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Your New Fitness Routine: Martial Arts

If you're looking for a new workout to stir your fitness routine up a bit, consider something you can do at the gym as well as at home: martial arts (with the necessary martial arts mats, of course). If you've never tried martial arts before, you may discover they work completely different muscle groups than you're used to, challenge your sense of balance, and demand more mental focus, which is always a good thing.

With some thick martial arts mats in a relatively small space in your home, you can bring what you learn at the studio home to practice. Practicing on the right surface is critical in the martial arts; that's why your dojo or studio will have thickly padded flooring. Take your cue from them: if you're going to practice at home, make sure you're safe, first and foremost. Nothing puts an end to a workout routine faster than an injury. Having the proper instruction for practice is primary, but once you get home, your priority should be safety, and that begins with your practice surface.

Martial arts mats come in different thicknesses and sizes so you can get the ones that are right for your particular practice and preferences. Most of our martial arts mats are 2'x2' square and vary in thickness from 1/2" to 1" thick. They have a ribbed surface called a tatami finish that mimics the feel of the original rice straw mats used in ancient martial arts practice. This texture allows your feet to find solid purchase for balance and momentum.

If you want to cover an area faster or have a larger area to cover in your home, our jumbo martial arts mats are your ticket. These mats are 40"x40" and 3/4" thick. In no time at all, you'll have your home martial arts studio installed and ready for use. Aesthetically speaking, you can choose from several different colors if you like, to create a competition-like feel. And if you ever have to move the mats, they're easy to take apart because they're connected to each other like puzzle pieces. They'll stay put when you want them to, and come apart only when you want them to.

Installing martial arts mats is the best way to begin a new workout routine at home that involves the ancient arts. Don't settle for less than safe - choose the right thickness and size, and be on your way to mastery.

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