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So, you’re looking for the best home flooring options for your home gym? Don’t worry you’ve come to the right place! After having set up 7 home gyms over the past 10 years for myself, and several others for friends I have really come to know a thing or two about this topic.
The buying guide section will give you the basic information you need about your home gym flooring options and then the review section will show you some of the best products you can get from the internet or retail today.
Why do you need home gym flooring?
To Protect Your Floors from Damage
I mean on the surface this is an easy question to answer. However, I have found a lot of people do not realize that you need some type of protection for concrete flooring and of course other types of flooring like wood or other surfaces that may exist in your house. Some people do not realize that heavy dead lift can easily damage and crack concrete floors.
To Reduce the Noise
Another reason for using home gym flooring products is simply to reduce the noise from heavyweights being dropped on the floor. I don’t know about you but I wouldn’t want to hear the sound of metal weights hitting a concrete floor while doing deadlifts.
Avoid Putting Home Gyms on Second Floor
I also don’t advise putting a home gym on the second story of your house without getting structural engineer to advise you on whether it is safe. People say that most Second Story floors are designed to hold 5000 pounds (2.27 t) per square foot. But then again you just don’t know until you have a professional evaluate it for you.
Most popular flooring options for home gyms
There are honestly two main types that I have found:
- Soft Foam flooring tiles
- Hard Rubber flooring sections built for purposes other than Home gym flooring. These are basically Horse Stall Mats that you get from places like Tractor Supply
The horse stall mats are great and probably the ideal gym flooring.
A problem with horse stall mats though it’s simply that they are very heavy and a bit unwieldy to move around. Another issue is that it’s hard to find them if you do not have a tractor supply company store in your area. And don’t expect these to be the type of flooring that’s soft or something you would want to do stretching exercises on. There is no give to horse stall mats. That’s what makes them great for squatting and dead lifting is because they have a firm surface that they provide but just keep in mind but these are definitely not the software surfaces you may be used to.
Best Rubber Stall Mats: Thick Rubber Stall Mat (Tractor Supply)
So these rubber stall mats provide the best bang for your buck. These things are almost indestructible. Keep in mind they’re designed to withstand the punishment of horses trampling on them all day. I used these for the home gym I set up in Dallas and absolutely loved them. For the squat rack area that I set up it took two of the 4 foot by 6 foot sections to fill the area. So keep in mind you will probably at least need two and possibly more depending on how large your square footage is that you want to protect. At $40 to $50 per section they can get expensive quickly. You also need to keep in mind that they are very heavy and difficult to move. You almost certainly need a truck or an SUV to get them from the tractor supply store to your home gym.
- Virtually indestructible
- firm surface to lift from
- look great
- possibly not a great surface for stretching or Mobility work because they have no give
- cannot be purchased online
- difficult to move
- require a truck and an in-person pick up
Summary: If you have a house, a pickup truck, and the room in your budget these are the perfect home gym flooring for you!
Best Foam Tile: BalanceFrom Puzzle Exercise Mat with EVA Foam Interlocking Tiles
This is the flooring that I went with for my most recent home gym. I have no real complaints about it except for the fact that it’s a little softer and provides more cushion than I expected. However, the tiles are cheap, the shipping was fast, and it’s easy to put together.
- great price
- shipping is quick
- easy to put together
- no harsh smells
- A little softer but I was hoping for
- the puzzle pieces do occasionally become disconnected
Summary: If horse stall mats are not a good option for you because of the weight or for some other reason then this is the next best product to purchase!
So that’s it for all the home gym flooring options that I have. Like I said, In my opinion there’s basically two options. The foam tiles from Amazon or the Tractor Supply Company horse stall mats. I would definitely be interested in hearing other opinions though and especially pictures of what you used for your home gym flooring. Please post and share in the comments below.