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Guide to choosing the right flooring for cardio and indoor cycling areas

The cardio room is one of the largest areas of the gym and choosing the perfect floor for this area can be tricky. You need a floor that will withstand the weight of the cardio machines, that won’t mark easily and that also avoids the displacement caused by their continuous use… And all that, combined with a style that suits the design of your centre.

 Do you want to know which is the best floor for cardio and indoor cycling areas? Here we tell you what options are available, which are the most recommended and what advantages and disadvantages each one has. 



 Vinyl is usually a practical and economical solution if you are looking for an elegant aesthetic, as you can find imitations of wood or stone. It is resistant to mould and humidity, which is why it is used in gyms located in basements or on ground floors. 

 In terms of cleaning, chemical products can be used to remove sweat, which is interesting in cardio areas.

 On the other hand, it punctures and tears very easily, so it is a risk to have this type of floor under your equipment. In addition, it can give off VOC gases, which are harmful to people’s health. 

 To sum up:

  • Advantages:
    • It is easy to maintain.
    • It is resistant to moisture and chemicals.
    • It has different design options.
  • Disadvantages:
    • Punctures and marks easily.
    • Does not absorb impacts.
    • Does not prevent machinery from shifting with continued use.
    • Can give off toxic fumes.

If you choose vinyl flooring for your cardio areas you will need to be very careful if you move or place machinery on top of it. 



 Artificial turf is becoming more and more popular in gyms: it is fashionable and gives a different touch to your facilities. It reduces the risk of injury, does not slip and is resistant to pulling and pushing with various accessories. In addition, it does not dent or crack and is easy to maintain with regular cleaning.

 However, this type of surface is more suitable for functional training areas than for your cardio areas or indoor cycling rooms. The machinery will eventually mark the turf and, if you decide to move the machines around, it will show where they were before.

 Bottom line:

  • Advantages:
    • It is visually appealing and gives an outdoor feel to your indoor gym.
    • It is recommended for athletes who want to practice sprints without risk of injury.
    • Allows for sled work, plyometrics or cross-training. 
  • Cons:
    • It is a more expensive option.
    • Not really adapted to cardio zones.
    • Marks with heavy machinery.
    • Does not prevent machinery from shifting with use.

 Use artificial turf in your functional training areas, cross-training or outdoor spaces.  If you are looking for the best artificial turf for gyms, take a look at our PAVIGYM TURF. 



 In some countries, carpet is one of the most popular choices for cardio and other common areas in the gym. It is easy to maintain, non-slip and inexpensive.

 However, it is not at all a recommended option for gyms, as it absorbs liquids (such as sweat or water) and becomes marked if weight falls on it or machinery is dragged across it. 

  • Advantages:
    • It is economical and versatile.
    • Non-slip and comfortable.
  • Cons:
    • Very low shock absorption.
    • It is permeable, generating bad smells and humidity.
    • Deforms over time
    • Marked by machines

This is definitely not the option you are looking for in your cardio or indoor cycling area.


 Rubber floors are the most used in gyms. Do you know why? Because it is a strong, robust and resistant material, ideal for any type of exercise or machinery.

 Recycled rubber or virgin rubber?


 Most gym floors are made from recycled rubber. Although it is a strong material, it can tear and break easily because it is composed of particles that come from tyres. 

 On the other hand, this type of material can produce transfers, i.e. leaves black stains on the hands or clothes of the user. In addition, it is a porous material that absorbs sweat and other liquids, causing bad odours and poor hygiene after a few weeks. 


 Virgin rubber is a material manufactured especially for use in gyms. It is waterproof, non-porous, non-staining and much more resistant to any kind of impact. 

 Virgin rubber is the best option for your cardio or indoor cycling room.


Rolls or tiles?

 Depending on the type of floor, you can find it available in both rolls and tiles. The disadvantage of rolls is that they tend to be glued down, you have to make cuts which can cause a large loss of material and you won’t be able to move the floor if necessary.

 Tiles, especially those with an interlocking system (like puzzle pieces), are the most practical solution because they are easy to install, easy to maintain and easy to clean

 Plus, you can always move that floor elsewhere if you decide to make changes to your installations over time, or replace any tiles without having to change the entire floor.

In a nutshell:

  • Advantages:
    • Easy to install and move.
    • Hygienic and easy to clean.
    • Durable, non-marking.
    • Shock absorbing.
    • Isolates noise and vibration.
  • Cons:
    • Higher price than other options.
    • In the case of recycling, it can have transfers and absorb liquids.



 At Pavigym we have been innovating for years in flooring for gyms and as a result we have launched our new PERFORMANCE+. A floor with high resistance to fire (Bfl certificate), hygienic (bateriostatic and fungicide), easy to clean and resistant. It is non-marking and also prevents machines from unintentional shifting during continuous use.

 Performance+ is available in over 10 colours so you can customise your cardio and indoor cycling spaces with your corporate colours (and even add your logo or custom branding). Competitively priced, this floor is an investment that will pay for itself very quickly.

Find out what PERFORMANCE+ can do for you.

 Would you like a personalised quote? We’ll prepare it for you!


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