Wednesday, February 28, 2018

65-Year-Old Dance Studio Still Thriving Under Original Family

St. Cloud School of Dance Makes Use of Greatmats Flooring and Barres


Greatmats Rosco Marley Dance Floor Rosco Portabarres at St Cloud School of Dance
Dance has been a family business for as long as Susan Arnold can remember. Her mother started St. Cloud School of Dance and Ultimate Gymnastics a year before the now 64-year-old studio owner was born. Now, with three children and eight grandchildren of her own, Susan, still receives help running the studio from her sister and two of her daughters while six of her grandkids study dance at her studio in central Minnesota.

Focusing primarily on ballet, St. Cloud School of Dance and Ultimate Gymnastics also offers classes in lyrical, pointe, tap, jazz and hip hop styles of dance, so it needs a flooring that it versatile enough to handle various forms.

Having tested out Rosco Adagio marley flooring at a studio in nearby Brainerd, Minnesota, Susan knew what she had to get when she needed new dance flooring. So she equipped her newest ballet room with the Adagio marley flooring from Greatmats and put it over a layer of Greatmats' 3/8-inch thick plyometric rubber for slight cushion. She says her entire family loves the new floor, noting that it was well worth the investment. See below for pictures of the plyometric rubber installed under the marley flooring.

In addition to the flooring, Susan also added several 9 foot portable barres that she also found on Greatmats.com.
Greatmatas Plyometric Rubber Flooring under Rosco Adagio Marley Dance Floor

''Greatmats was so helpful,'' she said. ''I got the product that I wanted and the service that I wanted. ... We're a very ballet oriented studio. The technique is very important to us. The ballet barres and the floor just brought a new look to our facility.''

Known for its quality instruction, St. Cloud School of Dance and Ultimate Gymnastics has produced students who have gone on to make the national team for Miss Minnesota and even coached the top ranked University of Minnesota dance team.

''We have wonderful ballet instructors, and now we have the products to serve their dancers in a professional environment,'' Susan said.



Susan Arnold
St. Cloud School of Dance and Ultimate Gymnastics
St. Cloud MN 56301
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Greatmats Rosco Marley Dance Floor Rosco Portable Barres at St Cloud School of Dance
Greatmats Rosco Marley Dance Floor Rosco Portabarres at St Cloud School of Dance

Greatmats Rosco Marley Dance Floor Rosco Portabarres at St Cloud School of Dance

Greatmats Rosco Adagio Marley Dance Floor and Portable Barres at St Cloud School of Dance

Greatmats Rosco Adagio Marley Dance Floor at St Cloud School of Dance

St Cloud School of Dance trophies photo by Greatmats
Greatmatas Plyometric Rubber Flooring under Rosco Adagio Marley Dance Floor

Greatmatas Plyometric Rubber Flooring under Adagio Marley Dance Floor

Thursday, February 22, 2018

MasterPeace Dog Training Adds Comfort and Safety

Interlocking Dog Agility Mats Making a Huge Difference


Greatmats Black Dog Agility Mats at MasterPeace Dog Training
When running a full service dog training facility with experienced instructors, using the proper flooring is critical to the health and safety of both the dogs and trainers.

''A number of our instructors are older - over 50, over 60,'' said MasterPeace Dog Training co-owner Patty Sontag. ''To be on your feet for 5-6 hours at a time, your joints feel it.''

MasterPeace Dog Training, which was founded 16 years ago in Franklin, MA, by Fran and Mike Masters, offers everything from puppy kindergarten to all levels of obedience, agility and nosework training.

When it originally took over its roughly 7,300 square foot facility had rubber horse stall mats covering the floors.

''There was someone here before us for probably about 4 years, and I think they had tried to clean that floor with some kind of scrubber,'' Sontag said. ''It really did a number on the floor. It made it very slippery, and it got worse as the years went along. ... We were concerned about that, both for the safety of the dogs and the people.''

So, in May of this year, they decided to do something about it and upgraded their entire facility with Greatmats Dog Agility Mats Interlocking Tiles.

Greatmats Black Color Dog Agility Mats at MasterPeace Dog Training
''Greatmats seemed to be the best for our purposes,'' Sontag said after doing much internet research. ''Both as far as the comfort level for the dogs and handlers. And also for the fact that if one of the mats was damaged or gouged or whatever, it would be relatively easy to take up, flip it over and continue to use it.''

The decision was much appreciated across the board.

''Just to have that comfort level as you're walking around and you're demonstrating or working with the dogs or whatever, it's much easier on the legs and the hips,'' Sontag said. ''We're enjoying that aspect of it.''

There was, however, a learning curve as they adjusted to a floor with increased traction.

''We had to get used to that both for working with the dogs - walking, picking up our feet - and also for some of the equipment,'' Sontag said. ''In obedience you have to throw dumbbells. You have to relearn for the bounce factor. But the comfort level is a big key. ... It's a pleasure to walk on.''

Greatmats Dog Agility Mats Black at MasterPeace Dog Training
''Initially, the dogs had to relearn how to stop on a floor like this that is grippy,'' She added. ''On the previous floor, because it was slippery, they would - on a drop on recall for instance, where they're coming from 40 feet away and you have to signal them to stop and drop. They would stop, but they would slide, and they don't do that on this floor. They stop, and they stop. They don't slide. They had to relearn that as well, but they've all accomplished that very, very easily.''

There was also the visual aspect of the change. As an EVA foam product, color variations are common, so not every tile had a perfectly matching black color. Over time, however, Sontag said, ''The floor has melded together, so you don't notice any variation any more. It just needed just a little bit of time down. Now, it looks like just one complete black floor.''

''We're really happy with it. It's what we needed, especially for our agility dogs.''

MasterPeace Dog Training is open seven days days a week and uses its new flooring approximately 12 hours per day. In addition to classes, it also rents its 40x50 and 4x65-foot rings out to clubs for things such as obedience and rally trials and roaming seminars.

Patty Sontag
MasterPeace Dog Training
Franklin MA 02038
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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Premier Arizona CrossFit Gym Eliminates the Thud of Dropped Weights

Owner Zach Luke Says Sound Tiles Saved Zero Machine CrossFit



Zero Machine CrossFit Phoenix Arizona Greatmats Sterling Sound Rubber Tiles
Zach Luke is no stranger to the challenges presented by CrossFit - from both the fitness and business sides of the sport. The owner of Zero Machine CrossFit in Phoenix, Arizona, Luke and four other coaches run one of the premier Crossfit centers in the southwest United States.

''We have the only CrossFit Games athlete that comes out of Arizona,'' Luke said, referring to coach Tommy Vinas. ''The other four coaches are regional level athletes.''

With such a talented and passionate team of coaches, Zero Machine CrossFits members can't help but to be absorbed by the buzz surrounding the fast-growing sport.

''It's amazing how excited the member base gets just to watch the guys on TV, or girls on TV, and the other coaches,'' Luke said. ''They have personal relationships with them.''

The Problem: CrossFit Noise and Vibration

Zero Machine CrossFit Phoenix Arizona Zach Luke owner
One of the problems that comes with the popularity of his gym, however, is that fact that CrossFit exercises often generate a lot of noise and vibrations - something not necessarily welcome to nearby neighbors.

''We are located in a strip mall area, and we were very upfront in regards to the noise situation - the dropping of the weights,'' Luke said. ''Everyone was in agreement (when the doors were about to open just over a year ago). 'That's fine' - until we started dropping weights. Then it became a huge issue.''

In fact, it became such a big issue that Zero Machine CrossFit faced the possibility of losing its lease because of it. 


Testing The Solution: Sterling Athletic Sound Tiles

Zero Machine CrossFit Phoenix Arizona with Greatmats Sterling Athletic Tiles noise reduction tiles
So Luke began researching and testing different forms of flooring to see if he could reduce the noise enough to appease the neighbors, landlord and property manager. He even worked with an acoustical engineer to analyze different mats and possibly develop a lifting platform to solve the problem.

Eventually he stumbled upon 2.75 inch thick Sterling Athletic Sound Tiles from Greatmats.com, and his engineer friend concurred that the design could make a difference with the noise issue. So Luke ordered four squares to test.

''We were up against the rope - last resort,'' Luke said. ''We didn't have much high hopes for the product.''

However, after testing the Sterling Athletic Sound Tiles with various forms of weight dropping, Luke, his landlord and property manager were amazed at the difference they made.

Zero Machine CrossFit Phoenix Arizona with Greatmats Sterling Athletic Tiles reduces noise
During the testing process, Luke said they loaded a barbell at 135, 185 and 225 pounds and dropped it from overhead, noting that the 135-pound variety is generally what gets tossed around regularly, but with his member base, 185 pounds would be dropped on a daily basis. The 225-pound drop test was the true test standard to see how well the mats would perform.

With the success they had dropping loaded barbells, Luke said they added dropping 70 pound kettlebells to the testing process.

''The kettle bell is so aggressive in the sound it makes because its a ball of weight - a ball of steel,'' Luke said. ''We would typically drop them from extended arms.''

Still amazed by its ability to virtually eliminate all sound, they decided to up their game once again.

''We'd literally take the 70 pound and chuck it in the air and throw it across the room as high as you can get it - and it absorbs all of that sound,'' Luke said. ''Honestly, that was probably one of the closers when we had the landlord and the property management company in there. The kettle bell, you drop it, and it's very distinguished. Then you take and a you chuck it onto the mat and it's almost nothing.''

Success!

Zero Machine CrossFit Arizona with Greatmats Sterling Athletic Tiles Since installing the Sterling Athletic Sound Tiles in the 2,500 square foot live lifting area, Zero Machine CrossFit went from having multiple noise complaints per day to zero complaints.

''Our games athlete, Tommy Vinas, can clean and jerk over 400 pounds and that drops from a push press position over his head directly onto the floor, and we have no complaints,'' Luke said. ''It saved our business. It was worth every penny of the investment.''

After all of the time and money he invested in researching and testing different brands of mats, Luke now says, ''I feel like I'm the expert in gym flooring at this point in time. ... You've got to invest in yourself and you've got to invest in your business. ... The flooring works. I would spend the money again in a heartbeat. There are a lot of companies out there making false claims about their matting. They may be testing at 10 pounds, but we don't use 10 pounds - that's the problem.''

''Our members spend a lot of money, they put a lot of faith, a lot of trust in us,'' Luke added. ''You have to give them a product that's worth what they're paying. We take pride in having a gym that not only performs well but looks great.''

Zach Luke
Zero Machine CrossFit
Phoenix AZ 85048
For more on this topic please review our Cross Fit Training Flooring category page.

Related Product: Sterling Athletic Sound Rubber Tile 2.75 Inch Black




Zero Machine CrossFit Gym Arizona with Greatmats Sterling Sound Reducing Athletic Tiles

Zero Machine CrossFit Gym Arizona with Greatmats Sterling Sound Reducing Athletic Tiles


Zero Machine CrossFit Gym Arizona with Greatmats Sterling Sound Athletic Tiles

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Northwoods Dance Benefitting from Greatmats 3-Part Flooring System

Multi-Style Dance Studio Needed Safety, Durability, Control and Sound


By Brett Hart


RoseAnne Reed Northwoods Dance Studio Greatmats dance flooring
When it comes to dance style diversity, Northwoods Dance instructor Roseanne Reed does all she can to incorporate it into the daily repertoire at her studio in Pequot Lakes, Minnesota.

Offering tap, ballet, jazz, lyrical, hip hop, West African and Spanish Salsa with a hint of gymnastics mixed in, Northwoods Dance needs a floor that is extremely versatile and durable while forgiving to the body.

''We have about 100 students now, and we do every style of dance,'' Reed said. ''Our dancers are trained in all sorts of dance so they can go out into professional companies.''

That's why Reed chose to go with Greatmats' three-part dance flooring system when she moved her studio out of a local fitness center and into a building of its own. The three-part system includes a foam cushion layer on the bottom, a firm, stabilizing snap-together plastic tile layer in the middle and a Rosco Adagio Marley Surface.

''We did all our homework, and Greatmats was a super good fit for us,'' Reed said. ''It was easy to handle. It was easy to install. It does well for all forms of dance that we do and is very, very durable. We're quite happy.''

RoseAnne Reed Northwoods Dance Studio Greatmats dance flooring
One of the key components to choosing the Greatmats dance flooring system was the safety factor for the dancers.

''We have had absolutely no injuries to hamstrings, no shin splints - anything that would be caused by too hard of a floor,'' Reed said. ''In our applications, it is equally as good as any wood sprung floor.''

And since the studio offers tap and ballet, the sound and traction of the flooring was also important to Reed.

''We have had really good success with tap on this floor - good sound all the way around,'' she said. ''It's not slippery. ... No rosin at all with the pointe shoes. It's very comfortable for them. I have beginners to advanced on pointe on this floor, and it's fine.''

After a year and a half of using the flooring system 5 days per week and 6 hours per day, Reed has been so impressed that she's including more of the same flooring system in her plans for a 40x40 expansion of her studio.

''We just love the service, and we've had good success,'' Reed said. 
 



Roseanne Reed
Northwoods Dance
Pequot Lakes MN 56472
 
For more on this topic please review our Dance Flooring page.
 
reatmats marley dance flooring and home dance subfloor Northwoods Dance Studio

Greatmats marley dance flooring and home dance subfloor Northwoods Dance

Greatmats marley dance flooring and home dance subfloor Northwoods Dance

Greatmats marley dance flooring and home dance subfloor Northwoods Dance

Northwoods Dance and Greatmats Ballet Dance Subfloor system with Marley Flooring

Northwoods Dance and Greatmats Dance Subfloor system with Marley Flooring

Northwoods Dance and Greatmats Dance Subfloor system with Marley Flooring

Greatmats ballet flooring with marley and subfloor

Northwoods Dance with Greatmats 3 part dance floor system

Roseanne Reed of Northwoods Dance Studio with Greatmats marley dance flooring and subfloor

Northwoods Dance Studio with Greatmats marley dance flooring and subfloor
 

Monday, February 5, 2018

Babinski Foundation Provides Stability for 2nd Chance Pets

Rubber Flooring in Animal Shelter


By Brett Hart

Greatmats rubber flooring for dogs Babinski Foundation
When Don Babinski founded the Babinski Foundation in 2010, his goal was to provide a way to give animals - especially dogs and cats - a second chance at a quality life. Through funding from his property business he was able to build his legacy and better the lives of numerous pets. In December of 2016, that effort took a huge leap forward when the Babinski Foundation erected a 26,000 square foot building just outside of Pequot Lakes, Minnesota.

Included in the new facility room is a room dedicated to the training of dogs - either as a form a rehabilitation from surgeries or basic obedience - as a way to make the animals more adoptable. It's also used as a playroom with adverse weather conditions make it less desirable for the dogs to play outside. In that training room is 1/4 inch thick rubber flooring from Greatmats.

Greatmats rubber flooring for dogs Babinski Foundation
Allison Parrott, an animal care specialist for the Babinski Foundation, often uses the training room and says, ''I've trained on linoleum floors. I've trained on wood floors and with the animals that I've worked with in the past, they're always kind of slipping and sliding. They don't always have control of themselves, but on that rubber mat it just kind of keeps them nice and stable.''

She's also been pleased with the cleaning process.

''Cleaning is super easy,'' Allison said. ''We mop in there a couple of times a week and just one easy swipe gets rid of all the mess. It's really easy to sweep as well. Even if the dogs have accidents, it's really easy to clean up with some paper towels and stuff. It doesn't leave any residue or any paper towel mess on there.''

Babinski Foundation Animal Shelter Pequot Lake MN
Shelter Manager Donald Snyders, the grandson of Don Babinski, has also been pleased with the addition of rubber flooring to the room.

''It's worked out excellent for us,'' Donald said.


Donald Snyders
The Babinski Foundation
Pequot Lakes MN 56472
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Greatmats dog training rubber flooring at Babinski Foundation

Babinski Foundation Pequot Lakes MN animal shelter

Babinski Foundation Pequot Lakes MN animal shelter

Greatmats Rubber Flooring at Babinski Foundation Animal Shelter flooring

Greatmats Rubber Flooring Rolls at Babinski Foundation animal shelter floor

Greatmats Rubber Flooring Rolls at Babinski Foundation Dog Shelter Training Room