Why Thick Rubber Gym Flooring Is Worth Every Penny

Dumbell on rubber gym flooring

Choosing rubber flooring for your gym may be the ideal solution, whether you be a commercial gym, or even if you’re looking to set up a mini-gym in your home garage but, what thickness will you need? Welcome to our blog, where we delve into the world of fitness and explore the benefits of thick rubber gym flooring.

What is rubber flooring?

So, what exactly is rubber flooring?  This type of flooring is composited from natural or synthetic rubber, which also has a springy feeling compared to safety flooring or linoleum flooring. Thick rubber gym flooring can come in various types, such as bonded stud tiles, PVC interlocking tiles, to soft and springy rolls.

Rubber flooring is a versatile solution that finds application in various settings. Whether it’s playrooms for children, showers and bathrooms, or the ever-popular choice for gyms, rubber flooring stands out as the top pick.

Green yoga mat

Why is rubber flooring used in gyms?

So that brings us to one of the widely asked questions, “why is rubber flooring actually used in gyms?”. The purpose of rubber gym flooring is mainly used for the weight that gets thrown around, because let’s admit it, we’ve all been guilty of doing this at least one time in our lives, thats if you go to the gym of course…

The countless jumping, weight smashing and heavy foot traffic will for sure wear out any type of flooring. Because of this, rubber flooring is chosen in gyms because of its durability, absorption and toughness.

Free weights on rubber gym floor

Lets speak about the benefits

This flooring solution that can withstand the demands of a gym and is more than likely what you would choose when owning a gym, and here’s why:
  • Say goodbye to noisy gym floors! Rubber flooring absorbs impact and vibrations from equipment and weights, minimising noise and creating a more peaceful gym atmosphere.
  • Keep your gym clean and healthy with non-porous rubber flooring. Its surface resists bacteria and mould growth, ensuring a hygienic environment for your workouts.
  • Nobody wants to spend hours cleaning floors. Luckily, rubber flooring is easy to clean thanks to its non-porous nature and resistance to stains and chemicals. Spend less time cleaning and more time working out!
  • Rubber flooring can take a beating. It withstands heavy use, including dropped weights and constant foot traffic, ensuring long-term durability and performance.
  • Safety is key in any gym. The textured surface of rubber flooring provides excellent traction, reducing the risk of slips and falls in moisture-prone areas like gyms.

If you’re looking for flooring that can keep up with your gym routine, rubber flooring is the way to go. Perfect for adults and young adults alike, it’s a durable, hygienic, and safe flooring solution for your next gym project.
Shoes, water bottle and apple on floor

What gym flooring thickness will I need?

And heres to the main topic of the blog, the thickness of rubber gym flooring. It goes without saying that there is no particular thickness of rubber flooring you will actually need, as it solely depends on your motives and budget:

Home Gym

If you own a home gym, the thickness of flooring will depend on the type of equipment you will be using. If you have a bench with some heavy weight and additional heavy exercising  machines and weights, it may be recommended to get some interlocking rubber gym tiles with a minimum of 20mm thickness.

Weight Training

You may want to consider a thicker option if you’re a commercial gym and have all of the latest, state of the art equipment. Rubber gym floor mats are heavy duty and can withstand weight smashing, 1000’s of burpees, medicine ball slams and even more! Like above, a 20mm thickness is also recommended when looking to add thick rubber flooring to your gym.

Martial Arts

Now let’s get to the martial arts, the tough and the gritty. If you train MMA and you find yourself being thrown on the floor, you would probably agree that it can hurt! We recommend a minimum of 30mm thickness when it comes to rubber gym flooring. With its ample thickness, this cushioning material delivers optimal protection against injuries and effectively absorbs impacts when athletes hurl themselves onto the floor.


Now onto the not so gritty. Whether you’re at home or the gym, rubber floor mats are the best option for you! Also they aren’t so thick, they’re highly practical, lightweight and can be used anywhere. We recommend using rubber gym floor mats that range from 4-6mm of thickness.

We hope you learned something!

If you’re looking for gym flooring that can handle heavy use and equipment, rubber flooring is an excellent choice. Its durable properties make it a smart investment for any gym. When selecting the best thickness for your gym rubber flooring, it’s important to consider factors such as equipment weight, as it can cause damage to your subfloor.

Additionally, the condition of your subfloor should also be taken into account. For additional support and advice, feel free to reach out to the team at London Commercial Flooring. We’re always happy to help with any enquiries you may have.

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