Login or register (free and only takes a few minutes) to participate in this question.
You will also have access to many other tools and opportunities designed for those who have language-related jobs
(or are passionate about them). Participation is free and the site has a strict confidentiality policy.
|English to English translations [PRO]|
General / Conversation / Greetings / Letters
|English term or phrase: doing a lap or two of the mat|
John Kavanagh, a famous martial artist and coach, writes in hs book:
"Growing up, I spent all day, every day, running around outside, but I never, ever remember being tired. Nowadays, during their first session in my gym, some kids are on their knees and out of breath after doing a lap or two of the mat. That’s worrying"
2 one journey from the beginning to the end of a track used for running, etc.
Does "doing a lap or two of the mat" refer to running around the gym the floor of which is completely covered with mats, or does it refer to doing some exercises ON the mat(s)?
|Local time: 02:36|
|running round the mat|
It means running around the circumference of the mat (which is used as the 'ring' in a training gym) — i.e. on the firm gym floor, instead of on the squishier mat.
In fact, it would be harder work running on the mat (think running on a sandy beach!), so that could indeed have been the author's intention here; but I somehow doubt it, as the mat being smaller, the distance would be marginally shorter; the use of the preposition 'of' does however raise that possibility, as if one said 'a lap of the stadium', one would mean running round inside the stadium (not round the outside of it!)
Anyway, the intention is to express a rather small distance that ought not to leave them breathless...
Selected response from:
Local time: 01:36
|Many thanks to everyone.|
Thank you, Tony.
4 KudoZ points were awarded for this answer