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Old 03-27-2009, 02:35 PM   #1
James lee
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puzzle mats

i know people are using stall mats and rolled mats.. has anyone used puzzle mats like this? http://www.getrung.com/10mm.html (wfs)

they seem to be a lot cheaper than the rest.
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Old 03-27-2009, 02:58 PM   #2
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Re: puzzle mats

Don't know about those exact ones but I used some in my garage that I got at local sports store. I nearly ripped my groin out when I was kickboxing because the mat came apart and made me do the splits.

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Old 03-27-2009, 03:17 PM   #3
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Re: puzzle mats

We used some of these to fill in odd-corners at my old dojo. I think they're cheaper because they're less dense. They're a lot squishier than the mats I've seen at CF affiliates. I wouldn't recommend them for any activity requiring stable footing. (And that's even without the disconnection issue Justin mentioned.

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Old 03-27-2009, 07:46 PM   #4
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Re: puzzle mats

We throw them underneath us when we are doing planks or sit-ups. That's about all they are good for, IMO. They slide and tear pretty easily.
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Old 03-28-2009, 04:52 AM   #5
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Re: puzzle mats

Also, in my experience with them, little bits of rubber are always falling off them... causing quite a bit of mess. My wife hates the "bits"
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Old 03-28-2009, 10:02 AM   #6
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Re: puzzle mats

I dropped a 16k kettlebell from shoulder height on the puzzle mats in my garage. It sliced right through the mat and put a dent in the cement floor. I can't wait to finally get some stall mats to replace those puzzle mats.
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Old 03-28-2009, 10:15 AM   #7
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Re: puzzle mats

The mats you linked to are only 3/8" thick, too thin in my opinion. You'll tear them up in a hurry. Check with a martial arts supply store for the 1" thick puzzle mats that are 1 meter square. They cost $10-$12 each. They will not hold up to weights and KBs, but work well for body weight exercises. We use a combination of stall mats and the martial arts flooring in our box.
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Old 03-28-2009, 11:11 AM   #8
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Re: puzzle mats

Those definitely aren't dense enough. I had some in my garage and they look pretty, but way too soft to do any kind of heavy lifting on. They're cheaper for a reason, durability.

Probably not what you wanted to hear, but I'd hate to see you buy them and then regret it.
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Old 03-28-2009, 02:06 PM   #9
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Re: puzzle mats

I got my horse stall mats this weekend for my second location at Rural King (similar to Tractor Supply, but cheaper!) for $29.99 a piece!!! They are normally $34.99 at Rural King and $49.99 at Tractor Supply. You can always try to find a manufacturer and go direct! I use these around all the squat stands for all the lifting.

I have some puzzle mats, but they are only used for bodyweight stuff and stretching. It's a little more comfortable than the concrete floor!
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