What to Look For in Gym Tiles For Free Weight Areas

Whether people are performing a clean and snatch, dead-lift or dumbbell bench press, lifting (and dropping) weights takes its toll on the gym floor. Gym tiles are one of the most popular types of flooring for this reason. Typically, damage occurs locally to one area of flooring. This can be caused by functional training or by foot traffic over time. The ability to replace one or two floor tiles as opposed to a whole flooring system saves time and money. A doubly good combination.

As you might expect, floor tiles for gyms come in a wide range of sizes and materials (membranes) and tiles are chosen to match the type of workout in a gym area – that’s why you’ll typically see harder flooring around cable machines and treadmills, and softer flooring around benches so there’s shock absorption for functional training.

Gym tiles for free weights

If you’re looking for gym tiles for your free weight area, here’s what to look for:
Dumbbells get dropped and chucked on the floor. This is a given in every gym, so you’ve got to provide a shock absorbing flooring system to protect the sub floor.
Also, the flooring system should minimise bounce, so the weights don’t go flying, and be non-slip so that gym goers have good grip underfoot even if it’s wet.
A heavy duty flooring system of interlocking 30mm or 40mm rubber tiles on top of a durable protective under-layer would be sufficient for free weight areas. We recommend 30mm tiles as the minimum here – any less wouldn’t be sufficient.

In designated areas for deadlifts and heavy barbell work, impact protection slabs are needed. These are manufactured from EPDM rubber and are exceptionally durable with high impact and abrasion resistance. A thickness of 50 to 80mm is optimal to create a highly durable flooring system suitable for intense weight training. These should be laid in addition to gym tiles, which will be used for the regular floor.

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