Continuing the theme of last week’s blog of “Bands, Towels and Cinder Blocks,” I thought I’d suggest an economical approach to weight room flooring. Over the years, weight room flooring has evolved away from carpet or concrete floors, with wooden Olympic lifting platform areas, toward a total rubberized flooring surface.
Image: Tractor Supply, 4′ x 6′ x 3/4″ Thick Rubber Stall Mat
This rubberized surface allows weights to be dropped without damaging the floor or carpet, while also freeing up functional square footage for use when the Olympic lifts are not performed. This additional area is available for activities such as; dynamic warm-ups, abdominal development, flexibility exercises, foam rolling, etc.
There are many quality flooring companies with quality products ready to compete for your flooring budget. These companies have products with vibrant colors delivered in rolls or square interlocking parts. Your school logo can certainly be part of this package. The product will be delivered to your facility and installed professionally. The above services are at a cost of course.
What if you don’t have a flooring budget? You might try an “Old School” approach. Consider starting your search at your local Farm Supply or in my case, The Tractor Supply Company. I would suggest searching for 4’ X 6’ rubber stall mats. I would also suggest the ¾ “thickness versus the ½“ thickness. My research online at Tractor Supply suggests that this size mat is available for 39.99 each with free pick up from the store. These mats come in any color, as long as you want black, as Henry Ford used to say.
If my Western Carolina University math is correct, I believe that a 2500 square foot weight room could be covered with 104 pieces at 39.99 each for a 4,158.00 subtotal, plus a possible 5% sales tax of 208.00 for an approximate 4366.00 total.
I’m a coach, not a flooring expert. I don’t work for or have any affiliation with Tractor Supply. If your school has the means to do more, then you should do it and be proud of it. If you don’t have a lot of financial resources, you may have to be more creative.There has to be pride in the unit. This pride is built from shared commitment.Click To Tweet
I can envision a weekend where some of your boosters, coaches, and players get involved in putting a floor down in your weight room. Maybe a cookout or something follows. We’re talking about building pride in the program and bringing people together.I’m an underdog. I’ll always believe there is a way if we seek it and work together for it.Click To Tweet
As you know, there has to be pride in the unit. In my opinion, this pride is built from shared commitment. Like many of you, I’m an underdog, and I’ll always believe there is a way if we seek it and work together for it. I guess this is just one small example. Don’t get me started on the value of paint!