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Old 11-13-2012, 06:11 AM   #1
Stuart Malcolm
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Home Garage Gym Flooring

Hi all,

Does anybody have any recommendations for flooring for a garage gym, from distributors based in the UK. Horse stall mats are looking around 30 - 45 and shipping is expensive.

Has anybody used any of the EVA form mats from the following firm? They are cheap but are they any good?

http://www.easimat.com/acatalog/copy_of_Gym_Mats.html

I also found the following mats which are really fantastic (I sent away for a sample) - but they are a lot more expensive.

http://www.polymax.co.uk/rubber-matt...-sport-gym-mat

Finally, what area of space would be recommended. I have a large garage and was thinking of using 12 metre square (160 sq ft) - it's about one quarter of the garage floor area.

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Stuart
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Old 11-13-2012, 07:43 AM   #2
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Re: Home Garage Gym Flooring

Stuart,

As far as bang for the buck, horse stall mats really are the way to go. EVA is a foam-like substance that will absorb more force than you'll like.

For a single person working out, six to eight stall mats should cover enough area. If you can swing it vis a vis your budget, I'd go with eight.

Often, you can pick them up at farm supply stores and save cash. In the UK, I'd suggest putting a call into B&O and seeing what they have to say.

Hope that helps.

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Old 11-13-2012, 03:13 PM   #3
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Re: Home Garage Gym Flooring

Hi Jon - many thanks for your advice, it makes perfect sense. Please excuse my ignorance, but what is B&O?
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Old 11-13-2012, 06:36 PM   #4
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Re: Home Garage Gym Flooring

I have the EVA foam stuff on my garage floor, which as Jon says is rubbish for absorbing force, such as dropping weights etc, but as general flooring for the garage I think it works really well.

So I had somewhere to drop weights I built a platform and bought the rubber matting from www.strengthshop.co.uk (wfs) when I bought equipment so I didn't pay extra shipping.

I would personally push your space allotment up a little bit, maybe more around the 200sq ft, which would give you good space for a platform, and then sufficient space for most other activities and other equipment

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