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The Golden Age of Bodybuilding was between the 50’s and 70’s when there were less supplements and steroids became a big thing. Back then, gym floors were made from concrete with little consideration for safety and longevity. If the surface was ‘hard’ it offered a ‘stable’ platform for people to lift heavy.
This era was a very different era to the one we live in today. We now have rubber surfaces that cushion impacts and dampen sound. The bodybuilders of yesteryear would no doubt find this perplexing, but also rather useful, because rubber flooring makes lifting easier and safer – a win-win whichever way you look at it. The only downside to modern rubber gym flooring is that it promotes dropped weights, which never happened with concrete floors (bodybuilders were considerate of the fact that weights had to be controlled to protect the floor). Regardless of a shift in attitude and a little bit of complacency with the fact that rubber flooring is resilient, modern gym floors have improved the bodybuilding scene immensely as people can spend more time lifting without a spotter.
TVS Gym Floors 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.
Gym floors can be categorised into two segments – functional and specialised. Functional surfaces include interlocking floor tiles and rubber matting. Specialised surfaces include sled lanes, artificial turf and indoor running tracks. The majority of commercial gyms go for general purpose surfaces. These include interlocking rubber tiles and rubber matting made from EPDM. This impact-absorbing material is available in different densities and thicknesses. The non-slip surface is useful for all types of sport and it’s easy to clean.
The Golden Age of Bodybuilding had no such surface. Bodybuilders would instead use a towel or mat so weights wouldn’t roll away. If you want to make an indoor running track or sled lane, there are specialised surfaces you can use. Sled lanes are made from a very fine artificial turf surface. Running tracks are made from laminated hardwood or polyurethane.
We recommend catering to specialised zones wherever possible. In doing so, you will make a better impression with members and retain more memberships. One of the main reasons why people hop between gyms is because of better flooring. So, it’s in your best interests to step up your game and choose gym flooring that offers the best experience for everyone, no matter the kind of training.
The size of your gym will also be an important consideration for your gym floor. Rubber rolls are sold by the metre and the bigger the roll the cheaper the materials overall. Rolls are best for covering large spaces. Tiles, on the other hand, are better for covering small spaces. Tiles also bring the benefit of being replaceable one tile at a time.
We supply gym tiles, gym rolls and gym power turf. These gym floors are suited to different use cases. Tiles are best for free weight zones while rolls are best for covering large areas in an efficient manner. Turf is used for sled lanes and tracks. We offer most floor types in a wide range of colours and finishes. We can also mark your floor to create boundaries and drill boxes on the floor. Anything is possible, including brand logos and visual warnings near doors and entranceways.
We offer gym floors for all use cases, including free weights, functional fitness, sled lanes, sprint tracks, dance studios and yoga zones. We can recommend several options depending on your budget and performance requirements. Most gym floors are made from EPDM rubber (tiles or rubber rolls), but vinyl could be another option if you wish to have a hard, resilient surface. Sprint tracks and sled lanes can be made so they sit on top of your floor, making them removable.
TVS offers a wide range of flooring solutions to suit any budget and application. Whether you’re looking for the perfect free weights area or functional fitness studio, we have what you need. Our floors are designed to be durable and easy to clean so that your gym can look its best at all times. And with multiple colours available, it’s never been easier to match your brand!
Following over a decade in the industry, TVS offers the widest range of gym floors in one place. We only supply leading flooring brands, and we provide a complete solution including design, installation and material / old floor recycling.
If you choose TVS you choose quality. There’s nothing we don’t know about gym flooring and this expertise comes across in the quality of our work. We’ve worked with independent and franchised gyms, as well as sports clubs and fitness centres.
You can also expect the best customer experience. We win most of our business from customer recommendations. It is in our best interests to provide incredible gym floors. We also provide comprehensive aftercare. We will check in with you periodically to make sure everything’s okay, and we will fix any problems you have.