“Everything’s connected, and everything matters.”
This quote from renowned physical therapist and strength & conditioning specialist Charlie Weingroff rings true for both strength training and life.
While Charlie is most likely referencing the human body with this quote, I believe it applies just as well to the relationship between fitness flooring and the exercise equipment set up on top of it.
The two are distinctly connected. More importantly, they are equally important in the weight room.
We are a sports flooring company, so this article will focus mainly on flooring and how it interacts with equipment and athletes.
#1: Fitness Flooring’s Role in Performance
The main goal of strength training and conditioning is improving performance. Training improves both athletes’ bodies and minds. An optimal weight room floor layout gives strength coaches a solid foundation for preparing athletes for games.
Fitness flooring design is vital for coaches who want their athletes to reach maximum potential. The strategic placement of rubber flooring with exercise equipment, training turf, and inlaid crash platforms for intense lifting matters. A versatile weight room will include all three types of flooring. Each type’s role in performance is as follows:
- Rubber Fitness Flooring – Rubber is the ultimate fitness surface due to its natural cushion and durability. It isn’t easily damaged by exercise equipment and provides a strong surface for the equipment to sit on. Rubber flooring also gives enhanced traction and shock absorption, which helps athletes in both lifting and sprinting exercises.
- Athletic Training Turf – Indoor training turf simulates the conditions of a field athletes will be playing on. Turf can be installed directly next to rubber for quick transitions between workouts. Overall, turf increases the number of workouts you can complete in one space and creates a more versatile, functional weight room.
- Inlaid Platforms – While some crash platforms are raised out of the floor, inlaid platforms sit level with the rest of the rubber weight room floor. These platforms are made of thicker material and protect the floor below them, which allows athletes to perform heavier lifts.
When you combine these three flooring materials together, you can create a strength & conditioning space that will maximize your athletes’ potential performance and give you a winning edge.
#2: Safety is a Priority with Fitness Flooring
All the training in the world won’t matter if athletes are prone to injuries while training. Your players’ safety and health should be one of your highest priorities: not just for them to be able to see the field and compete, but to help them avoid nagging pain in their lives after sports.
The right fitness floor will minimize injury risk wherever possible. This is where the options we talked about above shine as well. Rubber’s natural cushion protects athletes from injuring themselves in a fall. Its anti-slip properties prevent falls from occurring in the first place.
Inlaid platforms laying level with the rest of the floor eliminates tripping hazards and the possibility of large weights rolling off a platform. (Check out our “Safety Hazards Eliminated by Inlaid Platforms” article here.)
Appropriate fitness flooring will also use its shock absorption to prevent stress on muscles and joints. This promotes longer, more efficient workouts and helps prevent injuries further by keeping athletes from getting worn down.
#3: Easy Maintenance, Cleaning, and Disinfecting
Sanitation is a huge topic right now in the world of sports. COVID-19 has almost certainly changed how we view proper cleaning and disinfecting techniques.
Rubber workout flooring has an advantage: it was already easy to clean before coronavirus came along. Recycled rubber floors (like Regupol Aktiv) are bacteria and mold resistant. Vacuuming, sweeping, and damp-mopping are all viable ways to clean rubber floors. Inlaid platforms also do not create crevices next to the floor where dust and debris can collect, while raised platforms do.
Choosing turf without rubber infill will eliminate the need to clean up rubber pellets after workouts.
For more guidance on how to properly clean and disinfect fitness flooring, read these guides from our partners Regupol and GrassTex.
Everything is Connected
We know how important success is to you. Next time you need to revamp your weight room, remember to consider the importance of the fitness flooring materials you choose. They’re just as important as your equipment. In the weight room, everything matters.
For more information on what we install at Abacus, visit our weight room flooring page for an overview on the options we can provide you. Our weight room and fitness flooring experts on staff have been helping coaches design weight rooms for almost 30 years.