Rubber mats save floors, but what makes a good olympic-grade mat?
There are all sorts of pieces of equipment to aid and protect those endeavoring to become Olympic weightlifters, from knee sleeves to wrist supports, from weight belts to lifting shoes, from lifting straps to chalk.В But what about protecting the floor? That’s right, the same floor that helps you generate burst from your legs is the very surface that takes a battering each time you drop the barbell back where you found it.
Be kind to your floor and it will be kind to you. Now the first step is to ensure you have adequate protection on the floor to accommodate the plummeting bumper plates after a successful snatch or clean and jerk.
Cheap is NOT an option?You must invest in the proper mat. Don’t skimp. Don’t go trying to buy gymnastic mats (too soft) or off-purpose mats (mats for horse stalls are not made for humans!). Improper mats can be hazardous to the floor and people using mats during a workout, and when you’re around incredibly heavy object being hoisted and dropped, you really don’t want to mess around with safety.
If you invest today in the proper product designed for the specific purpose then you will be happy down the line (Just like with luggage).В But we’re not talking about luggage we’re talking about mats. So now that I’ve convinced you of the importance in opting for only properly rated Olympic-grade mats, what makes a truly good one?
What makes a Olympic Grade Mat?First review this detail video of quality mat examples at Rogue:
Many mats feature a diamond plate or honeycomb design to lend tactility and stability for feet. Mats typically measure 4′ by 6′ and come in a range of thicknesses, often somewhere between a quarter-inch and three-quarters of an inch.
Other factors to consider will be: