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Old 10-01-2010, 12:54 PM   #1
Izzet Girgin
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EVA Foam flooring or rubber?

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I was wondering if anyone could provide some feedback on gym flooring. I was looking at buying rubber matting for my home gym and I can't decide between recycled rubber or EVA foam. It seems like the eva foam might get dents in it if the weight were to be dropped? does anyone have any experience they would like to share? EVA foam seems to be the much cheaper option which makes me wonder about its effectiveness for crossfit sessions. any help would be much appreciated

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Old 10-01-2010, 01:05 PM   #2
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Re: EVA Foam flooring or rubber?

Are horse stall mats available there? That's seems to be kinda the standard for home Crossfit gym flooring. Excellent hard rubber matting, with really no compression at all.

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Old 10-01-2010, 01:08 PM   #3
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Re: EVA Foam flooring or rubber?

im moving to new york in a month or two. im just not too sure where i can pick up stall mats as im not familiar with how the us works for these things. i want to get something like 4' by 12' ft for below 100 dollars if i can. i dont know if thats looking for something too cheap though
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Old 10-01-2010, 01:28 PM   #4
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Re: EVA Foam flooring or rubber?

horse stall mats are typically $40-$50 a piece at the local feed stores and they are usually 4'x6' pieces, I have seen some 4'x8' but they aren't as common from what I gather.
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Old 10-01-2010, 04:10 PM   #5
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Re: EVA Foam flooring or rubber?

All the EVA foam matting I've seen would be way to soft for crossfit stuff.
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Old 10-01-2010, 06:05 PM   #6
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Re: EVA Foam flooring or rubber?

I'm actually looking for those 3/4" rubber stall mats as well. Its on my to do list. I'm going to cover areas of carpeting, hard wood floors, and concrete with rubber stall mats wherever a machine is sitting.

I suppose you just put the machines on top of the stall mat.
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Re: EVA Foam flooring or rubber?

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I suppose you just put the machines on top of the stall mat.
A better alternative than under.
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Old 10-02-2010, 09:04 AM   #9
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Re: EVA Foam flooring or rubber?

We went down the path of flooring our place with EVA as I thought it would be a little more forgiving for stuff like sit-ups, burpees and other floor work. It certainly satisfies that criteria and even stands up to dropping weights pretty well. The only real downfall is that it will expand in warm temperatures (particularly direct sunlight) and hence if you have your mats fitted nice and snug then they will bulge up. If they are not butted up tight you probably wouldn't experience the bulging but they are much lighter than stall mats (less than 10lb each) and will move around.

It's certainly not a major bother but if we were to refloor our box or move to another venue we would definitely use conventional stall mats or rolls of commercial gym flooring.

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