home gym users / restaraunt workers

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  1. KingGargantuan

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    i think i'm going to pick up some of these mats from lowes

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    they're $20 for a 3'x3' square. they wont hold water and i believe they're anti slip, for areas in restaraunts that get wet often.

    any thoughts?

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    obviously without the yellow border :mamoru:
     
  2. Anabolic Pop-Tarts

    Anabolic Pop-Tarts New Member

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    I'd be inclined to go with something a little more solid. I think all those holes would make me angry. Are you putting anything underneath this or will this lay directly on the concrete? You may want to put some particle board or OSB underneath if it's just concrete. Are you just looking for non-slip flooring or are you looking for padded/protective flooring?
     
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    Are you going to be using the mats for a lifting platform or under a power rack?
     
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    Seen them in a few kitchens. They are non-stick and the holes are not as big and depending on what you want some of them are cushy which is great for 8+ hours at the grill.

    Actually check out a restaurant supply store if you have one nearby because they will probably have them cheaper and possibly custom sizes.
     
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    The cushy ones let your heels sink deeper than your toes which kills my back.
     
  6. KingGargantuan

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    i was going to put them on the patio, mainly where the weights hit.

    i was thinking of putting one on each side of me and then a 1/2" 3'x3' chunk of plywood in between as my standing platform. this would be for deadlifts, power cleans, anything where i am dropping/resetting the weights on the ground between reps.

    i dont think i'd want to stand on the rubber.
     
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    I could see that I have horrible case of ADD so I never stood still long enough to sink in.
     
  8. KingGargantuan

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    i think i'm going to check into the agricultural stores around here and price out some horse mats.
     
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    That's similar to what I did in my basement. I put down an old layer of carpet, then 2 4'x8' sheets of plywood on top of each other. Then, 2 squares of cheap Walmart gym padding on each side of me. It's very solid. Your rubber padding will probably work better than what I have.
     
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    or look for garage mats I know Sears and Home Depot around here carry them.
     
  11. igo4bmx

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    go to an auto store and get the mats they have for garages
     
  12. KingGargantuan

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    ok, i'll check on the garage mats too. lowes sells something for garages. they are very thin, though. and have bumps on them. i'd have to buy a bunch and stack them 2 or 3 high where the plates hit. they're $6 each or so. the rubber mat seems like a better idea.

    i'll check for garage mats though i dont know if they'll be thick enough.

    from what i've seen online, horse mats would do the trick if i can find them.
     
  13. sonicyouth

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    Check uline.com too
     
  14. MaineSucks

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    yep... equine stores are the best
     
  15. Sgt. Dignam

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    you're going to put your bit toe in the holes
     
  16. KingGargantuan

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    the holes are too small and my big toe is too big.
     
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    too spongy, i wouldnt want to lift on them. ive worked in restaraunts with them for about 5-6 years. do you want something so that if the weights are dropped you dont fuck up the concrete?
     
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    yea

    i wasnt going to stand on the rubber. i'll put some plywood for me to stand on (so i'm at the same level as the weights) and just use the rubber under the plates.

    like

    ||||||------- me -------||||||
    [rubber] ___PLYWOOD__[rubber]
    -- concrete concrete concrete --
     
  19. KingGargantuan

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    and something "temporary" that i can just roll up and shove in the shed when we have people over.

    a 2'x4' chunk of ply can be tossed into the shed (small shed), along with rolling up the rubber mats
     
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    I need to buy something. Plan on buying standard gym flooring stuff..
     
  21. sonicyouth

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    KG I meant to tell you about Wareing's Gym at the beach. A friend of mine was working out yesterday and a mirror came off the wall, fell on her leg and cut an artery so bad that they were going to amputate it. An EMT happened to be working out next to her, an ambulance picked her up and she went in to immediate surgery. Not sure if she still has her leg.

    Also, not sure if it made the local news but it's some f'ed up shit. :ugh:
     
  22. Anabolic Pop-Tarts

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    Try something like this, maybe?

    http://www.jesupgym.com/products.htm?cid=21

    I've done a lot of reading on this as I'm planning for my own home gym. The above rubber flooring is what most places recommend. Rather than buying it online, though, they say the best place to go is a horse/riding tack store locally that sells stall mats. Those 4x6 mats are basically the same for cheaper. You could probably get away with one or two of those laid next to each other.

    Here's another option:

    http://www.amazon.com/Ironman-Floor...=UTF8&s=sporting-goods&qid=1182649965&sr=1-35

    Or if you want a roll-up option, this might work plus there's free shipping:

    http://www.shopgreatmats.com/shop4/cart.php?m=product_list&c=37
     
  23. Skeletor

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    if i had a sig, i'd put this in it.
     
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