TR workouts on carpet floor

I recently returned to indoor training at my new house and only have an option to have my trainer on carpet flooring.

I am using Tacx Neo + Wahoo Desk + Wahoo mat. It currently feels like I am perpetually moving around similar to being on a waterbed and I don’t like it.

Has anyone had similiar issues and could recommend a solution.

I was thinking of 1/2 inch - 1 Inch plywood underneath the whole trainer mat? Would I be better off trying to make a platform of some sort. ( I am not a handyman at all and currently have 0 power tools)

Any advice would be appreciated!



I’m on carpet, and I have a 4 x 4 piece of plywood under my rocker plate/trainer and a small piece under the forks. This all sits on one of those plastic strips you put down in hallways to reduce carpet wear.

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My floor standing speakers have 3/4" spikes so they go thru the carpet and bed into the subfloor. Very stable for such a top heavy piece of furniture. You might be able to do something like that with a plywood board by running screws thru from the top.

When I had carpet I used a 1/2" sheet of plywood cut to the trainer foot print square. My big reason was the back tire rubbing against the carpet since the carpet would squish down enough for the rear tire to make contact with the carpet while riding.

You can get a 4’x4’ piece of plywood at the hardware store and place under your trainer and that should spread out the pressure on your carpet. If you want it cut down most big box hardware stores will cut it for you in the store for minimal extra cost if you have the measurements.

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A more elegant looking solution is to lay down some hardwood snap together flooring that spans your trainer footprint. Get the engineered stuff to save costs but still looks nice (and had good surface scratch resistance).

I’ve seen this type of solution employed at home office setups because they just don’t make those plastic chair mats like they used to. Just can’t seem to find one that is 1/2" or so anymore and the last two I’ve used at home have cracked heavily.

So true… my dad put one at our computer desk in the 90s and it was sooo thick. Most of the ones I see now are a joke.

My trainer is over carpet… I don’t have an issue.
But I have a thick matt. It’s a thread mill matt. Works great.