It’s been a long time since I’ve written a “happiness” post. So here’s what has brought me “happiness” (however superficial) this week.
I’ve been working on my home gym, and I’d like to share two links that home gym enthusiasts should appreciate.
I’m casting pearls here!
FLOOR: A good gym floor (like what you would see at a good gym – duh) is made of rubber. Rubber protects your equipment and your joints. Most home gyms are in garages or basements, and people usually just work on the concrete or a rug. I’ve played around with home gyms for twenty years, and the easiest and cheapest flooring solution that I’ve found is from an industry that isn’t even related to gyms! Horse stall mats from Tractor Supply co. are 4′ by 6′, 3/4″ thick. They’re heavy (about 100 lb.), so they stay put, and you can trim them with a jigsaw or a utility knife. They only cost about $40 each, which is a fraction of what rubber flooring tiles would cost that are made specifically for gyms. Its low price allows you to spend a little more on good equipment… such as a power rack.
POWER RACK: I just bought my second power rack, and chose one from Rogue Fitness. I’ve found Rouge to be the best equipment for gyms, period. I have some background in metal fabrication, so trust me when I tell you these things are tough! If you want to be a serious athlete, don’t buy the stuff from [big box store]; get something that will last you a long time.
Now go, work out, and be happy!