Inflatable Safety that doesn’t Deflate the Fun

For decades inflatable attractions such as bounce houses and moonwalks have been a staple of birthday parties, block parties, and school events across the country, propelling the industry to an estimated $5.72 billion valuation reported by Technavio. Over the past 20 years, the popularity of inflatables has skyrocketed and has been enjoyed by millions of people, namely children. In that time, inflatable-related injuries sustained by children have seen similar growth with the Child Injury Prevention Alliance (CIPA) citing 30 per day, which is approximately one every 45 minutes. 

Eliminating Inflatable-Related Injury 

Despite being presented with such a daunting statistic, CIPA has recommendations on how to cut down on injuries. These tips include regulating the size/age range of child participants, cracking down on proper attire/behavior, and properly preparing the area surrounding the inflatable with a soft surface such as a gymnastics mat. 

For inflatable parks, the opportunities for safety precautions only increase. With the help of specially trained staff, surveillance capabilities, and a surplus of consistent floorspace, it’s easy to grant parents peace of mind when visiting the park. Consistent floorspace such as concrete is the perfect base for padded foam flooring, and it allows you to maximize safety in every square-inch of your park. 

One-Stop-Shop for Safety 

We Sell Mats understands the importance of safety when working with inflatables and greatly values the wellbeing of every participant, especially children. 

If you’re outfitting an inflatable amusement park, or simply preparing for a children’s event or birthday party, visit Wesellmats.com for the safety precautions necessary for inflatables. Our tumbling mats are an ideal surface at the entrances and exits of inflatables while any thickness or texture of our interlocking EVA foam tiles are easily expandable to border even the largest inflatables. 

Serious Lifters Only: A Home Gym That’s Up to Your Standards

As a powerlifting, strongman, body-building, or Olympic weightlifting enthusiast, you know how crucial your gym is to your success and enjoyment of the sport. But between rules, sharing equipment, cost, and the commute, going to the gym can feel like a hassle. In which case you may be interested in assembling a training facility in your own home or garage, however, not just any home gym will do, as the needs of a serious lifter require a special kind of gym. 

Heavy Duty at Home 

A clear issue with having an extreme weightlifting gym at home is the potential damage from heavy stationary equipment and free-weights falling on the ground. Luckily, there are easy-to-implement remedies that properly shield your floor from the sharp bottoms of heavy benches, racks and impact from weights, while simultaneously protecting the equipment itself from harsh surfaces like concrete basements and garages.  

In order to care for you, your home, and your equipment, it is essential that you place a protective layer between you and the surface underneath to act as a base for your gym. Purpose-built flooring designed for extreme fitness such as that made from rubber or PVC will keep the ground beneath you from scratching, chipping, or cracking under pressure.  

When searching for lifting-ready flooring, keep your eyes peeled for indicators such as “heavy-duty” or “equipment mat” that way you ensure it can handle a weight training regimen.  

Get Started on Your Pro-Level Home Gym 

For weight benches and machines, a Vélotas equipment mat will protect the floor for years and for full-size rack assemblies, our selection of rubber-top or PVC flooring can stand up to even the most intense world-class training. We Sell Mats believes all lifters have something to gain by taking their training home with them and we wish the best of luck to the U.S. Olympic Weightlifting Team in Tokyo. 

Give Your School’s Gym a Professional Look and Feel

As we approach the second half of the school year, perhaps it’s time to start crunching the numbers on refitting the gymnasium and weight room at your school. After so many years of use, padding for areas like walls, poles, and floors can get worn out and unsanitary, defeating their intended purpose. Updating small details like these can also instantly transform your gym to make it look more modern. 

A Safe Multipurpose Room for Basketball and Beyond 

Despite many considering basketball a “limited-contact” sport, major wipeouts certainly happen, especially at the end of a high-speed drive to the hoop. Once a player completes a full-speed drive to the hoop, they may be in a situation where they have about 6 feet to stop before hitting a cinder block wall. In this case, the best way to prevent injury is padding on the wall to exponentially soften the impact. 

The same safety focus applies to freestanding poles. Padding wrapped around poles mean peace-of-mind in rooms with exposed support poles and in-floor basketball hoops. Precautions such as these mean safety for when the room is used for after-school sports, but also when it’s time for gym class and pep-rallies. 

Upgrading the Weight Room  

For the weight room, fitting it with new grip flooring can not only extend the life of equipment on top and the floor underneath, but it provides a forgiving surface that’s crucial for weightlifting safety, especially for students. If athletic training or gym class calls for bodyweight exercises on the floor, then a set of exercise mats are a great deployable surface for just about anything from free-weight exercises to yoga.  

Cost-Effective Gym Safety Solutions 

Our selection of protective paddingflooring tiles, and foldable exercise mats keep students safe and focused on having fun while exercising. Additionally, our safety padding for walls and poles are rated for high impact and can be customized with your school’s unique logo.  

We Sell Mats is dedicated to providing an environment that encourages smart fitness practices and safety for all. Check out more ways to update your school gym.  

Embark on the Journey of Becoming a Master Knitter

The Knitting Guild Association (TKGA) has been certifying and recognizing Master Knitters since 1987, which puts skilled knitters to the test through a rigorous three skill level program requiring a minimum of three years. Since the program’s inception, only 355 knitters globally have shown the aptitude to be considered Master Knitters. 

Ladianne Henderson, the owner of Cheers to Ewe, a yarn shop in Huntersville, NC., earned the distinction as a certified Master Knitter in 2018.  Before opening the yarn shop, Henderson worked as an art teacher. She had grown up watching her mom knit, but it wasn’t until 12 years ago that she seriously took on the craft.  

“I really enjoyed it, I loved that it’s a never-ending well of things to explore from math to science to art,” she says. 

From Sheep to Shawl 

In a world of synthetic materials and mass-produced, cheap goods, knitting is an industry that still values the quality of the process “from sheep to shawl.” 

“We lost touch with the origin of our products,” says Henderson. “Knitting is unique in that you can follow [the process] from farm to yarn, to the pattern, to the making of the product.”  

Since opening Cheers to Ewe in 2016, Henderson and her colleagues have provided knitters with high-quality yarn and supplies for beginners and masters alike. Not only can you outfit your knitting arsenal with the latest and greatest, but CTE also offers classes that teach you everything from the basics to advanced garment-making.  

A Match Made in Knitting Heaven 

According to Master Knitters like Henderson, “blocking” your knitting pieces allow you to accurately determine the gauge (Stitches/Inch) and make your projects look more polished and professional.  

Blocking refers to the process of gently wetting your projects in order to size it into your desired dimension. This is commonly done by stretching the piece with pins to a foam block marked with a measurement grid. 

This is how the We Sell Mats & Cheers to Ewe Blocking Mats partnership came to be. We carry a blocking mat with a 1-inch grid printed directly on our EVA foam for a fuss-free blocking experience. The mats can even interlock to accommodate long sleeves and scarves.  

Master knitters like Henderson encourage all knitters, beginner, or experienced, to take their craft to the next level — because every stitch gets you closer to obtaining mastery. 

Learn more about Cheers to Ewe and the blocking mats we offer.