When it comes to designing your home gym, it may not seem very important but your floors may be one of the most important unsung heroes of your design. Your home gym flooring options can vary all over the spectrum and the ideas I’d like to convey with you, will hopefully, help you narrow down your choices depending on what you plan to use your space for. What am I using my floors for or better yet, what am I putting on top of my floors? Am I doing Yoga, Pilates Mat, Pilates Reformer, Strength Training, Performance Training, Resistance Training, Power Lifting, Stretching, or some combination of all? These decisions will play a part in your flooring design.
I personally have been in a lot of different types of fitness clubs around this lovely country, and i have to tell you that I’ve seen my share of Home Gym Flooring Options. Whether we’re talking about flooring in a large commercial gym, flooring inside a Coop. or condo building, or your private space for the home, the only difference between in any of these options is really the space, square footage, and maybe the amount of equipment there.
So when it comes to your own space, your home gym, you have to ask your self, “what do I want my space to feel and look like when I walk into the room?” I say this because when it comes to flooring, not only do you have four different types of flooring to choose from but even when it’s narrowed down to rubber, foam, vinyl, or carpet, there are numerous design options for each selection. You would think that rubber is black so that’s pretty much the only option but once you take a look down below, I’m confident you’ll realize that there are so many additional choices, making a final decision a little more challenging that you first thought.
Now that I’ve given you an idea of the different types of flooring available, lets look a little deeper at each one, to help with some decision-making.
To Rubber or not to Rubber
This isn’t the carpet you put in the living room at your house (well maybe you could). Carpet tiles can be an excellent option for performance space if, lets say, you’re sliding a sled across the floor, or sliding discs for any number of leg, chest or abdominal moves. The thin carpet surface is very durable and lasts for years and years, and underneath the durable layer is high performance athletic foam which provides cushioned comfort and maximum shock absorption to withstand your most demanding fitness workout. Carpet tiles come in a variety of colors and can be customized with any logo you can dream of (because this is your personal space and ‘you can put your name on it’).
There are two types of rubber flooring available, interlocking tile flooring or rolled rubber flooring. If you have a larger space, you may opt for the roll rubber flooring. Both are absorbent, easy to maintain, and water resistant. Maybe the biggest difference in the two is installation. Roll rubber flooring usually needs an adhesive underneath which means it may need to be installed professionally. Tile flooring, which comes in different sizes, is an easy to install, durable alternative for your home gym flooring options. Both types of rubber are very durable and wear resistance making them the ideal choice for a weight room, functional fitness or any other type of athletic training because they can withstand the most intense abuse.
Foam Flooring Tiles
Foam Flooring Tiles usually have a thinner thickness than carpet and rubber tiles but they still have their use. Foam Tiles are usually for lower traffic areas and may offer a little more give than rubber or carpet tiles. Foam Tiles are good for karate, yoga studios, Pilates and stretching. I wouldn’t really recommend them for areas using heavy weights, kettle bells or performance training. Foam Tiles are easy to install and do not require adhesive. These tiles are also easy to remove and relocate, if needed.
Vinyl Floor Tiles
Vinyl gym flooring works well in a variety of sports and recreational spaces such as fitness and dance studios, athletic clubs, gymnasiums, personal training and aerobic spaces which also make it perfect for your Home Gym. They’re probably some of the most luxurious looking of the bunch also because they come in such an array of styles and colors.
Whether you want a stone look, seramatic tile, wood or concrete look of your floors, if there isn’t going to be a lot of weights being thrown, or dropped and if you’re possibly looking for a more relaxed or holistic type of space, vinyl floors may be just the finish you’re looking for.
So Many Floor Choices, So Little Time
When it comes to your home gym flooring options, as I’ve stated before, you really need to have a clear vision of what it is you want to use them for. Once you accomplish that feet, your decision-making can then be narrowed down significantly.
Just to reiterate my summary from above, rubber and carpet would probably be your options for the heavily weighted area or the athletic, mobility, or performance oriented setup. The foam and vinyl tile options are more catered to those of a little less speed drill and athletic, performance oriented climate and more towards a holistic, stretching, meditative, dance, aerobic, yoga approach.
With all of that being said, this isn’t an absolute, nail in the coffin choice. If your home gym is being used for multiple purposes, you’ll have to make an honest decision of which surface makes the most sense, depending on what you’re most often, going to be doing in your home gym. One piece of advice that I can give is, if your home gym is going to be used for multiple purposes, I’d consider either one of the carpet or rubber options. The only reason I say this is because you don’t want your pretty vinyl or foam floors getting dented or destroyed because you dragged a sled or dropped a heavy dumbbell or barbell on the floor.
But all in all, you are the final decision maker of your home gym flooring options. I’m here to help way the options.
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