What Kind of Home Gym Flooring Can Be Installed Over Carpeting?
By Julia Nass
Home gyms are on the rise, and for a good reason. Instead of paying pricey gym fees and battling gridlock traffic to the gym just to forget your bag at home, it's possible to install home gyms to make it easy to fit your workout around your busy schedule. A big part of that process is home gym flooring. With portable and packable mats, you can roll out or unfold a gym in your living room or bonus room in the time it would take to get into your car.
If you want your home gym in a room that already has carpet installed, you don't have to worry. Carpet safe home gym flooring comes in a variety of types. The most popular includes folding mats, rolling mats and interlocking tiles. These are great solutions for someone who needs a pop-up, temporary gym that can be rolled out just when the kids are gone. Alternatively, carpet safe gym flooring can easily be installed as a permanent gym.
From high-impact weight training and tumbling, to pilates and yoga, there are flooring options that work for nearly any exercise or sport. The best part? All of the following home gym flooring options can be installed over carpeting you already have in place.
Certain folding mats feature hook and loop closures, which adhere to other folding mats and to carpet, keeping them in place for rigorous stunting, gymnastics, or tumbling. If you have a workout buddy or if you're teaching a lesson, just lay down a second mat and connect them in seconds.
Roll out mats
Multiple mats can be joined together with releasable vinyl tape or hook and loop connect strips, so putting them together is a breeze. Roll out mats won't be quite as thick as vinyl folding mats, so save your high-impact stunting for thicker folding mats.
A note of friendly advice - rubber roll out mats are not always safe for carpeting (unless the carpet is quite dense). These tend to be on the thinner side, some even down to 2mm thick, and carpeting doesn't provide enough of a sturdy base for these mats. That being said, rubber rolls can often be used as an underlayment to other hard flooring to add cushion and shock absorption.
Carpet Safe Interlocking Home Gym Tiles
These tiles are best installed over hard surfaces, so they might not be the best choice over carpeting that is super thick and cushiony. If the carpet is dense and sturdy, however, tiles will do just fine.
Rest easy about your purchase knowing that there are environmental options with recycled material and many products are made in the USA. Many carpet safe home gym flooring products can be cleaned simply with a damp mop or a broom.
Do be aware - if you're looking to install heavy gym equipment in a more permanent home gym, consider non-carpeted areas in your house. The foam tiles and mats that do well on carpeting cannot support heavy objects well over time. The equipment will compress the foam, and it may slide.
Next time you're waiting in traffic to get to the gym, try daydreaming how your next session could be in the comfort of your home. New carpet safe gym floor tiles and mats can help you transform a carpeted room into a cozy gym in a matter of minutes.
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