3 Characteristics Of A Good Weight Room Floor

Posted on: 23 April 2020

When designing a weight room, most gym owners put a lot of thought into choosing the right colors, the right equipment, and the best sound system. But one thing that often goes overlooked is the flooring. You do not want to assemble a weight room on any old floor. A good weight room floor needs to have the following characteristics.

1. Easily Cleanable

You know how sweaty people get when lifting weights. The last thing you want is to not be able to clean that sweat up properly; you'll have a really smelly gym. A weight room floor needs to be easy to wipe down, and you need to be able to wipe it down with a disinfectant spray. If a certain flooring material will get bleached out by the spray or will absorb the spray, that's not a good floor for your weight room. Also make sure the surface is smooth so a mop will glide over it easily. If you have to constantly scrub with the mop, you'll get annoyed and may not clean the floor as often as you should.

2. Soft

You don't need a floor that is cushy like carpet, but you do need a floor that has some give. When someone sits down on the floor to adjust their shoes or stretch, you don't want them to feel like they're sitting on a rock. Often, this softness is achieved by putting a pad under the main floor material. For example, if you have the floor made from sheet linoleum, you can have a pad put under the linoleum to make it softer.

3. Impact-Resistant

You might think everyone who lifts at your gym has self-control and won't lift more than they are capable of lifting — but inevitably, someone will soon overextend themselves and drop a weight. You do not want these mistakes dinging your floor. So, you need a flooring material that is impact-resistant. It needs to be flexible enough to give a little when someone drops a weight on it so that it does not either crack or develop deep dent. 

Keep these three characteristics in mind whenever you are shopping for a weight room flooring material. There are many flooring materials out there that are specifically designed for use in a gym, but they are not all particularly intended for weight rooms. If you find flooring that is soft, impact-resistant, and easy to clean, that's your top choice.