Here at Floor Coverings International of Hillsborough, NJ, we take health pretty seriously. If you can make the space, building an at-home gym is a great investment, not only for your home, but for your health. With that in mind, we decided to take a look at some of the best flooring options for an at home gym. A gym floor needs to be easy to clean and durable, so it can deal with sweat and dropped weights. Ideally it wouldn’t be too hard, so that you aren’t bruising yourself doing your sit ups. Here are a few great flooring options for your home gym.

Cork

Cork flooring is known primarily for being an ecofriendly floor covering, but it’s also got great potential as a gym floor covering. Cork flooring is made from the bark of the cork oak, and it is a naturally soft and warm material. It absorbs sound and is relatively durable. The softness of the material will be great for absorbing impact, and the suberin in cork makes it naturally hydrophobic, so sweat won’t be an issue. Keep in mind that dragging a barbell around a cork floor is likely to damage it though, so cork might not be the best option for those heavily into lifting.

Foam

A more gym-specific option for home gym flooring is foam puzzle mats. Coming in puzzle shaped tiles that lock together over your normal floors, these tiles come in a variety of colors and styles. One of the most common materials for these mats is EVA (Ethylene Vinyl Acetate). These are great for playrooms as well, and are often used at trade shows to provide a comfortable standing surface. They are soft and sponge like, but also resilient. Keep in mind though that they are not a real floor, and so they can be less durable than other options.

Rubber

A pricier choice, but one of the best options, rubber flooring is perfect for a home gym, or any gym. Virgin rubber would be the ideal choice, coming in mats with a hammered surface. It won’t absorb moisture and it’s a simple thing to clean. Worried about that rubber smell? Virgin rubber is odorless. Many rubber options come in puzzle mats like the foam ones, but these are much more durable, although with an accordingly higher price tag.