The Best Home Gym Flooring
First of all, I just want to say great job on getting the motivation to decide to take your health and fitness a step further.
I always love seeing people get inspired to make a change in their life. If you’re reading this article, this is because you’ve decided that you want to create a home gym.
If this is your goal, you are going to want to make sure that you have the right gym flooring for the job.
The last thing you want is to crack or dent concrete, rough up your carpets, or God forbid, scratch hardwood. That’s why you’re going to need some special flooring to maximize your home gym.
What flooring should you get? You don’t have to think about it at all as I am going to be covering some of the top options for flooring to choose from.
From there it is up to you to decide what you want and how you are going to use it. Before we jump into home gym flooring, let’s first take a look and better understand why this is important.
Why Does Flooring Matter
If you've ever stepped foot in a gym, you'll notice that their flooring is much different than ones you'd find in a home. There are a few reasons for this and why you have to make sure that your home gym flooring is up to standards:
#1: It Prevents Scratches
You’ve spent thousands of dollars on your floors, why are you going to scratch them up and ruin them.
Even if you are incredibly careful with how you put your weights down, by nature they are going to be scratching up your floor and ruining it.
Do you really want to be paying for floor repairs in a few months? With good home gym flooring, that money could be going to better your home gym or get you a membership somewhere.
#2: It Prevents Injuries
Look, I know working out is all about touching things out, feeling the burn, and working through pain, but there is certain pain that you work through, and certain pain that you don’t ignore.
Ever tried doing sit ups or crunches on a hard floor? I don’t recommend trying it, but if you do, you’ll quickly see why that’s a bad idea. You’re looking at a bruised tailbone fairly quickly.
Gym flooring will give you that extra bit of cushion that you need to reduce the pain and make those exercises easier.
The next reason is simply due to the impact your feet make with the ground. I’m not a big science guy, but I’ve been told by people about Newton’s Third Law.
Summing it up for you, if you push on something, it is going to send that same push back. You might think I’m crazy but hear me out.
If you are running on a hard floor, your foot is coming to a complete sudden stop when it makes impact.
All of that impact then translates back to your foot. You won’t really notice things in the moment, but over time, this builds up and you could be looking at injuries in the future.
Having gym flooring that has a bit of cushion to it will reduce that impact and lessen the pressure on your feet. Science does a lot for us, especially for our workouts so don’t ignore things like this.
Now that we’ve looked at the two major reasons to have good home gym flooring, let’s talk about what you should be doing to take your home gym to the next level.
Rogue 24x24 Rubber Tiles
Starting with specific piece of flooring and how it can benefit your home gym is the Rogue 24x24 Rubber Tiling. Just like the other mats and rolls listed below you can create a full home gym floor out of these tiles.
If that isn’t your style however, you can create a small little section in a room just for your lifts.
My preference is to use these in addition to a large rubber mat flooring. Giving you that extra layer of protection for your floor will help to keep everything safe.
Plus it will ensure that you aren’t making too much noise while you’re putting in serious work.
You can use these tiles to also add height to your box squats or box jumps or as a place to drop your weights after heavy lifts. You can’t go wrong by having a bunch of these tiles laying around.
Maintenance for these is the same as many similar gym flooring products, just be sure to go easy on them so you don’t wear them out too quickly with all your weights.
Rogue Crash Mats
No home gym is complete without a nice set of crash mats. These can be used for a variety of things, but personally I love using them for my circuits and cardio exercises.
If you ever need to do crunches or any groundwork, you are definitely going to want to grab some crash mats.
These also make a great surface for dropping weights as they are padded. While you will not want to be standing on these while you are lifting, you definitely do want them nearby for when you are dropping.
You will want to make sure you are cleaning these often, generally after every workout as they will absorb the sweat and dirt that gets on them.
This will make your mats smell unpleasant and trust me when I say you won’t want to work out on them when that happens.
Rogue Crash Cushion
First off, yes, the Rogue Crash Cushion may be confused with the Rogue Crash Mats, but you'll see that they differ in some significant ways.
The first thing you'll see is that it's a lot thicker (6" in height), which is very helpful for dropping heavy weights if you're doing Olympic lifting or CrossFit.
The next thing you're going to notice is that the overall surface area, specifically length, is also smaller. The reason is that these are not usually used as general mats, whereas the Crash Mats are.
If you don't have a lot of space, or if you're not going to be using the Rogue Crash Cushions for a large variety of fitness activities, they help tremendously.
This isn't a knock on them either, they're still versatile and heavy duty (23lbs in weight), which makes them a durable addition to your home gym.
If you need a simple flooring solution to prevent your hardwood, concrete, or carpet from getting dinged up, you could do much worse than the Rogue Crash Cushion.
VersaTex Multi-Purpose Rubber Floor Mat
Now you might look at this and say that this is a pretty basic rubber flooring choice, but trust me when I say that its looks can be deceiving.
These mats are a functional size and you can easily lay them out and connect them in your home gym. One of the best things about them is how simple the design is.
As for the mats itself, the main selling feature in terms of weightlifting is the grip that they provide.
When you are lifting heavy, you need to ensure that you have a stable base and that you won’t slip out in any way. This anti-skid surface will ensure that you never slip when performing a lift, keeping you free from any serious and dangerous injuries.
As for maintenance with this, as they are commercial and heavy duty, you can clean them up the same way as the rubber rolls. Grab a vacuum and a mop and clean as needed.
These are a few of the products that not only my home gym has, but the gym I go to uses as well.
Spend some money now as you want to protect yourself and your property. Think of it as investing towards a better you instead of wasting your money.
Get ready to blast some tunes and lift heavier than you ever have before, because with these new floors you are going to be able to push yourself to new limits without fear in your home. From powerlifting to cardio, the floor you have matters.