Extra Thick Workout Mats For Your Home Gym

Because we see your knees crying.

Lifting weights over interlocking workout mats.
Interlocking tiles let you customize your space and protect you during heavy lifting sessions.John Arano, Unsplash

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.

BalanceFrom Puzzle Exercise Mat with EVA Foam Interlocking Tiles (Black) (24 Peices Tiles)
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.

BalanceFrom 2" Thick Tri-Fold Folding Exercise Mat with Carrying Handles for MMA, Gymnastics and Home Gym Protective Flooring
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.

BEAUTYOVO Puzzle Exercise Mat with 12/24 Tiles Interlocking Foam Gym Mats, 24'' x 24'' EVA Foam Floor Tiles, Protective Flooring Mats Interlocking for Gym Equipment
Covers 48 feet with ½ inch thick padding, 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.

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