CrossFit Coach and Athlete
2 x CrossFit Games Australian/NZ Regionals competitor and National Level Weightlifter
Owner at CrossFit565
After being around the CrossFit industry since 2010 I have seen the set up and opening of many new affiliates and always pictured my dream CrossFit facility. Choosing the best flooring was always one of the biggest concerns due to a number of reasons like cost, durability, quality, appearance, how easy it is to keep clean etc. I decided that I wouldn’t go the traditional 1m² 15mm rubber mats so I did my research and spoke to Lee at SMAI who mentioned the new Jigsaw flooring that he was stocking. I took a chance without even having a sample and ordered 600m² of jigsaw mat to lay in my new affiliate.
The mats cover the majority of the CrossFit gym. We do all types of exercises on them anywhere from Weightlifting (Clean & Jerk, Snatch and squats) to bodyweight movements (burpees, push ups, sit ups) you name it, we do it. I have seen countless amounts of weights and kettle bells/dumbbells dropped onto the mats with no dints or splits at all to the mats. There are a number of benefits that I have noticed from the jigsaw mats including;
Durability - The floor has held up perfectly, it was quite easy to lay within a few hours and was only laid once with no glue and no bonding adhesive. They have not moved at all for the 2 months we have been operating and we have around 30-40 people come in everyday training flat out.
Quality - The mats absorb anything that is dropped on them and don’t dint or split at all. There is no smell to the rubber when you first lay it which is another benefit to this product.
Appearance - My goal was to make the floor look like it was one complete piece with no joins lines or cracks in the floor. The jigsaw locks together perfectly to create the appearance of the floor being once complete mat, this helps in big classes where people would normally stand along the lines, now there is no lines and joins to put you off while lifting. Also our flooring has small grey specs in the mat which help with the build-up of chalk on the floor throughout the gym. The chalk on the floor is not as noticeable with the grey specs helping the facility look cleaner for longer.
Cleaning - The mats are by far the easiest floor to vacuum and mop saving you loads of time. Due to the jigsaw system dirt and chalk can’t make its ways into the cracks. Another thing is sweat and water on the mats can stain and become slippery. The jigsaw rubber doesn’t absorb the spillage and make it easier to clean. Also the mats don’t get slippery when wet which is a big bonus for safety reasons.
I’m completely satisfied with this product, for the price and quality of the Jigsaw mats I wouldn’t look anywhere else for flooring whether it be for a garage gym, CrossFit Affiliate box or commercial gym facility.