Gym floor buyers guide
If you’re contemplating starting a new gym, renovating an existing facility or fitting out your home gym, one of your first priorities should be gym flooring. In the same way that a Cardio area, HIIT Zone or Strength section can set your gym apart, so can your flooring.
But it’s not all about aesthetics. In a commercial setting for example, your facilities surface will cop a pounding. Strong, safe and durable are three characteristics required for a successful gym floor setup. Let’s face it, gym equipment is heavy. So whether it’s cardio gear or a weightlifting rack you’ll need some density underneath all of that equipment. Add client foot traffic and general use into the mix and you have a recipe for potential bills that you didnt plan for. Not to mention, if its for a home setup flooring will help with some sound reduction if you're planning on olympic lifting.
With all of that in mind it’s no surprise that gym flooring is one of the biggest sought after fitness products in the world. Within the Xpeed flooring universe that we range at Fitness Warehouse there’s a few styles and options to choose from. Rubber Tiles, Custom Platforms and Inlays, Interlocking Foam Mats and Premium Astro Turf. Ultimately your flooring choices will be determined by your client offerings or home gym space and your overall budget.
Top things to keep in mind
From quality, safety, equipment preservation, function and cost savings we’ll run you through some topline thoughts to keep in mind with gym flooring.
Quality: Making sure that your flooring is even is a critical component of a gym layout. Which means each rubber tile needs to be consistently the same thickness, have the same finish and most importantly be sealed for hygeine. We recommend 1m x 1m with 15mm thickness with no variation from tile to tile.
Safety: Rubber tiles and astro turf help protect your clients bodies with their shock absorping characteristics and they will also help protect the life of your equipment.
Smell: The right type of rubber flooring will have little to no smell. If rubber tiles have an overpowering rubber smell it’s likely they have been poorly manufactured with cheap materials.