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Gym Mats For Pilates and Yoga

Kinds of Gym Mats For Pilates and Yoga

You may be a yoga freak with knowledge in a variety of yoga postures or a circuit training fan interested in strength building and muscular endurance. The type of gym mats for pilates and yoga are the same. It all depends on the practitioner.

Whatever the case may be, there is an exercise mat for everyone. Though a very versatile training accessory, every mat is not made for every kind of exercise. There are three factors to consider while choosing one, viz. comfort, size and durability.

  1. Fitting comfort


The level of comfort you seek in your fitness mat or gym mats will depend primarily on your frequency of training. The more your frequency of training is, the more comfort that is mat thickness, you would need.


The kind of activities you will be using your mat for also determines the thickness of your mat. You may be doing gentle workouts, like stretching or Pilates, for which you are barefoot and often encounter the floor. In such a case you should go for a soft mat that is at least 5mm thick – it offers more comfort and protection from the floor.


  1. Sizes

The size of your fitness mat also determines your level of comfort during the workout. Other than taking your height into consideration when choosing gym matting, you should also think about the activities you will be performing. If your fitness regimen includes exercises requiring frequent contact with the floor, you will require a longer mat than you would if you are mostly kneeling or seated.


  1. Durability

The frequency with which you train will determine the kind of durability to wear you seek from your mat. If you use it regularly or intensively, choosing one with a protective coating is better as it offers resistance to wear from sports shoes.

Types of mats

With the above three criteria in mind, you can now go about exploring the types of mats available.

Yoga Mat

The yoga mat is the thinnest mat available, with thicknesses ranging from 0.3 to 0.6 cm. It is aimed at increasing traction for the practitioner and is meant to be carried around easily. There are many forms of yoga, and yoga mats have been designed to adapt to these changing styles.

For example, to allow for flexibility and added grip, standard yoga mats are made of PVC. But if you are into hot yoga, it is better to go for a mat with a towel-style surface that absorbs sweat and prevents slipping. Yoga mats are also made of natural or biodegradable materials like cotton or hemp. Though yoga mats are seldom shared among people, you should make sure to clean yours regularly. Simple soap and water cleaning are enough.

Pilates mat

Pilate mats and yoga mats are often the same mat. Sometimes pilates practitioners might opt for slightly thicker mats. They are meant to cushion the body and provide excellent grip. They are usually made from TPE (Thermal Plastic Elastomer) which is a closed-cell foam structure. Some of them have a bottom surface with grip and a sliding top which enables smoother Pilates move transitions. Unlike yoga mats, Pilates mats are often shared and that is why they should lend themselves to easy cleaning.

General-purpose exercise mats

General-purpose mats are ubiquitous across gyms but are also great for home use. These mats which are short but thick, aim to cushion the body during the workout. It is ideal for floor-based workouts such as planks, Russian twists, and sit-ups.

There are three kinds of general-purpose exercise mats:

  • Vinyl

These have foam cores with vinyl covers. They are hardy and easily wiped clean and are good for repeated use.

  • TPE

These are made from Thermoplastic Elastomer and are comfortable and strong. They are also very environment friendly as the material is recyclable. Though it offers a soft and comfortable feel, its elastic properties allow the mat to regain its original shape after use.

  • EVA

EVA foam mats are affordable and lightweight. But you should be cautious about your feet while using them as they are not built to withstand the abrasion which might be caused by trainers. The soft surface of these mats may be torn by rough soles.

Floor protecting exercise mats

These mats are stationary in that they remain fixed in an area designated for exercise. They are high-density EVA foam mats meant for absorbing shock, cutting down noise and protecting the floor underneath. Some can be over eight feet long and three feet wide.

Occasionally they are a ‘jigsaw’ style in construction and that is why they are also known as puzzle mats. They should not be confused with specialist rubber fitness floor tiles. They are not built for withstanding the weight of dropping dumbbells and barbells, but for providing an ideal surface for circuits, stretching and functional exercises.

Professional fitness mats

They may be one or two inches thick and find use in gymnastics and other professional sports. Having enough thickness to absorb almost any impact that might damage vital body parts. They are big and bulky, and though some are foldable, they are difficult to store. Usually made from standard or extra-dense foam, they can be protected by vinyl covers.

Gym Mats For Pilates and Yoga

Gym Mats For Pilates and Yoga

Nurmagomedov Announces Retirement

Nurmagomedov Announces Retirement After Defeating Gaethje to Keep U.F.C. Title

Nurmagomedov announces retirement after defeating Gaethje to Keep U.F.C. Title. The fight at UFC 254 went for a grand total of two minutes. Khabib choked out Gaethje after first wrestling him to the ground. He then wrapped his legs around him and got him in a triangle from which Justin could not escape. There had been high hope that Gaethje might be able to defeat Khabib but Nurmagomedov had other ideas.

Nurmagomedov Announces Retirement

Khabib Nurmagomedov announced his retirement after discussions with his mother. He had promised his mother that he would not fight again without his father coaching him. His father died earlier this year due to complications from the Wuhan corona virus. Khabib’s father was an excellent coach who was instrumental in his son’s success as a UFC and MMA fighter. Mr Nurmagomedov Snr coached Khabib is wrestling and other aspects of MMA fighting.

What’s Next For the Champ?

Khabib’s retirement comes despite some big potential fight being planned for him. There was talk that there would be another big money fight with Conor McGregor. The two have been rivals for some time now. Khabib defeated McGregor via submission in their last fight. Khabib however has shown no interest in that fight. He had instead shown an interested in fight George St Pierre. We will have to wait and see if that fight will eventuate.

Will Khabib Fight Again?

What is next for the champion remains to be seen. It is highly unlikely that he will get off the wrestling mats yet. The question remains if he will stick to his guns even if offered a big money fight. The fact is that money talks and so we will see if the champ changes his mind. We at Ezy Mats are definitely interested in seeing Khabib fight again. Retirement is no place for a champ. Especially for one so young and fight still left in him. He should get back on his He should get back on his wrestling mats and MMA mats and give us at least one more fight. He should get back on his wrestling mats and MMA mats and give us at least one more fight.  In honour of his dad. It’s up to him though!

Conor McGregor Exercice Mats

Conor McGregor To Fight Dustin Poirier in UFC

Conor McGregor has announce via Twitter hat he has accepted a  fight against Dustin Poirier. It is to take place on January 23rd at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, home of the Dallas Cowboys. The location of the fight is close to Poirier’s home territory which will make for an interesting fight. It is sure to be an interesting and competitive MMA fight to see.

Conor McGregor hasn’t fought in the UFC since his TKO victory over fellow MMA fighter Donald Cerrone. That fight was in January of this year. Conor was hoping to find himself on the mat three times this year but the Wuhan corona virus intervened. It put a halt to a lot of UFC fights. His so-called feud with Dana White hasn’t helped his cause either although the UFC would be keen to see him back in the ring. Despite his antics McGregor is still a major draw card for the UFC promotion.

Getting Back To Training

Now if will be up to McGregor to get back on the exercise mats and get himself fit for the fight. It is not easy fighting in the UFC with so many variables so it is important that he is in his peak fitness. One way to do that is to train hard. If he is to train hard then he needs to do whatever necessary to make sure he doesn’t get injured. One of the ways he can do that is by training on good quality exercise mats such as good jigsaw mat or tatami mats. It is what good athletes do and there is no question that McGregor is a great athlete.

UFC is The Premier Competition

The UFC is the premier MMA fighting organisation in the world. Many of the greatest fighters are signed to the UFC and can only fight exclusively with the organisations. Whilst there are other well known MMA organisations out there none has the same economic clout. It is a well know fact that UFC fighters use exercise mats during their training. If they use them then logic stands that all aspiring MMA fighters should be using them in their routines also. That is without question.

Eddie Van Halen Dies

Legendary Guitarist and Superstar Eddie Van Halen Dies

Eddie Van Halen, the legendary hard rock guitarist, died after a long battle with cancer. Eddie was born in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, in 1955, Van Halen’s family emigrated to the United States in 1962.

His father was a big band clarinettist, and his mother was a maid. Both his parents were musically inclined which is no surprise that Eddie would become such a great guitarist. Legend has it that when they immigrated to America that brought their piano with them and played it on the way.

Eddie Van Halen and his brother Alex joined with vocalist David Lee Roth and bassist Michael Anthony to form Van Halen in 1974, in Pasadena, California. They were members of rival high school bands and then attended Pasadena City College together. Their debut album “Van Halen” was an instant success and reached No. 19 on Billboard. The band became phenomenally successful after that with their music played all over the world.

I remember when the band released their song “Jump”. It was the first time I had ever really listened to a hard rock song and I loved it. I even wrote the bands name across my pencil case. I continued to listen to the band and fondly remember my later years where my friends and I would cruise around pumping out songs like “Panama” and “Hot for Teacher”.

Eddie van Halen will be sorely missed and forever remembered. His music will live on throughout the ages. We all know that nobody will replace him no matter what. There are many great guitarists out there but none like Eddie. We at Ezy Mats will always be grateful for the music he gave us.

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A Step-by-Step Guide to Dojo Mats

Everybody needs a guide to dojo mats when buying mats. These days not too many people still refer to their training gyms as dojos. There was a time where there was a dojo on every corner. Not so many people use the old terminology anymore. That said there are still a lot of karate and judo dojos around. Any traditional Japanese martial art will still refer to their training area as a dojo. Most of them are also fitted out with dojo mats. Indeed very few dojos these days have no mats. Although there would be a few which would insist on training without dojo mats. Especially certain karate school.

When choosing dojo mats it is important to know what your needs are. It is true that a lot of dojo mats are tatami mats, but they are not the only option. Tatami mats tend to be used in judo schools. In judo school there is a lot of throwing and grappling on the floor. As you sweat on the floor it is good to have a mat which is easy to wipe down. This is where tatami mats come in as they are actually pretty easy to maintain and to keep clean. This convenience however come with a price which is reflected in the cost of buying these mats.

As a guide to buying dojo mays, the other option is EVA jigsaw mats.  You will in fact find that most karate schools use EVA mats for their dojos. The same can be said about tae kwon do as well. In fact EVA jigsaw mats are probably the most popular training mats there is out there. It is no surprise that you can also find them in dojos.

Alistair Overeem Beats Augusto Sakai

Alistair Overeem Beats Augusto Sakai At UFC Fight Night on The Mat

Alistair Overeem Beats Augusto Sakai At UFC Fight Night. Like two lions battling it out Alistair Overeem and Augusto Sakai went at each other on the mat. The two fought hard and fast but only one of them could come out the victor. Alistair Overeem Beats Augusto Sakai with a TKO on the mat. Overeem used all his skill to come record his 47th win, 42 or which were stoppages. Alistair Overeem, who is a former K1 veteran, not only used his kick boxing skills but also takedowns to get Sakai in a position for some ground and pound.

Where to Now for The Former Champ?

Where Alistair goes from he is not know. He is surely going to find himself a Championship belt contended after winning four of his last five fights in the UFC. One thing is for sure is that he will head back to the tatami mats to continue his training. The only place a fighter like Overeem finds comfort is on tatami mats which is where all the hard work takes place to become a champion. One the mats is where you will find all MMA fighter readying themselves for their next fight.

What about Stipe Miocic?

I wonder who the UFC will pair up with Overeem next. Stipe Miocic, the current heavyweight champ, will probably fight Francis Ngannou next, although there is talk of him also maybe fighting Jon Jones. For his part Jone Jones is vacating the Light Heavyweight title and is moving up to heavyweight. That said is might be a few fights away for Overeem for a shot at the title. Even then he would have to continue winning fight. His best bet is to put in effort on the tatami mats to get his skill back to where it needs to be for him to get a shot at the UFC heavyweight title.

New Shipment of Fitness Mats and 30mm Jigsaw Mats

New Shipment of Fitness Mats and 30mm Jigsaw Mats

We are please to announce a new shipment has arrived of fitness mats and 30mm jigsaw mats to our Melbourne warehouse. As you all may very well know have have just moved into a new warehouse in Braeside in Melbourne. The new warehouse has given us a lot more room to move and opportunities to stock more mats. I have taken to the new opportunities with great enthusiasm and have ordered a lot of mats. Some would say I went a little overboard which is why we have four containers of fitness mats coming in the next month or so. That doesn’t even take into account what we have coming to Sydney.

Luckily we have a lot of customers that buy fitness mats from us. There is even a backlog of people needing 30mm jigsaw mats. It is great to see that the community is taking advantage of our pre-eminence as the leading supplier of fitness mats and particularly jigsaw mats in the Australia market. Indeed the name Ezy Mats has become synonymous with the work fitness mats. We are literally shipping out mats to all corners of this great land we live in.

Also coming in this containers are other size mats so you don’t have to worry. Once this container is unloaded and the next, our warehouse will literally be full of mats. That is great because we love to sell them and our customer love to buy them. It is a win win situation. Especially when you are Ezy Mats and people love buying your mats.

Our new shipment of fitness mats and 30mm jigsaw mats will not be our last. Ezymats is consistently bringing in more mats to satisfy our customers.

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Visit James Sheedy Personal Defence Studio

If you are looking for a good club we recommend you visit James Sheedy Personal Defence Studio. It is alway good to get good feedback  from customers. It is even better when that great experience goes both ways. Iggy in the office had a great experience helping James out with his mats. He deserves fall credit for doing such a great job that he got the review below. We have also included some photos so you can see how great their gym looks:

To The Ezymats Team.

Thanks for your good service and product. We layed the mats today. Thought id send a photo. We still need to tidy up so will send some photos when complete. My student love them. You can check it out on our Facebook page, James Sheedy Personal Defence Studio. Thanks again.

James Sheedy 

If you want to see what James is talking about then visit James Sheedy Personal Defence Studio.

Ezy mats has many satisfied customers throughout Australia. Ezy Mats is a premium supplier for training mats. I know you have probably heard it all before but if you want to experience the Ezy Mats experience then give us a call. Our friendly staff are always happy to help.


Ezy Mats moves to new warehouse in Braeside

Ezy Mats Moves Too Bigger and Better Warehouse

Ezy Mats Moves Too Bigger and Better Warehouse. We are pleased to announce that Ezy Mats has moved to a bigger warehouse and better premises in the Melbourne suburb of Braeside. The move from Cheltenham to Braeside has been undertaken so that we can better service our customers with mats. The new warehouse is much larger than the old one. Also the offices are bigger for our staff and there is more parking. All this put together means that we will be able to grow our offerings and improve on the customer experience.

We have already started ordering additional stock to improve availability. We just received a shipment of yoga mats and have a 40′ container coming packed with EVA jigsaw mats. In time we will expand with other mats such as rubber gym mats and German made MMA mats and tatami mats. So we are very excited about the future of Ezy Mats and its sister company Southern Cross Mats. Our staff are also very pleased with the move as it is a nicer office and the suburb is better.

We will always improve the customer experience. One way to do this is by having more mats so we always have stock. With a bigger and better warehouse we will be able to achieve this.