Home gym Ideas – Flooring
One aspect of any home gym that is very important but is often overlooked is the floor. It is the foundation of any lift you perform and it needs to be capable of withstanding the abuse it will receive while allowing you to keep your balance. In any commercial gym that you have been you may have noticed that there is normally rubber matting covering the majority of the floor space. However this can be costly and often having too much matting isn’t actually beneficial to your lifts as it can be springy under foot making it more difficult to balance. I personally hate having rubber matting under my feet when I am doing heavy lifts such as squats and deadlifts. I like a firm base that I can power through without feeling like floor is moving. It is important to note that when choosing a suitable location for your home gym you need to make sure your floor is level as it will make lifts much more difficult if the floor is sloping away and could potentially cause you injury!
What I did
I am fortunate to live on a farm therefore I have plenty of space to create a gym. I am actually on my second home gym as the first gym was an old beaten up portacabin which had a dodgey worn out floor. It was fine while me and my brothers were just starting out but now we are stronger we need a floor that can handle a pounding. Therefore I converted an old stable into a gym, firstly its floor wasn’t level so I re-concreted the floor to make it level. We decided to leave it with concrete finish and just have matting where the weights would come into contact with the floor. The matting doesn’t just save your floor but also your weights as jarring the weights on a solid surface will knacker them quickly. You may have seen some lifting platforms where there is a solid wooden centre with rubber matting on either side such as the York lifting platform below.
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This is possibly the most popular set up to have and is very effective. However you can spend an absolute fortune matting for your floor that is labelled as “gym flooring” but it is only glorified horse stable matting. If you go on amazon and type in “[easyazon_link cloaking=”default” keywords=”stable matting” localization=”default” locale=”UK” nofollow=”default” new_window=”default” tag=”willparrettco-21″]stable matting[/easyazon_link]” you find you can get bigger mats that are a lot thicker than if you type in “[easyazon_link cloaking=”default” keywords=”gym matting” localization=”default” locale=”UK” nofollow=”default” new_window=”default” tag=”willparrettco-21″]gym matting[/easyazon_link].” Make note that the cheaper gym flooring is often the soft foam version which is meant for much lighter loads. Either way it is possible to make your own layout similar to one of the professionally made lifting platforms. If you are a D.I.Y king you can even build your own lifting platform like the one above.
I have been in some gyms before that don’t have much matting on the floor but instead have the weight plates coated in a very tough rubber to protect them. However these kind of weight plates can often cost a lot more that the solid cast iron ones. Personally I prefer the cast iron ones as it is quite a satisfying noise to hear the plates clang slightly as you are repping out on some heavy ass weight :D.