Today, the fitness flooring industry is thriving, with manufacturers creating new products to address the needs and aspirations of health clubs and specialty boutiques. Their goals: improved performance, enhanced aesthetics, and ease of ownership.
Increased Shock Absorption
When it comes to performance, an emerging trend is to utilize thicker rubber to increase shock absorption and reduce vibration.
“Standard 3/8"-thick recycled rubber isn’t adequate anymore,” says Steve Chase, the president of Fitness Flooring. “Now, tiles and rolls are 3/4" to 1-1/4" to protect areas where weights may be dropped.”
Over the past two years, SofSurfaces has redesigned its 1-1/4" thick DuraTRAIN product, renowned for its shock-absorption qualities for a decade, and additional “tweaks” are in the works, says Brennan Prins, the director of SofSurfaces.
Regupol’s new AkustiPro product has been designed specifically to provide greater shock-absorption and reduced transmission of vibration and sound in cardio and free-weight areas.
“With this high-performance surface, you can have a gym on an upper level, and offices or retail space below, thanks to the effective sound isolation,” says Florian Sassmannhausen, the business unit manager for Regupol America.
Flooring Meets Functional Fitness
Turning its attention to functional fitness and small-group training, Mondo USA has introduced MondoFunctional Fitness, which employs four separate surfaces to deal with the issues of performance, strength, movement, and mobility/stability.
“These sophisticated, engineered surfaces contribute significantly to overall fitness improvement, injury prevention, and the health and safety of exercisers,” says Greg Stamer, the director of sales for Mondo’s sport division.