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Best Home Gym Flooring Reviews 2018

updated September 5, 2018

What type of flooring should a garage gym have?

Garage gym flooring is one of the most important aspects of building and maintaining a health, stable home gym. Many pieces of equipment will completely destroy your floor if you don't have proper floor mats installed.

On top of potential damage, good flooring will also keep things quiet while you do exercises like deadlfts and other olympic lifts.

When I built my garage gym I researched and purchased the available products out there for about two weeks before settling on the Rubber Cal Elephant Bark Floor Mat for myself. All the options listed below are great options, and come in a variety of sizes. See which one works for you. I've listed the details below:

garage gym flooring

You just decided to convert your own garage into a garage gym because you have enough space for it, but before you could buy the necessary equipment to fill the space, you have to think about filling the interior with the right design. Aside from the gym mirrors, you also have to think about the type of flooring you want your gym to have. You should think about your gym as a gym, not as part of the house. The flooring that all gyms have been different from the type of flooring that households has. Picking the wrong type of flooring will only damage the material and the floor beneath it. To avoid this, you must do your research first and find out which of the type of flooring suits your budget or the one your gym really needs.

Different Types of Flooring for your Garage Gym

Some households do not make a complete redo of their garage just to fit the right type of flooring to it. All they did was to install a material that is comfortable to walk on and something that is perfect for every equipment it stops on. They range from rubber to concrete. The most popular options are as follows:

Large Exercise Mat

This is a 6 foot by 4 foot by ¼ inch thick mat that provides a high density, non-slip performance workout surface. Circle pattern botton grips prevent the mat from sliding around. Made from eco-friendly non-toxic materials. This mat is available in two reversible colors.

PROS

  • One piece large mat
  • Reversible colors
  • Thick double-sided design

CONS

  • Not thick enough
Floor Mat

Many different sizes available. Made from recycled materials. 3/16" thick.

The basic package comes with a 4' x 4' tile (16 sq feet).

However, you can order sizes up to 4' x 25' feet.

PROS

  • One piece mat
  • Range of sizes
  • Recycled materials

CONS

  • Not thick enough
Ultra Thick Equipment Mat

Rubber flooring. Ideal for Concrete/high impact exercises.

Each order comes with one 4' x 6' tile for a total of 24 sq feet.

Options available for 1/2" and 3/8" thickness

PROS

  • Rubber flooring
  • High impact
  • Range of thicknesses

CONS

  • Expensive
Interlocking Foam Floor Mats

Interlocking foam. 3/8" thick.

Each order Comes with twelve 2' x 2' tiles for a total of 48 sq feet.

PROS

  • Interlocking foam
  • 12 tiles per pack
  • Covers 48 square feet

CONS

  • Tight fit
Puzzle Exercise Mat

Interlocking foam. 1/2" thick.

Each order Comes with six 2' x 2' tiles for a total of 24 sq feet.

PROS

  • Interlocking foam
  • Ribbed surface
  • Half inch thick

CONS

  • Not comfortable in bare feet
Rogue fitness mat

This comes with a price, and if you are the type never to mind how much you are going to spend in your garage gym, this is another option you should take a look at. The Rogue Fitness Facility has the flooring or mats that will definitely last forever. Many have given 4 out of 5 stars because of their durability, indestructibility and quality. But, if you are going to buy their materials online, you will have to pay for the shipping. Some options may differ from one another, and it can be confusing on how much it will really total everything. Just be careful that you do not end up with a very expensive shopping. Rogue Fitness is common in commercial gym floorings, because it is where people constantly come and go, thus the need for high quality.

Puzzle Exercise Mat with Interlocking Tiles

EVA Foam interlocking tiles that are durable and non-stick, there tiles are easily laid puzzle style.

You have a choice of ½ inch thick, 24 and 144 square feet, as well as ¾ inch thick 24 and 96 square foot packages. 

PROS

  • Easy to assemble
  • Durable
  • Non-stick
  • 2-year warranty

CONS

  • Colors not consistent
Jumbo Soft Interlocking Foam Tiles

Reversible color interlocking tiles, detachable edge pieces, 24 x 24 x ¾ inches, high density closed cell EVA.

These tiles are water-proof and mold and mildew resistant.

PROS

  • Reversible colors
  • Detachable edge pieces
  • Water proof
  • Mold resistant
  • Mildew resistant

CONS

  • Generates a lot of static electricity
Eva Foam Interlocking Tiles

These interlocking EVA tiles come in either a dark or light wood grain color. Each tile is one foot square and 0.4 inches thick.

The outer edge of the tiles can be removed to reveal another interlocking tile to allow for infinite expansion.

PROS

  • Wood grain finish
  • 0.4 inches thick
  • Removable outer edge

CONS

  • Not overly durable
Interlocking Exercise Foam Mats

Non-stick textured and shock absorbing EVA foam rubber tiles that measure 12” x 12” x 0.5”.

Lightweight puzzle pieces that can be very easily assembled. Water resistant and noise reducing design. One-year warranty.

PROS

  • Non-stick
  • Shock absorbing
  • Half inch thick
  • Water and noise resistant

CONS

  • Holds indentations
Sorbus Wood Grain

Sorbus Wood Grain Gym Flooring provides you with a classic faux wood finish to add a stylish touch to your gym floor. Mats interlock with a simple jigsaw puzzle pattern to provide a secure, seamless look. Each padded tiles measures 24 inches in length and 24 inches in width.

PROS

  • Range of wood grain patterns
  • Detachable edge pieces
  • Comfortable and safe

CONS

  • Interlocking parts may stick up

Home Gym Flooring Reviews

The following materials are used for home gyms, but they also come with a price if you choose the options below.

Cork Flooring – this type of flooring has never run out of style since a few years back because of its eco-friendly material, made up of 100% biodegradable and renewable material. Since cork material is very soft, it leaves you the question of whether or not they are fitted for garage gym floorings. Cork absorbs impact, but the downside is when you move the equipment to another location, it will tear up the material when dragged over it.

Interlocking Foam Tiles – although not the kind of garage gym friendly material you are looking for, the EVA foam is easy to acquire and comes at a very light weight, not to mention it is available in a variety of pretty colors. They are fairly cheap, but the downside of this material is that it dents easily and they do not decompress very well. When weights are dropped, it has the tendency to bounce back, forming a hazard. Its surface is unstable and mushy, especially at times when a person is holding heavy weight equipments.

Want to know more about other gym equipment? Click here for an in depth guide (with pictures and videos).

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Thank you for your review. I’m building my first ever home gym in my family room, which is in a 1905 victorian home. After doing research for days I finally came across your blog post and will now procure rubber horse stall flooring for my family room!