Recently bought a home and have a good size finished room downstairs that I plan on turning into a weightroom. So far I have a power rack assembled, a punching bag hanging and some dumbbells.... My question is what is the best type of flooring to have? I have soft carpet right now and was planning on getting a mat to deadlift on, or possibly even replacing the whole floor if something is better than rug (assuming it's not outrageously priced to replace)
Other things on the list:
cardio machine (probably elliptical)
also links to cheap equipment stores online are appreciated. Currently use edfsuperstore.
I would suggest getting a good mat. I have concrete covered by carpet and when i deadlifted and dropped the weight harder than usual, the entire bar jolted up into my wrists. You can also damage concrete or the plates.
yea I def will get at least a deadlift mat, but was wondering if the carpeted floor is fine for everything else. The powerrack doesn't feel sturdy on a rug...
Deadlift platform - mine is constructed of 3/4 inch plywood and 3/4 inch gym flooring (You can sub horse stall mats). I used 2 sheets of 3/4 inch plywood, glued and screwed, with the mats screwed on top. I bolted my rack to this and I would strongly suggest that you bolt your rack down, especially if it weighs under 300 lbs.
Treadmill - I got mine from Costco, the Reebok T 12.80 is a very sturdy treadmill and works great so far.
Plates - Craigslist
Bar - Get a good texas power bar, dont skimp. There is another thread started by Kosh discussing where to get a good bar.
Horse Stall Mats are the way to go for flooring. 4 4x6ft mats cost me $176.
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On the power lift, isn't there a way to bolt it to the wall, or to the floor?
Finally, you need a TV in one of the corners (mounted), and a stereo system. For me, Cardio w/ a TV or Stereo really helps break up the monotony.
Last edited by Iplan; 03-29-2010 at 12:05 PM.
thanks guys, bolting the rack definitely seems like a good idea. I'll look into the horse stall mats as well, but I think I like building the platform so I can bolt it down.
Iplan, there is already a 19 inch tv in the corner on a shelf I built
maybe I'll grab some horse stall mats and put it under the power rack and to the sides, so I can do DL's inside the rack