Right mats for your home gym
Depending on what you need, picking home gym flooring doesn’t have to be painful. Here are some guidelines for selecting the right floor for your home gym.
You want to get the most bang for your buck. The old saying “you get what you pay for”applies, sure, and if a deal seems too good to be true, it probably is.
Look for flooring that is made of high-quality ingredients while not being too hard on the wallet. You don’t need industrial flooring, after all. Price also depends on material used and the quality: heavier material is more expensive but its durability makes a difference in the long run.
The most important aspect of anything for your home gym is: does it add to the safety of your set-up, and, how so? Your home gym flooring should be thick enough for whatever you’re going to be doing. You can get away with unpadded flooring if you’re not doing anything that requires throwing, tumbling, or other impact, but if you’re doing something a bit more intense? Padded flooring of at least two inches is ideal.
Slipping and sliding can be issues, too. Most gym flooring is non-slip, either being made of rubber or textured, and prevents incidents where wetness on your floor or feet causes you to careen into a wall or piece of equipment. Laugh if you like, this is still an important factor in figuring out what flooring to buy.
Different materials are better suited to different activities. If you’re going to be using heavy equipment, you don’t want to use foam for your home gym flooring – you want something more durable. If you’re tumbling, you want something thick and cushioned, or you’ll want to invest in proper mats that can be picked up and put away later. Whatever flooring you get has to go along with your plans for the space, and you don’t want to get the wrong item for whatever you’re doing. Compare materials, durability, and what extras you might have to get if you go with one type of floor over the other.
Do you plan to install your home gym flooring yourself, or hire someone? If you plan to do it yourself, you’ll need to know exactly what you need to do it – and if it’s even a good idea. Personally? I suggest getting a professional to do it. Find people that have been working with that flooring type for a long time so that you know you’re getting somebody that knows what they’re doing. Never pay the entire cost of installation up-front. At most, go with 10%, and always be concerned if they insist that they need more money before they do anything with the flooring.
When hunting for flooring for your home gym, the cost isn’t the only consideration. Ease of installation, safety, and your needs for the room are important considerations to make. Don’t give in to pressure from salespeople and go with your gut – and research, research, research