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Old 12-18-2012, 08:15 PM   #1
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Rubber flooring

Is anyone using 1/4" rubber flooring on a relatively smooth concrete floor? Obviously the flooring is expensive and If I can get away with 1/4" I will. I am in Houston and will likely be using light adhesive to set it in place. Thanks in advance!

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Old 12-18-2012, 09:41 PM   #2
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Re: Rubber flooring

Depends on what you're going to do and how dense/durable the rubber is.

If you expect to be dropping much heavy weight (i.e. deadlifts, cleans maybe), especially if it's steel, you really should consider spending the dough to get stall mats.

I also like the extra thickness for coming down off of box jumps. Landing on 1/4 matting gives me too much of the feel of the concrete underneath. I'm not exactly graceful when I land, so I appreciate not feeling the concrete if I can avoid it.

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Old 12-18-2012, 09:44 PM   #3
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Re: Rubber flooring

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Is anyone using 1/4" rubber flooring on a relatively smooth concrete floor? Obviously the flooring is expensive and If I can get away with 1/4" I will. I am in Houston and will likely be using light adhesive to set it in place. Thanks in advance!

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As mentioned, it will depend on what you're looking to do with it. For general gym purposes, I would rather have 1/2". For Oly lifting and dropping, whether with steel or bumpers, I would rather have 3/4". Especially if it's going directly over concrete!!
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Re: Rubber flooring

Well it would be for general CrossFit use. No steel plates what-so-ever though and I encourage athletes to not drop KB's, so maybe that will make a difference? I will almost certainly NOT go with stall mats as they are never consistent in size and hard to keep in place, unless you frame them in. 3/4" stall mats don't feel much different than concrete in my opinion.

I appreciate all the feedback, keep it coming, but definitely interested in knowing if anyone has used 1/4" or worked out on it.

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Old 12-18-2012, 09:59 PM   #5
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Re: Rubber flooring

Jason, are you on Houston or Alvin? Are you training people? We have over 4000sf of the "good" stuff and it rocks but it won't hold up compared to stall mats
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Re: Rubber flooring

I've worked out on 1/4 flooring and didn't like it at all. Despite the lack of uniformity of stall mats (and I agree that that problem does exist), I still vastly prefer them over anything else out there that I have seen.

Also, in my experience, encouraging people not to drop the weights onto thin mats is no guarantee that it won't happen. It'll happen eventually.

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Old 12-18-2012, 10:13 PM   #7
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Re: Rubber flooring

I am in the Alvin area, and yes training people. @Mark, you're absolutely right about the dropping of KB's (or anything for that matter) but it's better than it was before. Thanks for all the input guys. how about 3/8" rolled rubber vs. 1/4"? significant difference for the 50% price increase?
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Old 12-18-2012, 10:26 PM   #8
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Re: Rubber flooring

How much space are we talking about here?

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Re: Rubber flooring

2000 sf total, likely rubber flooring on approx 1250 sf, with outdoor carpet under pullup rig area and in office, etc.
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Old 12-19-2012, 07:43 AM   #10
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Re: Rubber flooring

I recommend getting stall mats from a company called Treadall. They do a 3/4 inch stall mat, but laser cut it so there is a consistent size. We purchased and laid 2400sq feet of the stuff and I'm very happy with it. Take a look at www.horsematsusa.com/crossfit-flooring (WFS)

I previously worked in a globo style gym and worked on 1/4 inch rubber and it was terrible. Even with relatively minimal dropping with barbells and no kettlebells dropping the rubber stretched/distorted. The tiles didn't sit smoothly anymore after less than a year.
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