One of the most overlooked pieces of essential home gym equipment is the shock-absorbing rubber floor mat. If you’ve ever worked out in a professional gym, you’ll probably have seen this type of flooring installed near racks of dumbbells, under benches and squat racks, and around any other equipment that uses free weights (ie. dumbbells, barbells, and weight plates).
Gym flooring provides a comfortable surface to train on, and acts as a shock absorber should you happen to drop weights—intentionally or otherwise. Many basement and garage home gyms in Canada have smooth concrete floors that are especially prone to damage. With high-quality rubber gym mats as the foundation for your home gym, both your floors and your equipment will be protected from even the highest-impact workouts.