It has become abundantly clear that my local gym, Woodland Hills Athletic Club, is in need of new exercise flooring in the HIT (high intensity training) room.Â A comparatively small room to the rest of the facilities, this particular area is where the most intense workout regiments take place and you can tell by the shape that the gym floor is in.Â Black foam flakes stick to your sneakers and follow you home after setting just one foot in that room.
Currently the gym floor is outfitted with 4â€™x4â€™x1â€ EVA foam mats which were purchased about 4 years ago just as the new owner, Eric, took over the place. Myself having trained in that room, Iâ€™m amazed that 1â€ EVA foam has withstood the continuous 4â€™-7â€™ drops of 300 pound dead lifts over and over again. Despite their perceived durability, Eric is looking for something that has the resilience of rubber and the high impact shock absorption of the EVA foam tiles. After a series of tests on some larger samples pieces, it looks like heâ€™s leaning toward the Soft Rubber interlocking tiles in Â¾â€ thickness for its hard rubber top and the foam base. Installation is looking to take place sometime during the summer and weâ€™ll be keeping you posted with pics and installation tips.