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What’s the Best Flooring for CrossFit®?

Building a CrossFit box or home workout space can be a challenge. Your floor has to handle everything from mobility to plyometrics to Olympic lifts.

CrossFit is based on the idea that you can start with practically nothing. There’s no fancy equipment – all you need are some barbells, weights, and the right floor.

In this guide, you’ll learn the best flooring for CrossFit so that you can improve your fitness on the perfect shock-absorbent surface.

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How to Choose CrossFit Flooring

3/4" Shock Mats

Keep these important factors in mind as you shop for the right flooring.

  • Material: Rubber flooring is the best option for gyms. It’s durable and low-maintenance. Alternatives like foam or carpet aren’t designed to handle the impact. 
  • Thickness: CrossFit involves a lot of traffic and heavy impacts. The flooring should be at least 8mm thick.
  • Installation: Most rubber flooring is pretty easy to install. You can choose the option that best fits your installation expertise.
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Best CrossFit Flooring Options

Explore your options for the best CrossFit flooring.

Rubber Floor Rolls

3/8" Heavy Duty Rubber Rolls

Rubber rolls create a virtually seamless floor for a smooth, professional look. This is a great option for covering large spaces like commercial gyms.

When it comes to installation, simply roll out the flooring and secure it with double-sided tape, or adhesive for commercial use. 

Pros of Rubber Floor Rolls

  • Virtually seamless
  • Budget-friendly
  • Durability and longevity
  • Custom cuts available
  • Maintenance

Cons of Rubber Floor Rolls

  • Rolls are heavy
  • Installation

Best Rubber Roll for CrossFit

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Rubber Floor Tiles

Dura Lock Rubber Tiles

Rubber tiles are known for their ease and simplicity. The edges fit together like puzzle pieces, making DIY installation a breeze.

You can also add some custom designs with different colors or patterns to personalize the look of your CrossFit gym. 

Pros of Rubber Floor Tiles

  • Portable
  • Easy, DIY installation
  • Virtually seamless

Cons of Rubber Floor Tiles

  • More expensive than rubber rolls
  • Tedious installation for large spaces

Best Rubber Tile for CrossFit

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CrossFit Mats

3/4" Extreme Mats

A nonslip gym mat is a perfect solution for CrossFit in a small space. Mats allow you to add additional support over thinner flooring, so you can drop heavy weights without worry.

Another great thing about gym mats is that you can move them around the adjust your workout space as needed.

Pros of Rubber Mats

  • Easy installation
  • Portable

Cons of Rubber Mats

  • More expensive than rubber rolls

Best Rubber Mat for CrossFit

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Gym Turf

Performance Turf Rolls

A synthetic gym turf floor offers a safe, resilient space to practice new routines and drills. The soft surface provides an inviting space for stretches and floor work.

This is a great supplement to rubber gym flooring. The artificial fibers provide traction for quick lateral movements and plyometrics. It’s also perfect for sled pull lanes, HIIT, and more.

Pros of Gym Turf

  • Versatile

Cons of Gym Turf

  • Not ideal for weightlifting 

Best Turf for CrossFit

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CrossFit Flooring FAQ

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Get answers to the most frequently asked questions about rubber CrossFit flooring.

What is the best thickness for CrossFit flooring?

You’re going to repeatedly drop heavy weights on this floor, so it needs to be thick enough to handle it. At a minimum, CrossFit flooring should be 8mm thick, which is a great option for home gyms. For commercial use, we recommend 3/8″ to 1/2” thick.

How do you clean a CrossFit gym floor?

Gym flooring is easy to clean and maintain. Just follow these simple steps:

  • Vacuum up loose dust, dirt, or debris
  • Occasionally damp mop with a mild soap and water mixture. We recommend Dawn dish detergent and/or Tide laundry detergent.
  • Do not use any solvent or oil style cleaners such as Pinesol, Lysol, Murphy’s Oil Soap, WD40, paint thinner, etc. since these types of cleaners will break down the flooring over time.
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Conclusion

Now you know how to find the best options for CrossFit flooring. Whether you’re setting up a home gym or commercial CrossFit box, you can get the right option to achieve your fitness goals.

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About Ari Ziskin

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Ari Ziskin is our resident expert in all things fitness, dance and flooring trends. After five years of blogging at Ari’s Menu, where she was featured on sites like The Huffington Post and Buzzfeed, Ari decided to pursue writing full-time. Nothing makes her happier than sharing her knowledge to help people create their gyms and begin their fitness journey.

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Eduardo Ruanova
Eduardo Ruanova
April 6, 2017 6:55 pm

Hi Ari,
Hope you’re doing well. I’m writing to you because I read the article and I’m really interested in the floor. However there is a little issue, I live in Mexico and I am not sure if you guys could send the floor over or not. Also, if you could do it it might be a little bit expensive, right? Do you have any partners in here?

Thanks a lot for your comments
Eduardo

Jon Hobbs
Jon Hobbs
July 23, 2017 6:33 am

Hi. Im looking at getting a shed to do crossfit in. I was told we shouldnt need a concrete slab if we use reinforced wood for the flooring and rubber over it. Im skeptical. Any opinions?

Sonia Snyder
Sonia Snyder
September 1, 2017 9:25 am

Where can I get this flooring for my home gym?
Thank you,
Sonia

Sammie Crawford
Sammie Crawford
November 5, 2017 2:18 pm

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Sammie Crawford
Sammie Crawford
November 5, 2017 2:21 pm

What’s a good flooring for a boxing gym?please contact me at

Ahmed
Ahmed
February 25, 2018 11:54 am

Does the surface affect anything? Should I go with smooth or rough?

Hubert
Hubert
June 17, 2018 1:33 pm

Can I use your flooring on an outside porch

geoffrey
geoffrey
September 18, 2018 9:49 am

I plan on getting a retractable weightlifting rig(PRx Performance rigs) so that I can park a car in and out inbetween workouts. What do you recommend for floors that can withstand lifts as well as cars being parked?

Michelle Barichello
October 3, 2018 1:40 pm
Reply to  geoffrey

Hi Geoffrey,

Sounds like a great idea! PVC flooring is best for garage gyms. PVC is a proprietary blend of rubber that ensures the tiles have the flexible, shock-absorbent properties of rubber flooring as well as the durability to withstand heavy weights and even vehicles. Our 7mm Gym Flex Tiles are made of this flexible PVC and are great for garage gyms.

Let us know if you have any other questions. We can’t wait to hear how your garage gym turns out!

muskan
January 15, 2019 4:09 am

Thanks For sharing such useful information.

Sara Jhon
Sara Jhon
February 4, 2019 1:51 am

Hi, Thanks for sharing. I suggest you for the best Rubber Flooring Tiles.

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