How to Choose the Best Wrestling Mats

There are a lot of considerations when you’re going to choose a wrestling mat for your team. Wrestling mats may seem like they’re all the same until you get the job of shopping for a new one. Here are a few things to keep in mind while making your decision to get the best wrestling mats for home use.


While you need a smooth surface, you also need a surface that won’t be too slick. Make sure the surface is truly non-slip for the safety of your athletes. Vinyl coated mats may look slick, but they stick and can be safe for your team.

The surface needs to remain non-slip even when it gets wet.  This is not only safer but will make sure your athletes perform at their best even when things get heated.  

You’re also looking for non-abrasive. When a manufacturer tries to make their vinyl non-slip they may go too far and make the surface rough. Make sure you aren’t buying sandpaper.


The thickness of the foam doesn’t tell the whole story. Thick foam doesn’t mean it’s safe. The foam needs to be dense enough to meet minimum standards. Typically, about 2lb density is what you’re looking for in a foam wrestling mat.


Competition means traveling. If the mat must be moved from time to time, look for a lightweight mat. Also, look for a mat that comes in small sections that are easy to transport. This will make your experience on the road a little easier.

Mat Size and Foam Thickness

The size and thickness requirements of the mat will depend on the level of competition. International has a different standard of thickness for the foam from high school and college. The size of the mat can also vary. For example, International competition requires 2” thick mats.  Make sure you aren’t wasting money buying the wrong kind of mat. Look at the standards for your competition before you buy.


Another consideration for a mat that you’ll be transporting or storing between uses is how flexible the material is. When you roll the mat, will it roll tightly for storage?  A mat that can be dense, thick, light, and flexible for storage, is made of high-quality material.

Follow standards to the letter

The most important thing is the safety of your athletes. Following competition standards will help you provide the safest wrestling mat for your team and the teams that compete against you. Keeping everyone safe is the top priority.

Fitness Tips to Help You Stick with Your Exercise Program

Everyone wants to be fitter and healthier, but finding the motivation to eat well and exercise consistently isn’t always easy. You should realize that it’s normal to have highs and lows when it comes to feeling motivated. There will be days when you don’t have the energy to exercise, but you shouldn’t be discouraged by that. What you want is to develop the habit of exercising so keep pushing on. In this article, we’re going to share with you some tips on how you can keep your motivation level for fitness up.

If you have a tendency to have low energy whenever you exercise, it’s just about impossible to stay motivated. Have you thought that you may have low blood sugar levels when you exercise? It’s not recommended that you eat a full meal and then work out shortly after. However, it may help if you eat a light snack prior to working out. Fruit is good to eat before a work out. You can also eat some trail mixes. They usually have nuts, which are a good source of protein. You can also keep your energy at a high level with the help of natural and herbal supplements such as bee pollen, ginseng, and royal jelly.

Consider whether you’re one of those people who gets motivated by something like buying new exercise gear. Having a nice set of sports shoes is a start. You need not buy into the advertising slogans of sports shoes, as the important thing is to find something comfortable that provides the right support. Workout clothes should provide you with comfort while you’re working out, while looking good on you too. What you where should impact how you feel about exercising, as well as provide you with maximum comfort and safety. You need not spend a lot of money on exercise clothing, merely find something that lets you enjoy your workouts to the fullest.

Visualization can be a strong motivator when used properly with your exercise routine. Workout with an idea in mind of how you want to feel and look some day. What’s your ideal weight? Try seeing yourself at this weight. You can also try imagining how your body looks like when you’re fit. Also, know that exercising regularly will benefit you so you need to tell yourself this every day. Go ahead and write down this reminder and then post it where you can see it every day. Here’s another suggestion: every couple of weeks take a picture of yourself and then tape it on your bathroom mirror or fridge. Let that be your motivation to keep exercising because every couple of weeks, you can actually see yourself looking more and more fit.

It’s important to keep motivated if you want to realize your fitness goals. The tips we’ve offered in this article are excellent starting points. If you remain focused on your end goal, this will be motivation enough.

Some Unwritten Rules of Gym & Fitness Center Etiquette

Rude is Rude, Even in a Gym


As it is in all social situations and public arenas, there are certain unspoken rules of etiquette to be followed, including even the in a lowly gym or an upscale fitness center. Be sure, of course, to peruse the written rules provided in your membership handbook as well the ones posted on the walls in various places. Here are some of the sometimes unwritten rules to be aware of:

Chose the Right Gym in the First Place

If you’re a protein-pounding Hulk who grunts loudly with each rep you lift, you are not a candidate for a Curves membership. Conversely, if your idea of a workout is to read the latest issue of Vogue while you leisurely pedal an exercise bike without breaking a sweat or mussing your make-up, avoid gyms where the workouts are serious, steadily paced, and towels use is abundant. Double-check the hours to ensure that you’ll have adequate time to exercise either before or after work. Ditto do you need childcare? This sounds elementary and it is, but you’d be surprised how often people end up mismatched with their gyms. Getting into the habit of working out is hard enough. Don’t make it even more difficult by choosing the wrong place to do it in. Make sure to accept and take the complimentary tour or free limited-time membership that most all places offer.

Keep Your Gear Close At Hand

You won’t make many friends with your towel draped over a bench you’re not even using, your water bottle set out on the floor to trip someone up, your workout record book on yet another piece of unused equipment, and your tote bag hanging of the handlebars on an exercise bike. Keep your gear close at hand and directly beside, on, or near the equipment you’re currently working on and move it with you as you complete your exercise circuit. Otherwise, not only are you risking injury to others and theft of your belongings, but you may inadvertently be “claiming” equipment as used when it’s not.

Respect Claims to Equipment

If there is a towel draped over a bench alongside a notebook and with a water bottle beneath it, an individual is working on that equipment on in that area. Just because the person is not there at the moment doesn’t give you the right to move their belongings: they may have gone to the restroom or outside to the lobby to take a telephone call. If nobody appears at that station in 20-30 minutes and you need to use the machine, notify someone on staff.

Undress the Equipment When You’re Finished

Remove the weights from barbells, EZ bars, and machines when you have completed your workout at that station. Replace them where they belong. A gym workout is not supposed to consist of removing other people’s weights from the equipment before you even start your exercise.

Put Away the Equipment As You Use It

There is nothing more infuriating than to need a pair of 25 lb. dumbbells to complete a pyramid lift and to find that all 10 pair of them are claimed and scattered about the room. It’s only by careful sleuthing and questioning that you can determine that 4 pair of them were simply abandoned by their users and not put back on the rack. To determine this takes time and interrupts your valuable workout time, not to mention irritating you unless you’re slated for sainthood.

Wipe Down the Equipment After You Use It

I don’t care if you are gorgeous, blonde, and Supermodel of the Year, I don’t want to use a machine slick with your perspiration. Use the cleaners and towels most gyms provide and wipe down the padding and upholstery.

Have a great workout!