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Indoor and Sports Turf Buyer’s Guide

Varying up your workout routine is key to staying motivated, but how do you keep it fun when you’re limited by your environment? Try sports turf!

An hour of the same monotonous reps over and over again is not something I’d jump out of bed for. Workouts need to be fresh, challenging and, most of all, fun! Otherwise, Netflix and potato chips will always sound better.

Gym and sports turf is a flooring option that allows you to train in exciting and challenging ways, making workout-time something you look forward to. With both indoor and outdoor turf products, nasty weather is no longer an obstacle for your fitness progress.

Not only does gym turf provide more opportunities for variety, but it’s visually appealing compared to your typical gym floor. The turf’s edgy design looks fantastic, making it a trendy item in fitness studios and a sweet addition to your home gym.

Here’s a guide to help you incorporate synthetic turf into your fitness and sports workouts.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

How to Use Sports Turf in Your Workout

Indoor and Sports Turf Buyer’s Guide: The Best Floor for Your Workout. Discover how to use sports turf in your workout routine

Synthetic turf floors allow you to transform your workout area into a space where you can challenge yourself in fun and varied ways. From strength training and conditioning to yoga and stretching, you can reach your full potential in your workouts with a safe and resilient surface beneath you.

Gym turf is 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 weight lifting 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.

Training for a 5k or warrior dash? Many runners practice speedwork on grass because of the lower impact. If bad weather hits, take your workout inside while still getting the safety benefits of grass. Gym turf products make a great surface for speed and agility training because they’re made to absorb impact, helping to prevent athletic injuries.

Whether you work out at a health club or want to improve your home gym, this type of flooring can be just the ticket you need to up your fitness game.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Artificial Turf for Sports and Leisure

Not only can does synthetic turf allow athletes to enhance their training, but it also provides a great space for indoor sports to take place. Gym turf is non-abrasive and provides the traction athletes need to make quick movements without injuring themselves. Keep sports going all year round in your community with indoor soccer, lacrosse or field hockey. Gym turf can withstand plenty of wear and tear, even from spikes!

Sports turf floors can also be taken outside. Many of our turf products have been used as flooring in batting cages, baseball dugouts, Bocce courts, putting greens and in mini-golf areas.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Why Fitness Centers and Health Clubs are Choosing Sports Turf

Indoor and Sports Turf Buyer’s Guide: The Best Floor for Your Workout. Discover how to use sports turf in your workout routine

Offering an edgy design and versatile use, artificial turf floors have become a popular solution in many CrossFit studios and workout facilities. The surface is easy to clean and gym owners save on costs with its low maintenance. Gyms can offer a quality surface for people to train at their highest level.

Additionally, gym turf floors are sound absorbing. Weight lifting on artificial grass minimizes the clinking-and-clanking soundtrack of most gyms. And no need to worry about all those heavy weights ruining your floor - gym turf is durable and built to withstand heavy use.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Sports Turf Beyond the Workout

While synthetic grass makes for a great workout surface, people are finding several creative uses for it outside of the gym. The lush green grass is a great way to spruce up your patio or deck, adding a fresh look to your yard for low upkeep.

Many of our fake grass products are also pet-friendly. Whether you want an indoor potty area for your pup, an outdoor playpen he’ll love or a play area for a doggy daycare, our pet turf rolls are soft to the touch and make for easy cleanup. Not to mention, dogs are much less likely to dig up a yard of fake grass!
 
 
 
 


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Gym and Sports Turf Options

Whether you’re looking for a space to vary up your workout, enhance agility performance or play a pickup soccer game, we’ve got something for you. Check out our gym and sports turf options:
 
 
 
 
Intensify Turf Rolls

Indoor and Sports Turf Buyer’s Guide: The Best Floor for Your Workout. Discover how to use sports turf in your workout routine

Intensify Turf Rolls offer a durable surface perfect for heavy work to take place. They come in different versions for indoor and outdoor use, so you can provide a killer space for CrossFit workouts or some green for a batting cage. Intensify Turf Rolls are easy to maintain and loved by all - even pets!

Pros
  • Easy maintenance.
  • Do not attract bugs or pests.
  • Pet-friendly.
  • Indoor and outdoor use.

Cons
  • Installation may be time-consuming for a large space.
  • Removing grass in large areas before laying synthetic grass may be costly.
  • Can be abrasive when doing floor exercises.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Launch Turf Rolls

Indoor and Sports Turf Buyer’s Guide: The Best Floor for Your Workout. Discover how to use sports turf in your workout routine

On those days when everyone’s super motivated and pushing it at the gym, your floor can take a beating. Launch Turf Rolls are easier to clean and maintain, making them a great solution for indoor, high-traffic areas. Don’t forget about those locker rooms, too, where people are constantly walking through.

Pros
  • Easy maintenance.
  • Cost-effective.
  • Do not attract bugs or pests.
  • Pet-friendly.
  • Indoor and outdoor use.

Cons
  • Installation may be time-consuming for a large space.
  • Removing grass in large areas before laying synthetic grass may be costly.
  • Can be abrasive when doing floor exercises.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Agility Turf Rolls

Indoor and Sports Turf Buyer’s Guide: The Best Floor for Your Workout. Discover how to use sports turf in your workout routine

Like the name implies, Agility Turf Rolls are an ideal indoor flooring solution where fitness enthusiasts can work on speed and conditioning drills. They’re much more appealing to runners than the “dread”-mill and make agility training more suitable on the joints. Keep mats nearby for stretching or ab work, as the nylon in this product makes for a more abrasive surface.

Pros
  • Easy maintenance.
  • Great for CrossFit exercises.
  • Can be used in commercial and residential environments.

Cons
  • Installation may be time-consuming for a large space.
  • Can be abrasive when doing floor exercises.
  • Can only be used indoors.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Turf Tiles

Indoor and Sports Turf Buyer’s Guide: The Best Floor for Your Workout. Discover how to use sports turf in your workout routine

Our interlocking Turf Tiles make for a perfect surface for your indoor sports arena. People will come back to play soccer, lacrosse and field hockey on these tiles all year long. No need to worry about wear and tear from spikes - these tiles can withstand plenty of abuse.

Pros
  • Cushion underfoot.
  • Sound-insulating properties.
  • Easy installation, removal and storage.
  • Water resistant.
  • Resistant to mold or mildew growth.

Cons
  • Can be costly for large areas.
  • Can only be used indoors.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Endurance Turf Rolls

Indoor and Sports Turf Buyer’s Guide: The Best Floor for Your Workout. Discover how to use sports turf in your workout routine

Challenge yourself with new workouts on this resilient surface. This durable gym turf can be used indoors and outdoors and is great for heavy-duty weightlifting and CrossFit workouts. No more excuses for not going hard in your workout!

Pros
  • Resistant to fading, mold and mildew growth.
  • Great for pushing sleds on.
  • Indoor and outdoor use.

Cons
  • Removing grass in large areas before laying synthetic grass may be costly.
  • Can be abrasive when doing floor exercises.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Adrenaline Turf Rolls

Indoor and Sports Turf Buyer’s Guide: The Best Floor for Your Workout. Discover how to use sports turf in your workout routine

Get your adrenaline pumping indoors with these turf rolls. Made with nylon fiber, Adrenaline Turf Rolls are great for any indoor residential or commercial space.

Pros
  • Perfect for residential and commercial spaces.
  • Available with or without cushion backing.
  • Easy to install.

Cons
  • Installation may be time-consuming for a large space.
  • May not be suitable for doing floor exercises.
  • Can be abrasive when doing floor exercises.
  • Can only be used indoors.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Sports Turf Product Details


Indoor and Sports Turf Buyer’s Guide: The Best Floor for Your Workout. Discover how to use sports turf in your workout routine

Okay, so you’re ready to up your fitness game with gym turf, but how do you know what to look for in a product? The most important factors to consider are the turf’s face weight, pile height and thickness.
 
 


Face Weight

Artificial grass products have a face weight - the amount of material used in your turf per square yard. This is one of the most important factors when choosing the right gym turf. Essentially the higher the face weight, the more durable the product.

If your gym sees a lot of traffic throughout the day, make sure to get a product with a higher face weight. We offer face weights from 5-90 oz. Be leary of any artificial turf products you see with a face weight over 90, as companies have been known to include the backing to show a higher number. We offer full documentation and free samples, so you can see and feel the difference for yourself.
 
 
 
 
Pile Height and Thickness

Pile height and thickness are important factors to consider for your floor’s functionality. Choose the wrong product and you might see people in the gym tripping and falling, losing any confidence they just gained from all that weightlifting.

Fill your gym space with a turf that has a low pile so your athletes can push a sled across without destroying your floor. The low pile height also keeps a nice appearance for the turf. When considering a product’s thickness, consider the other flooring being used in your gym as well. Uneven surfaces can lead to missteps and falls. Gym turf rolls can also come with attached padding, which adds some height to your floor while providing comfort underfoot.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Sports Turf Installation

Indoor and Sports Turf Buyer’s Guide: The Best Floor for Your Workout. Discover how to use sports turf in your workout routine

Sports turf is a DIY-friendly installation. All you need are a few accessories and you're ready to install. Don't worry, indoor installation isn't especially daunting. You'll be ready to get your sweat on soon after installation.
 
 
 
 
Glue Down Installation

  1. Make sure your surface is level, clean and dry.
  2. Dry lay your turf to implement roll sequencing to minimize normal variations.
  3. Apply adhesive or double-sided tape, then lay the turf.
  4. Apply a bead of seam sealer to all seams.
  5. Roll the product with a 75 lb. weighted roller across the width and length of the product surface.
  6. The installation must remain in dry conditions for 72 hours so the adhesive can cure properly.
  7. Sweat on it!
 
 
 
 
Turf Tile Installation

  1. First, clean your sub floor so it is free of all dirt, grease or debris.
  2. Plan your installation with chalk lines.
  3. Begin laying the interlocking tiles along the chalk lines, snapping the locks together as you go.
  4. Leave the perimeter of the room open until the turf is installed.
  5. After the turf is laid, go back and cut in tiles along the walls in the room. It is recommended to leave a gap along the wall roughly the thickness of the tiles being used to account for expansion and contraction of the floor in varied temperature ranges.
  6. If needed, use double-sided mat tape to keep the tile secure.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Sports Turf Maintenance

Artificial grass is a low-maintenance alternative to conventional grass. Easy to clean and maintain, sports turf is an attractive element in your gym that you don’t have to work hard to upkeep.

For any stains to the grass, use a warm-water solution of household detergent and water, or a mixture of white distilled vinegar in an equal amount of water.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Pros of Sports Turf


  • Versatile: Gym turf works great for at-home gyms, outdoor yoga sessions, CrossFit studios, workout facilities and indoor sports arenas.
  • 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 Sports Turf


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  • Outdoor artificial turf will get warmer than natural grass in direct sunlight. If you’re installing sports turf outdoors, use Hydrochill, our non-toxic infill that helps keep your turf cool under the sun.
  • While you can install gym turf yourself, typically it’s best to hire a professional.

Still wondering if sports turf is for you? Check out the video to see how this gym owner uses (and loves!) indoor turf.


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