For many of us, the gym is now a corner of the basement or bedroom with a few exercise mats thrown down on the floor. Maybe a stationary bike or a weight bench. While group fitness classes are certainly motivators and can help with accountability, many of us find that the only way to squeeze in a workout is if we have the convenience of doing it at home.
To make the most out of your home gym, your first priority should be to make sure it’s a place you actually want to spend time. Having enough space and the right equipment is key. If aerobics are your thing, a spot for a monitor or tv is essential, but apart from that you won’t need much space. A good aerobics mat will provide enough support and cushioning to make the workout bearable and prevent injury. But if you’re into something that requires a little more space, you’ll need to make some changes.
P90x workouts, CrossFit, and certain martial arts require sizable floorspace, and that will mean flooring that can take what your workout will dish out. EVA foam mats provide support, a little padding, and contribute to an atmosphere of dedication in your home gym. You can’t afford to slip, but neither can you afford the stress of impact on your joints in these challenging workouts. A dedicated and well-equipped space will help keep you working out as long as you want to.
For martial arts workouts (or whenever you might be spending a little time sailing through the air), consider some Tatami textured martial arts mats. These ribbed 1/2″ and 3/4″ mats provide secure gripping power for feet and hands and will stay in place when you launch an attack or take a fall. The thicker mats are perfect for beginners who are learning to fall while the 1/2″ mats are geared toward experienced practitioners. Either way, traction and support are always there when you need them.
No matter where you put your home gym, with a solid, supportive and soft foundation of EVA mats, you’ll get the most out of your workout and look forward to the next one.