The Importance Of Proper Gym Flooring For Safety & Maintenance
The safety of clients as they put their bodies through heavy exertion, lifting, pulling, pushing, jumping and stretching throughout their training is the highest priority for Gym owners. Alongside in-depth gym tutorials, safety signage and staff available on the gym floor to assist with safety queries, the actual structure of the gym should also be designed to maximise safety and allow easy and inexpensive maintenance.
Gym Floor Safety
When considering safety and maintenance, the main criteria for your flooring should include the following:-
The surface within a Gym should not become slippery when in contact with moisture. This is because there is usually a high concentration of water vapour in gym spaces due to the perspiration produced by users. In addition, anyone handling heavy equipment should have maximum grip on the floor to ensure they do not slip or struggle on a smooth surface. Non-slip flooring is key in areas where there is high moisture and there is heavy machinery being used.
Professional athletes and gym users require a floor system that allows elasticity, a level of friction and good shock absorption for ultimate safety and performance. Flooring that has natural or inbuilt shock absorption qualities will deliver high protection from ligament damage and repetitive strain injuries associated with high impact activity.
Hygiene is absolutely essential when considering the flooring for your gym, especially during the pandemic . Materials like rubber, vinyl or wood are the most suitable for zones where there is high traffic, equipment in use or there is higher levels of surface dirt and body fats. This is due to the simplicity of cleaning and stain resistance where surfaces can easily be wiped or mopped down and dirt and odours are not absorbed into the fibres of the floor.
Free weights and heavy equipment can damage the wood or concrete subfloor if not protected with suitable matting or a surface layer. Good quality rubber in areas used for weights, spinning and fitness equipment activities is essential to avoid extreme and costly damage to your understructure.
Flooring options that offer good sound insulation is particularly important in gyms situated on upper levels of a facility. Soft, resilient floor materials such as rubber and vinyl or wood with built in acoustics allow for noise reduction by absorbing sound. This prevents sound travelling across quieter zones of the building and disturbing the calmer more relaxed atmosphere.
All zones of a gym should be carefully considered in terms of their use in order to determine the most suitable material which will optimise the users experience while delivering maximum safety, cleanliness and cost-effective maintenance.