Choose the Right Flooring for the Gym


An important and mostly underestimated area in a gym is the floor. This part is extremely important because it helps protect equipment and equipment from damage and prevents the trainees from injuring themselves during a workout. Which floor for which area? How thick does it have to be? Should the floor be able to spring? We answer all of these questions and where you can find the right flooring below.

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What floor coverings are there and for which area are they suitable?

The floor requirements differ depending on the area. In free weights , another floor is necessary, for example as in the cardio area . The reason is clear: in the cardio area, the floor does not have to absorb shocks or absorb the impact of weights, in the barbell area it is different. The following floors are available : 

  • Rubber sheets & tiles :

This flooring is particularly suitable for training areas in which many joint onerous , run – and jump stressful exercises are performed. The thickness is 2 – 3 cm and is non-slip and sound-absorbing. This floor covering is used particularly in the functional fitness area , in classrooms or therapy rooms . 

  • Rubber mats

The rubber mats are used less in training areas. With a thickness of 8 – 12 mm , they have less shock absorption. The flooring is more suitable for changing rooms , walkways or offices . The surface is characterized by the comfortable and joint-friendly running feeling, the anti-slip covering and the high abrasion resistance. 

  • Floor mats

The extremely shock-absorbing surface is characterized by its high durability , unbreakable material, non- slip surface and abrasion resistance . The thickness is approx. 15 mm and consists of recycled rubber granulate . The floor covering is used particularly frequently in areas where increased sound-absorbing and shock-absorbing properties are required. Examples include the free weight area , areas for drop training , functional training areas or in special course rooms . What is special: Many floor mats are bothCan be used indoors and outdoors . 

  • Underlay mats

The perfect addition to the equipment park. With underlay mats, the main floor is protected from scratches and dents and remains in top condition. With a thickness of 0.4 cm , the flooring is ideal for strength and cardio machines . Moving devices is much easier and leaves no unsightly marks. 

  • Fall protection mats

When working with heavy weights in the gym, fall protection mats are a must. With a thickness of 40 mm and a material made of solid rubber with a hollow chamber honeycomb system on the underside , the mats dampen weights of up to 500 kg . The area of ​​application here is particularly in the free barbell area, more precisely in deadlifts. Since a lot of weight is moved here and this is often dropped on the floor, fall protection mats are ideal here to protect the floor. 

What should be considered when buying?

When buying the flooring, there are a few points that should be considered. If the areas are clearly divided and a type of floor has been chosen, the question arises as to which requirements the covering should meet. The density should be at least 900 to 1,100 kg / m³ and the floor covering should be 6 to 10 mm thick . A mat is sufficient to protect the floor. Another question is the shape of the toppings. 

There are usually three different shapes here: puzzle mats , rubber floors on a roll or rubber plates. It all depends on the premises. Rollers are particularly suitable for large areas, while puzzle mats and rubber sheets are more intended for smaller areas. All three variants are easy to install and can also be adjusted without manual skills. 


You shouldn’t save on the floor. Products that are not of high quality are cheaper to buy, but can quickly turn out to be a cost trap. Basically, you should get an idea of ​​which area in the gym is intended for what and which floor is best suited for it. With the right floor, your gym not only stands out visually, it also supports your members and ensures pleasant training.

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