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Commercial Gym Flooring Buying Guide

Find the most durable floor for your commercial gym or fitness studio with our commercial gym flooring buying guide. Discover your options in rubber gym flooring, turf gym flooring and more.

There’s no better feeling than finally opening that fitness studio you’ve been dreaming of or at last getting to do that big remodel in your gym. Whether you’re starting from scratch or rebuilding your established gym, it’s a huge and sometimes overwhelming process.

The thing we see time and time again is gym owners having purchased all of their equipment and at the last minute remembering, “Oh yeah, I have to have a floor!”

Flooring just isn’t typically the exciting part. Or, at least, not the part at the forefront of people’s minds.

I may be biased, but personally, I think the floor is the most important piece in your commercial gym. It’s important to choose a floor that can protect both your athletes’ joints and your subfloor from the demands of varied rigorous fitness routines.

Unless you have a very specific niche, chances are there is going to be a wide variety of workouts taking place in your gym. It’s important to choose a gym flooring option versatile enough to handle everything from floor exercises to Olympic weightlifting.

There are a variety of floor-covering options available for commercial gym flooring. Often, picking out the right solution can seem like a difficult task. The most popular flooring options for use in commercial gyms are rubber flooring rolls, rubber floor tiles, gym turf rolls and gym turf tiles.

Learn all about the benefits of each option, and choose the right fit for you!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Rubber Gym Flooring Rolls

The Ultimate Commercial Gym Flooring Buying Guide: Find the perfect floor for your fitness studio or commercial gym.

Rubber flooring rolls are the premier commercial gym flooring option. Known for their sharp, sleek looks and extreme durability, rubber rolls are a staple in just about every traditional gym out there.

Rubber rolls are known for their seamless appearance. When installed correctly, it is nearly impossible to see where one roll ends and another begins.

Rubber gym flooring rolls come in a variety of different thickness options to suit your needs. You can even purchase high-impact rubber rolls specially designed to keep your joints safe during high-impact, plyometric movements.

In terms of price, rubber gym flooring rolls range from under $1/sqft all the way to $7/sqft.

There are many variables that factor in to determine cost. However, our most popular commercial gym flooring rolls typically run anywhere from $2.00/sqft-$2.50/sqft.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Recommended Thickness

The Ultimate Commercial Gym Flooring Buying Guide: Find the perfect floor for your fitness studio or commercial gym.

One of the most important decisions you will make when choosing rubber gym flooring is the thickness. The thickness determines how well the rubber will protect your subfloor from dropped weights.

The most popular thickness for commercial gyms is 3/8”. In fact, we sell more of our 3/8” Heavy Duty Rubber Rolls than any floor on our site. It’s what we have installed at my CrossFit gym and it works great for virtually any commercial gym setting.

In the most extreme conditions, gym owners will choose 1/2” rubber rolls. These babies are ultra-thick and can protect your subfloor from the impact of your heaviest dumbbells. For heavy dumbbells in particular where the point of contact is smaller and less spread out, the 1/2” rubber rolls are the optimal choice.


 
 
 
 
Pros of Rubber Gym Flooring Rolls

The Ultimate Commercial Gym Flooring Buying Guide: Find the perfect floor for your fitness studio or commercial gym.

  • Ultra-durable: Rubber flooring is perhaps the most durable commercial gym flooring option available. You will even see rubber flooring installed in ice skating rinks where skaters walk on their ice skates. Like, with blades. And still, you won’t need to replace the floor for 10+ years.
  • DIY, glue-free installation: You can 100% install rubber flooring rolls without the help of an installation professional. Just make sure you have some swole friends to help because these bad boys get pretty heavy.
  • Easy to clean: Simply vacuum or use a damp mop when necessary.
  • Environmentally responsible: Rubber flooring rolls are made from recycled rubber with many made right here in the USA. You can also find plenty of FloorScore certified options.
  • Sound and shock absorbing: For tough workouts and heavy weights, rubber gym flooring rolls will absorb the shock and sound, keeping your joints and subfloor safe and sound. And your neighbors happy.
  • Anti-microbial: That’s a fancy way to say you won’t see weird things growing in your floor.
  • Water resistant: Sweat your heart out and create your gym on any level, including your basement. Rubber isn’t particular.
 
 
 
 
Cons of Rubber Gym Flooring Rolls

The Ultimate Commercial Gym Flooring Buying Guide: Find the perfect floor for your fitness studio or commercial gym.

  • Weight: With superhuman durability comes a pretty bulky floor that weighs quite a bit. If you choose rolled rubber gym flooring, you’ll definitely want to enlist the help of fit friends to help with installation.
  • Little temperature insulation: Rubber is a bad insulator against temperature transmission. When you use rubber on cold basement subfloors, the rubber will still feel cold to the touch. However, rubber does work well over heated flooring systems.
  • Color fleck rolls are not UV-stable: You’ll want to keep these guys covered from the sun to protect their color.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Rubber Gym Flooring Rolls Installation

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Rubber flooring rolls are extremely easy to install. They are, however, cumbersome. Listen - thick, durable rubber is going to be heavy. This is not the kinda job you want to do solo.

While learning how to install rubber flooring rolls is extremely easy to do without the help of an installation professional, I wouldn’t say you want to do it yourself. We think of it as more of a DIWF (Do It With Friends) flooring option.

When you install rubber rolls you have 3 options:
  • Loose lay: If you are loose-laying your gym flooring rolls, after you roll them out and in place, you really are done! Most of the time, the rolls are heavy enough to naturally stay in place with no extra adhesive necessary. If you loose lay your rubber rolls, you can pick them up and move them or take them with you to a new location at any time.
  • Double-sided tape: For more tougher conditions, consider using double-sided carpet tape around the perimeter of your floor. This is extremely easy and you will still be able to transport your rolled rubber flooring in the event that you change locations.
  • Glue-down: In extreme conditions, some CrossFit and commercial gym owners prefer to fully glue down their rubber gym flooring rolls. This will ensure no movement and no curling up at the edges. However, once the rolls are glued, they cannot go with you if you move locations.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Rubber Gym Floor Tiles

The Ultimate Commercial Gym Flooring Buying Guide: Find the perfect floor for your fitness studio or commercial gym.

Rubber tiles are most well known as the premier home gym flooring solution. However, many gym owners love using rubber floor tiles as commercial gym flooring, as well. They are durable, affordable and known for their easy, DIY, interlocking installation.

DIY-ers love that installing rubber tiles is just like putting together a giant, life-size rubber puzzle. Each tile contains interlocking edges that come together way more easily than one of those Thomas Kinkade puzzles.

In terms of price, rubber floor tiles range from under $2/sqft all the way to over $18/sqft.

Many variables factor in to determine the cost. However, our most popular commercial gym flooring tiles typically run anywhere from $2.50/sqft-$3.50/sqft.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Recommended Thickness

The Ultimate Commercial Gym Flooring Buying Guide: Find the perfect floor for your fitness studio or commercial gym.

Just like rubber rolls, choosing the right thickness for your commercial gym tiles is an incredibly important decision.

The most popular thickness for commercial gyms is 3/8”. In the most extreme conditions, gym owners will choose 1/2” rubber floor tiles. These babies are ultra-thick and can protect your subfloor from the impact of your heaviest dumbbells.

For heavy dumbbells in particular where the point of contact is smaller and less spread out, the 1/2” rubber floor tiles are the optimal choice.


 
 
 
 
Pros of Rubber Gym Floor Tiles

The Ultimate Commercial Gym Flooring Buying Guide: Find the perfect floor for your fitness studio or commercial gym.

  • Ultra-durable: Whether you choose tiles, rolls or mats, rubber gym flooring is top notch when it comes to durability.
  • Easy DIY installation: The biggest appeal for tiles over rolls is that they come together just like puzzle pieces. It’s a super easy install that literally anyone can do.
  • Lighter than rubber rolls: You don’t need to enlist your barbell club to move these guys around.
  • Easy to clean: Simply vacuum or use a damp mop when necessary.
  • Environmentally responsible. Non-vulcanized rubber floor tiles are made from recycled rubber. Additionally, many rubber tiles are made right here in the USA.
  • Sound and shock absorbing: For tough workouts and heavy weights, rubber gym flooring rolls will absorb the shock and sound, keeping your joints and subfloor safe and sound. And your neighbors happy.
  • Anti-microbial: That’s a fancy way to say you won’t see weird things growing in your floor.
  • Water resistant: Sweat your heart out and create your gym on any level, including your basement. Rubber isn’t particular.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Cons of Rubber Gym Floor Tiles

The Ultimate Commercial Gym Flooring Buying Guide: Find the perfect floor for your fitness studio or commercial gym.

  • Tedious installation for big spaces: Although rubber gym tiles are easy to install, they do get time-consuming in large spaces. They are best for smaller areas.
  • More seams than rubber rolls: While most tiles are virtually seamless, they will never be quite as seamless as rolled rubber flooring.
  • Price: Rubber gym tiles are more expensive than rolls per square foot.
 
 
 
 
Rubber Gym Floor Tiles Installation

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One of the primary benefits of rubber floor tiles is they are ridiculously easy to install – so easy, even a novice can install them in an afternoon.

Interlocking rubber tiles come together just like a puzzle. Simply lock each tile into place, then sit back and praise yourself for your exceptional installation. Yes, it’s really that simple.

You can install your rubber gym floor tiles by either loose-laying them or using double-sided tape for a more permanent installation. We do not recommend gluing your rubber tiles to the subfloor because the glue can seep up through the seams and nobody wants that.

When you install rubber rolls you have 3 options:
  • Loose lay gym flooring: If you are loose-laying your gym tiles, after you lock them together, you really are done! Most of the time, the tiles are heavy enough to naturally stay in place with no extra adhesive necessary. If you loose lay your tiles, you can easily pick them up and move them at any time.
  • Double-sided tape: For more extreme conditions, consider using double-sided carpet tape around the perimeter of your floor. This is extremely easy and you will still be able to transport your rubber gym tiles in the event that you change locations.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Rubber Gym Floor Mats

The Ultimate Commercial Gym Flooring Buying Guide: Find the perfect floor for your fitness studio or commercial gym.

For small spaces or weightlifting areas, sometimes gym floor mats are the way to go. For example, you don’t need 1/2” or 3/4” thickness over your entire gym floor. Instead, you can dedicate a heavy lifting area and use ultra-thick and durable weightlifting mats.

You can also order specific rubber mats to go underneath your cardio equipment. If you wanted to do a low-pile commercial carpet over your main area, you could easily protect it with treadmill mats underneath your machines.

For gym matting, you can choose anything from thin 1/4” mats for bodyweight exercises all the way up to 3/4” Shock Mats, which are specially designed to handle the impact of heavy Olympic weightlifting and dumbbell exercises.

Commercial gym flooring mats are typically sold by the full mat price, rather than by square foot. They range from about $40 to $150, depending on thickness.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Pros of Rubber Gym Floor Mats

The Ultimate Commercial Gym Flooring Buying Guide: Find the perfect floor for your fitness studio or commercial gym.

  • Great for small spaces: When you don’t need to do an entire area, rubber mats will be your best option, saving you time and money.
  • Ultra-durable: These gym floor mats are specially designed to hold up to your heaviest lifts.
  • Excellent sound and shock absorption: Protect your athletes’ joints, your subfloor and the ears of all your members with sound- and shock-absorbing rubber matting.
  • No installation necessary: Simply lay it and leave it. Seriously, so easy.
  • Anti-microbial: That’s a fancy way to say you won’t see weird things growing in your floor.
  • Water resistant: Sweat your heart out and create your gym on any level, including your basement. Rubber isn’t particular.
  • Portable: Easily change your setup by simply picking the mats up and moving them where you want them.
 
 
 
 
Cons of Rubber Gym Floor Mats

The Ultimate Commercial Gym Flooring Buying Guide: Find the perfect floor for your fitness studio or commercial gym.

  • Not appropriate for large spaces: If you have a big space to cover, you’re better off going with rubber rolls, both financially and time-wise.
  • Price: Rubber gym floor mats are affordable on their own, but they do end up being more expensive per square foot.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Rubber Gym Floor Mats Installation

Installation is almost a strange word to use here. All you need to do is lay the mat down where you want to use it and you’re done.

In extreme conditions, you may consider using double-sided carpet tape around the perimeter to ensure your mat stays perfectly in place.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Gym Turf Rolls

A popular choice for many CrossFit gyms and what I like to call Ninja Warrior studios has been to combine rubber gym flooring rolls with sports turf.

Indoor turf is a great option to really maximize your space and your workouts. In the video below, check out how local gym Fitness 5 uses gym turf in their commercial space.

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From strength training and conditioning to yoga and stretching, your athletes can reach their full potential in their workouts with a safe and resilient surface beneath them.

Gym turf rolls are a durable and long-lasting option that is perfect for pulling or pushing sleds, completing your CrossFit WOD or performing HIIT workouts.

While its sound-absorbing qualities make it perfect for weightlifting and high-intensity work, the softness of the artificial grass provides an inviting space for your yoga mat. Take advantage of the flat, cushioned surface for body-weight work and stretching.

Gym turf rolls make a great surface for speed and agility training because they’re made to absorb impact, helping to prevent athletic injuries.

Gym turf rolls come in a range with plenty of affordable options ranging from under $2/sqft to $4.50/sqft. Our most popular options for commercial gym turf rolls are usually $2.50-$3.50/sqft, comparable with our rubber gym floor tiles.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Pros of Gym Turf Rolls

The Ultimate Commercial Gym Flooring Buying Guide: Find the perfect floor for your fitness studio or commercial gym.

  • Versatile: Artificial turf is a great gym flooring option for running, calisthenics, CrossFit and more.
  • Traction and cushion: Sports turf provides a safe surface that is easier on the joints, allowing athletes to push it to the max with less risk of injury.
  • Durability: Synthetic turf can withstand plenty of wear and tear while still looking awesome all year long.
  • Low maintenance: Save costs and time with the little upkeep needed for your gym turf.
  • Appearance: Functional and beautiful? Fake grass gives your gym a modern design element with plenty of functionality.
 
 
 
 
Cons of Gym Turf Rolls

The Ultimate Commercial Gym Flooring Buying Guide: Find the perfect floor for your fitness studio or commercial gym.

  • Little subfloor protection: While some sports turf options come with an added layer of protection, many require using an underlayment to protect your subfloor if you plan to drop heavy weights.
  • Can be abrasive when doing floor exercises: The turf texture isn’t always ideal for exercises like burpees and sit-ups.
  • More challenging installation: Indoor sports turf flooring is not nearly as easy to install as rubber. While you can install gym turf rolls yourself (we have gym owners who have!), many other customers choose to work with an installation professional.
 
 
 
 
Gym Turf Rolls Installation

Depending on which product you choose, you have two options when installing indoor sports turf.
  • Double-sided tape: If you choose turf tiles, you can just use double-sided tape around the perimeter to keep them in place. This is extremely easy and you will be able to transport your synthetic turf gym flooring in the event that you change locations.
  • Glue-down: Most indoor sports turf rolls require a glue-down installation. This ensures your turf will stay in place. However, once the rolls are glued, they cannot go with you if you move locations.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Gym Turf Tiles

The Ultimate Commercial Gym Flooring Buying Guide: Find the perfect floor for your fitness studio or commercial gym.

To be honest, gym turf tiles don’t differ too much from gym turf rolls. The differences just come down to installation, the shape of your space and price.

We typically recommend gym turf tiles over gym turf rolls if you have an oddly shaped space. Rolls are great for creating a lane in your gym. However, if you want to cover a not-so-rectangular area, gym turf tiles are often the wise choice.

Like rubber tiles and rolls, gym turf tiles tend to be significantly more expensive than turf flooring rolls. Because of that, if you can get away with using the turf rolls to create more of a lane or rectangular area, we recommend it.

As far as uses and workouts, gym turf tiles are equivalent to gym turf rolls.

Like I mentioned, the pricing between turf gym tiles is very different than turf gym rolls. Our gym turf tiles run $6-$7/sqft. They are significantly more expensive than gym turf rolls and other commercial gym flooring options.
 
 
 
 
Pros of Gym Turf Tiles

The Ultimate Commercial Gym Flooring Buying Guide: Find the perfect floor for your fitness studio or commercial gym.

  • Great for oddly shaped spaces: You can easily cut gym turf tiles to fit any space.
  • Interlocking installation: Just like rubber tiles, you can put these turf tiles together like puzzle pieces.
  • Versatile: Artificial turf is a great gym flooring option for running, calisthenics, CrossFit and more.
  • Traction and cushion: Sports turf provides a safe surface that is easier on the joints, allowing athletes to push it to the max with less risk of injury.
  • Durability: Synthetic turf can withstand plenty of wear and tear while still looking awesome all year long.
  • Low maintenance: Save costs and time with the little upkeep needed for your gym turf.
  • Appearance: Functional and beautiful? Fake grass gives your gym a modern design element with plenty of functionality.
 
 
 
 
Cons of Gym Turf Tiles

The Ultimate Commercial Gym Flooring Buying Guide: Find the perfect floor for your fitness studio or commercial gym.

  • Little subfloor protection: While some sports turf options come with an added layer of protection, many require using an underlayment to protect your subfloor if you plan to drop heavy weights.
  • Can be abrasive when doing floor exercises: The turf texture isn’t always ideal for exercises like burpees and sit-ups.
  • More challenging installation: Indoor sports turf flooring is not nearly as easy to install as rubber. While you can install gym turf rolls yourself (we have gym owners who have!), many other customers choose to work with an installation professional.
  • Price: I’m not gonna lie; gym turf tiles are one of the most expensive commercial gym flooring options. That’s why we recommend rolls if you can get away with it.
 
 
 
 
Gym Turf Tiles Installation

Interlocking gym turf tiles come together just like a puzzle. Simply lock each tile into place, then sit back and praise yourself for your exceptional installation. Yes, it’s really that simple.

You can install your gym turf tiles by either loose laying them or using double-sided tape for a more permanent installation.
  • Loose lay gym flooring: If you are loose-laying your gym turf tiles, after you lock them together, you really are done! Most of the time, the tiles are heavy enough to naturally stay in place with no extra adhesive necessary. If you loose lay your tiles, you can easily pick them up and move them at any time.
  • Double-sided tape: For more extreme conditions, consider using double-sided carpet tape around the perimeter of your floor. This is extremely easy and you will still be able to transport your gym turf tiles in the event that you change locations.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Commercial Gym Flooring FAQ

That’s quite a bit of information! Still looking for answers? Here are a few of our most frequently asked questions about commercial gym flooring.
 
 
 
What’s the best flooring for commercial gyms?

The Ultimate Commercial Gym Flooring Buying Guide: Find the perfect floor for your fitness studio or commercial gym.

Rubber gym flooring rolls are by far the most popular commercial gym flooring option. They are durable, shock absorbent and perfect for large spaces.

Our most popular commercial gym flooring roll is our 3/8” Heavy Duty Rubber Roll. These rolls are perfect for virtually any workout.


 
 
 
 
How thick should commercial gym flooring be?

3/8” is the most popular thickness for commercial gym flooring. If you plan to repeatedly drop super heavy dumbbells and/or kettlebells, we recommend choosing the 1/2” just to be safe. There is a common misconception that commercial gyms require 1/2” or even thicker rubber gym flooring. That’s just not true. The 1/2” is best for a heavy dumbbell area, but otherwise, most commercial and even CrossFit gyms do great with the 3/8” rubber.
 
 
 
 
How do you clean commercial gym flooring?

It depends which option you go with. Most gym flooring options require a simple cleaning solution of mild soap and water.

Each product offers specific instructions on cleaning and maintenance.
 
 
 
 
How much does commercial gym flooring cost?

Commercial gym flooring ranges in price from under $2/sqft all the way to over $18/sqft.

Whoa! That is quite the range, eh?

There are many variables that factor in to determine cost. Our most popular commercial gym flooring typically runs anywhere from $1.90/sqft-$3.50/sqft.

The good news is many of these options are super DIY-friendly so your cost (typically) just comes down to materials and shipping.

Here’s what it would look like to floor a large 30’x30’ gym area.
 
 
Material Good Deal Price by Sqft Average Shipping Cost Good Deal Total Cost
3/8" Rubber Rolls
$1.91
$815
$2,650
3/8" Rubber Tiles $2.89 $920 $3,655
Turf Rolls
$2.59
$630
$3,430
Turf Tiles $6.44 $900 $7,300

Note: Prices vary and are subject to change at any time. Shipping costs vary by product and location. These averages were calculated averaging locations in the US, excluding Hawaii and Alaska.