I'm turning an unused bedroom into a dedicated home gym. Nothing fancy, a couple of bikes plus a small multigym and/or weights.

Currently there is an old, stained carpet on top of period (uneven creaky) wooden floorboards. I had favoured the idea to toss the carpet and paint the boards but try might take too much work.

I don't really want to be sweating on a new carpet so what is recommended for flooring?

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It turns out that horsestalls use half inch thick 6 by 4 foot mats that you can have delivered by any horse products business. They are heavy. It takes two people to move one (or one very young strong person). I bought some of these for a basement gym once. It seems like a very challenging task to set them up, but it wasn't really so bad.

See for example,

  • I like this out of the (horse) box thinking but can you clarify what these are made from? Any idea on product name since I know nothing about horses. Thanks again.
    – Mr. Boy
    Apr 9, 2019 at 18:20
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    @Mr.Boy I added a link to my answer.
    – Chris
    Apr 9, 2019 at 19:47

I used flooring from https://www.gym-flooring.com/collections/gym-mats

I opted for the 11mm but I'm getting on a bit and can't lift as much as I used to. Rated up to 110kg

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