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    Best floor protection for small space? (~5'x7')

    Looking to set up a small workout area at home for days I want to get a quick workout in without having to go to the commercial gym.

    Area is small - roughly 5'x7' - can be as small as 4'x6' or as large a 6'x8'.

    On that area I'm planning on having the Rep AB-3100 Adjustable Bench and Rep Dumbbell rack with some DBs.

    The floor is wood so I want it to protect against setting dumbbells down. I won't be throwing them down or anything but after a fatiguing set will be setting them down with a tiny bit of momentum.

    Must be very low odor as it's inside the house.

    Any suggestions?
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    Originally Posted by adamsz View Post
    Looking to set up a small workout area at home for days I want to get a quick workout in without having to go to the commercial gym.

    Area is small - roughly 5'x7' - can be as small as 4'x6' or as large a 6'x8'.

    On that area I'm planning on having the Rep AB-3100 Adjustable Bench and Rep Dumbbell rack with some DBs.

    The floor is wood so I want it to protect against setting dumbbells down. I won't be throwing them down or anything but after a fatiguing set will be setting them down with a tiny bit of momentum.

    Must be very low odor as it's inside the house.

    Any suggestions?
    Rubber mats such as horse stall mats are great for protecting floors, but they can generate a rubber odor for up to a couple months. They would protect your floor well. Stall mats are quite heavy as well.

    The foam puzzle mats are usually pretty low quality and won't protect your floor very well.

    For lightly dropped heavy dumbbells, I am using a commercial kitchen rubber perforated mat perpendicular to my bench, but I am on concrete not wood. Perforations don't really serve a purpose for this it just happened to be a cheap very thick rubber mat that fit under my bench. It also stunk for a week or two.
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    I guess stall mats are out due to the odour issues.

    It's a relatively small area, so I'd go with Regupol rolled rubber, you may get a deal on a cut off from a large roll, or genuine commercial gym mats, they come in various thicknesses, mats are generally 2'x2', flat edge or interlocking.

    The advantages with a product specifically designed for use in a public gym, very low odour or no odour and good floor protection. With Regupol rolled rubber or mats, 3/8" thick is sufficient to protect the underfloor surface from almost anything, except very heavy dumbbell drops/barbell deadlifts etc, in which case a platform or multi layer surface would be a better choice
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    Originally Posted by ampire View Post
    Rubber mats such as horse stall mats are great for protecting floors, but they can generate a rubber odor for up to a couple months. They would protect your floor well. Stall mats are quite heavy as well.

    The foam puzzle mats are usually pretty low quality and won't protect your floor very well.

    For lightly dropped heavy dumbbells, I am using a commercial kitchen rubber perforated mat perpendicular to my bench, but I am on concrete not wood. Perforations don't really serve a purpose for this it just happened to be a cheap very thick rubber mat that fit under my bench. It also stunk for a week or two.
    I successfully used multiple layers (like 3) of the cheap interlocking foam puzzle mats when I only had a bench and a set of powerblocks and ironmasters due to space constraints. I was relatively careful trying to set down the dumbbells however there were multiple times they came down harder than I wanted to after dumbbell bench pressing them (was going up to 110lbs each when using the ironmasters). The wooden floors were unscathed over roughly a 2 year period in that manner. Your mileage may vary.
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    You could try contacting Northern Lights and see if there are any retailers near you who sell their interlocking mats. They connect great and had a very light odor that was gone quickly.

    https://www.nlfit.com/accessories/fl...-5-x-0-75.html
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    Best flooring that I have found:


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