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.  

How KidStrong Develops the Minds and Muscles of the Future Generation

Compared to previous generations, this generation of children are “the least active and the most socially anxious,” and (thanks to digital distractions at home, loads of junk food, and pressure to succeed in school), they are “the first generation expected to be outlived by their parents,” says Matt Sharp, CEO of KidStrong, a science-backed fitness program that is working to change those statistics.

The “Whole-Child” Approach

Founders of KidStrong, Matt and Megin Sharp, were looking for a training facility to empower their kids. They wanted their daughter to be strong, confident, smart and a leader, but nothing existed at the time to meet their needs.

So, in 2015, they took matters into their own hands by working with researchers to conceptualize a program that develops not only physical fitness, but brain and character development too. This led to the “whole-child” approach – one that didn’t focus on only academics or only physical education.

Their method? To throw everything people know about the traditional learning “classroom” model out the window. “The brain learns more effectively when kids are moving,” says Matt. “It builds more patterns in the brain that help them learn and retain information.”

For example, children at KidStrong will learn and repeat Spanish colors while completing burpees. It’s also a more enjoyable learning experience for kids too.

What’s most unique about KidStrong is an equal emphasis put on parent education as their child’s. While the children are involved in their sessions, the parents are taught by professionals how to best raise their independent, socially developed child at home, equipping them with the necessary tools outside of a KidStrong facility.

KidStrong’s State of the Art Facility

Another way KidStrong makes their science-backed training program so effective is their highly advanced training facility that is specially designed for children 14 months to 8 years old. Currently, Kidstrong has 7 locations, with 15 more opening up across the country this year and a plan to massively expand by the end of 2021. 

Their equipment runs the gamut of monkey bars, ropes, and even We Sell Mats incline mats used for rolling and obstacle course activities. By leveraging the fields of pediatric occupational therapy, child development, sports physiology and physical education, KidStrong is enabling a more socially aware, confident and independent generation of children.

Learn more about KidStrong and their growing number of locations nationwide.

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.