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Old 02-02-2010, 04:37 PM   #1
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Floor Mats for Garage Gym (not stall mats though)

Can anyone recommend floor mats for my new garage gym, other than stall mats?

I've been looking on line at 2x2 interlocking mats, but there are so many of them, it's hard to figure out which are actually good quality. Also open to roll-out matting.

If you've used any of these and can recommend a brand, I'd appreciate it.

Probably not doing heavy CF workouts, so I'm not concerned about weights dropping on them.

My garage is about 10' x 20'
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Old 02-02-2010, 05:41 PM   #2
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Re: Floor Mats for Garage Gym (not stall mats though)

Nancy, I got some 2x2 "puzzle" mats at sam's club a few years ago and they have held up quite well. Very inexpensive, too. I would check to see if they have them. I know they sell pretty much the same thing at Dick's Sporting Goods and at walmart, too, but they may be more expensive.

Very similar to this:

http://www.walmart.com/catalog/produ...ndingMethod=rr (WFS)

Of course, Craigslist is always your best friend, too.
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Old 02-02-2010, 05:50 PM   #3
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Re: Floor Mats for Garage Gym (not stall mats though)

3' x 3' antifatigue interlocking mats from Home Depot
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Old 02-02-2010, 06:33 PM   #4
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Re: Floor Mats for Garage Gym (not stall mats though)

Out of curiosity, any particular reason you do not want the stall mats? They wind up being cheaper than any of the other mats and much more durable.
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Old 02-02-2010, 07:53 PM   #5
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Re: Floor Mats for Garage Gym (not stall mats though)

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Out of curiosity, any particular reason you do not want the stall mats? They wind up being cheaper than any of the other mats and much more durable.
^^this

Plus the problem I have with the interlocking mats is that later on when I wanted to add on to them I couldn't match the original pattern so I have about 3 diff sets of interlocking all which don't interlock
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Old 02-02-2010, 09:29 PM   #6
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Re: Floor Mats for Garage Gym (not stall mats though)

greatmats.com (wfs) has always treated me right.
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Old 02-04-2010, 10:35 PM   #7
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Re: Floor Mats for Garage Gym (not stall mats though)

i have the interlocking mats from dick's. imo, they're fine for general weightlifting and calisthenics. i find that they have too much "give" for the powerlifting moves. they absorb too much of your downward force during the explosive part of the lift. i would go with the more dense ones ones from home depot, like someone above mentioned....or just buy stall mats.
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Old 02-05-2010, 09:00 AM   #8
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Re: Floor Mats for Garage Gym (not stall mats though)

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Nancy, I got some 2x2 "puzzle" mats at sam's club a few years ago and they have held up quite well. Very inexpensive, too. I would check to see if they have them. I know they sell pretty much the same thing at Dick's Sporting Goods and at walmart, too, but they may be more expensive.
I have 2 packs of 2x2 puzzle mats from BJ's Wholesale. They're multi-colored and marketed primarily as mats for children's playrooms and secondarily for exercising. Each pack came with 8 tiles for $20.

I also have 1 pack of 2x2 puzzle mats from a sporting goods store. Each pack of 4 was $20, so they were twice as expensive as the kids' mats from the wholesale club. However, the sporting goods mats are definitely higher density. If I were to rest a moderately heavy dumbbell on the cheaper mats, they'd dent and deform more and take longer to regain their shape.
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Re: Floor Mats for Garage Gym (not stall mats though)

Thanks for everyone's input. Much appreciated.

A couple reasons I don't want stall mats...

#1 is that my friend who owns horses, and uses stall mats for his horses, said that the black surface will continually come off on my hands.

#2 is that I'm not going to be doing heavy weight or real high impact workouts in there. Most likely I'll be doing lighter training, so don't feel like I need the most durable surface ever made.

#3 (do NOT laugh), is that I want my garage gym to look like a really nice studio. Sorry, but I come from a visual arts background, and I want the place to look really nice...not so important for those seeking a CF gym, but I don't think that is my clientele.

Anyway, so stall mats are a bit too "down and dirty" looking for what I'm trying to create. Husband also a visual artist...nothing happens in my house that doesn't look cool!!
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Old 02-06-2010, 11:41 AM   #10
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Thanks for everyone's input. Much appreciated.

A couple reasons I don't want stall mats...

#1 is that my friend who owns horses, and uses stall mats for his horses, said that the black surface will continually come off on my hands.

#2 is that I'm not going to be doing heavy weight or real high impact workouts in there. Most likely I'll be doing lighter training, so don't feel like I need the most durable surface ever made.

#3 (do NOT laugh), is that I want my garage gym to look like a really nice studio. Sorry, but I come from a visual arts background, and I want the place to look really nice...not so important for those seeking a CF gym, but I don't think that is my clientele.

Anyway, so stall mats are a bit too "down and dirty" looking for what I'm trying to create. Husband also a visual artist...nothing happens in my house that doesn't look cool!!
Hi Nancy,

I understand about the visual arts thing, but FYI, we have our "garage gym" in our finished basement, and have had no problem with the black surface coming off. I'm not sure if this is different if you actually have horses sleeping, stepping and doing whatever else they do on these mats, but we have experienced none of these problems after 4 years.
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