Frequently Asked Questions
In short, carpet is not suitable for the majority of home workout exercises due to their support and unhygienic factors.
A soft and spongy carpet makes weight lifting exercises such as deadlifts and bench presses difficult and dangerous as you are not able to screw your feet into the ground. This can lead to compensations in your knee or back that can linger and cause injury over time. Additionally, if you accidentally drop your weights, there is nothing to protect the subfloor beneath from being damaged.
Cardio exercises such as a rowing machine also become a lot more difficult. As you will constantly be going back and forth not just on the machine but also on the carpet, your rowing speed will be decreased.
Often overlooked is the hygiene factor. Sweat is a lot harder to clean when it has accumulated on the carpet, which if left forgotten about, can result in bacteria growth.
However, if you are performing simple exercises such as yoga or stretching, carpet is fine (although it is not the best surface for it to be done on).
If you are supporting the load of weights and equipment, we recommend a thickness of between 12 to 20mm. If you are performing exercises such as pilates or yoga, we recommend using foam-based floorings such as a gym mat or yoga mat.
It’s not advisable to install rubber gym flooring on top of a carpeted floor, especially if it’s a soft carpet, as the friction causes the rubber tiles to slip away. Even though rubber flooring is designed with anti-slip in mind, carpet is not the best surface for light objects to be gripped onto. Attempting to exercise on a slippery floor is very dangerous and you can cause serious injury to yourself.
Instead, it’s much better to rip out the carpet and install the rubber gym flooring onto the hardwood or concrete (or whichever other flooring is hidden underneath).