One of the cool things about setting up a CrossFit garage gym is that you get to pick out flooring to cover up the concrete.
We started out with only a few mats as we were low on cash but eventually we filled up my whole garage.
Nothing worse than a raw concrete floor to drop metal weights on. Here are a few tips and products on what we did to pick out your garage gym floor mats.
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One of the first decisions I had was on diamond pattern vs pebble pattern. I chose the diamond and it turned out really good and easy to clean.
Rogue Gym mats are indestructible rubber matting that are super heavy duty 3/4″ matting that will stand up to any type of abuse you can throw at it. The Rogue Gym mats come with a black matting with diamond plate pattern that looks and feels industrial strength. You can drop heavy loaded barbells without worrying about it cutting through the matting.
The carpet at my local gym was getting thrashed so we put down Rogue Gym matson top. Many of the guys at my local gym are big fans of these mats and would recommend them if your starting out and trying to outfit a new CrossFit garage gym.
Gym mats may be something that you have to purchase as buying used is suspect (think of all the gallons of sweat leaked in). A good option are interlocking mats and you can put them where you want. A good deal is the 48 Square Feet block by ‘We Sell Mats’
Horse stall mats in your garage gym are also a good idea. Although not quite made for the gym they are a cheap alternative. Check out Interlocking Stall Mats from www.flexmats.com – The interlocking edges of our interlocking mats connect tightly, so these stall mats stay in place. They can design interlocking stall mat kits to fit your stalls, stall rows, barn aisles, or entire barn floors. They offer interlocking stall mat kits for many different stall sizes.
If your in a pinch and just starting out you can get some scrap carpet and padding from the local carpet store. This will at least protect the concrete and keep it from chipping when you drop a heavy deadlift. It will also protect your barbell and weights and help keep the inner brass inserts on the bumper plates from folding. The bumper plates can also crack from slamming down weights so any cushion can help to preserve them long term. It is easier to buy scrap carpet than it is to replace a bumper plate.
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The quicker you can get a good floor mat system down means the faster that you can preserve the concrete or carpeting on your floor. A sign of a good CrossFit Garage Gym is that you take the time to invest in a good flooring system. I would recommend the Rogue Gym Mats and give them a good review.
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A great option is to put down a piece of plywood on the floor Asa lifting station. Then surround the plywood with the horse stall mats. It will take 5 of the horse stall mats to completely surround the plywood.
Questions from athletes in our gym.
Question: Should I have a lifting platform in my garage gym? If you have the room and space and are working on Olympic lifts, then yes.. go for it and install a lifting platform.
Question: Can you just go with bare concrete floors for CrossFit workouts in your gym? You can but it would be nice to have some rubber matting in areas.
Question: What are the barn mats that CrossFit athletes use for workouts? They are also called “stall mats” or “horse mats”.
Question: What is the best CrossFit flooring? Rubber mats are really nice if you can afford them.
Question: Why do CrossFitters use so many plates? It is because the gym can be very busy and they are just scrambling to get any weight on the bar that they can. Or because it looks good:)
Question: How much weight can you put on 3/4″ horse stall mats? More than you will be able to lift. Don’t worry about it. You can drive a truck over these mats and it not hurt them.
Question: How do you patch cracks in concrete gym floor? You can use calk, cement patch or bondo. As a quick backup you can use duck tape and then cover with rubber mats.
Question: What is a GoMat that you can drop a barbell on? You could drop a barbell from head high on a GoMat but a better choice would be to use a horse stall mat.
Question: Do you like the diamond plated rubber stall mats? Yes; we have 3 kinds of mats in our gym and we like the diamond plate mats the best for weightlifting.
Question: What are some horse stall mat and plywood lifting platform ideas? Check out the article above.
Question: how much would it cost to open up a crossfit gym? We started our gym on a shoestring budget with less than $1k. Check out some of the Rogue Fitness economy equipment package we started with.
Question: Where is the best place to buy crossfit platforms? You can get a CrossFit Oly Deadlift platform here at RogueFitness.com
Question: Coach, what is the cheapest way to outfit a crossfit box? The cheapest way to get your CrossFit gear is to do it yourself DIY.
Question: what the cheapest flooring to put down in a large gym? You can buy horse stall mats in bulk from Tractor Supply.
Question: What kind of tape do you use to seal stall mats? We use Gorilla Glue Tough & Wide Tape to seal our horse stall mats. Don’t use regular thin duck tape as it will fall apart quickly.
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