Rubber Fitness mat opinion?

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    Rubber Fitness mat opinion?

    Hey Darebee people,

    I am looking for a Fitness mat to protect my woodenfloor. Like to use it for shadow boxing, rope jumping, burpees, perhaps in the future some kettlebell or dumbbel lifting and other ground workouts DareBee has to offer.

    - Mats like this are also used on horse trailers.
    - I am not going to drop heavy deadlift weights on it, but it that can happen that I drop a dumbell by accident max 25 kg.
    - Some sound absorption and floor protection is a nice bonus
    - I have yoga mats but these are ultra thin 3 mm and to small
    - Don't want to work with (puzzle piece) tiles, this format fits different rooms I have in my house.


    Specifications:

    183 x 122 cm thickness 10 mm 100% rubber (nylon inlage)

    What is your opion on a mat like this? Are there any alternatives? Is the profile any good the other side has a hammer punch profile?
    For kettle bell work I read a barefoot workout is the way to go, has "press in" of the mat some negative influence on knee stability or form? I have seen 22 mm mats of the same size but these are more expensive and heavier (30+ kg). This one is easy to store and on the lighter side but not that soft as a yoga mat.

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    #2
    Hi photon - OK. I just re-read your post and you killed my plans but CrossFit stuff is likely to have a price markup compared to other similar products (especially if the membership rates are anything to go by!). It should be fine, I think - as long as the ridges are not too prominent.

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      #3
      So that mat looks really good and would be ideal for deadlifting which is probably why it's heavy (thick to absorb the impact). No "gym" mat is ever going to be as soft as a yoga mat as they are built for being abused so are therefore rather rigid and hard, unless you buy a crash mat that is and that you defiantly can not deadlift on.
      I personally would take this mat and be satisfied, my current "gym floor" mats are those jigsaw ones (I only have four (4)) but they do the job.

      A side note, I don't know if it was my mats or my PVC rope but skipping (jump rope) on a rubber mat will generate an electric charge and will shock you when reaching for an object (it took me three shocks to learn this).

      Hope this helps

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        #4
        Martyn the mat listed above cost around 65 euros a 22 mm version is twice as expensive. If you compare it to a gym membership it is a bargain.

        A jumping rope, a pair of dumbbels and 1 kettlebell to get me started will add extra cost but I think it is worth the investment. Still have to get used to muscle work so can do without for the upcoming months.

        Budget wise I can spread the costs over 5/6 months, when the European winter kicks in it would nice if I have some weights, so no rush.

        Kakarot looked into the jigsaw fitness flooring most pieces are 50*50 cm. One of my spare room has 185 cm left so I can not fit enhough pieces.

        I like to give my body a bit of a shock but no electric one. Cords are available in different materials if none works I will jump on stone in my backgarden.

        Thanks for the feedback guys.

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          #5
          I skip rope and do some other parts of my workouts in the garage on a horse trailer mat. It’s nearly an inch thick, measures 4 x 8 feet and is heavy af, but I can pound on it with the single unders, my knees and feet are mostly okay, and I have *not* experienced the shock phenomenon!😜🤨 Guess there’s always today😤😬

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            #6
            photon if your room can't fit all the mats whole then cut them they're easy to cut with a sharp knife.
            DorothyMH maybe I got the shock because my mats are rubber, my rope is PVC and I was outside and it was 20 degrees C (that's hot in NI). You maybe don't get shocked cause your rope is steel wire.

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              #7
              Originally posted by photon View Post
              Martyn the mat listed above cost around 65 euros a 22 mm version is twice as expensive. If you compare it to a gym membership it is a bargain.(1)

              A jumping rope, a pair of dumbbels and 1 kettlebell to get me started will add extra cost but I think it is worth the investment. Still have to get used to muscle work so can do without for the upcoming months.

              Budget wise I can spread the costs over 5/6 months, when the European winter kicks in it would nice if I have some weights, so no rush.

              Kakarot looked into the jigsaw fitness flooring most pieces are 50*50 cm. One of my spare room has 185 cm left so I can not fit enhough pieces (2).

              I like to give my body a bit of a shock but no electric one. Cords are available in different materials if none works I will jump on stone in my backgarden.

              Thanks for the feedback guys.
              photon to take the points I bolded in order...
              1) Crossfit membership is hellishly expensive. I think it was about £120 a month for my wife and me to join up - you can imagine we passed on it. I wasn't actually talking about membership though - my point was that it is very much a premium brand so other mats of comparable quality are likely to cost less.
              2) you can trim them (a very sharp - and durable - blade will do it). That mat does look good enough as I said previously, and if it fits...

              EDIT: Correction. Joint umlimited membership is.... £200 a month!!! That's throwing money away...

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                #8
                photon heres a mat that might fit your needs:
                https://www.google.com/search?client...&bih=624&dpr=2

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                  #9
                  Hey readers a little update, yesterday my fitnessmat arrived. The deliver guy was not happy, his truck was unable to enter my driveway. I got a timeslot and was waiting for him to arrive. From my front window, all of a sudden I saw a guy walking with a big black mat on his head. In tropical heat he had to suffer for 200m with with a heavy 44kg/97lbs black roll. As solace I gave the driver a fresh drink after he could smile again.

                  Actually it is a pure rubber cowmat, ticker than the one posted earlier 122 x 183 x 1,7 cm I am statisfied with the purchase.

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