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Joining a university sports team turned me from an "I hate sports" person to a complete addict when it comes to any kind of fitness or outdoor exercise. One of my biggest passions is competitive cheerleading which involves a lot more than dancing and throwing pompoms in the air. Regular stretching and yoga sessions are a must to keep yourself flexible and allow you to do all the crazy looking things needed for a proper cheer routine. After a while I joined a yoga group at our university gym to keep improving my flexibility. The mats provided are quite rubbish as they are tiny and too thin to be effective against the cold or work as a buffer. Spending ten Pounds on an exercise mat was a great investment and it made classes much more enjoyable. For some reason out fitness centre does not have warmth in the exercise rooms as a priority and some English winter mornings can feel surprisingly similar to the Siberian climate. The Pineapple yoga mat is one of the better mats that I tried even though it is probably the ugliest. Screaming pink is not really my thing but I read some good reviews about it and it comes with its own carrier bag. The bag is a great addition as it makes the mat easy to store and to transport. As the mat is fairly thin it is easy to roll up and put back into the bag. When I first took it out it took a while until the mat was nicely on the floor and did not roll up at the ends again. The size is perfect for me as I fit fully onto the mat when laying down. There is nothing that I hate more than getting cold feet during the meditation part of the yoga class but luckily this mat is much longer than the ones provided by the gym. I am 5'3 so I guess the mat is between 5'4 and 5'5. In terms of thickness I have to say that I found the mat surprisingly thin at first. However, it does a good job at cushioning while not getting in your way while exercising. As it is rather thin it means that you can still stand stable and not sink in too much. It is perfectly fine for yoga exercises but might be a bit too thin if it is sit-ups and co. that you are after. The underside of the mat is non-slip and I found it to be very stable. I am a bit paranoid about slipping during yoga and if the floor would not be so cold (and sometimes dirty) I would not use a mat. The ones we have at the gym slip at every given opportunity but my Pineapple mat is definitely an improvement. The mat itself is really non-slip regardless of the pose you are trying. However, I found the surface to get a bit slippery if your feet get sweaty. Maybe a bit of texture on the surface would improve that. The Pineapple mat is available online for around 10Pounds. As with most Pineapple products it's good quality to a fair price. The one thing I needed to get used to was the pink colour but hey, there's nothing wrong with being a bit girly from time to time. Definitely recommended if you do any kind of fitness exercise like yoga or pilates. The mat is also easy to clean and therefore much more hygienic than the ones you can get at your gym.
as part of my fitness and health routine, I have recently started a Yoga programme, which I do at home in my living room. I have quite thick carpet and a rug in my home, which has caused me a few carpet burns on my feet, legs and arms during the Yoga DVD's and I decided that it would be a good idea to invest in a new Yoga mat, as my old one had disappeared!! I bought a new Pineapple Yoga Mat from Amazon, and it only cost me £10, which I thought was a good price as Pineapple is known to be a good quality brand. For those who have not heard of Pineapple before, they are a well known Dancewear brand that also make sports wear and accessories. The Mat comes in a stow-away bag, which is a light pink and has the black Pineapple logo on it. The bag has a long, sturdy handle, which makes it easy and simple to carry the mat over your shoulder, so you can take it anywhere that you need to have it. I have taken mine to the gym to do some of their classes, as the ones supplied in the gym are getting a bit thin. Inside the bag, you will find a rolled up Yoga mat which is the same pink color as the bag, and it also has the Pineapple logo on it, but it is white, not black like the bag. I assume you could maybe buy this in other colours but I have not looked into this. The pink is a nice soft shade, and it compliments the white from the logo quite well. The mat itself is made from a sort of plasticated foam, as most Yoga mats tend to be, and is of a good thickness. It is not so thin that it feels like you may as well lay on the floor, but it is not so thick that it will hamper your workout. The mat is soft to touch, but sturdy to use and this is just how I expect a Yoga mat to be. I have used this mat on both carpet, and the laminated floor in the gym studio and I am happy to say that it has stayed in place every time I have used it. I have had no problems with it slipping and sliding around, and I have managed to stay in place on top of the mat too. The mat is actually slightly longer than the other yoga mats I have used, but I find this is better as I can stretch out a little bit more. It is comfortable to use, and you can wipe it clean easily and quickly, so no matter how sweaty or dirty your workout gets, you can always be sure that there is no hassle in cleaning this yoga mat. The mat rolls back up really easily and I have never had a problem storing it back in the bag, ready for the next use. Sadly the bag is not as easily cleanable as the mat and I do have a few stains on it, but it is nothing major and it is machine washable, just not safe for the tumble dryer. I have had this mat a couple of months now, and even after multiple uses, it still looks brand new and it is still as good as the day I bought it. I believe it will have plenty of uses left in it, and I am glad that I have bought this. It is good quality for a good price, and it does every thing you would expect it to do. You can buy this mat on Amazon like I did, or you can also buy them in selected JJB Sports stores, but the price may differ. I give this Pineapple Yoga Mat a 5 out of 5 stars and I totally recommend it. *This review is also posted on Ciao under the user name of Hailee*
I have a seemingly never ending quest to find the perfect exercise mat, and one stop along the journey has seen me overcome the stigma of colour and brand and opt for trialing the Pineapple Yoga Mat. To be honest, I can hardly see a difference between yoga mats and exercise mats, with the majority of them being okay but a few howlers along the way. This mat is actually quite decent. To start with, it has decent storage options, coming with its own bag and adjustable strap for portability. The mat keeps a curled state for a short while after taking it out and unrolling it, but after a while this stretches out. The mat is just under 5.5 foot long, which means that my 6 foot frame can't lie prostrate along it without either my head or my feet hanging off the edge. The majority of mats are like this, so I was expecting it. Doing the majority of static exercises are fine with this mat. It has decent cushioning, the soft padding giving plenty of support when on a hard floor. Carpeting is fine as well. The underside of the mat has a slightly ridged pattern that aids grip, providing contours to create friction to allow the mat to hold on, and this is a bonus as a lot of mats don't have this, and getting them even slightly wet or even in their usual state means that they can slide. This one is actually quite good in this respect. Once you start building up a sweat, the mat gets slightly slidy when you're doing your exercises, but it's quite easy to wipe dry, the fabric not contorting and ridging up to make it hard like some mats can. After a while lying on the mat, the padding does start to give way. Previous padding starts to feel non existent and the foam element doesn't bounce back up as much as it did to start with. However, I find that the support for exercises is generally okay, and for the price of around £10 it's okay I suppose. I have had cheaper mats, but they don't tend to be as good quality. Ultimately, this is a fair mat. I find its padding lasts better than most initially, and the subsequent times you use it it seems as strong as before. The true test is in multiple uses, and so far this seems to be holding its own against the majority of mats I have tried before. This to me speaks volumes: I just wish they could make one that isn't pink and doesn't have 'Pineapple' emblazened across the bag and the logo on the mat! Recommended.
I started doing yoga a few years and never planned on using a mat as I was happy to do it on the carpet, however, a couple of months ago I was given the Pineapple Yoga Mat as a gift and am happy to say that I will never go back to doing yoga or any kind of floor exercise without a mat. I love the colour of this and the thickness is perfect. It is thick enough to make working out so much more comfortable, meaning you can do it for much longer, but thin enough to roll the mat quite small so it can be kept out of the way until required. Also it is not squishy so you can do the poses with stability, the only thing I would say is that it can be slippy with socks on and after using it for a while with bare feet if they begin to sweat this can also make you slide around a bit. I have only used this mat on carpet and it stays exactly where I put it no matter much I move myself however I am unsure if it is as stable on wooden or laminate flooring. As this was a gift I was uncomfortable asking about the cost but from looking at other reviews it seems to be available from most department stores for about £10-£15 and I'm guessing it can be found on ebay as products like this usually are. I don't think I ever would have actually purchased a yoga mat for myself but now I have used one I wouldnt go without again, I've had this for a couple of months and it is still in perfect condition and the Pineapple logo is still as dark and has not faded at all which can sometimes be a problem. I would reccomend this to anyone starting out with yoga and even those who have been doing it a while as it really does enhance the experience. It is much easier to clear your mind if you are comfortable :)
Since becoming pregnant yoga has become my weekly choice of exercise. Particularly in later pregnancy when I could barely move! I have always been an active person so thought yoga would be a bit tame for me. In actual fact it gives a great workout. I bought this product from Debenhams for £10 with a voucher I received for our wedding. As we have wooden floors I needed one to put in front of the tv (I was too shy to attend a proper yoga class the size I was). For £10 you get the mat and a handy carry case. I wasn't sure if I'd be able to get the mat back in the bag after use as it looked a tight sqeeze. In actual fact it wasn't too bad. When rolled out the mat lays flat and doesn't curl up like some cheaper mats. It also stays firm to the ground so when you stretch it isn't sliding all over. I do yoga at least once a week so £10 has been well spent. It is a simple product but it is well designed and made. This would be more than appropriate to take to a yoga class as it is sturdy and professional looking. I didn't spend too long looking for a yoga mat but I know there are loads out there ranging massively in price. This is a great 1st mat as if you don't continue using the DVD or going to the class you haven't wasted too much money. It is wipe clean for hygiene so sweat and water/Ribena in my case can be easily removed. Overall I think this is a good product although I've never seen Louis Spence using it on Pineapple Studios!
I do half of my exercise from home with various workout dvds (interval training and a mix of yoga/pilates) and because my living room is carpeted, holding some of the various stretching and resistance positions can be uncomfortable to say the least. The risk of some pretty dodgy looking carpet burns also does not appeal and so a year ago I invested in a yoga mat. I love Pineapple products and wear a lot of their clothing while exercising (some of the tops with support built in are ideal for any ladies out there) so I was chuffed when I managed to pick this up on amazon for around the £10 mark (although I actually got it for free in effect thanks to Dooyoo vouchers!). I notice that it no longer shows as available on amazon but I found a couple on ebay for around the £10 mark and no doubt you can also pick these up from various sports concessions although I would expect the price to be higher in these. One of the best things about this is it rolls up into a handy bag/holder so if you are short on space (as I am) it will fit away in a cupboard in the smallest space possible. It is a bit of a faff to get it rolled into the bag at the end of each session but well worth it for the space saving effect. The mat itself is in Pineapple's distinctive pink/purple with the iconic signature across it. Both sides are pretty much the same in terms of comfort when using. It is slightly padded which gives a cushioning effect and makes holding some of the harsher yoga positions (the plank, down faced dog for instance) easier because the wrists and hands are not bracing direct against a hard surface. I have also used my mat at a local yoga class where the floor was wooden and I was a little worried this would slip, however the material is not entirely smooth and has almost a fine weave texture, for this reason it does not slip on wooden floors at all which is a very good feature. I generally use mine on carpet where this is not an issue. This seems to be a good quality item which has the benefit of a dedicated holder/bag with it. If you plan on doing work outs from home then this is a great piece of kit.
I have started yoga about 6 months ago at my local community hall with a couple of friends from work. I am trying to tone up and yoga is perfect as you do not have to be super fit to do it another benefit about yoga is that it chills you out after a stressful day at work. The yoga class provides its own exercise mats but i wanted to buy one to practice my new moves at home. I was looking for one that could be easily stored and comfortable to use. I went to JJB sports shop and came across the pineapple range of fitness equipment, It was perfect for me as it was pink and compact and lightweight. I have bought pineapple clothing over the last few years to wear to the gym and the clothings great quality so i knew the yoga mat would be to. The yoga mat cost me £9.99 in the sale the original price is £12.99. So i feel i got a bargain. The mat is pink in colour with a large pineapple logo on it. The mat rolls out well and covers a good amount of floor space, the mat is thick enough to protect me from the hard flooring when preforming my yogo moves, my yoga class lasts for one hour and i find the mat keeps me comfortable throughout the hour and i also use it at home. The main thing i like about this yoga mat is that it does not slide about the floor or start to fold over at the corners unlike a cheaper mat i had been using. The mat is soft and comfortable against my skin which is important to stop me from getting any friction burns. The mat can be cleaned with a damp cloth just to make sure its clean everytime i use it. The mat can be used for any type of home exercising not just yoga. The mat rolls up and can be easily stored in a drawer or i pop it under my bed. I love my pineapple yoga mat and use it often, its very practical for exercising. Yoga is a sport for all ages from teenagers to pensioners i really recommend that you give it a try. 5 dooyoo stars
** Pineapple Yoga Mat ** I discovered Yoga a few years ago when I got invited by a friend to join her Yoga class. I was a bit sceptical and also a bit scared that I couldn't go all the right positions. Now after a few years I don't see my self as the professional but I think I'm pretty good at it! Of course you are going to need a Yoga mat and I bought the Pineapple Yoga Mat. Just because it looks fun and colourful! And the mat was about 12 pounds. ********************************************************* The Yoga mat comes from the brand Pineapple. Pineapple is a sports brand and they sell a lot more than just Yoga Mats. They sell a lot of sport equipment like ankle & wrist weights but also a fitness ball. I have to say I enjoy the brand because of the colour pink they use! It all looks so colourful and happy! They really know how to cheer up a room and at yoga class I'm always standing out from the rest and get a lot of compliments from other people that the mat looks good! ********************************************************* The main reason for being this Yoga mat and not some cheap mat is because of the anti-slip surface. I didn't want to slide trough the whole classroom while sitting in some position so I wanted to make sure it was not going to do that. First I did worry a bit because the mat feels really thin but after trying it out I could tell that this mat wasn't going anywhere! It gives me a secure feeling and it helps me concentrate better during the workout. ********************************************************* The mat feels soft and therefore very comfortable and also very pleasant on my skin. What I also like is that It comes with a little bag where you can easily fold it in to and then carry it around on your shoulders. It's just sometimes these small things that makes it more easier and fun. I know it's more expensive than some other mats but it was been worth it!
Pineapple Yoga Mat I have been attending some sort of Yoga class for years, I enjoy the relaxation, stretching and social aspects that I get from it. I own quite a few of these Yoga mats, some good and some not so great. The reason I ended up buying this one was the colour. I already had a blue one that was beginning to show its age and I wanted a change. Therefore, when walking around my local JJB my attention was drawn to this very pink pineapple yoga mat. When I got this I didn't have that much of an idea about the brand 'Pineapple' since then I have seen more and more products from this brand available to buy. This is typically retailing for around £12.99, which was well within my self imposed budget of £15. In the past I have bought some really cheap yoga and exercise mats and it is a bit of a false economy I always end up getting another one (usually more expensive). This is a pretty good yoga mat as far as they go. It is thick enough that in the colder nights it keeps a very welcome barrier between me and the cold floor. It stays where I put it. Meaning that I don't feel like this will slip from under my feet, which is important in most exercise classes but very important when you are trying to balance in a Yoga class. This doesn't slide around when you are moving around, a bare minimum that I expect from a good Yoga or exercise mat. It is padded enough without being too thick, it is still very slim as a Yoga mat should be, but it does offer some comfort. When kneeling or lying on this it does make me much more comfortable than on the rare occasions I have been without it. It has its own carry case. You simply roll up the Yoga mat after its use and it is easily stored. I still try and give this a wipe from time to time, being on the floor all the time means that this can get a bit dirty quite quickly. It is easy to do, I just use a damp cloth and that seems to get most of any dirt off. I would recommend this to people because I do like it, but I don't think I would rush out and buy another one of these. Despite originally wanting a pink Yoga mat I actually find the pink and the logo a bit much sometimes. It is very pink! This deserves a four out of five scoring. As far as Yoga mat's go this is a good quality product that seems to wear well.
On my pineapple shopping spree in our local jjb store is spotted the yoga mat. If i was really going to get back to a size 8 again i really needed everything that could help. Not a big yoga fan i must say but i do have a few yoga dvds that i like so thought the mat was a good investment. Bought from jjb at a bargain price of £9.99. The pineapple yoga mat comes in a cool pink sausage shape carry sack with a black handle on it. It is polyester material with a huge black pineapple logo across it. The carry sack has a zip fastener. The mat its self is very thin and made from foam but is slightly textured for grip, it is also in pink with the white pineapple logo. I use the mat in my living room on top of the carpet and still has a good grip on the floor non slip. It is great on the laminate flooring and is comfortable to use on the hard cold surfaces. The mat is 65 inches long so a good decent size. The mat does not have to be used for just yoga can be used for most exercises I have been using the mat for a while when doing yoga exercises along with my dvds with comfort. We have took the mat along on a picnic to sit on so has other uses too. Its so light and easy to carry in the sack. I love it. I highly recommend the pineapple yoga mat.
Pineapple is a leading supplier of exercise equipment and clothing, specialising in the area of dancewear. I came across this yoga mat in the January sales one year where I picked it up for a bargainous £4.99, which I believe was half the RRP. I bought this in my local Debenhams department store, but there are many other retail outlets stocking Pineapple goods. This is a simple exercise mat that has a foam-like consistency. It looks gorgeous, and is very girly with the mat being a pretty pink colour with a simple white logo across the top side. The underside is plain. The mat has a grid pattern of indented lines that provide you with a safe-non slip area that will grip the floor. This is perfect for using on my wooden floorboards and allows me to exercise at home in comfort without taking any risks. The mat is a good large size, measuring 5.5' long and 2' deep. It is very thin and not at all bulky. It rolls up easily and comes with a cylindrical bag to store it away and make it easy to transport if you are taking it to the gym or an exercise class. The bag is a matching pink colour, with a black Pineapple logo across it. The top end zips undone and allows you to slot the mat inside. It is roomy and there is plenty of space to slip the mat in without having to roll it too tightly. The bag has a long webbing strap that is adjustable for length depending on your personal preference. I've been using this yoga mat for at least 18 months and it has performed consistently well. It can be stowed away neatly in the bag when not in use, and when laid out flat on the floor it remains in place without budging and doesn't fold back up on itself. It can take a little pressure to press the ends down in place when you first put it down, but this is just due to it being rolled up in the bag and the edges retaining a slight curve. The mat is lovely and soft considering it is so thin, and it feels comfortable against bare feet. It is perfect for exercises such as yoga or aerobics, and I also use it for dance practice when I want to do floor work moves without laying straight on the hard wooden floorboards that are in my living room. It is very lightweight and can be transported hassle-free, the bag is especially handy for travelling with it as you can just tuck it over your shoulder and out of the way, it's not at all cumbersome. I have experienced only 2 minor problems with this item. 1, being that when I have worn ballet shoes and used the mat it has sustained a few scuffs and stains. No big deal as it is best used with bare feet and this has not impacted upon the item's durability and performance overall. 2, the material on the inside of the bag has begun to fray around the edges of the seams. It looks like the edges have been overlocked but it appears that the nature of the fabric still allows it to fray in some areas. This is not integral as the structure of the bag is still complete and the wear is not in any load bearing areas, it is mainly around the top section near where the zip is. The Pineapple yoga mat has been reliable for many repeated uses when exercising and I think it is an essential piece of kit for anyone who wants to exercise at home. I would certainly recommend it as it has proved to be value for money and is a good quality item.
Yoga is one of my favourite past times since many years. Taking classes at the gym or private yoga schools is one thing but my big dream is it to travel to India and learn "proper" yoga at an Ashram. But unfortunately my lecturers are not too keen of me buggering of to India in the middle of term so my 3 times weekly yoga lessons at my local gym are all I got right now. The lessons are great and I really enjoy going there but the equipment is very limited. The mats are normal exercise mats that slip around all the time and cannot be used for some yoga poses. Especially the Warrior poses were always a big disaster with the mats slipping around on the floor and it being next to impossible to keep one´s balance Talking to my yoga teacher she recommended me the Pineapple sports equipment which she uses herself. I´ve noticed her pink mat before and after trying a couple of poses on it I was convinced - despite the ugly colour. The Pineapple Yoga mat is available for 12.99 at many sport stores but my teacher ordered it for me so I don´t exactly know where she bought it. ------------- My experience with the Pineapple Yoga mat -------------- The first thing I noticed about the mat was how incredibly thin it was and I instantly had my doubts that this would keep me warm on the cold (and not always very clean) floor. Thankfully I was positively surprised and could enjoy my meditation session without any discomfort. The mat was also very soft and regardless of its thin-ness quite comfortable. The most important thing for me was that the mat wouldn´t slip in the middle of a yoga pose. Practicing my Sun Salutations and the Warrior pose was absolutely brilliant. I really felt secure on the map and didn´t have to worry about slipping or losing my balance. The anti-slip surface is a bit advantage compared to other gym mats I tried and is well worth paying more for. My only criticism would be that, although the mat is soft, it might still be too hard for exercise types like sit-ups and pilates. I´m quite whiny when it comes to my back and I think that for these cases I would prefer a mat with ticker padding. -------------- Would I buy it again? ------------- Right, this is - in my opinion - one ugly piece of sports equipment. The pink and the big swirly Pineapple logo scream girly girl and I often had guys laughing at me when I was walking around with it in my gym. Pink is simply not my colour and I would have loved it to be a bit more subtle. However, the mat itself is absolutely brilliant and is making my yoga experience a more enjoyable one. The thin mat is very soft and shock absorbent which makes it perfect for any kind of fitness exercise. Exercising on hard floors can cause problems in your joints and feet and I often had the feeling that my energy lasts for longer when using a mat to stand on. Another problem I used to have at my gym was the 20 minute meditation after my yoga classes - this relaxing exercise was often ruined by the cold floor that sometimes even caused me to have muscle cramps in my legs. Although the Pineapple mat is incredibly thin it successfully prevents me from feeling the cold floor and makes lying down to meditate a much more enjoyable experience. Its small size and the bag with the practical zip make it perfect to be carried around to the gym or the park (I love to exercise outside). I cannot recommend this mat highly enough and will award it 09 out of 10 possible points. I´m sorry but I really have to deduct one point for the horrible pink. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Thank you for reading and rating my review!
In our house, we have our main lounge which is carpeted and then we have another room which is like a dining room with wooden flooring. This is where I do my exercising as the room is very spacious and it is also where the stereo and all our CD's are. The only thing is, the floor is so hard on your feet and it makes your muscles start aching well before they should. Having purchased the rest of the Pineapple range, I thought the Yoga mat would be a great addition and cure my problem with the hard flooring. As with everything else, I purchased this from JJB for £12.99 which was a little bit expensive for a mat but I wanted everything to match (I am a little bit sad like that!). The mat comes in a pink bag with Pineapple written across the front in black. It has a black carry handle. The mat itself is the same pink but the Pineapple logo is in white. The mat is fairly large and is shock absorbant, offers insulation from cold floors and is non slip. It is made to make you feel comfortable whilst working out. I really liked the mat, it was definately comfortable when I was using it. It felt like my feet were padded instead of just hitting the hard floor and my muscles didn't ache nearly as quickly when I was using it. Even when i was really pushing my work out, the mat never slipped underneath me and stayed exactly where I had placed it to start with. I love the fact that it follows the rest of the products in the range and it matches. The mat rolls away easily and is easy to store to. Highly recommended.
I dont own a gym membership so the only workout i get is usually in front of the telly to a workout DVD and considering i have wooden flooring this can be quite awkward and uncomfortable especially when doing sit-ups/yoga movements. Thats why i purchased this Pineapple Yoga Mat. *What Is It* The yoga mat matches other workout equipment in the Pineapple range as its baby pink in colouir and has the Pineapple logo written in black on the outside of the yoga bag and in white across the mat. As i just said the yoga mat comes with a bag so you can easily role the mat away for storage. The mat is soft, shock absorbent and designed to provide a stable non-slip surface for your workouts as well as providing insulation from a cold floor. *Where To Buy* As with most of my Pineapple gym equipment i purchased in the boxing day sale at my local Debenhams department store for around a fiver (sale price). Full price however is quite a bit more than this, the mat is available from JJB Sports for £12.99. *What I Thought* I thought the mat was really nice looking as the colour is really girly and the Pineapple logo is instantly recognisable as a trustworthy and fashionable brand. The mat definitley serves its purpose as i was able to do my workout without slipping around on the wooden floor and it also provided a small amount of cushioning for my back. The bag is also really handy when it comes to rolling the mat away and storing it. As i've said with a lot of the Pineapple workout range i personally wouldnt pay the full price because it is a bit much but then again i suppose you are paying for the Pineapple brand name and cute appearance as opposed to the actual product.