Product Type: Argos Fitness
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Wafer Thin, Waste of Money
Argos Value Exercise Mat
Member Name: kellface
Argos Value Exercise Mat
Advantages: Wipe Clean.
Disadvantages: Wafer Thin. Too Short.
Since I found out I was pregnant I've been trying to be a lot more active than I was before, I've always done a lot of walking but I've upped my exercise to include some Yoga and swimming nowadays. I thought I'd invest in an exercise mat for my yoga workouts as I didn't think I'd be that steady on the floor itself. I thought what better place to have a look for something affordable and easy to buy than at Argos. Flicking through the catalogue I was a bit shocked to see so many different kinds of exercise mats, i assumed they would all do pretty much the same thing so I opted for the Argos Value Exercise mat, which was just a measly £5.99.
Oh how I regret buying the cheap option this time round. The mat was neatly rolled up and packaged well, as you'd expect really it isn't really a hard thing to package. When I rolled out the mat I was a little disappointed with the look, it's grey in colour and looks a bit like what you'd expect a bondage session to be had upon. Wipe clean PVC, sexy! haha! The wipe clean bit is good especially when you get a bit sweaty, it's nice to know you can wipe it away and leave the mat clean but I guess I shouldn't have expected the mat to look amazing, after all, it's just a mat and it was cheap as chips.
The mat itself is 120cm in length which may seem quite long, but when your outstretched doing various yoga poses it simply isn't long enough. The width is just over 60cm which isn't too bad, but don't even get me started on the depth of the mat, at only 2cm the padding is absolutely ridiculous. Many will say that's what you get for buying something so cheap but the padding is seriously thin, I expected a little more than this. It's about as thick as a slice of bread, so when your weight is on it you can feel the hard floor underneath the mat, and on wooden flooring it really is extremely uncomfortable, especially when lay on your back or on your knees.
I expected a little more product for my money, I'm not sure how much but definitely more than what I got. A PVC covered wafer thin poor excuse for a mat. I'd recommend anyone to just spend a few more pounds and invest in something that is better quality than this. I haven't done much yoga over the past month or so as I've been out and about and feel I'm getting a little to big to do some of my poses as I'm quite off balance now with a big bump, but I think after I've given birth I'm definitely going to be investing in something of better quality, and this can go in the bin.
Summary: Absolute waste of money, put in a few extra pound and get something better made.
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