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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.