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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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    Home gym flooring help needed

    I live on the 2nd floor of a 4 floor apartment complex at least 20 years old. The basement is below me and I have wood floors. I plan to put a power rack with 200-300lb weight set on about 6-7 x 8-10 space. What kind of flooring should I get to make sure my floor doesn't collapse?

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    gym membership, cheaper and much easier...
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    That's not a good option for me. Most of the time i'll probably go 3 times a week. Some weeks I won't even go.

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    What about that rubber jig-saw puzzle stuff they use at martial arts places? That seems like it would dampen noise and support weight.

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    Here's one option. http://www.elitefts.com/documents/home_gym.htm Scroll down a little over half way and they tell you how to build a good, solid lifting platform fairly cheaply.
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    Go to a farm supply store and ask for some cow mats. That's what I use. They are 4x6 sheets of 3/4" solid rubber and are indestructible.

    EDIT: as mentioned however in your previous thread your downstairs neighbours may not like the idea of your home gym.
    Last edited by Mik; 05-09-2008 at 07:55 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mik View Post
    Go to a farm supply store and ask for some cow mats. That's what I use. They are 4x6 sheets of 3/4" solid rubber and are indestructible.

    EDIT: as mentioned however in your previous thread your downstairs neighbours may not like the idea of your home gym.


    It's worth the drive if you don't have one near by.


    They're made out of recycled car tire and they do stink so let them air and/or use a heavy duty cleaner on them. Ask a rep as to what kind of cleaner to use.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Keith View Post


    It's worth the drive if you don't have one near by.


    They're made out of recycled car tire and they do stink so let them air and/or use a heavy duty cleaner on them. Ask a rep as to what kind of cleaner to use.
    LOL. I almost forgot how much mine stunk when I first got them.

    4 years ago I moved you should have seen the movers casually walk over and grab the mats with one hand thinking they'd haul 'em out of the basement like they were 10 lbs each.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mik View Post
    LOL. I almost forgot how much mine stunk when I first got them.

    4 years ago I moved you should have seen the movers casually walk over and grab the mats with one hand thinking they'd haul 'em out of the basement like they were 10 lbs each.
    Lol it's true. I sell them where I work and I get a kick out of watching customers grab them with one hand by themselves. Then putting it in their car and call me back complaining about the smell.


    To the OP, especially if you're putting it in a small room like an apartment, get a cleaner and use the whole bottle for them.
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    ok, putting down mats won't keep your floor from collapsing, but 300 lbs shouldn't collapse a floor. I mean you have a refrigerator right?

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    if you are worried about a collapsing floor, you will have to build a platform to distribute the weight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reko View Post
    if you are worried about a collapsing floor, you will have to build a platform to distribute the weight.
    That's what I was thinking. Also, dropping weights would be the worst if you can avoid it
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    the farm mats are about $50 per 4x6 3/4 mat. synthetic are double that price if not more. farm mats do smell for a while, might be too much in a house. don't forget the 3/4 mats weigh 100 lbs each, so if you're using 4 of them that's an additional 400lbs!

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    Where in the world do I buy farm/cow mats? I live in a city.

    I just moved into a new apartment and I need floor mats to dampen the noise from deadlifting. The thickest mats they sell at sporting goods stores such as Modells are made out of foam.

    This one is 20mm thick.
    http://www.modells.com/product/index...2049960.714802

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    You may want to put two layers of rubber. Bottom layer should be 2x2 rubber tiles, and on top should be the rubber impact mat. That's what my local gym does. To be safe, you can also add some wooden 2x4's in between to distribute the load.

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    If you buy anything from a sporting goods store that is gonna be used for a rubber mat, I'm sorry but you're getting ripped the F off. FIND a tractor supply store, get mats from them, lay down some plywood as a sub floor and then put the mats on top.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tnathletics2b View Post
    Thanks for the link, however those mats are only available in stores and the closet TSC location in my state is 50 miles away from where I live and I do not own a car.

    Edit: FYI-I use to damper the noise in my old apartment with a few peices of rug over hardwood floor underneath the plates until I got new hyper audio sensitive tenants in the apartment next door who complained to my landlord about the "noise." I just moved into a new apartment last weekend and I do not want to get in on the bad side of my new landlord. I live/lived on the first floor in both apartment buildings.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BigDanny817 View Post
    gym membership, cheaper and much easier...
    gym membership? how to become a member?

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    gym membership? how to become a member?
    I'm sorry, how do you become a member of a gym? Is that what you're asking? Go to the gym, tell them you want to be a member, pay the membership fees.
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    Quote Originally Posted by confidenceb122 View Post
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    Do a search on Powerlifting Watch.com

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    double up

    Thanks for that link. Good idea.

    For the author of this thread. If you have the ceiling height, using two sheets of 3/4" plywood will protect your floor and spread out the weight, and the farm mats will do the same, put on top of the plywood, and it will help the sound.

    Quote Originally Posted by tnathletics2b View Post

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    Will you always be inside the rack, or are you going to dead lift outside of it, directly on the floor? Age of the structure has little to do with it. Nordicman is the only one who'd truly answered the question. The OP asked about collapsing his floor. Someone replied that 300 pounds won't do that, which is also correct.
    300 pounds is just the weight of two smallish adult people.

    The power rack itself will distribute the load enough for whatever you're doing while actually in the rack. However, if you begin dead lifting outside of the rack, you're imparting impact loads on the floor directly, which not the same as through the framework of a rack. So if that's the case, you need to build a platform as described below:

    What you are looking for is protection from the impact load of dropping weights. Not the static load they impart by just sitting there.
    There's a big difference. I highly doubt that cow mats will distribute an impact load as efficiently as two layers of 3/4" plywood.
    Better still would be an 8'x8' platform constructed of 2x4 sleepers at 12" on center, then install two layers of ply on top of that, with the bottom layer's seam going one direction and the top seam going the other way.

    But if you're going to always be inside the rack, it's going to take care of you.
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