The Home Gym Rubber Flooring Guide

Yes, home gym rubber flooring is really important if you train with heavy weights. Whether you do not want to damage your tiled/wood floor or you don't want to make any noise while training, flooring is the answer.

Do not worry. You do not have to make major overhauls or purchase anything very expensive, like Olympic flooring. That is not the only option.

There are reasonable and somewhat inexpensive solutions for the average home gym floor. Before we get into the home gym rubber flooring, lets see the other types of a floor you could have.


Other Types of Flooring

  • Plywood - Only for dire situations, or perhaps home built Olympic platforms. If it breaks you can get hurt.
  • Rubber Mats - A thing to use together with carpet. Have a carpet, have a mat, place the equipment on the mat. Dropping weights onto this is still not recommended.
  • Foam tiles - Super cheap. Quick. Okay for light weights. Not okay for weight dropping. Not okay to leave heavy items on it for long periods of time.
  • Carpet - It's fine for free weights. BUT.. Loads of sweat might do something to the smell of the carpet, and the carpet fibres flying around everywhere might do something to exercise machines nearby (manufacturers are actually concerned about those little carpet particles jamming the exercise machines).
  • Rubber tiles - Got a great air conditioning system? Not a lot of ground to cover? These will do just fine. BUT.. They might smell like tires, so if you're not a mechanic you could either get headaches from that or just simply be demotivated to workout. They absorb shock, sound, don't let you slip on your sweat, last a lifetime, are easy to set up and they feel pretty nice.

Flooring for your home gym does not have to be complicated or expensive. Throwing down a few rubber mats might be enough for you. It all really depends on how much you are lifting and the type of exercises/training you are doing.

Olympic exercises require much more significant flooring and equipment because the heavy weights are dropped. Lifting dumbbells is relatively safe for your floor, so a rubber mat would be enough.


Rubber Tiles

Rubber tiling is an option that is widely accepted as the way to go with home gyms. Most commonly for home gym rubber flooring, weight room flooring and even commercial event flooring.

Rubber tiles come in a variety of colors. You can match the colour of the floor with the look and feel of your gym. All of the colours should offer the same high-quality. The flooring really gives a lot to home gym designs.

The features are great, almost ideal. if you plan to have a home gym where you use equipment like racks and barbells for serious training and where there is not a lot of floor to cover or where you've got a seriously great air conditioning system (otherwise the smell may get intense).

Why? No sound, no slipping and if you decide to drop weights there will be no or little damage done to the floor and weights.

Thickness does matter though:

  • 3/8" - Free weights and light exercise machines (like bikes) are fine - Light use.
  • 1/2" - Barbells, commercial treadmills, stations - Moderate use.
  • Heavy use? Champion use? You'll have to use a premium grade protector pad, which may be 3/4".

Price range

  • Anywhere from 0.99$ per square foot, to over 15$.

Remember that rubber does not decompose or crumble, so it never needs to be replaced.

Generally any type of rubber flooring for a home gym looks seamless. The interlocking-type rubber tiles installed in a wall-to-wall way. However, the same rubber tiles can be made into interlocking mats of various sizes if you cut off some of the interlocking tabs. Installation is very easy and straight forward. You can choose to install with or without tools.

BUT.. Remember that there is a "but". Cheap (perhaps recycled) rubber flooring might smell. Smell like what? Like tires. Not cool.


Before Installation

  • Make sure the floor is completely clean.
  • No grease, dust, dirt, anything.
  • The tiles will expand and contract due to temperature. Remember to leave a gap which is roughly the thickness of one tile.

With tools

Not many are required. A utility knife and a straight edge.

Installation with tools is a little bit more complicated, but if you first place the tiles in all corners then all you have to do is fill in the flooring with center tiles.

That is quite easy and you can not mess up.

Without tools

If you want to install your home gym rubber flooring without any tools, you must choose tiles close to you room size.

Tiles which are installed without tools come with center, corner and border ones. They all add up nicely.

No special things or glue needs to be used in any method of installation which makes it far better to remove or replace. The weight of the rubber tiles is enough to hold them from moving around. However if you want to be sure and keep them from moving around then double sided tape is your friend.


The Chosen Ones?

Mid-range rubber tiles are really the way to go for average home gyms. Make sure the tiles are not the foam type, as the names are very similar. I do not suggest you pick up tiles made from foam unless you are desperate to cover up your floor. Foam does provide the same high quality benefits.

You may drop a significant weight on a foam floor and you'll see the dent (perhaps forever). You may not even drop anything, but simply but a heavy object, or stand in the same place every time and there may be a noticeable difference in that spot.

I believe in these tiles.

They've got everything you'd want for a nice price. The dozens of great reviews raving about these are no fakes.

It's a really great investment, but listen.. If all you'll do is fitness exercises at home  (bodyweight, no equipment) then you're ready to go and do them right now. No excuses.


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