Every home gym needs exercise mats to add protective flooring. Prevent injury and machine damage with the best gym floor mats.
If you are setting up a home gym in a spare room in your house, you need this one piece of accessory that you might not think about. However, this one item is crucial if you want to prevent injury from faulty equipment. They are protective floor mats.
Why do you need floor mats? These mats help to eliminate slippery surfaces so it prevents you from getting hurt if you should slip and fall during exercise. When you use equipment floor mats, you can exercise safely and with more assurance. When you don’t use these gym mats, you risk injury, and that can force you to stop working out for weeks, setting back your hard earned progress.
Mats like these aren’t the first thing that comes to people’s mind. Since they are quite a low cost, there is no reason why you shouldn’t add them to your home gym right now. Here is a list of recommended floor protection mats:
Best Gym Floor Mat 2017
|We Sell Mats EVA Foam||2 ft x 2 ft|
|Marcy High-Impact MAT20||2 ft x 2 ft|
|XMark Fitness XMat||6 ft x 4 ft|
|Body Solid Super Mat RF36T||36 in x 78 in|
|Large Exercise Mat||72 in x 72 in|
1 – We Sell Mats Interlocking Anti-Fatigue EVA Foam Floor Mat
The most popular mat on our list is similar to the Marcy High-Impact mat below, the Interlocking Anti-Fatigue EVA Foam Floor Mat made by We Sell Mats. They’re sold in a pack that contains six mats measuring 2 ft x 2 ft each, so you get 24 sq ft of protection.
These mats are a good fit for gym equipment. One customer dropped a weight on it ,and there was barely any sound. They are good for hard floors and indoors concrete, but not so much for grass or outdoor conditions. You may want to look at other options if you want to put mats over dirt.
Some customers complain that this mat is too thin, so it dents when you put equipment on top of it. It can also easily slide around if you use it for high-intensity workouts. A few complain that the mats don’t interlock together and have gaps between them. You can work around these issues by taping the mats to the floor if you want.
Even though there are complaints, many customers like these mats from We Sell Mats. These are not mats specifically made for the gym, but they can be used for a gym. If you want a popular mat that’s quite affordable, then this one is a good choice.
- Affordable price
- Interlocking mats
- Can slip easily
- Can get disjointed
2 – Marcy High-Impact MAT20 Flooring Mat
The Marcy High-Impact MAT20 is made by a reputable fitness equipment company. If you don’t find the #1 mat above a good fit, you can choose this mat. It’s frequently bought together with treadmills.
With this choice, you get six mats sized 2 ft x 2 ft each. It is a great mat if you aren’t looking for one large mat but instead want several smaller mats. You can adjust the flooring area you want by adding or subtracting more mats. These mats interlock and fit together, so they are quick and easy to assemble.
Similar to the #1 mat, some customers complain that this mat isn’t thick enough. The mats can also slip easily and disjoint when you do heavy intensity exercises on top of it. It’s a recurring complaint among customers who use interlocking mats due to the design of it. These types of mats are better for keeping stationary equipment stable than for exercises with much movement.
This mat gets mostly positive reviews. Despite some complaints, many customers are happy with the quality of the mat. They find that the mat can protect their floors from heavy gym equipment and can stay locked together. These interlocking mats are cheaper than buying a large one-piece mat.
- Made by a fitness company
- Interlocking mats
- Some customers say it isn’t thick enough
- Can get disjointed under heavy exercise
3 – XMark Fitness XMat Ultra Thick Equipment Mat
The XMark Fitness XMat is very thick, heavy and sturdy. If you’re looking for a rugged mat made specifically for a home gym, then this mat is the one. It’s sized 6 ft x 4 ft, so it’s enough for most equipment, but you might need to buy several depending on your home gym setup.
This mat has a textured non-slip surface and protects both your floor and expensive equipment at the same time. These mats are also comfortable to walk on and are quite thick. Some users even find the mat to be too thick and doesn’t cushion well for their needs.
This mat is not an interlocking mat so it may be too big if you only need to cover a small area. Even though it’s quite thick, you may need thicker mats if you want to use weights more than 225 lbs. One user had his hardwood floor break because he dropped the weights on this mat on the floor. Other minor complaints that are troublesome for some users include a noticeable odor that comes with the mat and that the mat sheds black particles on the floor.
Overall, the XMat is a thick and sturdy mat that can handle heavy equipment and weights. Many users find the mat works great for them even though some users have complaints. The price of the mat is higher than others we review here, but you get a large and thick rubber mat worth the price.
- Heavy duty thick mat
- Made specifically for gyms
- Expensive price
- May have an odor and shed particles
4 – Body Solid Super Mat RF36T Treadmill Mat
The Body Solid Super Mat RF36T is made to protect your floor from scratches and dents. It extends your equipment’s shelf life by keeping out dust from entering it and decreases vibrations that can wear your machine. It’s good for treadmills, ski exercises, and even as a general aerobics mat. This mat has 36” x 78” dimensions. It is a simple choice: it does exactly what is intended and feels comfortable on your feet.
Some customers complain that the mat feels pretty thin and tears easily. Putting the mat underneath a treadmill causes the mat to wear out fast when in use. Similar to the XMark mat, this mat has an odor that some users find disturbing. Despite these complaints, most customers are happy with their choice. Many customers feel that it fits perfectly with their treadmill and one user has used it for four years.
- Made for treadmills
- Affordable price
- May tear easily
- May have a disturbing odor
5 – Large Exercise Mat. 72″ Wide x 72″
This Large Exercise Mat is designed for home-based workouts, such as Insanity or P90X and others. It’s good for aerobics and similar exercises, but not as equipment or weight mat. It’s three times larger than a regular mat for exercise, so you truly get a lot of space. It was specially made for people who need to move about during working out and feel that a normal mat is too small for them.
Many customers complain about the ‘horrid’ rubber odor from this mat. Other mats we review have similar issues but not as severe as this one. People have put the mat outside up to three weeks long, and the smell still doesn’t dissipate. One user even had an allergic reaction to the mat. It also slips and slides easily when used during exercise. If you can make the odor go away, this mat works fine. Many users are happy to use it to reduce the impact of intense exercises such as P90X.
- Large mat
- ‘Horrid’ odor
- May slip or slide
Gym Floor Mats Buying Guide
Buying a gym floor mat sounds like a straightforward experience. I mean, how hard can it be to buy a mat, right? However, it may not be as easy as it sounds. There are some factors to consider when you choose a mat for gym equipment:
1. The Size of the Mat
You can choose a mat with a small size (like 2′ x 2′) or large size (like the 72” x 72” mat). Small mats are often interlocking mats. They are cheaper than one large size mat, but they have their problems. As you can read from the review above, interlocking mats can get disjointed from each other and disturb your workout convenience. Large mats are good in some situations, but they come at a high price. Each type of mat has their positives and negatives – make sure you choose the one that fits you.
2. The Thickness of the Mat
You may need a thick mat, or you may need a thin mat. Thick mats are sturdy and can handle heavy weights if you drop it on top of the mat. However, thick mats are heavy to move around and more expensive than thin mats. Thin mats may feel comfortable for you, but they can’t handle heavy weights. If you are doing simple exercises in a small home gym, then a thin mat might suffice. If you want to do heavy and challenging exercises, then a thick mat is the one that fits you.
Exercise Safe With Gym Floor Mats
You can either get a large size mat or purchase several smaller ones and piece them together as you need them. If you are just starting out, I recommend getting the puzzle mats since you probably don’t have much equipment that needs flooring. Choose one of these mats today and exercise safe, so you don’t get a bad injury.