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Advice on flooring for a home gym.

ENix

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I am in the process of building a gym in the basement of my house. The gym will mostly be for sparring and wrestling. Does anyone know of an affordable way to pad the floors. I can settle with roughly a 20 ft. area. I also need some cheap wall padding. There may not be a cheap answer, but any ideas would be great.
 
Those puzzle mats are cheap and would be a good place to start.
 
double up on puzzle matts. You cant really do full out slams but its good for double leg/single leg and bjj rolling.
 
google champion mats, they have 1 5/8 inch mats for 32 bucks each, they are 3ft x 3ft squares.
 
I am in the process of building a gym in the basement of my house. The gym will mostly be for sparring and wrestling. Does anyone know of an affordable way to pad the floors. I can settle with roughly a 20 ft. area. I also need some cheap wall padding. There may not be a cheap answer, but any ideas would be great.



some pillows and blankets should do
 
Two men rolling around on pillows and blankets hahaha.

LOL, it ain't that kind of gym. Thanks everyone. I was looking at those puzzle mats before, maybe I could lay down some old carpet underneath them or something, I'll check out those champion mats for sure.
 
double up on puzzle matts. You cant really do full out slams but its good for double leg/single leg and bjj rolling.

Yep, puzzle mats are good for most MMA training. If you wanna practice slams/throws, place an old thin matress or sleeping mat on one side.
 
they have those puzzle mats at home depot. heard its cheaper to buy it there
 
That's what I use. They work well, no issues using them for rolling and standup/takedowns, but as mentioned above, if you're gonna be doing throws and slams, just put a matress over to the side to break the fall somewhat.

cool, me and a buddy are looking for some mats. we'll proly get these
 
Either way, puzzle mats or professional mats, it's ridiculously expensive.
 
I like the idea of putting old carpet under it. As long as your not doing slams then the carpet with a the puzzles should be plenty.
 
What's the budget and the squarefootage?

The cheapest way would be find free carpet or carpet padding via craigslist, etc as an underlayment. Then see what you can do for puzzlemats. Buy a roll of carpet tape at home depot to connect them all together (puzzle mats can still come apart if they're on a softer surface like carpet).

I just covered a 10x12 area in my garage, wall pads etc (wall pads are never cheap, and they usually must be shipped freight, so they really aren't cheap) and it ran me just about 3k.
 
I prefer wrestling mats, the puzzle mats just aren't very thick and can come apart. If it was me I'd just go with traditional wrestling mats.
 
I prefer wrestling mats, the puzzle mats just aren't very thick and can come apart. If it was me I'd just go with traditional wrestling mats.

Agree totally, but who knows what his budget is? If it's under say $500 he'd have a hard time finding anything, unless he found a school, etc that was unloading some of their older stuff.
 
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