Three Reasons Flooring is as Important as Your Equipment

The importance of flooring.

Cross-trainers and weightlifters are some of the most dedicated and intense athletes in the world. They require top-of-the-line equipment to stand up to the rigors of their explosive daily training. Proprietors of high-quality gyms should want the best for their members, including the best flooring options available.

Safety: The key to obtaining a top-notch physique is to maintain a strict fitness routine; this can be hard to do if you’re injured. Therefore, staying injury free is the most important thing you can do for yourself as an athlete. All potential flooring surfaces have unique properties and attributes, each of which affects the user in a variety of different ways. A floor with no resilience or shock absorption, such as plastic tile, will transfer almost the full force of an athlete’s movements back onto their limbs and joints as they move. Some lifters’ movements have the force of several hundred pounds behind them, which can put a lot of extra stress on the athlete’s body. However, a floor made of recycled rubber has very high resilience and shock absorption qualities to help relieve some of these pressures exerted by the athlete. These improved floor qualities are what allow an athlete to squat 500 pounds without feeling the full force of that weight on their bodies. With less force exerted on the body, participants will be able to safely work out more frequently and for extended periods of time. Furthermore, resilient rubber is slip resistant when wet and is also available in a variety of thicknesses to accommodate specific situations. To truly be at your best you must be healthy, and the first step towards staying healthy is training on the right type of sports surface.

Performance: Why do we train? Regardless of the context, we train to get better. Having the highest quality material to train on is a step in the right direction towards this improvement. If an athlete is comfortable and feels safe, they will have a more explosive and intense workout. Workout intensity is a huge factor for individual improvement, and a recycled rubber floor provides the optimal surface for the most intense workouts. Recycled rubber also allows for quicker acceleration, excellent shock absorption and improved traction. Because recycled rubber is so forgiving, athletes can push their lifts to the max without fear of injury. The improved traction offered by the rubber flooring also allows lifters to really dig deep and get the most from their lift. Due to the safety and performance standards of recycled rubber, athletes will find themselves eager to lift on a rubber floor.

Maintenance: Having professional standards in your gym is very important, especially to prospective new clients. However, with an abundance of sweaty people working out, it can be hard to maintain a clean lifting environment. Recycled rubber flooring has some of the highest ratings in resilience, cleanliness and durability out of any floor surface material available. Not only are they easy to clean, but rubber tiles are also bacteria and mold resistant. Recycled rubber can easily withstand the impact of dropped weights and intense workouts, time after time. Unlike some other floors that get damaged or show signs of wear, recycled rubber can withstand as much use as athletes can throw at it. By having a high quality and easy to maintain floor, your gym will be the go-to place for local cross-trainers and weightlifters.

As you can see, not only is a proper floor as important as the rest of a gym’s equipment, it is part of the gym’s equipment itself. In fact, some would argue that the floor is the most important part of a gym, considering that every workout is done on it. As a result, we can safely say that a consistent, resilient, dense and durable rubber floor will allow athletes to achieve peak performance during their workouts.

 

By Andrew Crawford, CrossFit enthusiast. For more information, visit abacussports.com, email sales@abacussports.com or call 800.821.4557.