It’s common to get carried away when setting up your home gym. You get the equipment you need – dumbbells, kettlebells, resistance bands, a cardio machine or two, maybe even a power rack and barbell if you have the space… This is all well and good. You’ll be able to get a good workout and schedule a good training program with all of the above.
However, it’s also quite common to overlook a fundamental component of your home gym – the flooring.
Most home floors are not set up for training. Carpet will give you burns and floorboards won’t give you any traction (and you’ll likely ruin both, to add insult to injury). Concrete garage floors will also give you poor grip and the lack of absorption could end with you getting injured quite badly (plus you could ruin it or your kit, cracking one against the other).
The best way around these issues is to invest in a spot of good quality gym flooring. Getting your gym floor choice right can make or break your training. It can increase stability, boost plyometric power, improve grounding through vital movements and reduce impact pressure into your body. Your body won’t be the only thing protected, either – the right materials will mitigate the risk to your home flooring. It will protect your floor from cracks, breaks, scuffs and dents, whilst also keeping your equipment safe.
There are many different types and brands of gym flooring, for many different purposes. In our list below, we’ve collated 7 of the best gym floors available in today’s market to help you choose the perfect one for you.
What To Look For In A Home Gym Floor
Material is a very important consideration when you’re looking at investing in a home gym floor.
Some of the most popular home gym flooring options include rubber, foam, carpet, vinyl, and turf. When choosing your material, consider the space, the type of equipment you’ll need, and what exercises you’ll be performing, alongside any personal preferences you may have.
Each type of material has their own merits and their own adherents.
Many gym floor products are made from rubber, however, as it is pretty cheap to produce – and thus low cost for consumers to buy – as well as being very durable, pretty versatile, good for shock absorption, good for most activities and easy to clean (fantastic if you’re a sweater!) Foam and carpet tiles are generally cheaper than rubber, but they aren’t very easy to clean and, for various reasons, don’t give such a good user experience during hard training. Foam is, however, a very good shock absorber.
Vinyl flooring can be as durable as rubber, though it’s less shock-absorbent, making it a rarer choice.
The type of exercise you’re performing will also inform your choice. For instance, rubber or foam will be better for higher impact exercise styles, like jumping, martial arts, and weight training. Their shock absorbency makes them perfect. Carpet, vinyl and turf would be far less appropriate, but would work well as steady bases for cardio machines, or for grounded practice like yoga or Pilates.
There is a great difference in quality, pricing, durability and user experience between different brands, materials and styles of gym flooring. We’ve tried to include a wide range of samples in the following list, with most styles and materials represented. However, of course, all of the following will be reasonably priced and will last you for a good while. We’ve considered the quality and utility of each, as well as their design and build quality.
They really are 7 of the best examples of gym flooring that money can buy.
7 Of The Best Home Gym Flooring Options
The following seven choices are fantastic pieces of gym flooring. Each style and design will have its own use and each material will be appropriate for something different.
ProsourceFit Puzzle Exercise Mat
The best gym floors need to be adaptable. They need to be sympathetic to the spatial constraints of your home or workout space, they need to be easily contained, and they need to be appropriate for a range of different activities.
This is exactly what you get with the ProsourceFit Puzzle Exercise Mat.
The Prosource Puzzle set features six 24 x 24-inch high-density EVA foam tiles and 12 end border tiles. Each piece of the puzzle, so to speak, fits together easily, like a jigsaw, in any dimensions you choose. This means that you can assemble it to fit any room size and shape. It also means that you can take it apart and store it as needed.
You will have a full 24 square foot area to work with, which should be more than enough for most training styles, if performed solo. More than one person may struggle.
The foam is very good quality. It is water-resistant and will protect your flooring from impacts, dents or the usual scuffs associated with placing heavy equipment on the ground at home. You will be able to rest your treadmill on it or perform heavy deadlifts in confidence.
It’s also an incredibly affordable piece of kit – so much so that if you need room for several people to workout at once, it’s very doable to buy several and slot them together into a large training area.back to menu ↑
Edukit Extra Thick Foam Mats
Let’s go for a simple, cheap, no nonsense product, for those of you who want a simple, no frills workout. Edukit Extra Thick Foam Mats are nothing more than four simple, black or red, 61.cm square, 2cm thick, individual interlocking sections of non-skid, water-resistant, noise-dampening padding perfect for keeping you and your kit safe as you train. They are bulky, effective, and provide great protection and comfort.
They are also perfect for use over carpeting. Carpets often suffer under exercise – repeated training patterns can wear them down with extended use. Their fibres can get fatigued and flattened. Moreover, they don’t protect you at all. However, the right kind of gym flooring over a carpet can make all the difference in the world. This is where products like Edukit Extra Thick Foam Mats come into the picture. It will cushion the carpet from wear and tear as ably as it will cushion you from the same.
They are not glamorous, and they are not fun, but Edukit Extra Thick Foam Mats will provide you with an excellent workout and will keep you and your home in top condition as you train.
These truly are some of the best gym flooring products available on today’s market. Whether you want to train outside, using a grass mat like Sorbus’, you want something that will work well in the playroom, like Skip Hop’s offering, or you want something practical, simple and functional, like either Edukit Extra Thick Foam Mats or our top pick, ProsourceFit Puzzle Exercise Mat, you will get what you want: quality, protection, safety and, most importantly, a good workout.back to menu ↑
Phoenix Fitness’ Gym Mat
At just over two by one metres, it is small enough to be unobtrusive when stored away, but large enough to fit most forms of equipment or to accommodate a fairly active, mobile training routine. Yoga, HIIT cardio routines and plyometrics will all be easy to perform on it. With a quarter inch thickness, you can double the mat over itself for smaller spaces as well, or to provide extra cushioning where needed. It’s made from heavy duty, anti-slip foam that gives it a good deal of stability and stops it from sliding out from under you, for extra safety and comfort.
Though gym tiles like ProsourceFit’s Puzzle Exercise Mat are good for storing, larger exercise mats – those that are unsegmented – can still work with your space quite well. Phoenix Fitness’ offering is a case in point. It is easy to roll up and put away in a handy closet as and when you’re not using it.back to menu ↑
CAMBIVO Large Yoga Mat
It also excels as a yoga mat, of course. Anyone who’s practiced yoga for any significant amount of time has found themselves shuffling poses around, trying to stay on a slim conventional mat. If you’re more active, more multi-directional, or simply want a bit of breathing room for your asanas, the CAMBIVO Large Yoga Mat is a fantastic choice.
The mat is made of high-quality elastomer that cushions high impact really well – hence its suitability for a range of different activities. It manages this without being super thick, so you still have the firm support of the hard floor underneath (this is very welcome, even, necessary, for standing and unilateral poses). It rolls up easily, so is deceptively easy to store away in a handy cupboard despite its size. It comes with velcro straps and a nice carry bag, adding to this ease of storage, as well as a microfibre towel.back to menu ↑
We Sell Mats 3/8-Inch Interlocking Foam Tile Mat
We Sell Mats’ 3/8-Inch Interlocking Foam Tile Exercise Floor Mat is one of the best deals you can get. They deliver top quality with this product, whilst charging a lot less than many of their competitors.
Alongside the top-quality manufacture and design, We Sell Mats’ Exercise Mat is also very easy to put together – making it easy to store – lasts well, even after spending a good deal of time in rougher surfaces, taking a beasting, and is completely odourless (not something that can be said of all mats!) You can also buy it in either basic black or a nice blue, making it more appropriately suitable for kids’ playrooms.
It is also soft and absorbent, with anti-fatigue cushion support, making it perfect for higher impact exercise like martial arts or plyometrics.
There’s not too much more to say. If you like to get your money’s worth without sacrificing quality, this could be for you.back to menu ↑
Lion EVA Grass Effect Foam Mats
It’s nice to train outdoors sometimes. However, it’s not too great for the outdoors – ruined parkland, scuffed up lawns and broken earth can soon follow. So, why not bring some protection while you train? This is exactly what Lion are doing with their EVA Grass Effect Mat.
As an outdoor mat, it is incredibly durable and completely waterproof. It’s enough to withstand the worst of what the world can throw at it. Use it on your decking, patio, lawn, path or driveway (or indoors – it works anywhere) for an impromptu (or even semi-permanent) gym space that will stand the test of time.
Each tile comes in at 60 x 60 cm x 1.2cm, so you will need to buy a few. However, they have a good interlocking design, so fitting them all together will be easy enough. The artificial turf on their topsides is soft, so you can use it to decorate playrooms, or simply leave it down knowing the kids will be safe.
Lion’s EVA range isn’t just limited to turf effect. Various wood effects are also available, so it’s easy to suit them to your taste and décor.back to menu ↑
Skip Hop Playspot Interlocking Foam Floor Tiles
There’s nothing wrong with doubling up a gym space with a children’s play area. They share a lot in common – rough treatment, the need to protect from bumps and bruises, and a certain proclivity to breakages, to name just a few.
This is exactly why we’ve included Skip Hop’s Playspot Interlocking Foam Tiles on this list. These foam tiles are designed for the little ones but can work just as well as an adult’s playground. So, whatever you’re looking to protect your floor from, Playspot Interlocking Foam Tiles could be what you need.
There’s a bit of a clever design underpinning Playspot Interlocking Foam Tiles. Rather than the traditional square/jigsaw puzzle shapes we usually see with gym floors, they use a combination of triangular pieces and edging so that you can really customise the patterning using a mix of black, grey and cream pieces. For hardcore gym buffs who care for nothing but function, this may be nothing to get excited about. But if you’re looking to keep your home looking stylish as you sweat, look no further.