(Update! It’s now been 2 years since writing this post and we are still using the horse stall mats in our home gym daily and they look brand-new. They have stood up to jumping, sweat, dog hair, weights being dropped on them repeatedly and more and are still like new! Can’t recommend these horse stall mats as the best home gym flooring enough…they are half the cost, sturdy, DO NOT slide around and are large (cover more space with less money). Please let me know if you have any questions! On to the original post…)
I’m not sure if I’ve ever shown a picture of our basement/home gym on the blog before, so today is your lucky day. Not only will I show you our home gym in all its glory, but I’ll also tell you how I found the best floor mats for a home gym for just a fraction of a cost of regular floor mats. Here is what our home gym started out as this summer:
Nothing special. A regular old unfinished basement and we use part of it for our gym.
The only problem was that it wasn’t very convenient or comfortable to move around on that concrete floor. Not exactly conducive to push-ups or ab work or stretching. I knew I wanted to add some sort of flooring, but didn’t want those cheap puzzle-piece things from Target. So, I went to amazon, searching for the best home gym floor mats, where I found this guy:
It looked pretty good, but I knew I’d need 3-4 and the $100 price tag per mat didn’t sound too appealing. So I checked the reviews, of course, and stumbled upon this helpful Amazon reviewer:
Basically, this guy is saying that farm supply stores sell these exact same mats for much cheaper under the name “horse stall mats”. Luckily, we have a Tractor Supply Company in Kansas City that carries horse stall mats (insert “you live in Kansas” joke here). Guess the cost?
Yes, just 40% of what Amazon was selling them for. And if I wanted to buy 3 of them, I could deal with the $120 price tag versus the $300 price tag on Amazon.
That weekend, I experienced my very first trip to Tractor Supply Co. where they loaded my 3 horse stall mats into the back of my car! $120 later, I had flooring for my home gym.
So, long story short, do your homework before buying gym flooring…or anything for that matter.
These mats are SOLID. Super thick and HEAVY. They don’t slide or move when we’re jumping around on them, which is great (safety first!).
Yay for quality gym flooring!
Apologizes for the dirty look of them, but I think the flash just shows the texture this way. It’s so nice to jump around on them and do ab work and stretching. We love, love, LOVE them! I can’t express enough how much it’s changed the ambiance of our cold, depressing basement.
Clearly, our home gym isn’t anything pretty to look at. An unfinished basement is pretty tough on the eyes, but this home gym is working so great for us, so who cares what it looks like?
You can see that we added a bench from Amazon that we love (see, I still love you, Amazon) and the pull-up bar that was my husband’s Christmas present. We have a very old, ugly TV, but it gets the job done.
I’m also using an old pub table to store various exercise accessories (resistance bands, foam roller, kettlebell, etc.), mostly so they’re out of reach from a certain furry animal in our house that loves to chew things (cough, Gracie, cough).
I’m so pleased with how cheap and awesome and functional these floor mats are! It’s made a world of difference for our ‘lil home gym. Who woulda thought I’d find the perfect gym flooring at a farm supply store?! I think we’ll buy more eventually, but for now three works great. I can’t recommend these mats for your home gym flooring enough (not a sponsored post here…just sharing a really good find!).
Do any of you work out at home? If so, how do you make your workout space more comfy?