It has been used since the Stone Age and can be made of numerous materials. It can take a beating, but is able to hit back just as hard.
Flooring. The thing that high-fives your body when you fall.
It is everywhere, but when it’s in your Box taking a beating by barbells, kettlebells and human mass, it matters a bit more than the floor of a cave.
“We were just trying to figure something that would stand the test of time because we knew it was going to be a lot of money to cover that floor, so we did some research,” said Ashley Anderson, co-owner of CrossFit Morgantown in Morgantown, West Virginia.
Morgantown’s flooring had originally been cement, which worked for a while. However, the owners had had enough. “We were over that,” said Anderson. “[We were] trying to get a little nicer environment for our members, show some appreciation, so we were like it’s time to upgrade.”
Anderson had previously been part of a Box in Miami, Florida, so she had some idea where to begin. She explained after seeing how its floor held up after a couple of years of heavy traffic — about 600 members were at the gym —, the decision was easy. They invested in flooring made of recycled tires from rubberflooringinc.com, the same place her old Box had bought its floor from.
Taking stock in what other Boxes are using is a theme it seems. Josh Miller, co-owner of CrossFit Shift in Lansing, Michigan, said they went with horse stall mats because one, they are a very common floor choice, and two, they are cheap.
But once a Box’s flooring is in place, maintaining it is a different story. “For the first three years, we used a vacuum and mop bucket,” said Miller. “However we just got an industrial floor cleaner — the Bulldog WD20 — from Factory Cleaning Equipment. This was a great purchase for our floors and now we can easily clean them every day; some days we clean them twice.”
For Morgantown, Anderson said every day they sweep their floor, vacuum and mop with TideSport. However, the way the floor is holding up goes back to the type of flooring they purchased in the first place. “We do proper maintenance on it and we still respect the area, but I think it’s just the fact we got a thicker flooring and it’s definitely meant for that type of wear and tear,” she said. “Over time, it’s definitely worth [the cost].”
Despite the money and time laid down to care for the flooring, Anderson said one benefit of paying for and properly maintaining flooring pertains to the member experience.
“I would highly recommend it if you don’t already have it just because I couldn’t believe … the appreciation the members had and the excitement just by covering the floor,” said Anderson. “We had just some stall mats down and some wooden runways. I was not a fan of it, but it is what it is. But when we switched it out, the members loved it.”
Miller also saw flooring as more than just a way to cover cement, and he saw it as something to take pride in. “The floor to me is a selling point of how much someone cares about their business and how hard they are willing to work on it,” he said. “Don’t just mop, but clean your floor. Make it a floor that someone could literally eat off of.”