Rubber Gym Mats and Rubber Flooring Tiles - Rubber weightlifting mats and rubber cardio equipment mats are designed to absorb impact and reduce vibration from fitness equipment while protecting all types of flooring surfaces and sub-floors. There are many types of rubber fitness equipment mats for home and commercial use. Barbell deadlifting mats, dumbbell mats, kettlebell mats and rubber weightlifting mats in general are typically made from recycled crumb rubber that is mixed with a polyurethane bonding agent. Horse stall mats, which also make great deadlifting mats and weightlifting platform mats for commercial gyms and CrossFit boxes, are also made from recycled crumb rubber. Portable deadlifting mats and heavy-duty gym mats are made from vulcanized rubber, which is also made from recycled crumb rubber except they are baked at a high temperature to greatly increase the tensile strength. Vulcanized rubber mats with beveled edges are commonly found under cardio equipment such as treadmills, elliptical trainers, stair steppers and exercise bikes. Virgin rubber, much like vulcanized rubber, demonstrates an extremely high tensile strength and often has a variety of solid colors that go completely through the rubber flooring tile. Virgin rubber can be molded into different shapes with different surface patterns for enhanced traction and aesthetics. Diamond plate rubber tiles add a commercial look to any facility and are easily installed without the use of rubber flooring adhesive.
Rubber Cardio Equipment Mats - Rubber mats for cardio equipment can range in size from 3’ x 4’ to 3’ x 8’. The length and width depends on what type of equipment you will be placing on top of them. Spinner® bikes or other types of exercise bikes will require a smaller mat than an elliptical trainer or treadmill. Cardio mats are made from oil and fluid resistant materials including vinyl, plastic and rubber. Use to protect wood, tile and carpeted floors from stains and scratches.
Rubber Gym Equipment Mats and Strength Equipment Mats - Heavy solid rubber gym mats are built to be shock absorbent to protect floors underneath from the impact of heavy barbells and dumbbells. This type of weight room flooring is economical and easy to install. Rubber free weight mat thicknesses range from 3/8” to ¾” with ¾” being the best selection for deadlifting mats and other Olympic type lifts in commercial gyms. Materials used include recycled rubber, vulcanized rubber and virgin rubber. Diamond plate virgin rubber gym mats are offered in 4’ x 4’ tiles with colors including black, gray, blue, red and many others. Virgin rubber is the smoothest of all three rubber flooring mat materials and is very easy to clean. It also has a high tensile strength that keeps it from tearing or cold flowing under repetitive weight drops. Recycled crumb rubber mats are the most affordable of the three materials. The 4’ x 8’ x ¾” size is commonly used as deadlifting mats due to their thickness and impact resistant benefits. For customers that will be installing multiple recycled rubber mats in their garage gym or commercial gym, make sure to ask if the mats are “trued” to make sure there will be no gaps when installation is complete. And finally, there are vulcanized weight lifting mats that are as strong and tear resistant as virgin rubber but with a much lower cost. They also make great horse stall mats for barns and horse trailers.
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