1986, and holds many titles in each of the following arts: Tae-kwon-do, Toushi-kan, Karate, American Kenpo, Muay Thai, Judo, Jiu-jitsu and Brazilian Jiu-jitsu. Rob is a retired professional Muay Thai kickboxing and Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) Champion. Rob began training in Muay Thai in 1991 and BJJ in 1996. Rob has taught seminars all over the US Canada and Mexico, and has trained with various World Champions. Rob McCaskill is an official Rigan Machado BJJ Affiliate Instructor.


Recently, Absolute Fight Factory purchased 1-5/8" Grappling mats from us and here's what they had to say:

"The mats are great for grappling and throws and still provide a great surface for standup techniques, allowing for great footing and transitions.  Truly a great product for EVERYTHING that we do, and that is EVERYTHING!  Boxing, Kickboxing, Wrestling, Judo, BJJ, and MMA.  Greatmats product covers it all!"
Our Grappling Mats are available in three color options: Red/Blue, Black/Gray, and Green/Brown with one color per side. 
These mats are designed for grappling and MMA and feature a no-burn surface texture. They are designed for barefoot use only. Soft martial arts shoes can be worn but please note that they may scuff your mats.
Call Greatmats at 877-822-6622 for more information.


Friday, December 6, 2013

Outdoor Playground Rubber

When it comes to outdoor playground areas, nothing beats rubber tiles.  Sure, you can go with something less expensive like wood chips, sand, or rubber crumbs.  But kids like to throw them, pile them up, play trucks in them, and generally move them all over the place.  If you have a fall-height rating you need to maintain for safety's sake, you'd better have a rake handy.
Loose fill is also dangerous.  Broken glass, nails, and all sorts of unwelcome foreign objects can hide in it.
Another option is poured-in-place rubber but it has it's drawbacks as well.  Rubber tends to expand and contract with the elements.  In time, even the best rubber products begin to crack and break down.  High traffic areas wear out more quickly than the rest.  The spot beneath the slide or under the swings is going to wear out before other areas.
That's why tiles are so convenient.  The fall-height rating doesn't change with kids playing.  You don't need a rake to keep things level.  And, when high traffic areas eventually wear out, you can replace a tile and go on with your life.  No creative patchwork is required.
Cris Vowels at Urbana Early Childhood School was kind enough to send us a photo of the Kid's Kushion they installed at their facility.  Cris was happy with her product and said she would recommend Greatmats to her friends.  Call Greatmats at 877-822-6622.