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Best Home Gym Flooring Over Concrete: Features & Benefits Video Guide

Why Do I Need Home Gym Flooring? Isn't Concrete Fine?

- Do you use your basement to lift weights or do other exercises?

- Do you have a concrete basement floor?

If you answered yes to both of these questions, it is time to consider some professional flooring to take your fitness to the next level. Although you can work out on concrete, it is not an ideal flooring option for exercise for many reasons.

First of all, concrete is hard on the body. For both standing and floor exercises, concrete does not provide any cushion to help lessen the stress and strain being put on the body from the exercises. In fact, it actually increases the strain. Standing or exercising on concrete for long periods of time will cause the body discomfort, aches, and pains and can even lead to long-term damage.

Second, concrete is not a safe surface to exercise on. Concrete does not have good grip or traction, especially when it is wet. Slipping and falling on concrete is much more likely to happen than on other surfaces. On top of that, there are serious consequences if an accident does happen. Falling on concrete can cause serious abrasions, concussions or broken bones.

Further, concrete is not an inviting surface. Especially in basements, concrete tends to be really cold, which never feels good on the body. It is nearly impossible to stay barefooted on concrete for long. Not only is concrete not ideal for contact with the human body, it also is not ideal for heavy equipment or weights. Concrete can be cracked or damaged by heavy dropped weights, or alternatively, weights will become damaged.

Finally, concrete is a pain to keep clean. It is not easily disinfected, which is important where sweat and other bodily fluids are involved. Concrete does not dry quickly, and in particularly moist environments, it can end up harvesting mold and mildew.

If you have been spending a lot of time working out on concrete, you probably already know many of these things, and you are probably ready to learn about the best home gym flooring over concrete options.


The most popular product for home gyms is rolled rubber. It is one of the less expensive basement gym floor options and creates few seams in your gym floor. If you'd prefer an easier installation, you can opt for interlocking rubber tiles, which fit together tightly and end up being nearly seamless. Neither rubber rolls nor rubber tile options require glue for installation. However, in the case of rolled rubber, we generally recommend using a double-sided carpet tape beneath the rolls at the perimeter and at the seams between rolls.

Looking to do aerobic or cardio activities on your basement gym floor? A great product for that is our Plyometric rubber flooring rolls. This rubber material is less dense than standard rolled rubber, Plyometric rubber flooring creates a cushioned surface that is great for jumping, lunging, and other aerobic X type activities.

PVC Plastic Tiles

Tiles made from PVC plastic is the best gym flooring over concrete for those who really struggle with moisture issues in the basement. If you struggle with moisture in your basement gym area, you may wish to consider our StayLock floor tiles. StayLock floor tiles are similar to plyometric rubber flooring in that they provide comfort while simultaneously protecting the concrete below from heavy equipment or dropped weights. Easy interlocking these tiles together to make installation simple. These tiles are also nonabsorbent and will keep your workout surface above the damp concrete.

If moisture is not a big concern and you would like some cushion to your home gym floor, consider installing a rubber or foam underlay under a PVC floor.

Foam Tiles

Foam tiles are best home gym flooring over concrete for those looking for a padded surface. Gym Rubber by Greatmats offers a huge selection of soft yet durable foam tiles perfect for exercising. For a wood grain look consider our Wood Grain Foam Tile product that has three colors to choose from. This very high-density foam tile is durable and has the right cushion for aerobic and dynamic dance exercises. Install directly over your concrete floor in your basement for an upscale designer look. This tile is interlocking and easy to install with no adhesives required.
For more on this topic please review our Home Gym Flooring and Mats product page.