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Come Train on Our New Floor

Kickboxing class in Ballard before installing puzzle mat flooring

BEFORE Fighting Chance Seattle holds its adult kickboxing classes at Outrageously Fit, a personal training gym in Ballard. Entering the second year of our partnership, Outrageously Fit was interested in upgrading the wood floor in its classroom.

Kickboxing class in Ballard after installing puzzle mat flooring.

AFTER We researched, price-shopped and reviewed multiple samples. Premium MMA Puzzle Mats from Get Rung seemed to be the most durable, versatile and valued solution for the new dojo floor.

Get Rung logo printed on cardboard

STEP 1: UNPACK The tiles arrived in six large boxes of nine panels (with edge pieces). Since we were cutting to fit the room, we had leftover edge pieces.

T-square, utility knife, pencils on floor

STEP 2: GATHER TOOLS I used a t-square, utility knife, measuring tape and a blue pencil. Be sure to have extra blades handy, they dull fast on the thick EVA foam.

Puzzle mats lined up in the corner

STEP 3: PICK A CORNER I started in the most square corner of the room. This saved time as I didn’t have to trim the tiles bordering these walls.

Measuring interlocking puzzle mats

STEP 4: MEASURE TWICE By measuring out the obstacles one tile at a time I was able to anticipate angled walls and wavy molding. Don’t forget to accommodate the interlocking tiles in your measurements.

Measuring puzzle mats for the karate school

STEP 5: CHECK YOURSELF Line your measurements up with the wall. I erred on the side of cutting smaller openings. You can get an extra eighth of an inch to fit by forcing the piece in.

Using a cardboard box as a cutting mat

STEP 6: CUTTING I doubled-up the packaging for a handy cutting mat. I was able to score the foam with two or three slow, deep cuts but the blade isn’t long enough for a complete cut, so you must separate the pieces by hand.

A loose tab is created by cutting too close to the edge

STEP 7: OOPS It is possible that some edges may fall in a weird way against obstacles and result in tabs being partially cut or weakened. This isn’t a defect, it just worked out that the seam fell right against the obstacle I cut out.

Using toothpicks to fix puzzle mats

STEP 8: FIX-UPS To fix this cut tab, I pushed a few toothpicks through the middle. I would only do this for aesthetic reasons on an edge piece against the wall. Nobody wants to get an accidental toothpick in the foot.

The puzzle mats are anchored against the corner

STEP 9: ANCHOR DOWN Once I fixed the loose tab, I fitted the opening around the column against the wall. With a sturdy anchor, we are now free to connect the mats in the center of the floor.

Get Rung tiles have a nice tfinish

STEP 10: PLACEMENT I elected to have the surface lines all face the same direction (I thought it might help with sweeping the floor). The tiles all fit together nicely.

Step 11

STEP 11: CUSTOM CUTS I cut pieces to fit around doors, cabinets and other obstacles. Because I chose one corner as an anchor, the floor is firmly locked into place and I can get precise measurements.

Measuring an obstacle on the wall

STEP 12: TRICKS I used a piece of discarded mat material to extend an angle from this pipe and mark down the cut I needed to make.

The last piece of Get Rung puzzle flooring

STEP 13: LAST PIECE I used a scrap for this last piece. By cutting and measuring carefully I ended up with two full tiles to use as replacements.

Wedging a piece of foam into a gap in the floor

STEP 14: GAPS Here I measured the angle of the wall incorrectly and ended up with an unsightly gap. Rather than cut a new piece, I cut a long triangle from a discarded piece and wedged it into the gap.

The martial arts studio at Outrageously Fit

STEP 15: SUCCESS Want to try out our new floor? Enroll in Kick Fusion, our drop-in friendly, fitness kickboxing class!

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