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Foam and Rubber Home Gym Flooring and Exercise Mats

By Stacey Kosha, (326 words) Posted in Rubber Flooring on March 23, 2009
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Sample of Foam Rubber Interlocking TilesFoam and rubber flooring and mats make the perfect home gym floor. Whether it’s Yoga, Pilates, weightlifting, martial arts, stretching, dancing, or one of many other work outs that you prefer, proper home gym flooring and exercise mats made of foam or rubber are a must. Foam and rubber workout flooring will not only protect your floor covering or subfloors underneath from damage that can be caused by heavy exercise equipment, but will also provide cushion underfoot. This cushion acts as a shock absorber, taking strain off your joints during your workout.

Home gym floors are usually made of interlocking tiles that fit together like a puzzle. These interlocking tiles are usually made of high density Ethylene Vinyl Acetate (EVA) foam which is non-toxic and PVC, lead, and latex free. Another common material used to make home gym flooring and exercise mats is rubber. Rubber flooring is available in rolls or interlocking tiles made of natural or synthetic rubber.

Example Rubber Interlocking Tiles in a home gym environmentThese type of floors and exercise mats are sold under many names such as fitness mat, gymnastic mats, martial arts flooring, weight room flooring, yoga flooring, aerobic flooring, grappling mats, and so on. I recommend that you purchase exercise flooring that is specific to your workouts. For example, martial arts flooring is often made of thick, durable, high density foam, which offers ample cushioning to protect the athletes during a match. On the other hand, dance flooring is often thin and firm to provide a stable surface which is necessary for intricate dance moves.

With so many foam and rubber flooring choices available, it’s easy to find the right home gym flooring or exercise mat to fit your personal workout routine.

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Comments (77)

Ann Knight posted on: March 26, 2009

I just bought a new home that has a weight room and home exercise area. It currently has a rubber floor and I dont like the color. I am guessing I cant paint these rubber floor mats, so I need to buy new flooring. This rubber floor is a roll and I want to buy the interlocking rubber flooring that fits like a puzzle. I dont want the crazy colors that I have seen for gym flooring online. Hoe can I exercise at home when the colors are making my head spin. Where can I buy this rubber or foam interlocking home gym floor? Any help would be appreciated so that I can start my exercise routine in a room that I feel good in.

P.S. I love my new home. It has cork floors which are a little like rubber floors but look like hardwood flooring.

Alycia posted on: March 31, 2009

Hi Ann,

We have a great selection of high quality interlocking foam mats in many different color and style choices at http://www.sensoryedge.com/prbarugfrsh.html.

Best regards,


James posted on: April 1, 2009

Hi Ann, I recommend that you check out the manufacturer section on here. You will find tons of manufactures for all different kinds of flooring, including rubber flooring. If you need more help, please let me know.


Rich Meyer posted on: May 6, 2009

Hi Ann

You are correct. Rubber flooring cannot be painted. We have been manufacturing virgin rubber interlocking tiles for gyms for over 40 years. The problem with rolled rubber flooring is that unless it glued down- which most homewoners don't want to do- you will have unsightly gaps at the seams. In addition to traditional "jig-saw" interlocks, some of our tiles also have hidden tongue in groove style interlocks which look great for multi-color layouts because of the straight edge at the seam. The "crazy colors" you refer to are often lightweight eva foam multi color tiles that are often found in children's play areas. We developed our virgin rubber Value Lock tiles to have soft, designer colors that are not only extemely durable under strength and cardio equipment but look great as well

Rich Meyer
Sales Manager- My Gym Floor

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This is a great post, thanks for all the info! I'm looking into purchasing home gym flooring, but not sure which is better - foam or rubber, as you mentioned above. The room we're using as a "home gym" currently has hardwood flooring, and I've read a couple articles that state getting something that is not breathable for home gym flooring will cause discoloration in the hardwood.

Any recommendations on materials and/or types of interlocking tiles that will be breathable but still durable for withstanding cardio activity? I plan to place an elliptical on the flooring in that room.

Thanks for any advice/info/links!


Mark T. posted on: August 23, 2009

I have interlocking foam tile floor over hardwood in my weight room at home. The wood is damaged where it appears the concrete slab has sweated under the foam flooring. Is there a way to prevent the floor from sweating under these tiles. The damage has occured where equipment was sitting on the floor tile so apparently it sweats more where equipment is on the flooring.

Thank you.

Amol posted on: October 1, 2009

I am trying to set up home gym in my basement which has only cement floor. It will have some weights and work bench for now and will be doing P90X exercises mostly. What will be better foam or rubber flooring? Also is roll or interlocking tiles way to go? Where can I buy it with reasonable pricing? Thank you.

Judy posted on: April 12, 2010

I want to put the EVA mats on a section of my music room floor instead of carpet. I want music symbols and noted painted on them. What paint would adhere and not peel or chip?

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