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Old 03-28-2010, 11:38 AM   #1
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Flooring for garage gym and parking a car on top

I'm in a planning phase for my home gym. Anyone have rubber flooring over part of their garage floor for their home gym and park your car on it? My space is obviously limited and I would have to move my car out to do a WOD. Every once in a while my car will drip a drop of oil out so I would add some type of protector over the engine section. If you do have flooring, what type and did you put plywood underneath? Just curious if it would smash the wood when parking on it. Thanks!
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Old 03-28-2010, 12:52 PM   #2
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Re: Flooring for garage gym and parking a car on top

I have built a platform following the usual specs that you can find on the CF boards. I prop it up against the wall when not in use so that it is out of the way. I am pretty strong but lifting that platform is a workout in itself. I estimate that it weighs around 300#. It has 5 sheets of plywood, 1 horse stall mat and 8' x 8' of carpet to reduce sound.

Now that my kids are getting older and getting into sports, I want to make it more kid friendly, so I will be putting Swedish stall bars on the wall where the platform is propped and the installing a pulley system integrated into the Stall bars for ease of propping the platform up. It should make for a much neater as the platform will close off nicely into the stall bars.

If I ever get to around to doing it in my busy schedule, I will post pictures of the project.

BTW, my garage is a 2 car garage with a 9' 6" ceiling. It is nice to have that kind of height.
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Old 03-28-2010, 01:08 PM   #3
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Re: Flooring for garage gym and parking a car on top

Just use horse stall mats. A 4x6 mat weighs around 90lbs. They are indestructible, and parking a car on one, or a few mats, will not be a problem.
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Old 03-29-2010, 09:37 PM   #4
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Re: Flooring for garage gym and parking a car on top

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BTW, my garage is a 2 car garage with a 9' 6" ceiling. It is nice to have that kind of height.
Wow, really jealous man. My celilings in the garare are 8' and not an inch higher. Luckily I'm 5'10" so it just barely works with weight overhead.

On topic, think of it this way...is your car much heavier per square inch of rubber on the ground than a horse is per square inch of horse shoe on a stall mat? IMHO, probably not so they should be just fine.
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Old 03-30-2010, 09:41 AM   #5
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Re: Flooring for garage gym and parking a car on top

I personally wouldn't worry about the weight. What I would worry about is the heat. Tires can get pretty hot when you drive around. Does anyone know if there is a risk of the heat damaging the mats?
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Old 03-30-2010, 06:09 PM   #6
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Unless your tires are melting off your rim, I think it will be okay.
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Old 03-30-2010, 06:55 PM   #7
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Re: Flooring for garage gym and parking a car on top

What are the dimensions you recommend for the complete flooring? I'm going with 3/4 inch 4x6 stall mats. Just curious how many I need to be "comfortable".
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Old 04-01-2010, 09:28 AM   #8
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Re: Flooring for garage gym and parking a car on top

Comfort: At least six mats. This is especially true if they are not going to butt up against anything (I have mine in the middle of the garage). Otherwise. If you can I would go for more.
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Old 04-01-2010, 12:15 PM   #9
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Re: Flooring for garage gym and parking a car on top

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It has 5 sheets of plywood, 1 horse stall mat and 8' x 8' of carpet to reduce sound.
Where is the carpet integrated into the platform? I am looking at renting a space but the owner is concerned about noise.
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Old 04-01-2010, 06:38 PM   #10
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How easy are the stall mats to clean? I would imagine my tires would be dragging stuff in. I'm a little hesitant because of how dirty they may get.
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