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Old 07-23-2009, 12:50 PM   #1
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horse stall mat question

I just got horse stall mats that are 3/4" thick and I was wondering if I can drop a bar with metal weights on it? Can the mats withstand it? They look like they can.
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Old 07-23-2009, 01:44 PM   #2
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Re: horse stall mat question

Wrote too soon. Only time we drop metal is with bumpers on them too. I wouldn't drop iron plates by themselves. The rubber would be fine, probably, but not the weight or your floor either, probably...

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Old 07-23-2009, 01:47 PM   #3
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Re: horse stall mat question

The mats can take just about anything you can throw at them. Your bar and the floor underneath may be a different story.
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Old 07-23-2009, 02:53 PM   #4
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Re: horse stall mat question

i guess it would be too much abuse for the bar.
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Old 07-24-2009, 08:05 AM   #5
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Re: horse stall mat question

People lifted for years with metal plates, before bumpers were developed. I guess they started by cutting up tires and glueing them to metal. A good bar will hold up fine. The reason for the development was the floor doesn't hold up as well. But I do wonder, as I don't think they had rubber mats back then, how it would hold up now with the mats alone. I will say, even with the mats, it make a stronger thud.
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Old 07-24-2009, 05:35 PM   #6
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Re: horse stall mat question

Put the livestock mats in our school weight room and I am ecstatic with them. That being said, don't think I would be throwing metal weights around...the mats would be fine, the rest of the floor not so much.
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Old 07-24-2009, 06:17 PM   #7
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People lifted for years with metal plates, before bumpers were developed. I guess they started by cutting up tires and glueing them to metal. A good bar will hold up fine. The reason for the development was the floor doesn't hold up as well. But I do wonder, as I don't think they had rubber mats back then, how it would hold up now with the mats alone. I will say, even with the mats, it make a stronger thud.

It was simple, they didn't drop big weight from overhead. You lowered it with control.
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Old 07-24-2009, 06:37 PM   #8
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Re: horse stall mat question

You can use smaller diameter metal weights in conjunction with larger diameter bumper plates to some extent. A rule I have heard is you want the rubber to outweight the metal. You do not want to drop metal weights on stall mats without rubber bumper plates...the bar will not like it.
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