2015 National Aerobics Instructor of the Year Award finalists named

National Aerobics Finalists

Greatmats 2015 Aerobics Instructor of the Year National Finalists Lilyan Wright, Patricia Matthews, Jeannette Rachel and Michelle Flaherty.

Aerobics instructors from all walks of life make up the Final Four contestants in the inaugural year of Greatmats’ National Aerobics Instructor of the Year Contest. These top-quality instructors were nominated by their students and peers for not only their skills in aerobic fitness, but the impact they have had on the lives of those around them through their commitment to integrity, service and quality. The top four nominees hale from the states of New Hampshire, Arizona, Minnesota and Wisconsin and have served to inspire their students and community.

Your 2015 National Aerobics Instructor of the Year finalists are:

(Name, Studio or Instruction Facility, City, State)

Lilyan Wright, Newport Recreation Department, Newport, New Hampshire

Patricia Matthews, Lighthouse YMCA/Tucson Jewish Community Center, Tucson, Arizona

Jeannette Rachle, Owatonna Fitness Center, Owatonna, Minnesota

Michelle Flaherty, Unity Schools, Balsam Lake, Wisconsin

Voting will take place on Greatmats’ facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/Greatmats/) Nov. 16-30, 2015 and the winner will be announced Jan. 4, 2016. The Aerobics Instructor of the Year Contest is one of four simultaneous contests honoring instructors and trainers from various industries for their commitment to making a positive difference in the lives of their students, clients and community. Greatmats congratulates and thanks these instructors for their service and positive influence in the aerobics industry and their community as a whole.

Greatmats is a national aerobic and specialty flooring industry leader based in Milltown, Wisconsin, since 1999. Identified as one of the top 3,000 fastest growing companies in the USA three times since 2008, Greatmats has earned an A+ Better Business Bureau rating and 9.5 TrustPilot rating through its Golden Rule customer service practices. Greatmats gives back to its local community by donating 5% of its annual profits to local non-profit organizations. It also supports green initiatives through the use of solar energy at its Wisconsin headquarters and by offering a large variety of products made from recycled and renewable resources. View all of Greatmats’ aerobic flooring options at http://www.greatmats.com/aerobic-mats.php.

Greatmats to host first Aerobics Instructor of the Year Contest

National Aerobics Instructor of the Year

Recognizing excellence in aerobics instruction, leadership and betterment in quality of life and communities.

Greatmats, a national aerobics flooring industry leader, is hosting its first every Aerobics Instructor of the Year Contest in 2015. The award is to recognize aerobics instructors who have made a difference in the lives of their students and community through service, integrity and quality – three virtues very important to Greatmats. Nominations for this award are being accepted until Nov. 1, 2015. To find out more information about the contest and/or to nominate an aerobics instructor, visit http://www.greatmats.com/gmats-aerobics-instructor-contest.php.

Customer Review-MaxTiles

If you happen to find yourself in Coralville, IA, be sure to stop in at New Moon Fitness.


Teresa H. has installed our MaxTile modular tiles as the flooring for their commercial gym facility. 

“We wanted a floor covering for a 1st floor cement slab,” she says.  “We laid down 3/8” rubber underlayment underneath.”

MaxTile is a wonderful all-around modular floor tile.  Its durability makes it one of our most popular and best-selling products.  The wood or stone-look vinyl top gives your floor a high-end appearance while still providing durability and toughness at a reasonable price point.  It is rugged enough for commercial applications like Teresa’s and waterproof so it can be used in a variety of different rooms like basements.  Many people even use the MaxTile as a portable dance floor. MaxTiles are made in the USA.

“We installed the floor in a few hours,” Teresa says.  “Rolled out a strip of underlayment, then snapped in a row of tiles and repeated the process across the floor.  Two rows of tiles had to be cut to fit around doors.  Cutting was easy with our table saw.”
Installing the MaxTile floor is simple.  You just lay the pieces together and snap them in place.  You need no glue so you can pull the floor up whenever you want and lay it down later.  The connection tabs are designed tough enough for repeated assemblies and disassemblies.

Teresa seems happy with the product.  We’ll let her tell you:
“Love this product.  Easy to install and tough.  I do slamball exercises with heavy medicine balls and drop dumbbells, and not a dent.  Even if one needed to be replaced, the snap in style of the tile will make it pretty easy to do.  We’ll be ordering more to fill out the office and closet when they’re finished.”

MaxTiles can be laid over any hard, flat surface and can even lay directly on concrete.  For applications like Teresa’s, we strongly suggest a rubber underlayment like she used.  This will provide an extra layer of cushion between the floor and the surface of the tiles.  It also helps with sound dampening.  These vinyl tiles come with a ten year residential warranty.

“We have already recommended it, “Teresa says.  “Including to several contractors who are doing some additional remodeling for us and had never seen the product before.”

Thank you, Teresa.  We’re sure you’ll be enjoying MaxTiles for years to come.

Call Greatmats at 877-822-6622.

Customer Review-1/2" Economy Foam Mats

“Very easy.  The hardest work was cleaning the floor before I put them down.”  -Jacqui D.

Today’s review comes to us from Jacqui who chose our 1/2” Economy Foam Puzzle Mats for her basement floor.  She was looking for a floor where she could practice agility at night or when the weather is bad.

“I was going to buy a 40 x 40” specially for agility.  The cost was more and the shipping was expensive.  There was free shipping on the 2×2 tiles and even though they are 1/4” thinner, they are fine for my home use.”

Economy foam mats are great for home users for a number of different reasons.  As Jacqui said, they are currently offered with free shipping.  Also, the smaller size makes them easier to install and move around.  They are shipped via UPS or FedEx Ground delivery.  Home users often find this is much more convenient than dealing with a large freight delivery.  Larger aerobics tiles are typically for larger rooms with more square footage requirements and commercial applications.

We asked Jacqui if she was happy with the product and she said, “yes, very happy.”

These foam mats are also a great flooring solution for other applications.  Use them as kid’s flooring in schools and pre-schools, for dog agility areas, in basements and garages, indoor sports and multipurpose rooms,  or even parachute staging areas.  They can lay directly on any hard surface, even concrete.

Economy foam mats are easy to clean and can be vacuumed and washed with soap and water.  They require no adhesive for installation but provide a tight feet.  This closed-cell EVA foam is waterproof and has no smell.  They will not absorb moisture or other liquids.

Determining how many tiles you need for your room is easy with our online floor planner.  Simply type in the dimensions of your room and the planner does the rest.  You can even order online.  If you run into trouble, we have a convenient chatline or a friendly customer service rep is a phone call away.
These foam mats come in blue, gray, and black.
If you find this particular foam mat is not perfect for your application or budget, please consider one of our other foam mats.  We offer a complete and comprehensive line of interlocking foam mats to our customers with some starting at $0.99 cents per square foot.  Other foam mat products come with free shipping.  If you have questions please chat with us online, send an email, or call our friendly customer service center to speak with one of our flooring experts about our foam mats.

Call Greatmats at 877-822-6622.

EZ Snap Max Tile


Thinking about remodeling the basement?  Tired of those cold, hard concrete floors?  Install the EZ Snap Max Floor Tiles in your basement with no tools or adhesives required.  It’s quick, simple, inexpensive, and looks fantastic.  This modular tile for basement floors features a 20-YEAR commercial quality, vinyl laminate surface complete with UV protective coating.

This flooring is simply the best waterproof, vinyl laminate interlocking modular floor tile on the market.  And we sell it at unbeatable prices.  Choose a warm and comfortable wood grain pattern or our popular slate look to match your basement design and bring your basement floor to life. This flooring for basement option features a very tight fitting modular EZ Snap basement floor tile that easily interlocks together and is designed for repeated installations.
The EZ Snap MAX tile takes modular vinyl floor tiles to the highest level of quality and durability. Our commercial grade luxury vinyl tile is a full 3 mm thick, and boasts a 15 YEAR wear layer.  The durable polypropylene base tray has been technically engineered for portability and stability that allows for easy DIY installation.  Add a 3 mm rubber underlayment to your floor for additional cushion, quiet, and comfort.
Easily assemble and disassemble this tile as many times as needed.  It is perfect for residential basement floors, athletic sports facilities, or multi-purpose spaces such as church main halls. The surface texture of these vinyl tiles features a scratch resistance designed for heavy traffic that allows for tables and chairs during the day and a full-on basketball game or aerobics class at night.
This innovative raised floor tile system offers versatility for all types of residential and sports flooring installations including basketball courts, gym floors, Jazzercise and aerobics floors, portable dance floors and residential basement flooring.
We recommend a 2 or 3.2 mm Rubber Underlayment between the hard floor and the EZ Snap MAX Tile for added cushioning and quiet, (required for all sporting installations).
Tray colors will match most of our wood grain designs for improved seamless aesthetic appearance in your sports or athletic facility. The commercial grade 3 mm thick luxury vinyl is available in many pleasing wood grain designs.
We have technically engineered this modular snap togethertile better than the competition for repeated assembly and disassembly with no lose in tile tightness when reassembled. EZ Snap MAX Tile can be installed for permanent applications as well.
15 year wear layer surface and a 10 year limited life warranty included.

Call Greatmats at 877-822-6622.

Aerobic Dance Floor

Aerobic Dance Floor interlocking tiles are specifically designed for regular, daily, repetitive usage in commercial athletic facilities.  This aerobic flooring is also excellent for Zumba, Jazzercise, and other types of aggressive workouts.  These tiles feature a rugged surface texture that will withstand the most punishing commercial aerobic applications.

These tiles provide a high quality of commercial-grade surface durability.  This flooring consists of high density EVA foam material combined with rubber content.  This material compound creates a very durable surface texture that is lightweight and durable.  The commercial-grade surface texture is designed to last for many years of commercial use with athletic footwear.
Assembling this aerobic flooring is simple.  These interlocking foam tiles lock together tightly and with ease.  Put your floor together like a giant puzzle.  Edges are easily cut with a straightedge and utility knife for perfect wall-to-wall installation every time.  Once interlocked, the tiles will stay in place and lay flat.  You will not have to worry about your floor “rolling” or shifting around.  Because no adhesive is required for installation, these tiles are a fantastic choice for temporary or non-permanent installations such as a leased studio.   Your exercise floor can be easily installed or uninstalled and transported.
Each Aerobics Dance Floor tile is 40×40 inches in size.  This creates fewer seams in your floor than floors created from smaller 2×2 ft tiles. The 3/8 inch thickness provides all the support and cushion you need for aerobics, step, and dance.  This is true even when this foam flooring is placed directly over a hard floor such as concrete.  You will find this sports flooring provides all the anti-fatigue cushion you need for your customers
Choose between a wood grain look or marble appearance to compliment your exercise studio. 
Contact Greatmats at http://www.greatmats.com – 877-822-6622.