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Old 03-30-2008, 02:17 PM   #1
Andy Smith
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Mats for garage gym

I will be setting up a squat cage on concrete flooring as well as an area to do general exercises. What type of mats are needed for the squat cage? What type of mats are needed for the general exercise area (situps, getups, pushups, etc...)? Also, I'd like an area for olympic lifts, although I can't really do them yet. What type of mats are needed for that area? Do I have to have a lifting platform for that? Should the floor be treated in anyway before laying the mats down, I mean besides just cleaning them up? I don't have much money, so inexpensive solutions are preferred. Any advice is appreciated. Thanks.
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Old 03-30-2008, 02:23 PM   #2
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Re: Mats for garage gym

I use mats from my local Target store. They come in 4 packs but I can't remember the price. I use them for situps mainly on my garage floor. Not much resistance for impact though, I wouldn't want to drop iron plates on them. Doubled up maybe. If I did my entire garage, I'd use them and then add extra for dropping the bar. Since I have short plates, I put my bar for deads up on cinder blocks to match the height of a 45 lbs plate and then I practice lowering the bar slowly so I get negative resistance training and don't break the blocks
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Old 03-30-2008, 04:05 PM   #3
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Re: Mats for garage gym

Rubber horse stall mats are often used. You can usually find them in agricultural supply stores. When I fix up my garage I plan on using stall mats for all my gym floor.

Unless you have solid rubber bumper plates, you never want to be dropping your loaded bar. It will damage the floor, but more importantly it will damage your bar.
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Old 03-30-2008, 04:23 PM   #4
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Re: Mats for garage gym

The Target mats are way overpriced for what you get and are not the solution you are after. Get horse stall mats from a Quality Farm and Fleet, Rural King or whatever type of feed store is near you. Out here in IN they run about $30-$40 for a 4x8 mat. For an OLY platform you will use two layers of plywood (three in the middle) with two horse stall mats as the sides, so that you are standing on plywood but dropping on rubber mats. Do a search on these boards for the plans. Basically you choose your spot (these things get heavy) and than glue and screw everything together.
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Old 03-30-2008, 11:33 PM   #5
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Re: Mats for garage gym

Stall mats, FTW!


I recently got a 4x6 for $40. I cut it up for another purpose (a WOD in and of itself)...but it would be a nice flooring by itself. It's very heavy.


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Old 03-31-2008, 03:02 AM   #6
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Another vote for the stall mats, awesome
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Old 03-31-2008, 04:04 AM   #7
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Re: Mats for garage gym

Are you supposed to glue the stall mats down or just lay them in?
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Old 03-31-2008, 05:52 AM   #8
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Re: Mats for garage gym

Like Dave mentioned earlier cattle (horse) mats are by far your best bet. Sturdy and inexpensive I picked mine up at a feed store for pennies literally. Of course I do live in Nebraska. . .
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Old 03-31-2008, 06:53 AM   #9
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Are you supposed to glue the stall mats down or just lay them in?
A 3/4" 4'x6' mat is going to be heavy. Just lay them down.
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Old 03-31-2008, 06:58 AM   #10
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Re: Mats for garage gym

The stall mats are heavy enough where you don't have to do anything but lay them on the floor. With them butted against each other there should be practically no movement.

When using them on the lifting platform, some people advocate gluing them (along with the sheets of plywood). We just used drywall screws to secure the mats and plywood, which allowed us to deconstruct our platform and move it when we bought a new house.

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