So, you want to set up a home exercise area. One of the first things you should do is decide what type of exercise regimen you will follow. Aerobics, Yoga, weight machines, free weights, martial arts, Pilates, Zumba. All of these programs require specific flooring needs. As an example, let’s look at the difference between the flooring needs of free weights versus aerobics.
With free weights, consider these important factors.
Sub floor protection. Weights are . . . well . . . weighty, and are generally not made of feathers or fluff. If you don’t believe me, just drop one on your toe. You need a durable, high density, wear resistant surface with great noise absorption properties. Dependent on the amount of weight being used and the type of apparatus, my suggestion would be a recycled rubber flooring. One of the thicker rolled rubbers or maybe one of the Tuff n Easy interlocking tiles. Rubber flooring tiles are ideal for weight lifting because not only do they provide great floor protection but they also provide perfect footing, focusing on stability while incorporating anti-fatigue properties. Since the product is made from rubber, its wear and durability characteristics are assured. Besides, when lifting a bar, it feels cool when you put the bar down to have it bounce a little, proving how heavy it was.
Now consider the different criteria for an aerobic surface. Rather than being stationary, aerobics involve bouncing about like a rabid wombat in heat. (I looked it up in the Australian Wikipedia) Traction, energy return, anti-fatigue and comfort, tops the list of preferred properties. I would look closely at either the premium SoftFloor tiles or maybe even a carpeted crosslink rolls. The objective is to provide a springy floor with a lot of “energy return” rather than energy absorption. Traction is a major factor when utilizing more robust movement and softness is desirable for when you plop to the ground in an endorphin induced coma.
When looking for flooring, it pays to inform your sales representative as to the purpose you plan to put the floor to. “I want to set up an exercise area”, means different things to different people and we here at MatsMatsMats.com can be your consultative resource to find you the perfect floor for your needs.