|I've been getting a lot of questions about those rubber mats in the outdoor lifting area at the new Dinosaur Dungeon. So let's answer them.|
Hail to the Dinosaurs!
If you're a regular reader, I assume you've
been looking at my Instagram photos from
time to time.
If not, you should check them out - they're
For example, here's a recent video from a
workout where I was doing some power
Power snatches in the outdoor lifting area at Dino Headquarters. The hard rubber mats provide better footing and support for snatches, cleans and jerks.
And here's a photo from another snatch
|Using an additional mat, positioned so I can do split snatches or split jerks.|
I post lots of photos and videos from my
workouts. Mainly Olympic lifting workouts,
because that's what I enjoy the most.
Now, don't be confused. I've posted other
pictures from a different home gym. That
was at our old house. A great gym, but
we don't live there anymore.
|The old gym in the garage at our old house.|
We sold our house, downsized in a major
way, and moved into a two-bedroom top
floor unit in a little duplex not far from
where we used to live.
That was a year ago.
After we moved, I tried training in an old,
hole in the wall gym not far away - but I
just don't like training in gyms.
Too loud, too noisy, too many distractions.
So I set up shop at home.
I do squats in the basement.
I also can do pulls in the basement.
Can't do overhead work because the
ceiling is too low.
|The basement of the new place doubles as laundry room and gym. Yes, I sometimes do laundry and squats at the same time.|
|The new gym works great for squats and pulls, but it's too low for overhead work.|
So whenever the weather permits, I go
outside and do snatches or clean and
jerks in the drive-way.
That's what you see on the Instagram
acct, and that's prompted a lot of
Because I lift on some rubber mats.
and people wonder what they are and
where I got them.
Looking over your Instagram photos.
Can you talk a bit about those mats
you are using when you lift outside?
What are they? How thick are they?
Where do you get them? Will they
hold up to dropping a loaded
So here's the answer.
The mats are pretty basic.
They're stall mats.
This is Kentucky.
We have lots and lots of stall mats
And lots of farm supply places in the
rural counties where you can get them.
How thick are they?
1/2 inch thick.
3/4 thick is better, but I got these
for free, so I make do with them.
The gym I mentioned had a ton of
old mats on the floor - some new
owners bought it, and didn't want
all the mats - they were giving
them away - and the manager
let me grab some.
Sometimes I double the mats up
by laying one on top of the other.
That works pretty well.
The mats are small, which is fine.
I use the larger pieces to stand on,
and the smaller pieces to set the
bar (or rather, the plates) on.
I use the mats so I have no-slip
footing, and so I can wear my
Olympic lifting shoes and not
cut them up on concrete, asphalt
Also, the mats provide a bit of
much-needed cushioning for my
feet, ankles, knees and hips when
I do my OL work.
They are NOT thick enough and
strong enough to drop the barbell
But that's okay.
I don't drop the bar when I train.
I lower it - just like everyone used
to do back in the day when all we
had were iron plates. If you
dropped them, you were likely
to break them - or bend the bar -
or smash the floor or the lifting
platform - so we didn't drop
You really can train without
dropping the weights.
But that's another story and
another issue for another day.
Of course, I store the mats in the
garage, and set them up on the
driveway before every workout.
That way, they're always dry and
clean when it's time to train.
Anyhow, that's the answer.
1/2 inch stall mats.
Basic black. That's the only color
that come in.
A lifting platform (such as I had
at my old gym in our old house)
would be better - but I don't have
one, so the mats will have to do
It's not perfect, but not bad.
And not bad is okay - because
it doesn't have to be perfect.
One of the basic rules of training
(and of life) is this:
Do what you must with what
That's what I do - and it works.
Yours in strength,
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