How to Choose Gym Flooring

It may seem quite simple at first, but knowing how to choose the right commercial or home gym flooring can become a complicated endeavour when you start browsing all your different options. Well, that is where we come in. This guide will help you know how to choose the right gym flooring. 

So, you want to start a gym, build a home gym or just improve a gym. Whether you are a passionate powerlifter or gentle yogini that just needs a soft landing, we are here to help you choose the right gym flooring.

Why is flooring so important?

Well, there are a couple of answers to this question:

  •  Cleanliness – you need a flooring solution in your gym that won’t retain moisture. A floor that holds onto moisture, especially in an environment like a gym) is likely to become a breeding ground for all sorts of bacteria.

  •  Protection – Your bones, ligaments, and joints are all likely to be pushed and a good floor will help absorb impact and minimize damage to your body. 

First things first, are you looking for your own home gym flooring or is it for a commercial space? 

If it is for a commercial gym, then you are more likely to go for multiple types of flooring. But more on that later. If you are looking to installing a smaller and more concentrated home gym, then you will probably just install one type of matting.

Consider these factors when you are deciding on your home gym flooring:

1. The Feel

Yes, how the floor feels is immensely important. Bear with me here, as I get a little metaphysical. So, imagine you are trying to get the inspiration to go into your home gym after a long day. Or maybe, its as you are dragging yourself out of sleep before your workday begins. Either way, it is no secret that even the most enthusiastic and dedicated run short of the inspiration to hit the gym. Now, if you have invested in a great home gym flooring, that is soft and feels great underfoot, then you will be far more inclined to use the gym. 

If you like the feeling of the floor (and who doesn’t like a soft, cushiony feeling underfoot) then you will have just that little extra edge to go into your gym, even if it is just for a stretch session. 

Also, this plays a part for the type of exercise as well. 

Using weights? A soft floor will absorb the impact of a weight dropped. However, and this is a big, however: a soft floor is not actually advised for those that are pushing their muscles with weightlifting. A harder flooring solution is recommended. This is because a softer floor will cause more stress on your muscles and joints when you are lifting heavy weights. In this case, opt for a harder floor. When you are doing strength and weight training then you need to look for a harder surface. 

Stretching, calisthenics or free bodyweight training? Well if you have ever been in a lunge stretch with your knee pressing into the floor then you don’t need extra information on how a soft floor will be an assistant. When you are doing training that involves ground contact then look out for a softer floor. 

You can worry less about other stuff, and focus more on your gym session. 

2. Grip

Generally speaking, all types of training will benefit from flooring that has traction. 

If you do any type of training that involves balance or weights then you could hurt yourself if you have a slippery floor. 

There are many different textured flooring options, from smooth rubber traction to 

Crosscut, raised textures. 

We have a variety of all different textures offering various tractions and grips. 

3. Cleaning Up

When in a gym, cleaning up after a good sweat session should be a top priority. So it goes without saying that your gym floor should be able to be easily cleaned. Also, it should not absorb moisture too readily. These are the key factors that you need to look out for:

  •  the material that your floor consists of should be easy to clean

  •  the material is resistant to scratches and highly durable

  •  the flooring solution is cost effective and still has all of the above qualities. 

4. Cost

This is one of the factors that will be the deciding factor. Just because you want the most inexpensive gym floor available doesn’t mean that you need to sacrifice on quality. We have a range of cost-effective gym flooring solutions that still provide you with all the essentials. 

That being said, there are extra benefits that some higher priced options do have as well.

So how do you know which option to go for? Generally speaking, an option that sits in the mid-price range is a decent choice. Don’t just opt for the very cheapest without doing your homework but the same can be said for the most expensive option as well. 

Now that you understand the cornerstone features, whether you are opting for a home gym or to install flooring in your commercial gym, here are your options:

1. Rubber Flooring

Advantages:

  • flexible in use; can be used for an array of different exercises. Rubber flooring is also usually double-sided.

  • extremely durable

  • provides a measure of safety.

  • when you use a rubber floor, it can minimize the shock on joints. 

  • most rubber flooring options provide traction and a good grip

  • your floor is protected if a heavyweight is dropped

Disadvantages:

  • When it is used in an enclosed area, without sufficient ventilation, it can sometimes emit a rather unpleasant odour. 

2. Carpet Flooring

Advantages:

  • If you are using a low-pile carpet then this can be an alternative flooring solution for the gym. 

  • Solid, strong carpeting is the best option. They are strong but still soft enough to absorb impact. These are a good option for weight and strength training because they are not too soft but still provide a good level of comfort.

  • Durable

  • Good traction for workouts

Disadvantages:

  • Carpets can be more difficult to clean and are prone to absorbing moisture.

  • File pile carpeting may provide comfort however if used in a floor area where there are machines, the machines may move and be unable to stay flat. 

4. Laminate Flooring

The most popular flooring solution at the moment. But is it the right one for your home gym flooring?

Advantages: 

  •  Resistant to damage

  • Durable

  • Inexpensive pricing options

  • Great quality for the price

Laminate flooring has risen in popularity due to the accessible prison and the simultaneous great quality. Laminate flooring is used in all types of environments, from kitchens to bathrooms and shopping malls to restaurants. When used in a gym, the most attractive features of laminate flooring is that it is, well, attractive, cheap and easy to clean. 

Laminate flooring is quite possibly the best option for strength and resistant training. It also provides a stable floor for fitness machines. 

Disadvantages:

  • If you are looking for flooring for a floor-contact based training then stick with rubber flooring. Laminate flooring does not provide the softest landings. 

  • Cheaper laminate flooring and suffer from wear if you use it in a gym or even in your own home with weights. If your heart is set on a laminate floor then opt for a more durable, higher priced option. These are usually designed for commercial, high traffic usage. 

Keep all of these factors in mind when deciding how to choose gym flooring. At the end of the day, it comes down to your own preference. Remember that you can combine different flooring solutions for a mixed media gym. Also, keep in mind that softer floors are best for floor contact training while harder floors are best for weight and strength training.

You can always choose a thinner rubber matting for your weight training. And combine it with a thicker rubber matting for your contact training for your home gym flooring. Perfect solution!

Have any questions? Drop us a line and we will be happy to help you out. 

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