What is Heavy Duty Gym Flooring?

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If your gym has free weight, bench and powerlifting zones, then you will need heavy duty gym flooring to protect the subfloor.

Heavy duty gym flooring is always made from EPDM rubber tiles. EPDM rubber tiles have several advantages over rubber matting, including thickness, shock absorption and the fact they are individual tiles which makes them easy to replace.

Rubber Tiles

Whether your subfloor is concrete or board, lifting zones require a substantial top floor to protect the subfloor from damage.

30mm and 40mm EPDM rubber tiles are recommended in addition to a 2-10mm shock-absorbing rubber underlay. These tiles are common in commercial gyms and they come in two different installation types:

  • Interlocking – these have no gaps or seams. The tiles interlock. Cutting to size is possible for the outer tiles
  • Standard tiles – these are square tiles that join together but do not interlock. They have a small joint gap and can be cut to size.

Most commercial gyms use standard tiles because they are cheaper. The most popular brand is SPORTEC. These tiles have contrasting flecks. Interlocking tiles are more expensive and do not typically exceed 20mm in thickness.

Impact Protection Slabs

Impact protection slabs are another type of heavy duty gym flooring. These are made from EPDM rubber and are up to 80mm thick.

Impact protection slabs are installed over the gym floor underneath power racks and in deadlift zones. They are often portable but can be built into the floor. They are needed in heavy lifting zones to protect the subfloor.

Rubber Matting

Rubber matting, or rubber rolls, are not usually considered for heavy duty gym flooring because they are too thin for free weight zones. However, rubber matting is suitable for studios, fitness rooms and cable and treadmill zones in a gym.

If you need to cover a large space and intend to use machines, or the surface will be used for functional fitness, rubber matting is a good choice.

Rubber matting is sold in length by the roll. It’s an affordable option that provides good safety and subfloor protection. It’s typically up to 12mm thick. It can be paired with rubber underlay to maximise performance and safety.

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