As a powerlifting, strongman, body-building, or Olympic weightlifting enthusiast, you know how crucial your gym is to your success and enjoyment of the sport. But between rules, sharing equipment, cost, and the commute, going to the gym can feel like a hassle. In which case you may be interested in assembling a training facility in your own home or garage, however, not just any home gym will do, as the needs of a serious lifter require a special kind of gym.
Heavy Duty at Home
A clear issue with having an extreme weightlifting gym at home is the potential damage from heavy stationary equipment and free-weights falling on the ground. Luckily, there are easy-to-implement remedies that properly shield your floor from the sharp bottoms of heavy benches, racks and impact from weights, while simultaneously protecting the equipment itself from harsh surfaces like concrete basements and garages.
In order to care for you, your home, and your equipment, it is essential that you place a protective layer between you and the surface underneath to act as a base for your gym. Purpose-built flooring designed for extreme fitness such as that made from rubber or PVC will keep the ground beneath you from scratching, chipping, or cracking under pressure.
When searching for lifting-ready flooring, keep your eyes peeled for indicators such as “heavy-duty” or “equipment mat” that way you ensure it can handle a weight training regimen.
Get Started on Your Pro-Level Home Gym
For weight benches and machines, a Vélotas equipment mat will protect the floor for years and for full-size rack assemblies, our selection of rubber-top or PVC flooring can stand up to even the most intense world-class training. We Sell Mats believes all lifters have something to gain by taking their training home with them and we wish the best of luck to the U.S. Olympic Weightlifting Team in Tokyo.