Now you may think that reviewing floor matting isn’t going to be the most glamorous post I’ve ever done, I think it’s very important non the less. In this post I’ll cover why you need protective matting and why it will make a big difference to your Workouts!
Over 2 years ago I started the Insanity workout, I would bound around the living room with my trainers on, on top of a wooden laminate floor. I quickly to noticed that after every workout I had to wipe down the laminate thanks to the trainer marks that had scraped the floor. It became such an issue that I knew I’d have to protect the floor and find something easy to assemble and to fit the small workout space I’d created.
I quickly began scouring the internet for a range of different floor protectors, roll out mats, plastic sheeting and I even contemplated putting down a cotton sheet. I finally managed to find some rubber floor Matting where each piece interlocked with another; a giant jigsaw puzzle if you will. I paid around $40 for 3 packs of 4 mats, measuring the area I had to workout in I only needed 9 mats.
Gold Coast Gym Interlocking Mats
The Gold Coast Workout Mats quickly arrived and I used them that very same day. The mats are made up from high density, water resistant EVA Foam and they are very durable when your walking on top of them. It took me around 5 minutes to assemble the flooring, and I’d quickly created a protective floor for my living room. The workout it’s self went really well, there was less noise from the floorboards and I didn’t have to scrub the black marks on the laminate any more, The surface also provided protection from any excess sweat, working out to insanity can make you sweat alot!!
However, I soon realised that I was getting knee pain from he instability of spongy trainers on a spongy floor, making my joints unstable. I quickly removed the trainers and began to workout in my bare feet, the burn in my calf muscle was amazing, not to mention I had no knee pain whatsoever.
After using the workout mats for a couple of weeks things were starting to become a bit of a chore:
1) Setting up and putting the mats away took around 5 – 10 mins which wasn’t so bad, but having to get them out and set them up daily was eating into my workout time.
2)Becuase I was using the mats daily some of the edges had started to loosen, which meant that when using the mat, your foot may go through some of the edges and touch the floor (the mat would still stay in place though).
3)With intense movement the mat also skidded around on the laminate floor, I managed to control this by pushing it up against the wall and placing a kettle bell at the other end of the mat.
With the mat continuing to deteriorate over the next 3 or 4 months, I decided to move my workout space into the spare room. The room was carpeted and a smaller than the space I had created in he lounge. The matting would form a semi-permanent solution, I used some duct tape to hold 6 of the mats together and then took another 3 and placed them on the end. This served 2 purposes:
- I no longer had to build up and take down the matting at the beginning and end of each workout. I simply pull the top mats off and stored them down he side of my sofa bed.
- The duct tape provided some stability to the joints of the matting and held each mat tightly in place. This helped to stop the matting from pulling apart from each other and my feet no longer went through the matting joints.
My protective matting is still going strong, even after 2 years. If you have a semi permanent workout room and storage isn’t an issue then I’d duct tape the joints together as soon as you get the mat. This will inevitably mean that the mat lasts longer and your not constantly pushing the mats together.
The caveat though is If you’re using the matting to protect you floor for weight routines or workouts that require less body movement. The protective matting will be fine without having to strengthen it with duct tape.
There are some great benefits for using protective workout matting, and hopefully you rush out and get yours today!
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