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Rubber flooring, mats, tiles, or similar recomendations
I'm doing this program in a room with parquet flooring. It is pretty slippery, especially because I sweat buckets, and that makes it worse.

So, I'm looking to put down about 100 square feet of rubber flooring, either in the form of a mat or tiles. I'd prefer to stay at about half an inch or less so I can throw a rug over it when i am not using it. I'm also concerned about the flooring sticking to the floor it is over so that it doesn't move when my small carpet scraps do when I jump around on them.

There is a lot of stuff out there. Has anyone done this and have any product recommendations?

I'm looking through the rubber flooring catalog at http://www.rubberflooringinc.com as a starting point, but I'm looking for some recommendations. Also, any recommendation on layering rubber flooring up (with cork or a non-slip underlay)?

I figured I"d ask before I just try one.
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RE: Rubber flooring, mats, tiles, or similar recomendations
1/20/13 11:37 PM as a reply to jm949.
This maybe an ignorant question, but what is parquet flooring? Is it a hard surface?

Just from my experience I just bought those Shock Athletic Microban gym flooring workout mats at Sports Authority and I lay it out in my garage, when I'm not using it I just cover it with a tarp...I know your situation sounds a bit more complicated though...these mats are also water resistent so I am able to wipe it down after I'm done...
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Just wanted to throw this out there...I tried the mats that are like big puzzle pieces and ended up returning them...They slide all over and come apart at the connecting points during a LOT of the moves. I was going to end up getting hurt so I went back to using just a yoga mat. I think they would have been ok with a yoga mat or one of those things you put down to keep area rugs from sliding around, but to me that just defeated the purpose, I didn't want to need a mat for my mat. The puzzle pieces would be great if you were doing an entire room so that the ends were to the walls and they could not slide around, but as just an area mat, they pretty much suck.
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RE: Rubber flooring, mats, tiles, or similar recomendations
1/23/13 12:38 AM as a reply to jm949.
Those are the mats I'm using and they don't move around like you say, but I do have several sets of them so the surface I made is pretty big. That maybe the reason mine doesn't move around.
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RE: Rubber flooring, mats, tiles, or similar recomendations
1/23/13 9:28 AM as a reply to kolohekeiki.
kolohekeiki:
This maybe an ignorant question, but what is parquet flooring? Is it a hard surface?

Parquet is pattered wood flooring that is layed in tiles. Typically, they are relatively thin wood tiles glued to subflooring in a pattern. It is hard. However unlike fancy parquet gym floors that get waxed, the floors in houses are polyurethane coated and slippery.

Are you sure the puzzle piece mats that slipped were not just foam and not heavy 8mm rubber? This stuff should be a few pounds per square foot. Like these:
http://www.costco.com/EZ-Flex-Interlocking-Recycled-Rubber-Floor-Tiles.product.11623616.html?catalogId=10701
http://www.amazon.com/Supermats-Pieces-Rubber-Interlocking-19-5-Inch/dp/B001KP018K/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1358961989&sr=8-2&keywords=interlocking+rubber+tiles


I've been suggested to go to Tractor Supply Co. and get 4x6ft stall mats.
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well, I went to tractor supply last night and got two stall mats. I though I wanted to make up an area atleast 10x10 feet, but two stall mats set up as 6x8 feet is more than suffecient.

I bought the 3/4-inch mats that are 4x6 feet. Getting these things in my house by myself should have counted as an insanity workout. While these are not fantastic, they are absolutly sufficient and will work for now.
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Hi jm949,

How are the stall mats working for you for Insanity? I am considering the same thing. My main worry is that they will be too stiff and defeat the purpose of having a matt. I see that a lot of weight lifters use these because they like that they can drop the weights on them.

Are they soft enough to make the maddness of Insanity a little easier on your joints?
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RE: Rubber flooring, mats, tiles, or similar recomendations
1/2/14 12:23 PM as a reply to tehjolly81.
Hi,
Did you ever get an answer on how the tractor supply mats worked out? I was needing some but also concerned they might be too stiff? I need knee/joint protection, not floor protection.

Thanks,
kevin
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