What Is the Best Heavy Duty Gym Flooring?

Whether you’re creating a home training space, dance studio, health club, or gym; safety, sustainability, and performance should be top of your list.

It’s easy to get carried away with choosing cardio machines and kettlebells but installing a heavy-duty gym floor that can cope with the demands of daily workouts, enhance performance, and create an aesthetically pleasing atmosphere, is essential.

Why Wood?

A seemingly more substantial investment when compared with other options such as laminate, vinyl, or foam; hardwood, sports flooring is undoubtedly linked to athletic performance, taking factors such as shock absorption, ball bounce, surface friction and surface deflection into account.

Although it’s one of the most expensive options on the list, real wood is arguably the most durable and resilient, particularly when it comes to cleaning after sweaty gym sessions. It’s also simple to care for and won’t contribute to indoor air quality issues.

Aside from the suppleness and strength this authentic surface material offers, the aesthetics of a gym with hard wood floors is hard to beat! A floor that becomes worn-out will make a gym look unkempt and you don’t want that!

Outside of appearances, high-quality wooden gym floors can protect your joints, prevent injury, reduce impact and increase stability. And when it comes to holding the weight of your heavy-duty gym equipment, hard wood gym flooring is an investment worth considering.

The other thing to remember is that wooden floors can also help absorb any work-out related noise, especially important in busy, echoey areas.

One of the many reasons most clients prefer hardwood floors is because of its long-life span and low life cycle costs. To put it in perspective, a well-looked after hardwood floor lasts approximately sixty years and would only need sanding at the same time a synthetically made floor would need to be replaced.


Green is the colour we can’t get enough of these days. Not only is hardwood flooring economical, but it’s also biodegradable, recyclable and in most cases – depending on the supplier – carbon neutral.

As well as being the least energy-intensive flooring material, it consumes far less energy than materials such as composite tiles and carpet.

Types of Hard Wood Flooring

When shopping for wooden gym floors, you could consider using engineered hardwood which is often significantly stronger than solid oak. An important consideration when using weights and heavy equipment such as cardio machines and treadmills on your gym floors, because some softer hardwoods may dent under impact.

And you don’t necessarily need to stick to traditional colours such as oak, beech, ash, and maple; there are a multitude of contemporary colours to choose from such as jet black, white, grey as well as natural wood tones. When it comes to design, they can either be placed in clean, contemporary lines, or a more earthy appearance such as herringbone.

Wooden floors are particularly popular when it comes to indoor sports facilities such as badminton, basketball, dance floors, fitness floors, handball, volleyball and multi-purpose arenas, to name a few.

There’s a reason hardwood floors have been utilised in gyms for over a century. Although they are pricey, they are a sustainable, long-term investment that will last over sixty years.

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For more information on our wooden gym floor services then please give a member of our friendly team a call on 01444 810505 and they would be happy to advise you on your gym flooring.

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