How to Maintain Peak Physical Performance in a Career that Saves Others

When it comes to firefighting, military, law enforcement, and other special force training, the work doesn’t stop once your career begins. But for some it’s easy to lose sight of the physique they initially trained for, which can potentially hinder the job they were called to complete.

“Once you’re in it, it’s easy to get lost in the job,” says Brandon Green, lieutenant with the Baraboo, Wisconsin, Fire Department and lead trainer for the department’s tactical fitness program. Green is also the founder of Pulse Fitness and Training and has been coaching and training for 15 years.

“I don’t believe in the concept of ‘getting in shape,’” adds Green, “Getting in shape means you’re only pushing your body when you need to –it’s associated with getting to a certain point and then stopping. I believe in training.  Training means you’re constantly working, whether it’s for preventative health measures or quality of life.”

Tactical Training Gets You Ready for the Job

From tactical training to designing tactical fitness programs, Green is dedicated to ensuring professionals in the field are in peak condition “for when the bell rings.”

“It’s hard when I watch veteran firefighters that want to continue in their career, but physically can’t,” says Green. This is when training becomes more important than simply getting in shape for a short period of time. Tactical fitness isn’t about workouts – it’s about work. That’s why Green creates programs that carry over into real life situations.

Tactical Fitness is about fitness that may one day be the difference between life and death for you or someone you are trying to help within your profession. Not only do first responders need to develop optimal health and fitness, they also need to develop the ability to react and think clearly under stress. Preparing mentally and physically for these situations through tactical training is one of the best ways to achieve this.

Where to Re-Up on Training Equipment

Whether you need to focus on speed and endurance, strength and power or flexibility and muscle stamina, We Sell Mats offers long-lasting yet cost-effective ways to outfit a first response training facility. For floor exercises like combat, CPR, and rescue training, say goodbye to working on gross floors as our folding exercise mats are a great way to deploy a durable but forgiving surface to any demonstration. When training calls for some serious impact, a crash-pad can stand up to even the most extreme training activities like obstacle courses and falling practice.

We Sell Mats extends our gratitude to all first responders for everything that you do. Whether you’re continuing your training or just getting started we’re here to help wherever possible to make training as safe as possible.

Brandon Green is a professional speaker on a national circuit and an author for magazines like Firehouse Magazine and Fire Rescue. Read some of his work here.

What Makes a Good Exercise Mat for P90X?

Looking for the right mat for an at-home exercise program like P90X®? In any workout environment, you want your flooring surface to deliver the right balance of shock absorption and stability. Our variety of high-density, anti-fatigue mats stand up well to the rigors of personal fitness.

EVA Foam anti-fatigue mats are an ideal flooring surface for high-intensity and high-impact workouts like P90X®.

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Gym Owners Prepare: The New Year Resolution Rush is Coming

With the incoming new year, millions of Americans are preparing for a fresh start to reach personal goals in the form of New Year’s resolutions. In a study by the Marist Poll, it was found that the most common resolution in the country is exercising more in order to meet personal fitness goals.

As you may expect, a massive surge in fitness-related determination means loads of potential business for gyms and health clubs all across the country.

The Numbers Don’t Lie

In the days approaching the new year, internet searches related to gym memberships rise nearly 40%, so it came as no surprise when the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association reported that 12% of new gym memberships for the whole year are purchased in January.

With so many Americans eager to get into the gym to start the year off right, it’s easy to see why now is a great time to start thinking about refitting your facility before the massive influx of new customers.

Time to Gear Up

Of course, your business is always improving, but with such a large group of incoming new gym enthusiasts, timely upgrades to the facility will allow you to maximize this year’s wave of resolutions.

Quick changes like fresh new exercise mats for new members will allow both the club and customer to maximize their first few visits. After all, cleanliness is extremely important to gym clients – especially new members –so ditching worn-out mats for fresh ones can make all the difference in retaining the surge in business, all while motivating your customers to meet their fitness goals.   If you’re looking to upgrade your facility in time for the New Year, We Sell Mats is your secret weapon for all types of fitness mats, including equipment, exercise, tumbling, and yoga mats that will have your gym resolution-ready in no time.

Ramp Up Your Home Gym & Work Off that Extra Stuffing

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, the looming threat of extra pounds associated with heavy festive eating can be unsettling. In fact, an estimated 75% of the average American’s total weight gain typically happens in the last three months of the year as a result of the celebratory feasts. To combat this, people all across the country are taking extra precautions during the holiday season by bolstering their home gym in order to ward off (oftentimes) inevitable holiday weight gain.

Holiday Weight Gain by the Numbers

No matter what your lifestyle is like for the first nine months of the year, extra holiday poundage can sneak up. According to The New England Journal of Medicine, Americans on average gain 1-2 pounds during the holiday season between Halloween candy, Thanksgiving dinner, and Christmas party treats; and while that may not seem like a lot, one to two pounds a year, means that much of midlife weight gain can be explained by holiday eating.

Even though everyone is susceptible to extra stuffing around the most wonderful time of the year, that doesn’t mean it is unavoidable. Quick, 10-minute workouts, walks, or yoga sessions can make all the difference this holiday season and what better way to motivate yourself than by investing in your home gym?

The Key to the Perfect Home Gym

To avoid holiday weight gain and maintain regular workouts as you head into the New Year, it is essential to have a place where you can exercise effectively and efficiently. The secret to an awesome home gym is to commit one specific place in your home as your designated exercise area. By clearly designating your home gym, your body will be prepped to work out

A great way to define your exercise space is by laying down fitness mats, granting you an optimal surface to complete floor exercises and yoga. At We Sell Mats, there are several different mat styles to choose from that will inspire you to create your perfect home gym.

Taking the Gym with You

Traveling for the holidays? While it may be too cumbersome to bring several square-feet of foam tile floor mats with you, We Sell Mats also sells has a great selection of La Baleza yoga mats, perfect for doing digestion-aiding yoga routines.

However you plan on avoiding extra pounds this holiday season, We Sell Mats is ready to help you create an inspiring space to accomplish your goals. That way, rather than worrying about your waistline, you can focus on what matters most during this time of year, spending time with loved ones.

How the Right Physical Therapy Space Aids Veteran Recovery

The United States Veteran Affairs hospital is responsible for rehabilitating and caring for this country’s millions of noble veterans. Part of this treatment includes personalized physical therapy regiments that can be a life-changing aid to help veterans regain their confidence in mobility. This Veteran’s Day, We Sell Mats is proud to recognize our Veterans’ brave contributions to our country as well as the people and facilities that treat them.

The Scope of U.S. Veteran Affairs

Currently, there are 152 VA medical centers, a system that serves veterans and their families free of charge with a condition sustained while serving. The VA system also includes more than 800 outpatient clinics and employs around 3,500 physical therapists with the help of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). Facilities under the umbrella of the VA system offer specialized physical therapy treatment capable of assisting veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Mild Traumatic Brain Disorder and physical injuries. In 2016 alone, the VA system treated more than 720,000 patients.

The Road to Recovery

For many patients, physical therapy is indispensable for recovery. Physical therapy for veterans is mostly centered around increasing mobility while reducing pain and is even known to potentially circumvent surgery in the case of a debilitating injury. Not only does physical therapy aid physical healing, but it is also attributed to mental healing. Physical therapy allows veterans to regain confidence in mobility that is known to be lost in the case of injury, ultimately returning their independence.

Veteran Physical Therapy Facilities

When treating such distinguished patients like United States’ veterans, it is important to make sure the space they are treated in is up to par. An ideal workspace for VA physical therapists may include fitness and gymnastics equipment, including extra padded surfaces, or anything that is necessary to design a therapy regimen that treats a specific veteran’s debilitations.

We Sell Mats distributes a long line of products that would be right at home in a veteran physical therapy room. A VA physical therapist could make great use of our inclines and octagon tumblers to help patients regain balance, while fitness studio rubber flooring mats allow veterans to heal on a lenient surface. If physical therapists serving veterans ever need soft training equipment or padded versatile flooring, We Sell Mats is ready to help, and we are proud to recognize their work and the brave patients they serve this Veteran’s Day.

Is Your Mat Obstacle Ready?

In the last 10 years, obstacle course races (or OCRs) have seen a more than 2000% increase in participation. This is most likely due to the laundry list of benefits participants gravitate towards in OCRs over a traditional 5k.

Popular obstacle course races such as the Tough Mudder, Spartan Race, and Rugged Maniac are extremely grueling events that feature tall walls to scale, heavy lifting, electric shocks, and lots of mud. To regular participants, this full-body workout along with the added danger and adrenaline makes OCRs that much more appealing than a normal foot race.

Trusted Mats to Fall Back on

Stadium Blitz, a newcomer to the OCR scene ditches the muddy terrain and harsh obstacles by taking over football stadiums all across the country with obstacles that escalate across three levels of intensity.

Sponsored by three-time Super Bowl champion, tight-end Rob Gronkowski, it seems appropriate that this event takes place in a football stadium. Stadium Blitz is at the forefront of athlete safety and part of this commitment is trusting in We Sell Mats’ standard safety fitness mats which are underneath some of the event’s most intense “Blitz” level obstacles.

The Complexities of Obstacle Course Racing

As you may expect, putting hundreds of eager athletes on a course with massive drops, barbed wire, and water of an unknown depth has caused several injuries. Most injuries are none more than a story-worthy battle scar or a gnarly bruise for those victorious to share on their social media feeds, but at least once per event, there is a big one, requiring immediate medical attention.

Thankfully, as new obstacle course racing companies grow to prominence, there are more efforts on improving safety, working to one day have it standardized.

As for the more extreme industry leaders, there are plenty of ways to make courses safe without compromising the high-stakes energy. Diamond plate patterned foam tiles provide a forgiving surface with a rugged look, and rubber flooring can provide needed grip in wet environments. Wherever the future of OCR safety leads, We Sell Mats has the products to accomplish the safety goals of any event.

What Do You Need for a Home Gym?

With summer just around the corner, more people are getting back into an exercise routine. Did you know that less than 5% of adults exercise for 30 minutes each day? Exercise is not only important for losing weight and building strength, but it’s also crucial for living a healthy life. If you’ve been considering working out regularly, and don’t have to go to the gym to do so, let’s take a look at a few things you’ll need in order to put together a gym right in your home.

Exercise machines: First off, you’re going to need some type of exercise machine. If you’re looking to work on cardio, you should consider a treadmill, a spin bike, or an elliptical machine. Having even just one of these machines is a great place to start. And if you can’t afford one of these machines or don’t have the room for one, consider investing in a punching bag or jump ropes — smaller workout equipment that will still help you get fit.

Lifting weights: Along with a few exercise machines, weights should be next on your list. Dumbbells or kettlebells both make great options for lifting weights. It’s important to have a wide range of weights so you can have access to the size you’re comfortable with — and you can increase or decrease the weights you’re using as needed. Investing in a good set of weights will help you hit your exercise goals and build strength quickly.

Foam floor mats: Having the right flooring is essential for a home gym. Having padded flooring will help protect your equipment and your floors from scratches. Interlocking floor mats are perfect because they can easily be placed and moved as needed — and they’ll provide the protection you need. Additionally, wood grain foam mats, rubber-topped EVA foam or another padded flooring will help protect you as well. Whether you’re stretching on the floor or take an accidental fall, cushioned flooring will keep you safe.

Your home gym doesn’t have to be anything fancy. With a few pieces of equipment, weights, and the proper flooring, you’ll be well on your way to reaching your fitness goals in no time.

Mats for Every Kind of Fitness

There are probably about as many different kinds of fitness mats as there are ways to get fit. Whether you’re a yogi, a weightlifter, a runner, or into any other kind of athletics, there’s likely to be some kind of variably squishy flooring specifically designed to go under your particular feet. There are, of course, some all-purpose mats you can get, but if you’re going to be dropping a barbell after squats, you’re probably going to want something a little tougher than a yoga mat. Continue reading “Mats for Every Kind of Fitness”

Workout Convenience

Convenience is the key to making sure you get your workout done, which is why we offer the best personal exercise mats in different sizes. Having the flexibility to workout at home when the gym isn’t available (or you just don’t feel like suiting up for the trek across town) means you’re more likely to actually do the workout, even if it’s a modified one, and have the satisfaction of knowing you’re sticking with your plan. Continue reading “Workout Convenience”