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The Five Biggest Contradictions in Fitness

Itís no secret that when people contradict themselves, it has the effect of making the flaws in their actions or statements seem glaringly obvious. But what about when WE ourselves get caught contradicting ourselves by someone else?

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    Please help me make a home gym....

    Hey guys,
    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:
    dip attachment
    cardio machine (probably elliptical)

    also links to cheap equipment stores online are appreciated. Currently use edfsuperstore.


    thanks

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    Hi,
    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.

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    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...

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    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.

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    Horse Stall Mats are the way to go for flooring. 4 4x6ft mats cost me $176.
    "Donít fall for the crap that people are peddling on message boards, in magazines or on TV. Get your **** in order, and get your training in order. Start kicking ass, and take out the crap that doesnít matter. Start doing and believing in the stuff that works, and do it today and forever. You want science and studies? **** you. Iíve got scars and blood and vomit."
    Jim Wendler, 531 Method

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    Quote Originally Posted by KoSh View Post
    Horse Stall Mats are the way to go for flooring. 4 4x6ft mats cost me $176.
    I saw those about 2 weeks ago at a store called "Tractor Supply" and realized I'd made a big mistake in my earlier flooring purchase. When I expand it, I'm going w/ Horse Stall mats too.

    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 11:05 AM.

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    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

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    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

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cirino83 View Post
    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
    I would HIGHLY recommend bolting the rack down first.

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    bolt the rack into the stall mats?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cirino83 View Post
    bolt the rack into the stall mats?
    Bolt the rack into a platform made of plywood and stall mats, or bolt the rack into the concrete floor (assuming thats whats underneat the carpet), through the stall mats.

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    ok gutcha, thanks man

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cirino83 View Post
    ok gutcha, thanks man
    No problem. I went the easier route and bolted to the platform but I had just enough space to fit the rack in my basement. If it becomes an issue you just need to get a masonry bit and concrete anchors. I think 1/2 inch would work.

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    noted, thanks again

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