Home Gym Flooring

I'm planning on getting some flooring for a home gym. I'm looking into getting rubber mat that you roll out. What should I get, and where do I get it? What are some things I should know about?

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  1. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Ima stop you right there and say just get the $55 6'x4' horse stall mats from TSC

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      I've heard those smell and move around all the time, and this would be right next to my fricking kitchen.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        They only smell for a few days, or maybe I just can't smell it anymore.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        They only smell for a few days, or maybe I just can't smell it anymore.

        Also, they don't move around very much, especially if you have them tiled together. They're very heavy, maybe over 50lb each unless it was just awkward to carry, definitely felt like it

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      what if they're too heavy to get upstairs, and they never lay completely flat on the ground... Idk man

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        >too heavy
        they're 94 pounds
        surely you can lift that much

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          the other guys were saying 50 but I guess 94 is still manageable.
          What about the smell, and does it want to roll up again after it's flat?

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      I've heard those smell and move around all the time, and this would be right next to my fricking kitchen.

      horse stall mats are exactly what you want but it's not a bad idea to leave them outside for a few days to off gas (and maybe use something like trugreen) because they do smell a bit brand new

  2. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I just buy a couple packs of those garage foam tiles that you stand on. they're like $6. not the greatest but they don't smell and when my dog inevitably destroys them, I just replace them.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Those are bullshit. I need some more serious shit. I don't want anything that my feet are going to get squished into and move around in.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        ok so if you know what you need why are you on here? there's the real deal mats or the bs horse stall. there aren't any more options for you homie.

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          I thought you were referring to foam mats. It looks like what a lot of gym haves are rubber mats that you roll out.

  3. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Horse stall mats work good but you really do need some foam crash pads for homegym, heavy deadlifts will frick up your floor otherwise

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      >but you really do need some foam crash pads for homegym, heavy deadlifts will frick up your floor otherwise
      What? I've never heard of this. The place I'm currently at now doesn't even have any special gym flooring other than some cheap artificial ceramic vinyl tiling, and even I'm not afraid of deadlifting there, granted I'm using bumper plates.

      Although, I would like to do some heavy lifting with calibrated plates at one point. Are there any super tough collars I could use that would greatly reduce the possibility of the plates sliding off the sleeves? What collars are used in power lifting competitions, and are they added to the weight total?

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        Just get the rogue collars

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          I have a pair of Rogue HG 2.0 collars for my barbell and a couple pairs of Rogue OSO 2.0 collars for my DB15 dumbbells.

  4. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Highly recommend against it, these things are literally basically hazmat. They will offgas stinky rubbery VOCs for an eternity and who knows what they'll leach into the floor underneath, as well as your body when you're put in contact with it. You're basically putting rubber tires, one of the biggest environmental pollutants, inside your house.

    I'm convinced rubber mats and rubber coated dumbbells are just a way for multinational conglomerates to legally and easily dispose of hazmat scrap rubber so it does all go into a big pile in a landfill and leech into everyone's well water that everyone in the nearby town then goes and drinks without realizing what's happening until 30 years later and it's too late.

    Get something else.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      When did you last take your schizophrenia medication?

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        By all means, buy some stinking offgassing rubber mats that make your house smell like a burning rubber tire fire as they leach all kinds of forever chemicals into everything they touch, including the air you breathe. These are real issues, backed by scientific studies. There are plenty of alternatives you can choose, but it's your life pal.

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          Okay man, I’m the home gym building anon. What alternatives do you recommend? I was thinking of leaving the floor concrete but the power rack would need something to cushion my plates I’m guessing. Btw my power rack is a used beat up version of pic related

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            That's not a power rack. That's a squat stand that can also be used as a bench stand, but I have one of those. Power racks are more expensive, but they're way more based, and you can even get attachments for a lot of them.

            • 1 month ago
              Anonymous

              Ya got me. Yes power racks are expensive even used. I’m not looking to doing anything fancy anyway. I got my weight set for $250 on fb marketplace from a vet. Shit was well used.

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          >There are plenty of alternatives you can choose,
          >doesn't say any

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Less rom with Olympic rubber pl8s anyways. Tri grip 45s are way cheaper at 50 each and are the smallest diameter. Just they're thicker than like titan, standard, etc flat pl8s so if you're doing more than 6pl8s you'll need the ones that're 75 each.

      The real nice shit is pancake db pl8s, hulkfit rubber 2in dB pl8s, etc but I just use the tri grip 25s or would buy more 10s.

  5. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I’m building a home gym so I’ll just piggyback onto this thread.

    Things I have
    >power rack
    >vintage bike machine with the movable handles
    >dumbbells
    >bench
    >incline bench

    Is there anything else I really need?

    Btw I obviously don’t have pic related

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Oh I don't know, maybe a barbell and some plates

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        Barbell and weights.

        I'm looking at getting a folding freestanding half rack but it's ungodly expensive. Only option that would work in my space

        I should have mentioned I have a rusty bar and weights

        I’m not sure if I need a treadmill or elliptical. I used to use those in a commercial gym but I don’t really need it I think?

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          I just bought an elliptical and am loving it so far. I've broken 2 treadmill decks in a 4-ish year period running between 1 and 2 thousand miles on them each year, weighing between 170 and 200 lb. My point being that consumer-level treadmills are prone to failure in annoying ways. I've also had the belt connected to the motor break a couple of times, but that is more of an expected routine maintenance thing, which I could also see being an issue on the metal-metal contact points in an elliptical, but we will see.

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            You could just go jogging instead when it's not too hot or too cold outside (either extreme is bad for your health). Treadmills are excellent for pushing yourself to your limits, though. Running is way better for your bone and joint health than any other form of cardio, like ellipticals and exercise bikes.

            I mean from what I see at gyms and online, treadmills and ellipticals seem to break down really easily. I had a treadmill I had to sell that would only work when it got warm enough. It makes me want a cheap self powered treadmill just for getting extra steps in. I could just not get one and save myself the space I could use for stretching

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          You could just go jogging instead when it's not too hot or too cold outside (either extreme is bad for your health). Treadmills are excellent for pushing yourself to your limits, though. Running is way better for your bone and joint health than any other form of cardio, like ellipticals and exercise bikes.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Oh I don't know, maybe a barbell and some plates

      Would also rec a dip arms attachment fir the power rack, which I'm assuming includes a pullup bar. If fir whatever reason it doesn't, I recommend a cheap combo pullup bar+captain's chair

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        I’m pleasantly surprised by how cheap those pull up/captains chair things are. I’m also looking into getting a pic related which also is surprisingly cheap.

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          Nice, I got one of those too, albeit the 90 degree version (kind of wish I went with a 45 degree though)

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            I had no idea there was a 90 degree machine like that

            Thanks for the recommendations y’all

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Barbell and weights.

      I'm looking at getting a folding freestanding half rack but it's ungodly expensive. Only option that would work in my space

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        Bro 80 dollars for cheap squat stands. Just do legs for reps and its a cheap j hook bench but you have to tape the ground when it moves every time if you're ocd.

        But yeah can't beat the price and spend the leftover on a rogue bench. Also at 40 dollars for oly dbs get 2 pairs, extra ironcrush thin clamps, and a bunch of 10s 5s and 2.5s. Also get the 50-60 dollar 16 inches for shoulder press do you can superset with shoulder raises or curls. Also buy the yes4all tricep attachments, get some paracord, carabiners, a plastic pulley(my small one creaks like shit)shit, and you can make a triceps station and tie a loop to make a janky ass mid level pulley or use some paracord on a support beam for face pulls and one armed pec flies.

        So much better to be able to hit like 8 sets of shit with 5+ mins rest.

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          >80 dollars squat stands or 300 rack for easier cable attachment
          >40 bb
          >40oly dbs
          >40each thick cap cheap 45s
          >30 each 4 25s
          >40 2 sets of thin clamps
          >40/4 10s
          >25x2 for 4 each 5s and 25s
          >50/tri grip 45s
          >200 flat bench
          >300 rep incline(use fb for stands incline for cage)
          >40 triceps yes4all
          >7 for paracord
          >15 for carabiners and pulley
          >20 for wrist blaster and another pl8 holder

          Literally nothing there isn't in the gym besides machines, landmine can replace it. No lat pull down I guess. No muscle is ever in cataboly, making gains? All day.

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          >Bro 80 dollars for cheap squat stands.
          I really hope you're fricking kidding. I'd be terrified at the thought of squatting even 225 on that. That stupid thing could tip over or simply fold over if I dropped the weight on too fast. If I did something like drop the weight on whatever nonstandard puny safeties that rack has, the whole thing would collapse and potentially frick me up really bad and destroy a good chunk of the room, and by frick me up, I mean a nice, sharp metal shard cutting up a decent chunk of my flesh, requiring me to visit the ER.
          I'd recommend getting at least one of these. It's 90 inches long, but there's also a 100 and 108-inch version as well.
          https://www.roguefitness.com/rogue-sm-2-monster-squat-stand-2
          https://www.roguefitness.com/rogue-sm-2-5-monster-squat-stand-2-0
          https://www.roguefitness.com/rogue-sm-3-monster-squat-stand-2-0

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            In amn ideal world I'd have 2 cages, but my ideal setup is a connected squat stand. You can just dump or roll on bench, if youre going heavy you arent going to the collarbone anyways where its squirrely to fail. And to squat in a real cage for the cable pulley attachments.

            Stands are underrated hugely, you can tip it over a lil to hit heavy bench solo, and connected is way more stable if you get the technique down for self lift off(tilt to get it closer to your stomach for high weight).

            But you're just worried about nothing, they're rated for 550, well enough to hit bench. If you're squatting 5pl8s 300 dollars shouldn't be shit that takes a while to get.

            • 1 month ago
              Anonymous

              >But you're just worried about nothing, they're rated for 550, well enough to hit bench.
              As a general rule of thumb, don't trust ratings for anything cheap. That Roque squat stand I have appears to be sturdy enough to be part of the frame of a big rig. Also, I guarantee you those cheap as frick J hooks wouldn't be able to hold that weight, so you'd likely end up with several hundreds of pounds slammed against your neck or head. You're a moron if you're going to try to save money on something that could easily kill you.

  6. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Horse stall mats are GOAT home gym floor.

  7. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Don’t hate on a squat stand brehs. I’ve failed a 185kg squat on this tiny piece and there were no issue.

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