My Cheap Weight Lifting Platform – Elaston-Eltec GR 850 Rubber Mat

Are your loved ones and/or neighbors fed up with all the noise you produce when lifting? Are you afraid you could damage the floor in your home gym? If so you should consider buying a lifting platform or some gym flooring.

These were the exact reasons why I’ve “built” my cheap weight lifting platform. Of course, there are a lot more refined products (such as these amazing ones from Rogue) but they come at a price and I wanted the best bang for my buck.

Rubber mat closeup

Features And Specifications

Some basic information about the mat:

  • full name Elaston-Eltec GR 850 FS
  • the mat is made from tire crumb glued together by a polyurethane binder
  • the thickness of the mat is 1.18 inch (30 mm)
  • dimensions are 3.2 x 3.2 feet (1 x 1 m)
  • density si 53 lbs/cubic ft (850 kg/cubic m)
  • weight is 55 lbs (25 kg)
  • originally it was meant to be used as dampening mat under heavy machinery
  • the price I’ve paid locally was 42 $

I’ve bought two pieces of this mat, so the final dimensions of my lifting platform are 3.2 x 6.4 feet (1 x 2 m) and weigh 110 lbs (50 kg). There was also an option to buy one big piece 3.2 x 6.4 feet, but I wasn’t able to fit it in my car. The mat is really tough and it’s not possible to roll it. And it’s also a lot easier to manipulate with a smaller and lighter mat.

Assembly

No assembly needed and tools needed, just put it where you want it:) Or if you need to cut it for some reason you could use a hand saw.

User Experience

Since I don’t use olympic lifts in my training I use only cast iron plates and the old rug I’ve used as my flooring didn’t do much to deaden the impacts. That is why I decided to buy some lifting platform.

The first thing I’ve noticed after unpacking was that it had some kind of oily protective film on it and the distinctive rubber smell – the smell of newness:) Fortunately both the smell and oiliness went away after a few training sessions.

The mats work really well to deaden the impacts of iron during deadlifting. When I had used only an old rug and I’d dropped the barbell a bit faster, the whole house was shaking. Not anymore – it’s a night and day difference.

Rubber lifting platform with barbell

The olympic barbell is 7.2 ft (220 cm) long so it goes a bit beyond my lifting platform, as you can see on the picture. But it’s not an issue because the platform is wide enough to accommodate the plates with enough free space – more than 10 inches on each side.

Summary

At first, I was hesitant to buy such thing because it seemed to me like a waste od money. But I’m very satisfied with the purchase, and so is my wife! Now I’m considering buying the third mat to put inside the power rack and create a T platform which would give me a completely level surface between my squat area (inside the power rack) and deadlift area (in front of the power rack).

If you do olympic lifts I would consider buying four of these (or similar) mats so you can create a larger platform or buy a dedicated olympic platform (something like this).


I hope you’ve enjoyed reading my review and as always, if you have any questions and suggestion you’re more than welcome to leave a comment:)


8 Comments

  1. isaiah

    What a great idea! I use a rubber mat like this when I work on cars but I can totally see getting one for lifting weights too! I like low impact when I workout, so this is great!

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    1. Marek (Post author)

      Glad you like it and thanks for stopping by:)
      Marek

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  2. Jeanie

    Hello Marek! I’m thinking this mat idea for a weightlifting platform is ingenious! I have my son and my husband in my home and a son that is a Marine. When they work out together I can see how this mat would save my floors from any damage, I will definitely be checking this out! Thanks

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    1. Marek (Post author)

      Hi Jeanie:) Yes, they would work great as a protection for your floors with the benefit of dampening the impacts. Thanks for stopping by:)

      Reply
  3. Brian McCoy

    Hi Marek –
    Thanks for this great information. I have a gym set up in my garage and my mats are getting a bit old, torn up, and ready for replacement. They are not nearly as durable as the ones you have here, but still lasted for over ten years. The ones you have here look like they’ll last a lifetime.
    Thanks again – Brian

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    1. Marek (Post author)

      Hello Brian.
      I hope they will, tire rubber should be pretty tough. I own the mats for about a year and train on them three times a week and so far they look like new. Anyway, thanks for the comment:)
      Marek

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  4. Khalid

    Hey thanks for the information. Very informative and useful. Thank you, keep doing what you do 🙂

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    1. Marek (Post author)

      Hey Khalid, you’re welcome and thank you:)
      Marek

      Reply

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