It’s cold outside, which means my time on the bike is down and my time under weights is up. While I have a pretty incredible garage gym setup, the one thing I’ve been lacking is a decent platform under my power rack. Turn out the cheapest carpet available at Lowes glued directly to plywood doesn’t make for the most stable place to do heavy lifts – even my loaded up rack scoots across it over time.
So, I was excited when Anji Mountain reached out to ask if I would review their new Anji MTX Platform. The interlocking fitness mat is designed to be modular, extensible, strong, stable and slip-resistant. Unlike those cheap single-layer interlocking foam mats you can pickup at a big box store, the Anji MTX system utilizes three layers; a rubber top layer, a molded resin core and a rubberized bottom. The difference is stark.
My previous experiences with the cheap interlocking foam mats includes:
- The interlock pulling apart during a heavy squat, causing my foot to slide out and a sketchy fall
- A dropped 25-pound plate cutting a hole entirely through the mat
- The mat becoming permanently warped and uneven over time
My experience with the Anji MTX Platform, in comparison, has been uncompromising.
First of all, the Anji MTX Platform was very easy to assemble. Honestly, it took longer to unpack and breakdown the boxes than it did to setup the platform. Anji uses a very simple folding interlock and latching system to join and lock the platform pieces together. When assembled, the platform looks like a singular mat as the rubber top has extremely tight gaps at the seams.
Easily reversible pucks mounted to the base of each panel are flat on one side and feature small rounded spikes on the other side, which allows for usage on any surface from carpet to hard flooring. The rubber flooring surface is 100% recycled and the platform is built to withstand up to 1,000 pounds of resting equipment as well as a 50 pound dumbbell drop.
I’ve certainly put the platform through its paces. My power rack has 270-pounds to plate storage on the rear horns along with 200-pounds of plates for its lat-pull-down. Add me and a three-plate deadlift and it handles weight around the 1,000-pound mark without any issues. The top is still perfectly flat and there are no depressions where the power rack has sat for the last few weeks. I even dropped a 45-pound plate from chest height to test the platforms impact resistance and it didn’t even leave a superficial mark on the top rubber.
My favorite part of this platform, though, has got to be the non-slip top rubber. Concerns about slipping or losing footing are no more. The platform would also be great under an indoor bike as you can maintain sure footing while walking on it with cleats.
The Anji MTX Exercise Platform is available in many sizes to fit your needs: 4 x 6 feet through 12 x 12 feet and you can customize beyond that. The 4ft x 6ft base model starts at $299.99 and can be purchased here.