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Old 07-07-2009, 03:00 PM   #1
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Doubling up 1/2" stall mats

Everything I've read says the same thing: 3/4" stall mats. Any idea what would happen if I doubled up 1/2" stall mats on top of each other? I can reduce my cost by doing that

Also, we are in a space with wood flooring and our plan was to put down a thin carpet pad then 1/2" plywood then the rubber flooring. Will this be sufficient to a) protect the wood floor from any damage and b) absorb some of the impact of dropped weights for my neighbors.

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Old 07-07-2009, 03:13 PM   #2
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Re: Doubling up 1/2" stall mats

Personally I think that is a lot of overkill. I think the 1/2 inch stall mats alone will be sufficient to protect your flooring. As long at they are the hard rubber "stall" type mats and not the soft foam stuff you buy at Wal-Mart.

If you want to absorb some of the inpact noise, make a platform with soft landing wells, do a search on here and you can see some examples.
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Old 07-07-2009, 05:25 PM   #3
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Re: Doubling up 1/2" stall mats

I think your idea may work. I think the plywood, plus half inch matting will protect the wood flooring. I would include the plywood to disperse the impact, because the 1/2 inch matting or even 3/4 inch matting could leave the wood floor vulnerable to focal impact. I am not sure how much the vibration will be dampened by the carpet padding. Building platforms with soft landing wells would solve the vibration problem, but would be extremely expensive to accomplish in a commercial gym.
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Old 07-07-2009, 06:35 PM   #4
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Re: Doubling up 1/2" stall mats

Thanks guys.

Interesting...Sounds like you both agree that 1/2" is a reasonable substitute. Does everyone suggest the 3/4" because of its durability? The cost difference is hey-uge, why does everyone say 3/4? I'm nervous that if I put in the 1/2" I'll regret it.
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Old 07-07-2009, 07:01 PM   #5
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Re: Doubling up 1/2" stall mats

I noticed you are in Santa Monica. The Rubber Man offers a deal for Crossfitters and has a warehouse around Irvine. I think it is around 35 bucks for 4x8 3/4".
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Old 07-07-2009, 07:31 PM   #6
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Re: Doubling up 1/2" stall mats

I think 3/4 is suggested because it is the most common thickness as far as stall mats go and stall mats seem to be the most economical way to go.
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Old 07-07-2009, 08:14 PM   #7
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Re: Doubling up 1/2" stall mats

CF Southwest uses 1/2" mats for their entire gym with no ill effects.
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Old 07-07-2009, 08:28 PM   #8
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Re: Doubling up 1/2" stall mats

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I noticed you are in Santa Monica. The Rubber Man offers a deal for Crossfitters and has a warehouse around Irvine. I think it is around 35 bucks for 4x8 3/4".
Opps. I meant 4x6x3/4"
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Old 07-08-2009, 06:12 AM   #9
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Re: Doubling up 1/2" stall mats

I don't know how much is needed. A lot depends on the amount of weight and how far you plan to drop, or don't plan and it just happens...

I will say, based totally on personal experience, 3/4 inch seems to absorb more impact than 2 1/2 inch. I could be wrong. I've used both combinations and thats just what my feeling was....
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Old 07-08-2009, 08:40 AM   #10
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You have neighbors? Ouch, I would hate to be on the bottom or on the top of you. Have you thought this out thoroughly. The noise will be insane in an apartment.
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