What Flooring Is Best For Online Zumba Classes?

By Lisa Hobbie Created: April, 2021 - Modified: December, 2023

Zumba is one of the most popular cardio dance exercise programs out there. Available live in person, on DVD and video game systems, and online, this fitness program is a great mix of high-energy fun and intense cardio conditioning. Since the outbreak of COVID-19, more and more instructors are offering virtual Zumba classes. You can also find free Zumba training and various learning lesson videos on YouTube and Vimeo.

In order to have the best experience participating in or even teaching online Zumba classes, having the right kind of flooring in place is key. You want something that will offer shock absorption and anti-fatigue benefits, and even a little bit of bounce. Although cushioned support is important, you don’t want the flooring to be too thick or soft, and you want to be able to move quickly and easily across its surface.

Greatmats offers a huge selection of flooring solutions that make online Zumba classes more successful and enjoyable, including the following:
  1. StayLock Tile - Black with Bump Top
  2. StayLock Tile - Colored Orange Peel Top
  3. Woodflex Maple Wood Grain Full Roll
  4. Basic Adagio Tour Home Dance Floor Package
  5. EZ Portable Dance Floor Tile
  6. Premium Martial Arts Karate Mats
  7. Home Sport & Play Mat
  8. Pro Taekwondo Martial Arts Mats
  9. Sport Plus Designer Foam Tile
  10. Black Geneva Rubber Flooring Rolls

If you are going to be participating in Zumba, as a teacher or instructor, student, or group of beginners, you will enjoy hours of dancing fun or training while also getting in a good workout if you choose one of the top 10 flooring solutions highlighted.

PVC Fitness Flooring for Zumba

StayLock Tile - Black with Bump TopStayLock Tile - Black with Bump Top tiles are perfect if you want a Zumba fitness surface that is durable like rubber with a cushioning that feels more like foam. Made of PVC, this floor features a design that will lock together tightly without separating over time - even when practicing the Cumbia, Merengue, Salsa, and other quick Zumba movements. It offers superior support and the bump top surface texture offers ergonomic benefits and anti-fatigue properties.

This product is waterproof, so it will not get damaged when you work up a sweat, and its raised base and lightweight design prevent water from getting trapped beneath it, making it a suitable option for a basement space to use for online Zumba. It also prevents the flooring from sliding over the carpet if you use it for a temporary installation.

StayLock Tile - Colored Orange Peel TopThere is also a StayLock Tile - Colored Orange Peel Top option, which offers many of the same features and benefits of the Bump Top product, but with a different surface texture and available in various different colors.

Greatmats customer Kris of Golden, Colorado enjoys the cushion provided by the Staylock Orange Peel tiles as well as its ease of cleaning.

“We just have to use a dust mop or vacuum to remove debris,” Kris said. “We wash it with vinegar water and a damp cloth.”

Vinyl Fitness Flooring for Zumba

Woodflex Maple Wood Grain Full RollThe Woodflex Maple Wood Grain Full Roll is designed to be a multi-purpose gym flooring option, as it covers a large space quickly. The synthetic flooring is 6 ft 7 inches wide x 49 ft 2 inches long and made with recycled, pre-consumer material. If you want to spend time doing Zumba instead of worrying about cleaning and maintenance of your floor, this is a perfect solution. It boasts a realistic wood look and provides a great footing for virtual Zumba classes.

Home Dance Floor Package Adagio Tour BasicA Basic Adagio Tour Home Dance Floor Package would be another great flooring solution for a home studio or space where you will be participating in online Zumba classes, as well as other virtual dance curricula. This dance floor is designed to be installed on any hard, flat surface for an easy and quick installation using tape. It provides a suitable surface for all dance types, and it provides 20 linear feet of Adagio Marley dance flooring. It offers athletes and dancers extra freedom of movement, as this floor isn’t too sticky so doesn’t have too much grip. It’s adaptable for all types of dancers, regardless of the way they are using it, including a Zumba exercise course.

EZ Portable Dance Floor TileEZ Portable Dance Floor Tile is one of the most versatile flooring solutions that Greatmats offers, so it’s no surprise that it would work perfectly for a Zumba fitness space. Installing this floating modular floor is just about as simple as it is to download an app to participate in or watch a Zumba class. The flooring can be installed over any surface, even slightly uneven subfloors or most carpets. The tiles are durable and high quality and provide comfort, ease of movement, and anti-fatigue benefits.

The UV protective coating on the tile’s surface prevents damage from sunlight, while the wear layer resists scratches and wear, resulting in a wood look that doesn’t need refinishing or maintenance.

This is also another great option for a basement gym, as its design allows water and air to flow underneath. When combined with a 3 to 6 mm rubber underlayment, this floor will provide extra cushioning and shock absorption properties for a more comfortable Zumba workout.

This really is a popular choice among Greatmats customers. Take Robin, for example, who wrote, “Because of the underlayment and the sprung quality of the floor, it’s really comfortable to dance on. We use the studio for Zumba, in addition to belly dance, and high-impact moves don’t hurt us at all.”

Foam Fitness Flooring for Zumba

Premium Martial Arts Karate MatsPremium Martial Arts Karate Mats offer a smooth surface option that will work if you like to do your Zumba wearing shoes, or, with bare feet. They are made from high-density EVA foam, and they weigh just 8 pounds. They provide the perfect padding on which to move, stretch, and dance.

These mats allow for a fast and easy installation with their interlocking design, and they are double-sided and low maintenance and prevent moisture absorption, mold, mildew, and odor.

Greatmats’ customer, Chad, raves about his Karate Mats. In his review, he writes, “The mats worked out great for us. We use them in a commercial gym classroom. We do yoga, kickboxing, and Zumba on them, and the members love them.”

Home Sport & Play MatThe Home Sport & Play Mat is a great solution if you want something that accommodates quick movements like those performed during online Zumba classes, but they also work well if you do other workouts like Insanity, 21 Day Fix, and others. They reduce fatigue during exercising, allowing for harder and longer Zumba sessions. They also absorb shock really well, and they are versatile and durable, waterproof, stain-resistant, and scuff-resistant. Installing these mats is super easy, as they simply interlock like pieces of a puzzle do.

As one happy Greatmats customer, Rebecca, writes, “I needed something with good cushioning support so my knees did not rebel while doing Zumba. The Home Sport and Play tiles filled the bill.”

Pro Taekwondo Martial Arts MatsPro Taekwondo Martial Arts Mats also work well for virtual Zumba classes. They are an economical option for Zumba and other workouts with a textured surface that is resistant to scuffs, indentations, and divots. They are super durable, and they provide pressure reduction and strain protection. As a mat designed for taekwondo, which includes a lot of jumping and other quick movements, it is a perfect fit for Zumba, providing some of the best fatigue relief of all the options on this list.

Sport Plus Designer Foam TileSport Plus Designer Foam Tile is an option that can be used alone, or, as an underlayment under a dance floor. It offers an easy, DIY interlocking puzzle design that is easy to install without adhesive. These tiles absorb impact, and they offer fatigue-relieving benefits, allowing you to participate in Zumba longer and harder.

Greatmats customer, Michael, describes this flooring best when he writes, “I was a little skeptical about the flooring at first. However, once I got it installed and my wife and I started working out to Zumba, it was the perfect floor. We have been working out almost every night, and it makes a huge difference in our ability to perform the moves with workout shoes on and not get caught up on the carpet like we used to.”

Rubber Fitness Flooring for Zumba

Black Geneva Rubber Flooring RollsBlack Geneva Rubber Flooring Rolls also work well for Zumba and other aerobic exercises, as they offer a durable and resilient option with non-slip surface texture. They are available in custom-cut lengths 100 square feet or larger, and they are perfect for home gym floors. Made in the USA, these low-odor rubber rolls are made from recycled rubber material, categorizing this product as a green product that contributes to LEED points.

Greatmats’ customer, Rick, loves his rubber flooring roll, and he writes, “The ¼ inch black roll-out matting has proven to be a versatile and durable flooring for our functional fitness area. Easily installed and very easy to maintain, the surface is textured enough to provide great grip for weight training, while still smooth enough for Zumba and Cardio Jam classes. A great product.”

Greatmats - for the Best Flooring for Virtual Zumba Classes

Zumba is one of the best workouts known to exhilarate participants - making them forget about the intensity of the workout as they focus on the enjoyable nature of the class. One thing that can make a Zumba class more fun and successful is having the right kind of flooring on which to dance. Any of the flooring solutions highlighted would work perfectly.