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Best options to soften concrete floor
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I workout in my basement where I have our second TV. I like to workout barefoot since I did karate for many years and am just more comfortable that way. That's impossible on the concrete. I have a folding 1-inch thick mat (8'x4') that I use, but it's actually a little too soft for the Insanity workouts. I was looking into those interlocking tiles that I could put down, but I'm not sure which ones are best for a combination of bare foot and sneaker use.
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RE: Best options to soften concrete floor
9/9/10 1:41 PM as a reply to bradmurray.
Hey bradmurray,

You could try a yoga mat or a rug. It will still provide some cushion but won't be too thick and soft like the 1 inch thick mat.

Good luck and keep bringing it!
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RE: Best options to soften concrete floor
9/10/10 6:53 AM as a reply to bradmurray.
Get some interlocking mats. I bought these:

They work perfectly! In fact, I'm pretty sure the P90X studio, where they filmed all the workouts, have this same product.

Brian
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RE: Best options to soften concrete floor
9/11/10 4:32 PM as a reply to bradmurray.
I use an AeroMat Deluxe Folding Exercise Workout Mat I purchased online. It is 2' by 6' long and 1.5 inches thick. It is not soft like other workout mats. It is nice and firm. I use it on my garage concrete floor. Great for abs and plyometrics. Larger sizes are available. A yoga mat will not provide any cushioning.
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RE: Best options to soften concrete floor
9/13/10 1:29 PM as a reply to californiaguy.
The interlocking matts work great. I workout barefoot and use them for Insanity. You can get them at Sams Club at a decent price.

Anthony
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RE: Best options to soften concrete floor
9/13/10 7:38 PM as a reply to novemberwolf.
novemberwolf:
The interlocking matts work great. I workout barefoot and use them for Insanity. You can get them at Sams Club at a decent price.

Anthony


What is the thickness?
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RE: Best options to soften concrete floor
9/14/10 6:25 AM as a reply to novemberwolf.
novemberwolf:
The interlocking matts work great. I workout barefoot and use them for Insanity. You can get them at Sams Club at a decent price.


I got a few sets at Dick's. The only problem I have is slippage when I do lateral moves. What is the best way to get it to stay put without putting tape on the bottom which will inevitable tear up the foam?
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RE: Best options to soften concrete floor
9/14/10 6:27 AM as a reply to californiaguy.
californiaguy:
novemberwolf:
The interlocking matts work great. I workout barefoot and use them for Insanity. You can get them at Sams Club at a decent price.


What is the thickness?


The ones I have seen are 1/2 or 3/4 inch thick. I got the 1/2 because it was cheaper and I didn't want too much padding. The 1/2 is perfect for me except that the interlocks come apart occasionaly. The 3/4 would probably stay together better. I am probably going to wind up taping together most of my joints.
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RE: Best options to soften concrete floor
9/14/10 7:09 PM as a reply to californiaguy.
californiaguy:
novemberwolf:
The interlocking matts work great. I workout barefoot and use them for Insanity. You can get them at Sams Club at a decent price.

Anthony


What is the thickness?


Mine are 1/2 thick. I have been using mine for over a year now and they still are in great shape. I did duct tape the seams on the back side so they would not come apart. I highy recommend them.

Anthony
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RE: Best options to soften concrete floor
9/19/10 6:44 PM as a reply to bradmurray.
I wound up taping mine down with some double-sided stuff for carpets. It worked great for today's workout which included a lot of lateral stuff.
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RE: Best options to soften concrete floor
9/19/10 6:51 PM as a reply to bradmurray.
I got mine from Kmart last week. They are still on sale. Works great, but it does walk some.

Look at Kmart Item# 00614712000 Model# GMB160
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RE: Best options to soften concrete floor
9/21/10 7:48 PM as a reply to GFizz.
Go to Lowes or Home Depot and buy some cheap, thick carpet pad. Put this down first. Then buy some of the interlocking mats. Put them together and then take some heavy duty tape and tape up all the seams. Turn it over, and there you go. It moves maybe an inch during my workouts, but that is it.

I have bad knees and I have been using this for over a year doing both P90X and Insanity. Works great!
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RE: Best options to soften concrete floor
9/22/10 7:28 AM as a reply to jennifer407.
I like the tape-down option better as I don't want any more padding and I don't like the way most carpet padding tends to absorb moisture from the concrete floor. My daughter is very sensitive to mold and it's good to avoid anyway.
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RE: Best options to soften concrete floor
9/22/10 11:20 AM as a reply to bradmurray.
bradmurray:
I like the tape-down option better as I don't want any more padding and I don't like the way most carpet padding tends to absorb moisture from the concrete floor. My daughter is very sensitive to mold and it's good to avoid anyway.


I don't like the way most carpet padding tends to absorb moisture from the concrete floor. My daughter is very sensitive to mold and it's good to avoid anyway.[/quote]

I agree. With a concrete floor out carpet guy said NOT to put down padding under the carpet because of the mold... so we just have a good carpet, then I have the square mats and did what JENNIFER407 did, with a twist. I have the first row of squares under my couch to hold the whole mat inplase. Works well.

I might start a thread "You know you're a P90Xer if..."
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RE: Best options to soften concrete floor
9/27/10 12:41 PM as a reply to GFizz.
I have had my carpet pad down for over a year and a half now and have never had any problems with mold. I even live in a humid place. But I run a dehumidifier on a regular basis, so I guess that is why.
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RE: Best options to soften concrete floor
9/27/10 10:48 PM as a reply to jennifer407.
For under the interlocking pads, get one of those rubber mats that go under rugs to prevent slippage- they work perfectly and you can get a decent size for pretty cheap at Target or Walmart.
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