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I bought one of these not long ago so that I could perform some exercises such as pressups/situps and other abs exercises outside in the garden without getting too dirty. As a student, I have always been a fan of the argos value range as it's so cheap. However some products are a lot better value than others, and this is not one of them.
The exercise mat is gray in colour and made of a PVC outside material with foam on the inside. It is 120 x 64 x 2 cm in height, width and depth. It is of a decent size, which is one of the plus points. However the mere 2cm depth, which is of poor quality foam just is not good enough when lying on a surface that may have the odd stone or bump underneath - it's not comfortable.
The mat can be folded and has a Pro Fitness logo on one side. It's a very cheap looking item and there is nothing more to it.
The mat is reasonably portable as it is thin and can be folded once or twice quite easily, or even rolled up. It is very light too.
This is where the mat is majorly lacking. You can literally feel each and every bump and rock under your body when lying on this mat. It is very thin and the foam does not provide much comfort against the ground beneath. I do not mind this as much as it still stops me from getting dirty, but perhaps for older people this is not ideal.
The mat is clearly not the best quality one out there. The foam inside is very soft and probably the cheapest foam out there. The PVC outer material is good as it is easy to wipe clean with a damp cloth/paper towel. If you add some cleaning material to it like antibacterial spray or washing up liquid, it goes a bit white and bubbly, although this quickly dries clean. The PVC cover is very thin too, so I would not be surprised to see it peel and break. However I have not had my mat for very long and do not use it that often so mine has been fine for the last few months.
The mat retails at £6.99, available from Argos either in store or online where you can reserve for pickup or get it delivered. It's not really worth having this delivered - it costs at least a few pounds and is easy enough to pick up from a store, being very light and portable.
This exercise mat does the job, but with a complete lack of comfort and quality. It does help to protect clothes from getting too dirty when used outside. I have not used my mat inside as our floors are carpeted, but I imagine it would work well here. However due to the PVC outer material, I can imagine the mat slipping quite a lot on a wooden or even carpeted floor.
About six years ago I decided that I needed to up my exercise regime. I bought a stack of (excellent) exercise DVDs and a variety of exercise equipment, including this mat. Unfortunately, I've developed health problems over the last couple of years which prohibit me from doing high-impact exercise, but I'm still able to do low-impact and floor work, so this mat is still getting plenty of use.
Because of budget considerations, I chose to buy the cheapest mat my local Argos offered, their budget range mat. Mine is identical to the blue one in the image above, but their current website shows a silver mat, although the specifications are identical to mine in every other way.
The mat is branded 'Pro Fitness', Argos's own brand for fitness equipment. I paid about £5 for my mat six years ago; the current catalogue shows the retail price to be £6.99. My mat is pale blue, as seen above, with the Pro Fitness logo printed at one end of one side. The covering is made of pale blue PVC material with dark blue piping around the edges, and the mat is made of a spongy foam, which can be seen through a couple of tiny holes on the back of the product. I used to think these holes were a flaw in the manufacturing process, but I've come to realise that they're essential to let the mat 'breathe' so the foam can cushion my body and then bounce back when I get up.
The mat originally came folded over into thirds for easy transportation and measures 120cm x 64cm x 2cm
As I state above, I've had my mat for a very long time and it has had a lot of use over the years! I'm pleased to report that even after all this time the mat is still in very good condition: there is no noticeable wear or tear on the PVC cover, no nicks or scratches and no noticeable flattening of the foam.
For floor work the mat is too short for me to lie down fully on it (I'm 172cm tall), and if my head is on the mat everything from the knees down will be on the floor. This makes some manoeuvres tricky, such as 'corpse' pose in Yoga and leg raises in general aerobic floor work. I have to take care that I place the mat on another padded surface, as otherwise my ankle bones or hips can dig into the floor when undertaking certain floor exercises.
The little holes in the back of the cover haven't ripped in the slightest, although they do cause the mat to make a disconcerting deflating sound as I sit down on it! This is caused by my bodyweight forcing air out of the sponge pad inside the mat.
After use I always wipe the mat down with ordinary kitchen antibacterial wipes to keep it clean and stop it getting whiffy! As it's plastic it gets wet from sweat very easily, so it's important for me to keep it clean and hygienic.
I long ago stopped folding the mat into its original storage position: now I roll it and store it inside a yoga mat bag, which works very well.
It does slide on carpet if I'm moving between some standing Yoga poses like Warrior I and II, and I've slid into an accidental surfing pose on more than one occasion! This is a very slight criticism though, and for comfort and practicality I can live with a bit of slippyness!
In conclusion, this is a great, basic exercise mat. It didn't come with any fancy accoutrements, like exercise worksheets, but I didn't need them as I had my exercise DVDs. It's lasted remarkably well and is easy to use, clean and store. My only (slight) criticism would be that of its length, but that is easily worked around, and for well under a tenner, I still think this mat is excellent value if bought today.
I've been used to exercise mats that are made of a very thin foam material, meaning that if you drop them, they literally 'float' to the ground. Argos offer a slightly more heavy-duty option at the very reasonable price of £5.99.
Compared to foam mats, the Argos mat has the advantage of a PVC surface that's very easy to clean. The extra weight of the mat is another advantage, meaning that it feels more stable and less likely to 'migrate' during your exercises.
The mat is also a lot kinder on your knees and elbows and even with a hard surface underneath, exercises feel a lot easier. While it's ideal for the gym floor, I'd also recommend it for outdoor exercises on concrete surfaces, something I wouldn't attempt with just a thin foam mat. This is particularly impressive given that the mat is only 2cm thick whereas the mats I'm used to using are at least double that. The mat folds up into three sections, meaning it's very easy to fit into your car boot without taking up valuable space. It's also perfectly easy to carry by hand, although it's unlikely to fit into a rucksack.
Overall a very good all-round exercise mat. I'm not sure I'd recommend it for yoga or pilates as at 120cm long, it's probably too short for a lot of people. The PVC coating might feel a little 'clinical' at first but it has practical benefits and you soon get used to it.
I pick up quite a few things to help me along with my exercise and make it less painfully boring and annoying than it has to be, my goal is, as always to get my abs in shape and I am sure you can see that most of my exercising reviews are about items that help with toning your abs. I tend to always pick up my different gadgets quite cheap and am always browsing in TK Maxx for a deal. I was looking for an exercise mat to use with some of my different routines and found this one in Argos for just £5.99, which I thought was quite a bargain, the cheapest I had seen in TK Maxx was £10, so I decided to save my pennies and buy the Argos brand one.
The mat itself is an ok size, it isn't overly big, but I found I had plenty of space to exercise on, the dimensions are length 120 cm and width 64cm, one thing I will however say about this mat is that it isn't very thick, and can I found that after just a little while using it, it was really uncomfortable, just like exercising on the hard floor really, it doesn't give you much support, which is the main purpose of the mat.
I generally used this mat to do sit ups, with my palates ball and also with my palates rower gadgets. I also like to do yoga as well and I do find that I need a good sturdy mat, unfortunately, this mat just did not fit in well with my exercise regime, it wasn't really sturdy enough and after a little while using it, it was really sore on my back when doing sit ups and yoga on it.
This mat is made of plastic and is pretty easy to wipe down when you are finished exercising on it, but it is also quite flimsy, I used this mat for about 1 month before buying a new one, and the plastic creased quite quickly and became worn.
One thing I would say about this mat is that it isn't all bad, it does stay in place quite well when it is laid on the floor, I have had problems before with exercise mats slipping and sliding about when I am trying to exercise, but this one had good staying power. The plastic surface however was very cold on my skin when I was lying on it doing sit ups to start with, which was quite annoying, but that is probably the price you pay for using an easily washable, plastic top exercise mat.
I don't think that this mat is was a great buy and I can't really recommend it to anyone who is serious about working out, I would advise you to go and buy an York exercise mat, or any other well known better brand name mat. I would overall give this mat 2 out of 5 stars just because it didn't give me enough support when exercising which was uncomfortable and defeats the whole purpose of using an exercise mat.
*also on ciao under lorrainek90
I have recently used the Argos Value Exercise Mat and this is my review.
I did not buy the Argos Mat but a friend of mine lent it to me to try out as I had been thinking about buying it and she did not think it was very good and had not used it for some time so she gave me a loan of her mat to let me try it for myself before I made up my mind.
The Mat is from the Argos Value range which means it is a basic product and has no frills. This does not bother me to much as I am more interested in whether the product is any good rather than if it is a brand name or anything like that. The mat is a very good price and it only cost my friend about five pounds but the current price is six pounds.
The mat is a grey colour and it does not have anything fancy or nice looking about its appearance and it looks a bit dull. It is made of PVC and it is padded but I do not think the padding is very thick and so I do not think it gives very good support. I do not think the material is made of a very good quality fabric and it feels quite cheap to me but as the mat is such a cheap price this does not really surprise me. I think that the PVC is a bit slippy if I am wearing socks but I find it a bit better if I have my bear feet when I am using it. The PVC can be wiped clean but the Argos Mat cannot be put in the washing machine.
The mat can be used for exercising on. I have some fitness DVDs at home and I often borrow them from my local library to as I like to try and do some exercising at home. The Argos Mat does an ok job for my exercise videos but it is not the best I have ever used. I think the Argos Mat is good for exercises like sit ups and press ups and it gives a better support and a better grip than if I just did the exercising on the floor or carpet.
The mat is not to easy to fold up or roll up and I think it is cos the fabric and material is a bit slippy. I just keep it under the spare bed. The mat is quite a neat size and its length is 120cm.
I would not recommend the Argos Value Exercise Mat to high and think that for a bit extra money you could buy a better mat for yourself. I now have my own exercise mat and think it is much better than this Argos Value Mat but for the low price of the Argos mat I think it works ok and is a good budget mat.
I like to do a lot of sit ups as part of my fitness regime. Every time I did them I was lying on a carpet and was getting awfully irritated on my back. This led me to look into getting an exercise matt. I looked at the Argos Value range because I had bought other items such as a skipping rope and arm weights and they were a decent quality and a low price. I found the matt which would be an ideal size (120cm x 64cm x 2cm) for me to do sit-ups and other core muscle exercises.
The matt itself is rectangular and comes in a bluey grey colour and suits my gym (garage) nicely. It was surprisingly thin and I was a little unsure as whether it would provide any softening to the ground. When placed on carpet it is comfortable. However; when I have used it on a wooden floor I have found it to be quite uncomfortable. The surfaces is easily wipeable which is good as I often clean as I can sweat profusely.
I do find though when I am doing a big workout and sweating a lot the matt can become slippery. This is annoying as you really want to be moving all around and off the matt when attempting exercises.
I get a lot of use out of this mat (few times a week for over a year) and there is very little ware. I have even taken it camping as a cover mat which works well.
I only paid six pounds for this mat and It was worth the money. Although it is a little thin I can't really argue because I still use it all the time.
I purchased this mat from Argos for £5.99, which I thought was a bargain as you can pay up to £30 for a "decent" exercise mat.
This mat is a decent size and it is made of PVC. It can be used on both carpet and laminate flooring. I mainly use mine on laminate flooring but it can sometimes slip so I have to be extra careful when using it. I have carpet in my bedroom and it doesn't slip on my bedroom carpet so I use it in there too.
It is a good mat and it is very comfortable. It feels nice on the skin and my dog has took a liking to it so i've had to buy him one aswell (damn dog!).
The mat is quite thin, which is a pity as it needs to be a little bit thicker. As it is thin it appears to be of poor quality. You can pick the mat up and it will just flop in your hand. A decent mat wouldn't do that. My mum's Davina mat doesn't! It feels nice on the skin as I have said before and it doesn't "burn" your skin if you happen to slide on it. I don't usually slide on mine as it seems to grip my skin quite well, even if I am sweaty.
You can also wipe the mat down if it becomes dirty. I simply wipe mine down with a soft damp cloth and it gets rid off all the little bits that can sometimes stick to it.
Not bad for the price, just a shame it's so thin.
Argos Value Exercise Mat is a very light weight product that when not in use rolls up into a very small compact size and is stored easily behind my sofa.
I first bought this product around two and a half months ago and after being used on average about two times most weeks it is not showing any signs of wear, which I think is very good for the very cheap price tag of £5.99.
I do most of my exercise in the lounge on my hard wood floor so I wanted some protection for my back when I was doing some floor work and although the mat isn't as some more expensive exercise mats on the market it does a fairly good job.
The exercise mat isn't massive in size I am only five foot five inches tall and I find it adequate but I don't know how good it would be if you were much taller than myself.
To sum up my thoughts about this product I don't think its bad for the price, and I certainly won't be throwing it away however when the time does come to replace it I will be buying a better quality mat.
My last exercise mat that I had in the home started to look a bit tatty. So a few months ago, I found I had quite a few Nectar points and decided to spend them on this Argos Value Exercise Mat. Being part of the value range means that it was at the bottom end of the price scale, coming in at £5.99. But for me to use it as a basic exercise mat, I thought it would be ideal for purpose.
What do you get? The mat itself measures 120cm long by 64cm wide, which putting it into context is 4 feet by a little over 2 feet. It is also 2cm thick, and basically folds flat in on itself to a third of the size to make it easier to store. Whilst the inner surface is a high density foam pad, the outer surface of the mat is covered with a wipe clean PVC type material, which is ideal from a hygienic point of view because it means that you can simply wipe the mat down of any sweat etc after you have used it to ensure that it remains clean for next time.
Considerations? OK, the mat is a little on the small size when compared to some that you can get. But, the key purpose of the mat is to provide some cushioning and protection to your back, your spine and hips (if you were doing sit-ups etc) or your knees etc if you were doing some other forms of exercise on your front. So in that respect, it seems to be adequately sized. I think there is a bit of expectation management with what you get here because some people would obviously want a mat that was 7 foot long by 5 foot wide to ensure that it protects their entire body, but for the majority of mat based exercise that one would do, that is a lot of wasted area. In addition, that is not something that you will get for only £5.99 (unless it was extremely thin). But for me, this mat is adequate for purpose.
In use, what's it like? The mat itself is easy to fold out and easy to put away because it folds into the 3 sections. Personally I find the thickness of the padding to be quite good and supportive, especially if you are using it on a fitted carpet which has underlay. But it appears to be equally as good on a hard floor surface. I also find that the PVC material itself is not too slippy. One of the issues you sometimes get with wipe clean surfaces on such mats is that when they get wet (eg through sweat) they can become a little slippy, and that is not good when you are exercises. But this mat doesn't seem to suffer that problem.
In summary, for me this is a good exercise mat. For only £5.99, I wasn't expecting much, but what I did get was adequate for purpose - a thick exercise mat with a wipe clean surface. It could perhaps be a few inches wider and longer to make the use of it a little more comfortable, but as it is, it does the job. Hence, a 4* recommendation.
I bought this exercise mat when I was regularly attending a local aerobics session, and there were never enough mats to go round for the floor work at the end of the session. It was quite uncomfortable doing sit ups on the hard cold school hall floor, so I decided to get myself something cheap and easy to carry that I could take with me to my classes.
I didn't see the point in spending lots of money on a branded product, so I went to Argos and came away with this one for £5.99. The mat is 120cm (length) x 64cm (width) x 2cm (depth). I wasn't too bothered about how long it was because (a) I'm quite short, and (b) as long as my bum, back and head are protected by the mat I'm not bothered if my feet hang of the end a little as they are protected by trainers anyway. This mat is ideal for sit ups and press ups, and unless you're a giant or using it to sleep on it should be sufficiently long for you.
The mat isn't the thickest in the world, but I think for the amount it costs it provides reasonable protection from hard surfaces. I never bothered using this at home because the carpet is comfortable enough, but at my aerobics classes it was much nicer than lying on the cold hard floor, or using a thin towel. You're still aware of the floor and can feel its presence, but it's not painful or anything. At the end of the day you're on the floor to do exercise, you need the hard surface behind you to be able to do sit ups etc, how comfortable is that ever going to be unless you're lying on a mattress?!
The mat is really convenient if you're taking it to class, or even for storing if you're just using it at home. It rolls up to make it easy to store, and because the foam isn't overly thick it's light and not too bulky to carry. This makes it no effort to take with you. The PVC surface is wipe clean too so if you're planning on doing an extra strenuous workout and sweating all over it, it just wipes down with a sponge or cloth. I never had any problems with my clothes sticking to it either, which can be a potentially embarrassing situation when your clothes are getting a bit damp.
I've seen this mat has been given a hard time by other Dooyooers, but in my opinion it's a useful product for the price. Perhaps as a casual exerciser (I go through spells of being really good followed by not bothering with exercise at all) I have lower expectations than the more die-hard sports fanatics out there.
DO NOT BUY THIS PRODUCT!
I wanted a exercise mat for doing workouts on for the weekend(when i'm not at the gym) and saw this on the latest argos catalogue. For £5.99 I thought how bad could it be? turns out very.
The mat is minuscule in length, when doing ab crunches your head bangs against the floor where the mat should be. The exercise mat is way to thin to be classed as an exercise mat. When doing sit ups the mat should be thick and foamy to make exercise more comfortable this hurts my back when I do sit ups with this ridiculous product. The first time I used it the foam was great but then it all went downhill from there, the next time I used it the foam was somehow flattened and irreversible so my mat had turned into a small blanket! Don't be fooled as I have with its low price, go for a more durable item by investing a couple of more pounds.
WHAT IS IT?
An exercise mat for aerobics or stretching exercises.
IS IT ANY GOOD?
It's a waste of money as you only have to use the exercise mat once and it will flatten out so much that it'll be useless next time. The mat is very thin even before it's been used and the foam inside compacts very quickly, I only used mine three times before it was so flat that I could feel the floor through it. It's PVC covered which makes many stretching exercises very sweaty when you're lying down on the mat for any length of time.
The mat measures 120cm by 65cm, it's quite a small mat but not tiny and perfect if you have limited floor space. It rolls up tidily for storage and is easy to wipe over after each exercise session, being PVC you can leave it to dry on its own or even hose it in the garden when the weather's nice!
It only cost £5.99 and I bought it to tide me over until I could get a better mat, it didn't even last that long and even for such a cheap price I'd been disappointed at the poor quality. I used it here and there even when it was flat and eventually one of the seams started to look like it was going to split, it had to go then as my cat would have ripped it to bits once she spied foam!
2 Dooyoo Stars.
The Argos value exercise mat is made from Blue coloured PVC with a thin spongy padding inside of it. It is a light blue coloured product with a darker blue coloured stitching running on the outside of it. The length of the product is about 120-125cm and the thickness is very thin at only 2-3cm. It is available from Argos where I paid £5.99 for it and was easy to wipe clean, these two minor points were the only things going for it in my opinion.
The product looked good in the Argos catalogue, I liked the pleasant light blue colouring, with darker blue stitching running along the sides of it. In white font, at the front, there are the words "Pro fitness" positioned here. The font looks quite attractive and the design is not too overpowering. The thickness of the mat was surprisingly think, I measured it at about 2 and a half cm. The length of the mat was also surprisingly small, I had expected perhaps 180cm or bigger, but the product was just 120cm in length and the diameter about half that at 60-65 cm.
The durability of the product was poor, the material was made from thin PVC, which mine even after light usage, has now developed holes and the sponge padding is coming outside. The sponge padding is poor quality and very thin and along with the shoddy PVC material getting holes in it, I now have bits of sponge on my carpet! I could not see this mat lasting more than a couple of months with moderate usage, I've only used it maybe 5 or 6 times and It's already falling apart. The stitching round the outside looks quite secure and durable but the actual main body of the mat, covered with PVC is far to thin and easy to pierce. Overall this product has poor durability if you plan on using it consistently.
The spongy material inside the mat is of a very poor quality, if offers very little impact protection. I was surprised to see the mat only had a thickness of about 2-3cm which offers absolutely no impact protection and almost defeats the purpose of actually using this mat in the first place! i would like to see a better quality and thicker sponge and impact absorbing material in the product for improvement, I can feel my wood floor through the mat just as though I was lying on the floor itself.
The length was also a disappointment. I expected the mat to be around 5,9 to 5,11" in length at the very least, but the product only measured 120cm which was tiny!. I'm a man and I could not fit on the mat and I doubt even a small to medium woman would be able to fit comfortably upon it. I think the length and size of the mat would be more suitable for a child, although in no way does the product make this suggestion. I bought the product under belief it would be suitable for everyone, but was unfortunately very wrong.
This product has little going for it even at a low price of £5.99. Whilst it does look attractive on first inspection, the mat is too small, too thin, prone to getting holes in it which then allows the sponge padding to escape and offers no protection or comfort to the user. If your after a practical exercise mat in anyway, stay well clear of this product, you certainly do get what you pay for with this product!
© Revo9 (2011)
*Note, I am both a member of Ciao and Dooyoo.co.uk under the same username of Revo9*
I got this mat around 3 months ago now. I have got wooden flooring in my living room and lino in my bedroom and neither were comfy enough to do sit ups, stretches, yoga or leg lifts etc and the only place that was carpeted was the hall way which would be silly to sit there doing sit ups etc (i'm a student and live in shared accomodation) so i decided to get an exercise mat to use in the living room which would allow me to put it in front of the tv and do exercise dvd's in comfort rather than laid/sat on the cold, hard floor.
Lots of shops sell these but i decided to have a look in the Argos catelouge and bought the cheapest one; i wasn't after anything fancy. The mat was £6 and i collected instore so i didn't have to pay for delivery. It comes in a simple cardboard box so no fancy packaging which is probably one of the reasons it's cheaper.
The mat is minimalistic and rubbish to be frank. Bad quality and the material is horrible, it's PVC with 'foam padding', however i think the padding must be about 1cm thick! Laying on this is excactly like laying straight on the wooden floor however it's not as cold.
I am 5'3 and it's big enough for me and my 6'3 boyfriend has used it a few times joking around and he could fit on it apart from his feet. Argos give the measurements as length 120cm, width 64cm and depth 2cm, which is likely why it's so bloody crap! 2cm depth, really? I think that's ridiculous.
I wish looking back, i'd of know about Dooyoo when i bought this, because atleast then i'd of known what a rubbish mat it was and wouldn't of wasted £6! The mat is ridiculously thin and flimsy and extremely lightweight which means it easily moves about when in use which is annoying and distrupts my exercise sessions. Doing starjumps etc on this is ok but with socks is very slippy and it's not comfy either as it feels like jumping on cement.
It looks and feels cheap and is pretty useless as it adds no comfort to exercise sessions and i certianly don't enjoy using this mat and plan to give it to a friend as she's after a baby changing mat! It's wipe clean so atleast it should be alright for that..
Overall i would reccomend paying a few pounds extra for a decent mat; try looking online at different ones and don't make the mistake i made - read some reviews thoroughly before buying to ensure it's the right product for you!
I bought this product several months ago as i need to keep slightly in shape! I have predominantly wooden floors, and thus why i needed something slightly more comfortable to lie on. The price of £5.99 also swayed me, although i am kind of regretting it!
I'm 6 foot 3, and this mat is only 120cm long... so it could certainly do with a few more inches. The matt could also do to be slightly thicker as it does not give as much comfort as i initially thought it would (especially on a wooden floor).
You can wipe the mat clean (so all that sweat doesnt fester!) and its made from PVC. It seems durable too, with no rips/tears in it since i have had it. One slight problem may be how it can slip on wooden floors due to the smoothness of the mat. This can be very annoying as you're constantly moving it back in to place.
On the whole, the mat is not worth buying, even though it is extremely cheap compared to other quality products. But i would go that extra mile and buy a reebok one or something similar.