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Foam Treadmill Mats - Thick Exercise Equipment Floor Mat For Treadmill

Updated on June 1, 2014

Do I Need A Treadmill Mat?

If you have been shopping for any kind of exercise equipment then the chances are you have also been offered an exercise equipment mat to go along with your purchase. But, do you need one? The quick and simple answer is, yes, a treadmill mat serves some very useful purposes including floor protection, noise reduction and actually protecting your equipment from damage, but here's why.The rest of this article looks at treadmill mats for the most part (and offers some recommendations on where to buy them at great prices) but the general principles are pretty much the same for all fitness equipment floor mats.

Wonder Mat Black Foam Tiles Exercise Equipment Protection Mats Extra Thick
Wonder Mat Black Foam Tiles Exercise Equipment Protection Mats Extra Thick

This thick foam treadmill mat features interlocking sections which fit together in a variety of ways to provide a protective floor mat for a variety of different exercise equipment types. At 5/8" thick, this durable foam mat will protect your floors and help soundproof your treadmill for the benefit of those around you. A nice feature of this fitness equipment mat is the finished edges which style the edges and help prevent tripping.


Noise Reduction Mats For Treadmills

Loud Treadmill Bothering Your Neighbours? Get A Treadmill Pad!

One of the major complaints from people who put their treadmill in an upstairs bedroom or who live in an apartment or condo and have neighbors below them, is that their noisy treadmill is annoying their neighbors or other household members and they want a way to reduce treadmill noise.

It's true, running on a treadmill can produce a lot of noise from the impact of your own footfalls and also the heavy vibration from the motor itself. On a hard floor and even on carpet treadmills can make a lot of noise which is one of the reasons for investing in a good thick treadmill mat. Thick mats cushion the treadmill against vibration and reduce noise pollution from that and your thudding footsteps which is not only great for you and your neighbors, but also helps protect your treadmill as the next section will explain.

Extra Long Mat For Treadmill Machines

Sometimes you need an oversized treadmill pad especially if you buy a machine with a long running deck as some running machines are pretty long compared to others and normal treadmill pads are not going to be long enough. When you need longer mat length, the following is a great choice:

Treadmill GymTough Extra Long Dura Mat
Treadmill GymTough Extra Long Dura Mat

This extra long treadmill mat is made from solid vinyl PVC which with not mark your floors as rubber can. Designed to protect your exercise machines from dust and debris and generally diamondplate texture prevents slippage. This is a high quality mat with a lifetime warrantee.


Treadmill Mats Protect Against Vibration and Impact Damage

A Home Exercise Equipment Floor Mat Protects Against Impact Damage

Even if you are not too worried about treadmill noise pollution, perhaps because you have no neighbors within earshot (or they're noisier and you are getting your own back!) it is still worth investing in a treadmill pad as it will offer invaluable protection against unnecessary wear and tear caused by vibration and impact damage.

Treadmills produce a lot of vibration when running which will reverberate back off the floor beneath back up into the treadmill rattling the frame and other components which increases the wear and tear on these treadmill parts and eventually lead to a failure somewhere. A good treadmill floor mat will reduce vibration levels and save you money on repair bills. They also cushion the impact of your running which cuts off any bouncing and jostling which can occur on a bare floor.

Although the temptation might be to just put your treadmill directly onto an old piece of carpet to protect your flooring and provide a little extra padding, don't do it. Treadmills and carpets do not play well together as, in fact, one of the major reasons for buying a treadmill mat is to protect against such things as carpet fibers from clogging up your treadmill motor and other working parts which is guaranteed to lead to expensive repair bill somewhere down the line.

Recycled Rubber Treadmill Mats - The Environmentally Friendly Option For Impact and Shock Absorbtion

Rubber-Cal Recycled Floor Mat, Black, 3/8-Inch x 4 x 3-Feet
Rubber-Cal Recycled Floor Mat, Black, 3/8-Inch x 4 x 3-Feet

1/4 inch thick rubber mat made from environmentally friendly recycled rubber. This treadmill floor mat is great for impact and shock absorbption, and protecting the machine from dust and debris.


Treadmill Mats Are For Floor Protection

Exercise Equipment Floor Mats Prevent Floor Damage

Treadmill are very large, bulky, heavy pieces of exercise machinery which are almost guaranteed to damage your flooring without some kind of floor guard to protect against it. Place them on rub and you'll find indentations which may never go away and as treadmills vibrate and scuff floors, may wear holes over time. On tile, wood flooring and other hard floors, treadmills may crack, indent, scuff, scratch, gouge and otherwise damage the flooring.

A simple clear treadmill mat stops this by providing a barrier between the two which keeps your floors looking like new. You don't want to decide to move the treadmill at a later date and end up having to replace the floors too! A treadmill mat might look a little costly but weigh that against replacing a carpet or fixing wood flooring and it starts to look more like a bargain.

Treadmill mats also protect against the grease and grime which using a running machine is likely to cause. Treadmill lubricant used to keep the belt moving fluidly can also stain your floors whereas the majority of fitness floor mats for treadmills and other exercise machines typically have easy clean surfaces.

Fitness Equipment Mats Protect Your Treadmill From Dust and Debris

Not only will a fitness machine mat protect your floors from the dirt and grime falling off the treadmill, but it will also protect your treadmill from dust and dirt getting into its works by keeping debris, pet hairs, carpet fibers etc. from finding their way into the treadmill motor and other working parts. A treadmill mat acts like a raised barrier against the average household debris and is easier to keep clean.

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    5 years ago

    @anonymous: If you can't afford it, just run or jog regularly. That will do good as well.

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    6 years ago

    treadmill is very important for health, we need it

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    6 years ago

    Thanks for sharing great lens!

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    6 years ago

    Very helpful leads.

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    6 years ago

    Great lens. Thanks for sharing!

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    6 years ago

    Wow, this is something new to consider! When I bought my Treadmill, my Home was on a Cement Slab, where I live now is a Wooden Floor. This Mat will be of Great Use and a Necessity in my case, I never thought about that but it make Awesome Sense!

    Thank you SudokuNut, I needed to know this!

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    Pam Irie 

    6 years ago from Land of Aloha

    I have a treadmill, but didn't realize you could also purchase a mat to go under it.

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    Laraine Sims 

    6 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

    I must point my son-in-law in your direction.

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    KjRocker LM 

    6 years ago

    that's cool stuff will surely get one for myself when i got paid next week :)

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    6 years ago

    Noise and floor protection aren't issues of concern for me, here, but I hadn't thought about the role of floor mats in protecting the treadmill itself. Huh. Guess I'd better get onto that!

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    Tolovaj Publishing House 

    6 years ago from Ljubljana

    Noise reduction is very big problem in buildings with many flats and thin walls. I know how important is mat for my dot matrix printing machine. For a treadmill could be a life-saver!

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    6 years ago

    An excellent review of foam treadmill mats, I wouldn't have know that they are actually an essential part of the exercise equipment.

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    6 years ago


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    Entrance Mats 

    7 years ago

    No one ever thinks of putting anything under exercise equipment. But like the other Squid'sters on this thread are saying, if you don't you can damage your floors!

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    7 years ago

    We have ours in the basement and to be honest I never thought about putting anything underneath it. I don't have it on carpet though, just concrete? I'll have to check underneath to see what sort of surprises await me?

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    7 years ago

    Yes, you should use a treadmill mat! The machine itself can damage tiles, hardwood, etc. And the machine itself, depending on when it was made, may leak oil.

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    7 years ago

    Yes mats are great.

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    7 years ago

    While I don't use a treadmill near as much as I used to due to impact on my knees and joints, I'd recommend to everyone to get a floor mat of some type. The belt on a treadmill can produce black looking stains on your carpet. You definitely don't want any of that when a simple mat can prevent it.

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    7 years ago

    Unless you have a treadmill you really have no idea how much, junk they produce from wear and tear of the walking belt... it is disgusting and will ruin your carpet underneath them. Get a matt, you won't regret it!!

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    Lorelei Cohen 

    7 years ago from Canada

    Looks about right to me :)

    Welcome back to Squidoo.


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