Simple and easy to use, protector mats provide a protective layer for your floor, an anti-slip base for the fitness equipment that's on top of it and also provides a reduction in noise from vibrations through the machine to the floor surface. Protector mats are cost effective and are usually available in small, medium and large size. Not necessary if you have dedicated gym flooring, for home gyms they are often an alternative to having a complete flooring solution fitted.
Looking much like exercise or fitness mats, protector mats are usually made of a dense PVC or woven mesh compound that provides a secure and stable mat on which you can place your fitness equipment. Designed ultimately to protect floors from scratches and dents, there are some useful side benefits to machine mats too.