Monday, December 16, 2013

What's the best workout flooring for over carpeting?

Can you use foam mats over carpeting?  How about rubber tiles or rolls?  These are questions we hear a lot here at Greatmats.  I wanted to address this for those of you who may be wondering the same things.

First of all...no.  Foam mats (including folding mats like the ones you find in schools and universites) are not a good flooring solution for your carpeted area.  Depending on the depth of your carpeting, the mats can sink and slide around.  Interlocking seams can begin to come apart as one tile is stepped on and the other stays up.  You will find yourself spending more time assembling and re-assembling your flooring than you will working out.

Also, folding mats will slide around on carpet.  If you're jumping or bounding, this can be dangerous.

What about rubber?

Contrary to popular belief, rubber matting and rolls are, typically, not a good solution for aerobic workout areas.  Unless you invest in a plyometric/plyorobic type of rubber, these products create a very hard surface.  Rubber is ideal for protecting your floor from free weights or exercise equipment like treadmills or eliptical machines.  It is not particularly conducive to bounding, running, floor exercises, etc. even in the most ideal situation.  Compound this with a carpeted sub-surface and you have a mess.  Like foam, rubber will slide and shift over carpeting.  Rolls separate at the seams.  Interlocking tiles come apart due to the softness of the surface below the rubber floor.  This makes for an unstable workout area which can also result in injury.

But all hope is not lost.  At Greatmats, we do carry a few exercise floor options designed to lay directly over carpeting.  The best of these options is probably the StayLock series.  These tiles are built of a flexible and forgiving, soft PVC.  They provide wonderful cushion and fatigue relief for people who are wanting to do floor exercises or aerobic activities such as Insanity or P90X.  However, they are a rugged enough material that you can place heavy equipment or weights on them without fear that they'll come apart or get permanent indentations in them (a real concern for foam products).

StayLock tiles are available in three types.  Perforated tiles are UV treated for outdoor use and are generally used as a wet area tile or for toddler playgrounds.  (They provide a 20 inch fall-height rating.)  Bump Top which provides the maximum cushion for ergomic and aerobic usage.  And Orange Peel which presents an attractive surface while still providing exceptional comfort and cushion.

Manufactured by Greatmats in Wisconsin, all three StayLock products are waterproof, lightweight, extremely durable, and very comfortable for working out or for standing for extended periods of time.  Interlocking tiles connect together with a hook and loop design that will not come apart unless you are deliberately disassembling your floor.  They require no adhesive for installation and can be cut to fit your room easily.  All you need to install this flooring in your basement is a straight edge and a sharp utility knife.

Want more information?  Call Greatmats at 877-822-6622.