Do You Need Special Flooring for Online Workout Classes?
By Created: April, 2021 - Modified: July, 2021
Related Product: Plyometric Rubber Roll 1/4 Inch x 4x10 Ft. Black
Working out at home on a basement cement floor or on a carpeted or hardwood bedroom floor can lead to unwanted pain in the lower body, such as the knees, hips, and ankles. This reduces the effectiveness of the workout. It also leads to an inability to workout as often as the athlete may like, stunting the athlete’s path toward better fitness and skill building.
Finding just the right flooring for the type of virtual workout classes that are in the plans is the best way to ensure the health of the athletes. Certain types of flooring will match up well with the exercise classes planned, and the right floors will create a fun workout that’s also as beneficial as possible.
Working out at home is far more convenient than driving downtown or to the university for a class. Here are some common types of exercises performed during online workout classes and the best styles of flooring to use with them.
What Floors Work Well for Cardio Workouts at the House?For virtual workout classes involving high intensity interval training workouts (HIIT) or other cardio workouts, a durable flooring that also provides just the right amount of cushioning is important for working out at home.
This tile has a slight texture on the surface, resembling an orange peel’s texture, which is ideal for athletes taking virtual workout classes that require quick movements and a sure footing.
Customer Kimberly of Kansas City, Mo., installed these mats for HIIT workouts, as well as for yoga, creating a high quality space that she loves to use.
Advanced students taking free or subscription online workout classes certainly can benefit from this type of flooring, helping them improve their fitness levels with the sure footing the bump top textured surface provides. Beginners also will appreciate the slight cushioning and the texture for workouts in shoes.
Customer Luke laid out these bump top tiles over the top of carpeting at home, creating a versatile space for HIIT workouts.
What Is the Best Floor for Plyometric Online Workout Classes?The repetitive athletic moves required with plyometrics can be tough on flooring. If the homeowner doesn’t have a specialized type of floor available, taking plyometric virtual workout classes can lead to wear spots on the flooring in the basement or spare bedroom.
Customer Thomas installed this roll in his Louisville, Ky., basement, delivering the ideal surface and grippiness for performing plyometric workouts at home.
This rubber roll has quite a bit of versatility, supporting plyometric workouts, as well as working out with many different types of equipment.
Customer Allison of North Potomac, Md., uses this flooring over the top of the subfloor in a home office for spin classes, body weight exercises, and dumbbell workouts.
Both of these rubber rolls have a coverage size of 4 by 10 feet. Because they use straight edges on all four sides, customers can lay two or more rolls side by side to gain a larger coverage space, all at a low price per square foot.
How Do You Create a Dance Flooring at Home?For virtual workout classes that involve dance, multiple options are available to create a safe space in the home. However, simply covering the subfloor with a roll of dance flooring may not deliver the cushioning required to protect the lower body joints of dancers.
This type of flooring is appropriate for almost any kind of dance classes, including hip hop, ballet, modern, and jazz. Customers can even add a barre for ballet classes.
These 1x1-foot tiles pop together using a hidden interlocking hook and tab system that results in a clean layout. These tiles do not require any adhesive for installation, which further simplifies the process.
Customer Michele of Berkeley Heights, N.J., used these tiles to create a practice dance space at home. The ease with which these tiles pop together for assembly and pop apart for disassembly was a big advantage for her.
The polypropylene plastic material in these 5/8-inch thick tiles will deliver a firm subfloor for using underneath the thin dance floor layer of marley.
Once the subfloor is in place for the virtual dance workouts, it’s time to select the type of flooring to go over the top.
A thin roll of marley flooring is a common choice to place over the subfloor. Because these rolls are so thin, usually measuring 2 mm or less (about 1/16 inches), the subfloor needs to be free of imperfections to prevent punctures on the roll of marley.
Customer Mandy of Tecumseh, Mich., chose to use this roll of marley to create a dance floor for the family to take dance classes over the Internet during the pandemic.
Another customer, Lindsay of Butler, Pa., went a step further, using this marley floor to start teaching online dance classes from her home during the pandemic, receiving a high level of quality in the floor.
Customer Matt of Owosso, Mich., installed this product for the family to take virtual dance classes at home in the basement. He installed EVA foam tiles as a safe base layer before laying the marley roll over the top.
What Are Some Versatile Floor Options for Working Out at Home?
The textured top surface resembles tiny pebbles, providing a desirable level of traction for workouts. Each tile has a puzzle style edge, which simplifies the layout process. Installers do not have to use any glue, which means they can disassemble the floor to return to the subfloor after the exercise classes are over.
Customer Michael of Albany, Calif., installed these tiles in a home gymnasium, performing cardio workouts like running on a treadmill, using a rowing machine, and riding a stationary bicycle for a virtual group spin class. While providing a sturdy, cushioned flooring, these tiles also protect the subfloor from any damage that occurs during exercise.
The EVA foam is safe for prenatal workouts and specialty pregnancy workouts, as it does not contain harsh chemicals. It’s both lead-free and latex-free. Each tile uses an interlocking puzzle edge to simplify the installation process.
These reversible tiles have a long lifespan. Should any tile become stained, scuffed or otherwise damaged, just flip it over and use the other side. Different colors are available on either side, as these tiles are available in either a black/gray or red/blue color configuration.
These tiles measure about 2 by 4 feet. The rubber layer has an interlocking puzzle style edge, which simplifies the process of attaching adjacent tiles without the need for adhesives.
Artificial turf is great for sprint workouts, as well as for workouts performed on the ground.
For more on this topic please review our Exercise Flooring product page.