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Best Aerobics Flooring

What are the best options for aerobic flooring?


More than 30 years ago, aerobic dance burst on the fitness scene with Jazzercise, Richard Simmons, Kathy Smith and Denise Austin. Then came Gin Miller's step aerobics and the Reebok Fitness Team. Later, Billy Blanks gave us his Tae Bo cardio boxing workouts. In the new century, Zumba, the Latin music-themed dance party had many of us shaking our hips. Meanwhile, P90X and Insanity cardio workouts became all the rage for others.

When it comes down to it, aerobic exercise is a very general term covering a vast amount of programs and training styles. What all cardio exercise has in common, however, is that it increases heart rate and breathing rate for a sustained period of time. Cardio exercise requires no type of program either - simply walking, jumping, running and skipping are all types of cardio exercise.

For those dedicated to aerobic exercise, it helps a ton to practice on the right type of floor surface. Any sort of aerobic exercise is great for your health and wellbeing. However, done on the wrong surface, aerobic exercise can be very hard on your joints. Aerobics flooring is critical for high energy workouts to limit the hazards of a hard floor.

Read on to discover what exactly the best aerobics flooring provides and how those characteristics combat physical dangers.

Impact absorption

Step, dance and high-impact workouts can wreak havoc on your spine and knees if you aren't performing on an impact-absorbing surface. Concrete, ceramic tiles and basic hardwood floors absorb no energy - therefore, your body is re-absorbing the energy created by your motion. Over long periods (and in some cases even instantly), this can lead to joint pain and injuries, muscle fatigue, even broken bones. Thus, shock absorption is absolutely essential in the best aerobics flooring.

Resilience

In a similar vein, resilience, or the springiness of a floor, is also important to consider in aerobics flooring. Floors will a small amount of springiness will deflect then return some energy to the body. The right amount of give in a floor is extremely important. Too little will lead to problems listed above, and too much can result in twisted ankles. Aerobics flooring requires just the right balance - something that is cushioned enough to be shock absorbent and springy, yet sturdy enough to provide slip-resistance and join support.

Material

In order to achieve the above to factors, choosing material is key. The most popular aerobic flooring materials include foam, plastic, and rubber. Foam aerobic floors are generally the softest and lightest weight, followed by plastic, and then rubber. Reverse the order for durability ranking.

Installation

The best aerobics flooring installation methods completely depend on your space and your needs. Some of the most popular aerobic floor installation options include interlocking modular tiles and dry lay mats. With both options, you can put in a wall-to-wall aerobics floor or have a floating island. Both options can also be temporary. Both interlocking tiles and straight-edge mats can be easily picked up and put into storage for a temporary aerobics space.

Cleaning

The best aerobics flooring options are quick and simple to clean. In most cases, a quick once over with a damp mop should restore your floor to its original appearance. In cases where there is heavy dirt or mud, most manufacturers recommend a basic floor cleaner with a low pH. Keeping your floor clean and maintained will add years to its lifespan and keep your workout area looking great.

To make the installation process even easier, Gym Rubber offers online calculators to help determine exactly the right number of aerobic floor tiles or mats. Simply measure the lengths of your walls and plug those numbers into our planner. The planner will do the calculations for you.

Best Aerobics Flooring Options

Whether you need a wall-to-wall floor for a home gym or just an island layout of a few interlocking foam mats to exercise on, specialty flooring retailers like Gymrubberfloor.com have what you're looking for. With Gym Rubber products, you can create a professional-quality aerobics area in your home or commercial facility easily and inexpensively with aerobic exercise mats. Let us take a look at some of Gym Rubbers' best aerobics flooring options.

Interlocking Foam Floor Installation

Interlocking foam tiles are hands down one of the most popular Gym Rubber products. Interlocking foam tiles are simple to install. Just lay out these lightweight foam tiles and interlock the edges like you would a puzzle. For an island layout, you can apply the border strips around the perimeter (if available). For a wall-to-wall application, simply and cut your tiles to with a sharp utility knife and you're ready to go.

Foam tiles are also a great option for those seeking the option to move their aerobics flooring around. With foam aerobics mats you can simply stack them up and bring them with you. Foam is super lightweight, so they are easy to pick up and store. Although they are super easy to assemble and disassemble, tight-fitting seams ensure that your aerobic floor will stay snug and stable no matter how many installations occur.

Home gym owners rave about these foam tiles for their P90X and Insanity workouts. Foam tiles are sturdy enough for commercial applications too and get high marks from professional Zumba and Jazzercise studio owners.

Interlocking Plastic Floor Installation

Interlocking plastic tiles are the best option for those seeking something more durable than foam, yet lighter weight than rubber. For example, StayLock tiles are one of the best aerobic flooring options made from plastic. These tiles are available in many designer solid colors with a bump top or orange peel surface texture. The high-cushion aerobic mats provide fatigue relief and are much more comfortable than hardwood or concrete. At the same time, tiles are super durable and long-lasting. Install the Staylock tiles on any flat surface including carpeting. One fitness enthusiast says his knees are much better since he installed these tiles, and he wishes he used them when he was in his ''Insanity'' exercise phase.

Another interlocking plastic option is Max Tiles. Max Tiles feature a durable commercial grade vinyl top surface and are great for home basement floors. Use a 3mm rubber underlayment for aerobics flooring applications. The Max Tile is available in a variety of designer wood grain looks. The commercial grade vinyl top surface of this flooring is scratch resistant and will look fantastic for years to come. Those who practice dance and dance-based aerobic exercise like Jazzercise find Max Tiles to be the perfect option. These tiles have received top reviews from tap dancers, Zumba dancers, and hip-hop dancers. One Max Tile customer wrote her ''back felt great'' and she wished she hadn't waited so long to buy it.

Rubber Flooring Roll and Mat installation

Rubber flooring rolls are a great choice for those looking for maximum durability in their aerobic flooring. Rubber flooring stands up to serious impact and abuse over super long periods of time. Plyometric rubber rolls allow you to quickly cover larger aerobic exercise areas as they come in 4x10 feet mat rolls. These aerobic mats provide exceptional shock absorption and are made in the USA from recycled materials.

One woman who uses this material says it was so durable she ''would do jumping jacks on it in heels and not worry for a second.'' She added that it worked great for Insanity, Tae Bo, and P90X, and her knees no longer hurt.

Find What the Best Aerobics Flooring at Gym Rubber

Whether you are a studio owner or creating a space in your home for aerobic fitness, a suitable floor will greatly enhance your workouts and ensure a safe space for your movements. Gym Rubber makes it easy. Browse through a wide range of amazing aerobics flooring products, or get in touch with their flooring experts to find the best aerobics flooring for you.
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