Flooring might not be top of mind when people think about fitness equipment. But it should be, says Jimmy Pedro, vice president of flooring at mat manufacturer Zebra™ Mats in Maple Grove, Minnesota. “Flooring is the most important piece of equipment you can have in a studio,” he says. “Quality flooring is about safety, performance, hygiene and durability. If you’re having clients or members get down on the floor to stretch, hold a pose or exercise, you need great flooring.” Here’s what Pedro looks for in flooring:

  • antislip surface for improved grip
  • vinyl for easy cleaning and improved hygiene
  • temperature-proof material to avoid expansion, contraction, warping or bubbling
  • durability
  • insulation for heated training formats and reduced energy costs
  • shock absorption to reduce sound and lessen impact should a member or client fall