Home gyms have become very popular in the past few years as people have sought a safe alternative to their fitness center during COVID. By now, you may already have exercise equipment and weights. However, you may not have given much thought to either protecting your existing floor or exploring alternatives flooring options.
Let’s break down a few popular options:
1. Rubber is durable, affordable and has a high rate of shock absorbency. You can purchase horse stall mats or interlocking foam squares to customize your workout space.
2. Vinyl is another option for your gym floor. While it is mold resistant, it’s not as great for shock absorption.
3. Eva foam. Eva foam or foam rubber collects mold underneath which is hard to clean and can cause health problems. It also moves and is not steady enough for lifting. This type of flooring option can be great for pilates and yoga. Eva Foam should not be placed over concrete and is not made for intense workouts.
4. Cork Flooring. Cork Flooring is an eco-friendly alternative and has been a popular flooring choice for gyms and physical therapy centers for many years. This flooring option is great for shock absorbency and also provides thermal and sound insulation. It is also resistant to fire, mold, mites, and mildew. Cork flooring is an especially great option for in the garage or basement.
Remember, keep in mind what kinds of workouts you do, because there are different flooring options for different types of workouts. For example, rubber is best for weight lifting, and foam is best for yoga/pilates. Reach out to Kruper flooring to get an estimate today and we will help you build your perfect home gym.