When opening or remodeling a fitness business – be it a gym, a pilates studio or a CrossFit space – it is essential to identify the ideal floor since it will support the impact of equipment and accessories, as well as being a key component for the design of a complete gym.
Why does the type of floor in a gym matter?
A good gym floor, in addition to complying with a certain aesthetic, can be a benefit to your users as it can prevent collateral damage to legs and knees due to the impact of exercises such as CrossFit; or provide maximum user comfort when practicing activities such as yoga or pilates.
In a gym space, there are 3 basic requirements that gym floors must have for long-term maintenance and especially to provide better comfort to users.
- REDUCE IMPACT – In gyms, the floors have to take the blows and lessen the sound that the weights make every time they hit the ground. If the gym is on an upper floor, it will avoid conflicts with the neighbors because of the noise users made when exercising.
- PROVIDE MORE SECURITY AND COMFORT – Users in constant physical movement have to be protected and safe from slips, falls and even the wear on their joints. Gym floors, whether they are rubber or polyurethane floors, have non-slip properties that prevent users from slipping or falling heavily.
- PROTECT GYM APPLIANCES – The great advantage of the gym floors is that they provide enormous tranquility to the owner since maintenance is done in the long term. A gym quickly damages and destroys the floor of a room, this due to the high traffic and weight of the equipment.
Next, we recommend the 4 types of ideal floors according to the activities of your gym:
1. Modular rubber floor mats
This type of floor is designed to be placed in horse stables to relieve the joints of the horse’s knee. Usually, these modules come in modules of 4”x6” and, even though the edges do not intertwine like other materials, many builders report that due to the weight of the modules the edges do not bend or lift.
On the other hand, due to prominent edges it sometimes causes “irregular bumps”, so they can be a concern for floor-based exercises such as yoga or can cause stumbling if the exercise involves a lot of movement.
2. Rubber gym flooring
Virgin rubber has a closed-cell structure, which means that it doesn’t absorb moisture. Its surface is easy to clean and is the ideal floor for hard exercise, impact and free weights.
Although the price is usually higher, these rubber mosaics – with approximate measurements of 23.6 inches and 3/8 thickness – are the most recommended, so we suggest you pay special attention when choosing a professional to do the gym floor covering since many offer rubber modules when they do not contain this material at all.
3. Cork floor
The cork floor has been trending lately because it is green, 100% renewable and biodegradable.
If your gym’s design fits into this profile, this may be your best option. However, you should consider that it does not absorb the same impact as rubber. In fact, cork is only a little stronger than a vinyl sheet and breaks much easier than other materials.
4. Laminated floor
In the area of weightlifting or heavy multi-purpose machines, such as a cable-pulley system, this type of floor should be avoided since, unlike wooden floors, it cannot be sanded and could also get slippery with sweat.
On the other hand, if the activities are lightweight and you are not planning to install appliances or free weights, the laminate gym floor covering is ideal for this area of the gym, as it provides a flat, smooth and easy to clean surface.
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