One of the single most asked questions we receive here at RubberFlooringInc.com is “Should I get foam or rubber for my home gym flooring?” This quick post is going to explain the benefits and disadvantages to using each type of material in an attempt to help answer that question for everyone.
There are thousands upon thousands of commercial gyms across the country managed by numerous public and private business entities. Commercial gyms and weight room facilities often cater to many different types of clientele. Some large scale nationwide gyms like Gold’s Gym, LA Fitness, Lifetime Fitness, etc. are huge facilities that can fit just about everyone’s needs. A large contingent of commercial gyms however are private training studios, Olympic weight training facilities, and 24 hour fitness centers that are designed to meet the needs of niche clientele who need the specific training options or flexibility in training times that these types of gyms offer. No matter what type of commercial training facility you operate or plan to open in the near future, you will at some point have to decide on proper gym flooring for your new or existing facility.
At RubberFlooringInc.com, we specialize in rubber flooring, foam gym flooring, and vinyl gym flooring which are all common gym flooring options when used properly. In this article, we will briefly discuss the most popular commercial gym flooring solutions we sell and talk about the most common gym flooring we don’t sell, carpet, and explain the benefits to each floor covering.
Rubber flooring is the most common gym flooring solution installed in new commercial gyms today. The most common form of rubber flooring installed in commercial gyms is rolled recycled rubber flooring. Recycled rubber floors are often low in cost, extremely durable, easy to clean, and easy to install. Many times, rolled rubber is even installed by the gym owner or gym staff due to its extremely easy installation process which only requires some double sided carpet tape and a utility knife. This helps to save the cost of hiring a professional installation team. One of the most famous gyms in the world, “The Biggest Loser” gym, for example currently uses 8mm thick recycled rolled rubber flooring. The Biggest Loser staff is extremely demanding of their flooring since weights are often dropped on the product and sleds are often pushed across the surface of the flooring.
The only downside’s to using recycled rubber flooring is that the flooring is very Read more…
Yes, it’s true. RubberFlooringInc.com is now the official gym flooring for Mr. Olympia. If you attended the event this past weekend, you would have seen our flooring in the Men’s Fitness Ultimate Athlete village. It turns out the event organizers needed some non slip rubber flooring designed to provide a safe and even surface for some of the best male athletes to compete for the title of the Ultimate Athlete. Competitors were tested on basketball shooting, throwing a fastball, rowing, plyometrics, scaling a wall, lifting a punching bag above waist level a number of times, carrying weights, a cone drill, dragging a sled, and throwing a football.
The gym flooring used was our very own Eco-Flec rubber rolls which can be seen here.
To see all of our gym and weight room flooring options available, please click here.
To read more about our new partnership with Mr. Olympia, the official press release can be found here.
There are a wide variety of floor covering options available for use as home gym flooring and often times picking out the right solution can seem like a difficult task. The three most popular flooring options for use in home gym and exercise rooms are carpet, rubber flooring, foam flooring, and vinyl tiles. In this article we will explain the benefits of each option so that you can be sure you select the best home gym flooring for you.
Option #1 – Carpet
Carpet is the most popular floor covering option in America and is excellent all-purpose flooring. Carpet can be relatively inexpensive, is comfortable to the touch, and is fairly easy to clean and maintain. Carpet also can be an excellent floor solution for use as home gym flooring. The best carpet options for use in areas where exercise take place in the home are low pile carpet options. Low pile carpet is usually a little more course to the touch however it is usually much more durable compared to fluffy shag or even soft Berber style carpets often found in homes. Commercial grade carpet also works very well for home gyms due to its tight knit loops. One other form of carpet that is often used as exercise flooring is carpet tiles. These tiles interlock and can be easily installed by the average person.
The benefits to using carpet in a home gym is that it is available in a wide array of colors, is durable enough to last for many years, and is soft enough for young kids to play on while Mom and Dad get their workout in. Carpet is also a favorite gym flooring option since it is a floor covering that the average home user completely understands and already knows how to take care of. The downside to using carpet as a flooring in home gyms and exercise studios is that it needs to be installed by a professional carpet installer, can stretch over time under strenuous use and require a carpet installer to re stretch the carpet, and can hold moisture and require a professional cleaning every few years. One particular tricky spot for using carpet as home gym flooring is in basements. Over the years, we have heard from numerous Midwest customers that their basement flooded and that the carpet they had installed in their basement home gym was ruined. These individuals are often looking for a solution to prevent a similar situation from happening in the future which leads to:
Option #2 – Rubber Flooring
Rubber Flooring is our specialty at RubberFlooringInc.com. Rubber flooring can be purchased in rolls or tiles and is available in a wide range of thicknesses and color options. Rubber flooring can range in price from a cheap $0.99 per square foot for recycled rubber floors up to and over $4.00 per square foot for the most designer series virgin rubber options. The benefits to using rubber as a floor covering are Read more…