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Old 03-14-2006, 10:13 AM   #1
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Im stuck in a college dorm, and I havent been able to roll for quite some time.

All we have is this carpeted floor, and I dont feel like torturing myself with rugburns every time I want to take a shower.

Any CHEAP ideas for suitable surfaces to roll on? Cheap mat substitutes?
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Old 03-14-2006, 10:27 AM   #2
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Hmm your college doesn't have a wrestling club?

I live near Ohio State University and our group is a club at OSU and they have mat's we use, they have all sort's of club's, wrestling, gymnastic's, cheer leading, dance, Judo, BJJ, if they have any of these club's they may have mat's at some facility where these club's work out/train, i would try to find out whether they have any of these club's and find out where they are practicing and go see if they have mat's and when they train and when you could get in to use there mat's.

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Old 03-14-2006, 11:10 AM   #3
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Its a small chiropractic school- there is one room with suitable mats (wrestling mats actually) but after the first week we used them, they put signs up all over the gym- 'no wrestling'.
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Old 03-14-2006, 10:51 PM   #4
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anybody ever use those foam or rubberized 'puzzle' matts?

I wonder if theyd be sturdy enough...?
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Old 03-14-2006, 11:14 PM   #5
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Well you could try ebay and see if you could get a used wrestling mat or the modular type gymnastic's mat's, ZEBRA mat's make's a puzzle type mat they are fairly expensive though, or heck just try searching used wrestling mat's on the internet and see what happen's.

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Old 03-16-2006, 01:47 AM   #6
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Industrial conveyor belt sections?
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Old 03-16-2006, 06:31 AM   #7
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I use to work for an exercise equipment company, where we sold, delivered and serviced our equipment. We also put down rubberized gym flooring. The sheet kind that you would roll out and the puzzle style. We use to throw out a lot of the excess flooring when done because of the odd shapes left over from cutting to fit the rooms. I actually took some to use in my fire department gym. It may not look all that cosmetically appealing as you would see in the nice fancy high end gyms but who cares. It's free and functional. You might want to see if there is an exercise equipment center in your area that also does flooring and see if they have any throw aways that you can have. You may have to buy a real good rug cutting blade to reshape the odd pieces and put them together better in order to form a nice large square configuration, but like I said...it's free.
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Old 03-17-2006, 11:49 AM   #8
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I went to SAMs club today- I found 1/2" foam mats, 8 2' by 2' sections per packet @$20 each (~33 sq ft). I bought 3 packets (~100 sq ft) for about $60.

I wont get to use them till next week, Ill report back as to how effective they are.
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Old 03-17-2006, 10:54 PM   #9
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Would never have thought of Wal-Mart, hope they work.

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Old 03-18-2006, 02:20 PM   #10
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The puzzle mats work ok for ground grappling. I wouldn't practive throws on them however:-) You can put tape over the seams, if your going to leave them down. If you want it a bit thicker, get carpet padding for under them. Thicker futon mattresses work good to practice throws on...

The puzzle mats are also available at some Targets and Lowes. I think Sams is cheapest, however.
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