Home gym flooring options

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Home gym flooring options
Some home gym floors can absorb pressure from jumps. (weights and measures image by John Sfondilias from Fotolia.com)

A home gym is a good option for people who can afford it and want to work out in private. Choosing the type of flooring for your home gym depends on several factors: how much space you have at your disposal, the size of the equipment, what kind it is, how much money have to spend and the type of flooring already there. There are suitable flooring options that can meet anyone's budget.

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Interlocking rubber flooring

For those who have an entire room or a large area to devote to their home gym and want to protect the original flooring, interlocking rubber panels may be the best.

Interlocking rubber flooring comes in different colours and thicknesses. The thicker models of this type of flooring are best for aerobic activities, skipping rope or other exercises that involve high impacts. This option also is suitable for someone who will be lifting heavy weights.

There two downsides to this option. First, it isn't as portable as other options and must be disassembled for a move. The second reason is cost. Typically, interlocking rubber flooring is the most expensive option. Prices per tile can range from £6 to more than £39, as of 2010.


For those who have smaller home gyms or just a few pieces of equipment, mats might be the best option. Mats come in varying sizes, which allows you to base them around a specific area or piece of equipment. There are two main types of mats. The first are standard exercise mats, which are typically seen in gyms being used by a single person. For small or lightweight equipment, these can be a viable option. The second type of mats are made of heavy-duty rubber. They are bigger, more durable and hold onto the surface better than standard exercise mats. The trade-off is that they are more expensive and harder to move.

Carpet tiles

Carpet tiles are a cost-effective means for a home gym flooring. This option is best when you have a concrete floor that you don't mind having permanently covered.

There are several downsides to carpet tiles. First, once the peel-and-stick adhesive has been attached, it is difficult to remove. Another problem has to do with the type of exercise being performed. Since carpet tiles are thin, they are not ideal for high-impact exercises. In these cases, it might be necessary to place a rubber shock absorber between the floor and the carpet tiles. Finally, any drink that is spilt will stain the carpet. With other options, liquids can be easily wiped away.

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