How thick should home gym flooring be?

How thick should home gym flooring be?

Regardless if you’re planning on deadlifting or breaking out into a sweat with cardio, choosing to invest in high quality rubber flooring is a worthwhile decision that will greatly impact both the appearance and practicality of your home gym. Choosing the correct rubber home gym flooring is also vital in ensuring your own safety while working out. 


If you are considering creating your own dream home gym, our wide collection of Sprung® rubber fitness tiles and rolls is the perfect place to get started. Here is a short guide on home gym flooring to help you decide on which type is right for you:  


What is the recommended home gym flooring thickness? 

The recommended thickness for rubber home gym flooring can range from 10-80mm. In order to decide on the optimal thickness of your home gym flooring, it’s firstly helpful to consider the material of the floor that is underneath. Flat, sturdy surfaces such as concrete or flagstone are characterised as the best foundations for laying out gym flooring, while the likes of weak floorboards are more prone to damage. 


Placing the correct home gym flooring will provide safety from impact damage for both yourself and your home’s under flooring. As most home gyms will involve usage of heavy equipment, rubber is the most effective choice of flooring material. 


For home gyms with heavy machines and free weights, ensure that you have a rubber flooring thickness of at least 15mm to 30mm - this will of course all depend on the weight of the equipment that you use. If you frequently perform deadlifts or lift bulky dumbbells over the weight of 40kg, it’s advised to use additional flooring of up to 40-80mm for extra protection. 


If your gym has a cardio or plate load area, a thickness of 6 to 12mm is recommended to support the equipment and machinery. 

Those wishing to perform exercises such as pilates, yoga, HIIT, or any other similar workouts, should choose foam flooring instead. This is because foam is a softer material in comparison to rubber that can provide bounce and cushioning. For best results, try purchasing foam flooring no thicker than 9mm, which will ensure a suitable level of comfort. 


When should I use rubber rolls for gym flooring?

Rubber floor rolls are a great choice for both large and small home gyms, and can be especially beneficial for people who frequently perform fast stop and go exercises. Floor rolls are cost-effective, easy to lay, and include fewer joints which can minimise the risks of slips and trips while working out. They also offer great durability, impact-absorption, as well as strong traction.  


When should I use rubber tiles for gym flooring?

Rubber tiles are another popular home gym flooring choice due to their convenience. While pricier than rubber floor rolls, rubber tiles come in a range of sizes, are ideal for smaller home gyms, and can easily be transported and replaced. Rubber tiles are also hugely versatile in their function - most exercises and training can be carried out on their durable surfaces. 


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