Whether you have an at-home gym or a dedicated corner of the living room, the right equipment makes all the difference. Thick foam mats obviously protect your knees and back, but are just as essential to help cushion your feet when you’re doing moderate to high impact exercises like squat jumps or jumping jacks. And of course, they also protect your floors from sweat and are easy to wipe down. The best mat for you depends on your budget and space constraints, as well as your regular workout. Here, things to consider before you buy the mat worthy to catch that sweat.
Customize your space with these high-density pieces designed to help you hold postures. Moisture resistant and easily washable. BalanceFrom
Tile-based mats are ideal for maximum versatility and allow you to build out a space to exact dimensions. Tiles are great for covering a large area, or if the area you’re using as a gym is also used as a playroom. Plus, they can be wiped down for easy spot-cleaning.
Great On the Go
Made of high-density EPE foam and non-absorbent vinyl, this can be used for yoga and pilates as well as other floor exercises. BalanceFrom
If you find yourself thinking that traditional yoga mats are too thin, look for a heavy-duty, or high-density option. These heftier, more-cushioned mats are often made from foam, rather than vinyl or rubber. This gives more padding to your knees and back, and can take more absorption if you’re doing impact-style moves, like jumping jacks or burpees. Heavy-duty is also great if you’re planning to try a workout outdoors.
Covers a Large Space
At 48 feet with ½ inch thick padding, this one’s ideal for boot-camp-style classes or playrooms. BEAUTYOVO
Extra-thick flooring can also be ideal to build out for your own home gym—or kid’s playroom. Choose your material based on which room the flooring will be in. If it’s in the basement or garage, you’ll want to make sure the mat is water resistant to avoid dampness or mold from seeping in. Some interlocking mats can be taken apart and put in the dishwasher—so make sure to check the cleaning protocol before you buy.