We are more and more aware of how to train in a clever and healthy way – we use better shoes, safer equipment and do controlled workouts.
We know that running on hard concrete can harm our joints, whereas exercising in a stuffy basement on a cold floor or dirty carpet is just not healthy. Cushioning rubber gym flooring is required not to make the room cosier and easier to maintain, but – first of all – for our health’s sake. Rubber gym floor protects our joints and tendons, and reduces leg fatigue. Rubber mats are also slip-resistant, which is important because slidding on a water spill is not uncommon.
Rubber fitness flooring from WARCO works as an effective insulator against sound (weight rooms!) and cold. Made of permanently elastic material, it is particularly durable and can be used with various gym equipment and free weights.
Most public gyms and weight rooms already use resilient rubber matting. Because they are inexpensive and extremely easy to lay (DIY), the interlocking mats are recommended for home gyms, exercise rooms and fitness studios. They would give any garage or basement gym a professional air!
How to avoid unpleasant rubber smell in the gym?
Warco rubber gym mats are manufactured from polyurethane-bonded tyre rubber granulate. Tyre rubber has a characteristic smell, which can be easily removed with washing. Warco mats are liquid-permeable and very easy to clean. Before installing them indoors, wash them with a high pressure cleaner or simply warm water and a mop. Let them dry. Washing also removes a thin soap film on the tiles – the normal residue after the manufacture.
In the course of using rubber gym flooring, it is enough to wipe them clean from time to time. In case of a spillage, remove single mats, wash them and wipe the floor. That is why rubber matting is so low-maintenance and easy-care. The mats can be easily removed and relocated, without damaging them.
A simple way to prepare the perfect base course
Sometimes the existing floor, which we want to cover with rubber matting, is slightly uneven and not completely waterproof. An easy way to prepare an appropriate, even and waterproof base course, is to cover the whole area with one or two layers of waterproof seal.
When it dries, lay the interlocking mats directly, without using any glue (it is not necessary thanks to the force-fit interlocking zip which holds the mats together). If needed, cut the mats to fit with a wood saw or a solid knife. A jigsaw would be the best to trim the material around the obstacles.
Choose a suitable mat for your workout
When deciding which rubber mat to buy, take into account not only its thickness. Another important factor is the mat underside and hardness type.
For standard use in gyms with equipment and fitness studios we recommend lightweight 18 mm elastic tile. This mat has only small grooves on the underside, therefore it is quite sturdy and hard.
In exercise rooms or martial art training, a softer tile can be used. 30 mm-safety tile from the series TZ30 or NF30 cushions, insulates and provides fall protection. It shouldn’t be used with heavy equipment, though.
A tile which is sturdy and fall-attenuating is a 40 mm-sports floor tile. Unlike the other two mats, this product is equipped with the tongue and groove system. It is recommended for weight rooms and free weight training. It can safely be used in any gym, to provide better protection and insulation.