Commercial gym flooring comes in all shapes and sizes, and some surfaces definitely perform better than others. Choosing the right flooring for a gym is a matter of use case and safety, because you want to find the balance between protecting the subfloor and delivering a good experience for members.

There are few tips to help you choose the right flooring for your commercial gym. We also offer free advice, so feel free to reach out.


There’s so much your gym floor has to cope with, including:

  • Dropped weights
  • Benches being moved
  • Heavy equipment
  • Sweat and spillages
  • Vibration and impacts

The right commercial gym flooring depends on the intended use case, however, since people tend to forget the rules when working out and misuse surfaces, it’s important to choose gym flooring that is extremely resilient.

Type of workout

Most gyms support a wide range of workouts, including:

  • Free weights
  • Powerlifting
  • Machine work
  • HIIT
  • Pilates and yoga

It’s important to consider the different zones you have in your gym and cater for the different workouts people do. This means thicker surfaces in free weight areas and thinner surfaces for yoga areas and indoor tracks.

Flooring material

While hardwood is common in gymnasiums, commercial gyms don’t widely use it because the hard surface is only suitable for light work.

Rubber flooring is the standard for commercial gyms, and you can get rubber flooring in various thicknesses and elasticities.

High density (stiff) rubber surfaces are polyurethane or vinyl and are best for areas with cable machines and treadmills. Lower density rubbers are best for free weight areas because they provide greater impact protection and absorb vibration. You wouldn’t want to use a hard surface in free weight and power lifting zones.

Maximising performance with underlay

It’s important to remember that a surface topper like rubber matting or tiles will only protect the subfloor so much. Underlay is a middle layer that allows the topper to compress into a softer surface than concrete or plywood.

Underlay maximises performance and especially in free weight zones. The underlay is normally softer than the topper, so dropped weights press into the top surface. This helps to stop weights from bouncing around.

Underlay is not always necessary, but it is recommended and in our experience flooring systems with underlay outlast those without it.

TVS Gym Flooring can demonstrate a wealth of experience and has built a solid reputation, providing solutions to some of the UK’s leading health club operators. For more information on our range of products call us on +44 (0) 1706 260 220 or download our brochure from this website.

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