To tell you the truth, I’d do the same and wouldn’t even give a damn about the floor. But the gym owner would then no further allow squats. It was really a pain in the buttocks to convince him to get a simple stand for squats and overhead presses, so I’d better be gentle. I also had a hard time convincing him that the deadlift is pretty safe. At the gym, I’m the only guy who squats – all others do leg extensions, hamstring curls, and leg presses instead. I’m the only one who deadlifts or does bent-over rows – all others do pull downs for back work.. And I’m the only one who does standing overhead presses – all others do them seated – what a waste of time because you can press more when you’re standing. And it’s the only gym where you can do these exercises. All other places are machine-based – not an option for me.