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      12.05.2012 16:38
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      I wouldn't bother.

      I've had the Sainsbury's Foam Exercise Mat for about three years now, although I do have another exercise mat as well which I feel is superior to the Sainsbury's Foam Exercise Mat and so I tend to use this one in preference. I bought it back then for £5.99 which I felt at the time was a really good price - although having just looked now I can see that it costs £7.99.

      The mat is designed to do floor exercises on, such as sit ups, press ups, stomach crunches etc. The Sainsbury's Foam Exercise Mat is a pale blue colour and is a decent enough size for basic floor exercises, measuring 150cm x 60cm x 0.6cm. This size gave me plenty of room to lie down on it and for there to be enough room all of the way around me - and so I could lay flat out and remain on the mat. The material is made of a foam material but the major disadvantage is that it is just so thin and so doesn't provide much comfort at all. Of course it does mean that you're kept directly off of the floor, but it just isn't thick enough and it's fairly obvious that they've really scrimped on price here. The fact that it's so thin also means that there is no weight behind it and therefore the mat curls up at the corners and this is annoying and also makes the mat look quite tatty. In addition to this, the lack of weight means that the mat scrunches up when you move, so if I'm doing sit ups, often the mat will not provide a firm base - and again, this is pretty annoying!

      Because it is made of a foam with a coating, it is possible to wipe the mat over after a session in order to keep the mat sweat free (ew.....sorry!). The mat does roll up fairly small when it's not in use and so it is easy to transport if you want to (it tucks under your arm easily and is very light weight). However, the roll doesn't come with a cover or bag - and it would be nice if it did.

      Overall, I don't think this mat is great. It just seems to be low quality and I think there are far better budget exercise mats out there. Personally, I wouldn't bother!

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        10.02.2012 15:16
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        A basic item which does what it says on the tin.

        I spotted this item in my local Sainsbury's in their post Christmas offers aisle. Along with all their other 'get fit' equipment was this foam exercise mat for the bargain price of £3.99. My local store had it in either the blue shown above or a baby pink and I bought the blue version.

        I needed a replacement for my old Pineapple mat which I had managed to spill meths on when using it as a carpet protector whilst repainting our bathroom - a very bad idea to start with but this is what happens when the mood takes me to get things done. It seemed sensible at the time but the meths I spilt managed to damage the plastic-esque lining and dissolve it in patches and therefore I ended up slinging it.

        So, this was my supersaver replacement and I have to say you get what you pay for. This is a much thinner foam than my previous matt although it is fine for using on a hard floor still (I use it for floorwork - press ups and the like) I would not want to use it for prolonged periods of time. It feels like a value product which, I suppose, it is.

        The other thing I notice about this matt is that on hard (laminate) surfaces it slips about more than my old one, the cover is not cross woven like my pineapple one was and that means it does not grip the floor as well. The matt is standard size (W 24" / L 60").

        All in all you get what you pay for with this - a fairly flimsy matt but then for less than a fiver what do you expect? Ok for occasional use and very basic but it does what it says on the tin.

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        08.01.2012 20:56

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        Not a great mat but better than nothing

        This mat was on special offer at Sainsbury's after the Christmas period. I bought these mats as they were half price and it seemed like a bargain. Normally priced at £7.99, the mats were well priced even before special offer.
        When I opened this mat, the first thing I noticed was the smell. The mat gave off an odour of burnt plastic foam. It was awful but I thought that it would eventually stop smelling.
        When I next tried to use the mat, I found it incredibly slippery. I couldn't do a exercise that involved moving very much as I found that I slid all over the place. It was ok for floor exercises but nothing beyond that.
        I liked the colour (it was blue), however, it is only available in blue. It would be better if they were more diverse with their colours. Their other exercise equipment wasn't co-ordinated with this, so if you are looking to buy equipment to look like a set, this isn't very useful.
        The price was very good, but if I were faced needing another exercise mat, I wouldn't buy this one again. I ended up returning the mat and buying a different one that I found for £3 more. Not a terrible loss considering that I could actually breathe without the stench!
        This mat is available on the Sainsbury's website and in some Sainsbury's shops. As it is not the most popular item, it may be difficult to find. I would recommend buying this online rather than in store.
        Take my advice - buy your exercise mat from someplace else!

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        17.11.2011 20:41
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        Okay yoga mat if a bit pricey

        Faddy exercise. I've been there and tried it, if you've read my review on the twist plate you'll start to see that coming through. The wii fit came along and that was it I had to get myself a yoga mat to start toning up and getting fit!

        So what is a yoga mat? Well it's a mat that resembles a roll mat for camping but it's a bit thinner and provides comfort for and floor exercises you may be doing. You can buy loads of colours, brands and even mats with instructions but to be honest you roll it out and hey presto! Whilst shopping in Saindsbury's one day I decided that I had to have their yoga mat right there and then so I could get started so I picked up my yoga mat and dutifully presented my £7.99 at the till. Ouch.

        The yoga mat isn't going to change my world but it did help to make it a little bit more comfortable. It was easier on my back than lying on my hard laminate floor and felt nice under my feet whilst also providing more grip than the laminate would. If you exercie on carpet I wouldn't bother buying one of these because it'll just make your surface uneven and bumpy (even more than it may be) a bit like walking on a sponge.

        The mat is made with foam which has a slightly rubberised texture with a dimpled surface (there's the grip) a bit like the foam on the back of a computer mouse mat. It is 150cm long, 60cm wide and 0.6cm think. This for a yoga mat is okay but for those of you who like me are 5ft 9 will find that if you are doing stretches lying down you may end up half on and off the mat.

        As the mat is made with foam it is easy to roll up nice and compact for storage and mine sits behind the tv stand out of sight.

        Priced at £7.99 the mat is somewhat on the pricey side for a supermarket generic yoga mat (Tesco frequently sell theirs for £3) and I wish I hadn't been so impulsive when I bought it. Available in blue thats it as far as choice goes (again tesco has at least 3 colours available).

        Hindsight is a wonderful thing and yes I have my yoga mat but I wish I'd have waited and got the same thing for less than half the price. The mat is ideal if you really need one and have no choice but to go to Sainsbury's. If you do have the choice, make sure you use it because there are far better mats to have.

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          14.11.2011 22:05
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          4 stars

          I bought this mat to help me be comfortable whilst exercising. The floor is too hard to lie on whilst stretching and you need some form of comfort and support when doing so. This mat from Sainsbury's looked to be just fine.

          It cost me £8 and I thought that was a reasonable price to pay.

          It is made from a light foam, this means that you can easily roll it up for storage purposes or for transporting somewhere and it is also very light to carry so it was ideal for me.

          The lightness of it has it's downsides though it also means that it isn't very thick so there is not a huge amount of support really. For me it is OK, I find that when I lie on it it is more comfortable than lying on the floor and does cushion me perfectly fine. I do think that if you are of a heavy build then you won't find that this is thick enough to support you.

          It isn't long enough to support all of my body if I lie flat but I mainly just want it to support my lower back and shoulders anyway.

          In my opinion it makes exercising on the floor more comfortable but I can see that it has it's faults- it being light, maybe not long enough or thick enough for some. It's positive points as well as it being comfortable is that it's easy to store and carry.

          4 stars from me.

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          12.11.2011 18:05
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          A terrible exercise mat be anyones standards

          WHAT IS IT?

          A foam exercise mat measuring 150cm x 60cm.

          IS IT ANY GOOD?

          This exercise mat is very thin so it's only any use for people with carpet, unfortunately it's usually those wanting or needing to exercise on harder surfaces that would be looking to buy a mat like this. The length is good and suits both me and my husband, but the mat is very narrow so during certain exercises you'll find yourself working partly on the floor.

          The foam isn't comfortable to exercise on and does nothing to cushion the impact during vigorous workouts. The pale green foam looks filthy and as its sponge clean only I can't do much to clean it, my mat is only two months old and has only been used rarely in bare feet but it is so grubby looking I'm too embarrassed to use it now.  If you decide to give it a wipe over make sure your cloth isn't dripping wet as too much water will stain the foam and doesn't do much to remove marks anyway.

          The mat doesn't ever lie flat to the floor as it keeps rolling back up on itself, after exercising for a few minutes the corners will start rolling up and this can be a nuisance as you may have to pause your workout to fix the mat. Sometimes it's just a slight roll and can be ignored but other times the mat will roll up a bit more each time you shift your weight and this is very annoying.

          2 Dooyoo Stars.

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          29.10.2011 15:03
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          My family including all our children take part in exercises at home to me its important they learn to be healthy and active from a yopung age. I am not the sort of mum that allow my children to play game consoles all day long and regularly encourage cycling, swimming, running, hill walking etc during the summer months but come winter we do a family exercise class in the morning. Not really a class as my children think its fun and lets them burn of steam at the same time.
          I had to purchase a few exercise mats last years as we had been using my yoga mat that was a bit worn and tatty. I had searched around on the Argos website to find them these were cheap and had terrible reviews. I ended up picking the Sainsbury's exercise mats for no other reason than me doing a weekly food shop in the store.
          Sainsbury's exercise mats were a reasonable price costing only £3.99 each. Instore there was no colour choice only light blue, i purchased three one each for my children as i made do with my old yoga mat.
          Sainsbury's exercise mats did not come with any packaging just rolled up into a compact roll secured with a band at either end and a scan code sticker on them.

          Sainsbury's exercise mats measures roughly 60 inches long, 24 inches wide and 6mm thick. They are made of foam and as you can tell by my measurements a good length but very thin. The foam is smooth all over not texture to them.
          After getting the mats home we had to unroll each mat and place them under the table to keep weight on them as the mats kept curing up at the ends and corners.

          Using the mats for exercising is fine. I have had no problems with them slipping on the flooring and it keeps the cold at bay. My feet don't sweat whiles exercising using the mats. Think my children though the mats would be like a mattress but these are not build for comfort however does give a little protection from the hard flooring underneath. As well as normal exercises we use the mats for standing on whitest playing the Wii stops the children skidding across the floor. I also use mine for doing my exercise dvds and the mat sizing is perfect i never need to step off the mat. I am small too so length wise i can stretch out fully. Also good for letting my children do their craft projects, jigsaws on as well.
          Sainsbury's exercise mats have come in useful for all kinds of activities in my family and have lasted well. They do get grubby and need a wipe over with a damp cloth but look good as new afterwards.

          Sainsbury's exercise mats are good quality and cheap, i recommend them.

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          27.10.2011 19:55
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          Overall this is a good value first exercise mat.

          Having tried a few different exercise mats in the past I found that price doesn't always give many clues as to the success or quality of of the product you are buying. With this in mind I went to my local Sainsbury's store and bought their Foam Exercise Mat for £7.99. I had used ones from a number of large supermarkets in the past with varied success, but as my exercise mat were showing signs of wear I decided to replace it due to the small cost involved.

          There isn't much aesthetically to really say about the exercise mat. It is pale blue in colour and of a reasonable size at 150cm X 60cm and is 60mm thick. The mat is therefore quite thin and doesn't offer perhaps as much protection as it could do against hard surfaces. That said I think the pricing reflects this and I never expected a super duper product. The exercise mat fits my needs for general and light use and allows me to exercise wherever I want as it protects me from hard surfaces and also carpet burns! The pale blue colour also deems it suitable for both men and women as it isn't a particularly male or female colour.

          The exercise mat is very simply designed and plain. As it is easy to wipe clean I know it can be used by a few people without having to worry about sweat building up on it. I can wear trainers when using the mat, knowing I can wipe it clean easily before storing it away. The mat is especially useful to me whilst doing sit-ups, as if you just do them on the floor I find my spine soon begins to rub and ache.

          The exercise mat is adequate for my needs and I don't have any complaints with anything other than it could be a little bit thicker. Overall you get what you pay for and I think for £7.99 it is a good value exercise mat for someone wanting to start doing a few light exercises in the comfort of their own home.

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            31.05.2011 23:12
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            Overall this suits me fine but it does have a few little niggles

            Earlier this year me and my mum started going to aerobics classes at our local community centre. On our first session there we were told we would need an exercise mat each for at the end as there was a few minutes at the end where you have to do press ups, sits ups etc which you can't really do on the floor as its slippery and also a mat would be cleaner and comfier to use.
            I had no idea how much exercise mats cost as I had never bought one before. I imagined they would be really expensive and was quite cynical about buying one because of the price. But I found after using a towel for a few weeks that I would have really benefitted from a proper mat so I looked around to see where I could get one from. I ended up buying this one from eBay, where it was brand new, but still a bit cheaper than most places sell them for, as it was just around £5.

            The mat is pale blue which I think is a good colour as it means it can be used by both females and males, so if I was ever going to lend this to any man they wouldn't have to feel embarrassed about using it! I really like this shade of blue. The only disadvantage I can think of about the colour is that it is quite light, which means that any dirty marks will show up quite badly on it, but then again marks would show up on most coloured mats to be fair anyway.

            The mat is soft and feels a little bit foamy which makes it very comfortable when you are lying down on your back especially when doing sit ups - and also when resting! But the fact that it is soft means that there are a few little dents in it, from where I have had my feet on it when I have worn trainers to do lunges, for example. So I have now stopped wearing shoes while using the mat. The dents don't really make any difference to what I can use the mat for, but they don't look very good and also I think if I kept wearing trainers on it and making dents in it then it would soon wear out and become scruffy and then I would have to throw it away so its not very good in that aspect.

            The mat is a good size, the length is 150cm and the width is 60cm. This is the size that most of the mats used by other members in the aerobics class seem to be so it looks to me like the most common size, and it is perfect for me. The depth is 0.6cm in case you were wondering, which is not very thick. I think it would probably be better if it was thicker as the mat doesn't stay flat on the floor and I think if it was weighted down better by a larger thickness it might be more likely to stay flat. It is quite annoying when it doesn't stay flat though so I suppose this is another disadvantage.

            The mat came with two white elastic bands which go round it to hold it together when it is rolled up and you are not using it. These are very easy to apply and hold the mat together really well to be able to store it. The mat rolls up easily, so one of the advantages of this mat is that it is easy to store.

            Overall I think this is an average exercise mat, it isn't the best but it is much better than my mums (which I have tried out when my mum didn't come to aerobics class and I didn't want to use my own mat). It doesn't stay flat on the floor which is the most annoying part for me but it isn't slippery, it wasn't as expensive as some mats are (brand new from Sainsburys it costs £6.99) I like the colour, and it is perfect just for what I use it for which is sit ups, a few stretches and a lot of resting! So taking all things into account I would probably recommend this for someone who didn't want to spend to much money and wasn't looking for anything too amazing.

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            18.11.2010 10:41
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            It's ok

            I bought this exercise mat at least a year ago to make some of my Wii exercise games more comfortable, and to use whilst doing yoga and pilates DVDs. This mat is unbranded and seems to be sold in most major supermarkets, including Sainsburys, Tesco and Asda. I seem to remember picking it up for around £6-8, as I figured that exercise mats are all the same and there was no point paying more for a branded one.

            The mat is around 150cm in length; now I'm only 5'2", but this means I can't lie down fully on it without my head or ankles hanging off the ends. So if you're using this for full length floor exercises or stretching, then you won't find it particularly comfortable. The width I've never had a problem with - it's not quite wide enough for two people to lie down, but that's plenty of space.

            The mat isn't massively thick, although due to its foamy nature it's not as uncomfortable as a floor. I tend to use this on hard floors and it does make them better for exercise. However, if you're working out to the extent where your palms and/or feet are sweating even a little bit, you'll be sliding around all over this mat (sorry, hope you're not eating breakfast!) which is both uncomfortable and dangerous. Although the mat has lots of tiny raised squares, they provide extremely little grip and even wearing shoes doesn't help much.

            On one side of the mat it has a few diagrams with different yoga positions to try if you're doing your own exercise routine, which I thought was a nice touch.

            The other thing I use this mat for is my Wii. I use it both with and without the balance board - for example it's nice to have something soft to step back on whilst doing step routines. When I'm doing a mixed workout with Wii Fit Plus or EA Active, I tend to fold the mat up which provides a thick surface for running or jogging on that doesn't hurt or strain my joints (it takes too much time/effort to put shoes on and take them off multiple times during a routine). For this the mat is perfect as it provides a nice squashy surface and the size isn't an issue.

            Two further points: 1.This mat does get dirty very easily and I'm wary of putting it in the washing machine, although I might just be being silly, and 2. The edges of the mat rolled up slightly when I first unrolled it, but now they stay flat all the time which is a definite advantage.

            The most important purpose for this mat in my house is as a cat bed/toy. My cats absolutely love to sit on it, pretend there's something hiding in the folds that they have to attack, wash themselves on it, play fight over it and fall asleep on it. They look pretty angry (and start complaining) if it's rolled up and stacked vertically, and prefer it to be folded up fairly small on the floor for them to sit on. From that perspective, it's definitely worth the money and cheaper than the cat beds I bought that they haven't used much!

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            - Easy to roll up and store
            - Edges don't curl up by themselves after the first few days
            - Cheap
            - Makes exercise more comfortable
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            - Very poor grip
            - Not long enough for comfortable full-length exercise
            - Not easy to clean or keep clean

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              27.10.2010 11:06
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              Good, cheap product for support while doing floor exercises

              Comfort is not something most people usually associate with exercise. Motivating yourself to do some exercise and then going through the process often results in getting hot, sweaty, and aching. Usually, not comfortable. However, there are certain things out there that can be used to help make things somewhat more comfortable than they would be without them, and one of these things is a foam mat.

              These mats can be bought from a lot of places. Sainsbury's have their own version of it, which in all honesty is hardly different to other such products from other places. In essence, it's a foam mat that is rolled up for convenient storage reasons, and you can unroll it whenever you want to use it.

              It's designed so that you can lay on it on the floor whenever you're doing floor based exercises, and it provides a soft padding between you and the floor. Even carpeted floors can be hard, and even if it feels okay to begin with, if you're doing floor exercises than mean you move around, then bones can grind against a floor and result in pain and sometimes damage.

              The padding isn't particularly thick, and I initially thought this would be a problem. When you first unroll the mat, it takes a while to get it flat, as it curls up at the edges still. If you lay it with the curving facing downwards, it flattens out in a few minutes. When you lie on it, the padded support is instantly noticeable, particularly if like me you are used to doing exercise just on your carpet. I found that when I was doing exercise on my side, my hips would dig into the carpet, meaning I'd cut this exercise short as it started to hurt. The padding is just thick enough to prevent this from happening, enabling my exercising to last a bit longer.

              Similarly, if you're doing back exercises involving raising and lowering your back, then when you curl back onto the floor or curl up off the floor, your vertebrae don't feel like they're grinding against the floor, with this. There's just enough give in it to prevent uncomfortable exercising. My initial thoughts of this being too thin gave cause for me to wonder what would happen if the padding was somewhat thicker, and I do wonder whether it would mean losing a certain amount of control and natural form if there's too much foam to sink into. This thin foam does just enough to support you and prevent grinding, which I think is very good.

              It's also easy to clean. All you need to do is use a damp cloth and give it a good wipe, allowing it to dry properly before rolling it up and storing it. The foam doesn't seem to retain the water and it does dry quite quickly as long as you use a damp cloth and not a wet one. The mat is 150cm long by 60cm wide, so it's not only a good size for exercising, but it's also quite convenient for storage as well. It's not too thick once rolled up, and we tend to keep it behind the door in the front room ready to be brought out for exercising on. I also find that it retains it's original shape quite well, with only a few small dimples after having used it quite a few times.

              This is likely to cost you around £6, although I know people have acquired it for less direct from Sainsbury's. I suppose it depends on whether it's on offer or not. I suppose when you think about it, there's not really anything that sets this apart from other manufacturers' version of a foam exercise mat, as it is a relatively simple product and something that should have quite a generic level of quality to it. Some may prefer a thicker foam padding, and I suppose it depends on the size you are and just how much support you may need in terms of comfort and motion. For me, this is about right, and so I'd happily recommend it.

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                24.10.2010 13:31
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                Good cheap exercise mat for beginners.

                Eventually we all get to that time of life when you need to start looking after yourself. The long hours in the office chair in front of the computer, the quick snacks between meals and those long evenings in front of the TV start to take their toll. So I suppose when my family bought me this foam exercise mat, that was their way of saying that it was now that time.

                Now I know when I used to exercise in a gym (long ago!!) that they used to put mats on the floor to protect you from the hard surface, especially useful when you were doing floor based exercises. Now unless you are one of those people who can afford to put swaths of deep shag pile carpet throughout your house, the chances are that your floor will be fairly hard, even when carpeted. So getting this foam mat is absolutely essential to protect yourself from injury if you intend to do any form of exercise within your home.

                This mat only cost £4.50 from Sainsburys, which when you think about it is an absolute bargain for what it is - a roll up foam mat for use with exercise. It's not a major initial cost and is ideal for purpose. When I opened it out, it is a fair size, being 150 cm by 60 cm wide, which is just about right to lay on to do any floor exercises such as crunches etc. One of the initial problems I found was that it tended to hold that curved effect from being rolled up still with it when you opened it out. Not too much of a problem if you lay it flat with the curve down most towards the floor and then lay on it. After a while, it will start to lay flat.

                One thing that did initially concern me was the thickness of the mat, at only 0.6 cm thick. I thought this might be a bit too thin at first to offer any protection to my body from the floor. But the mat is made of a sort of high density foam, and I suppose in my case when you put that on top of a carpeted floor which also has underlay, the overall combination is quite thick. But to try this mat out, I did use it on the kitchen floor which is tiled, and it did seem to offer a fair degree of protection when I did anything on it, perhaps not a massive amount, but enough so as not to cause you any concerns. However, all that said, it would be nicer to have a slightly thicker version, but I suppose for the cost, this mat is functional for little outlay.

                When you finally finish exercising you can easily just roll the mat up again and store it away until the next time. Quite often people will sweat during exercise and hence this mat will have some of that bodily fluid perhaps transferring to it in the course of your exercise. So an added advantage is that it is easy to wipe it down with a damp cloth before you put it away for storage, otherwise it could become quite smelly over time.

                After 8 months of using it thus far, it is still holding good. There are a few scuffs, scrapes and wear signs on it that I probably would have expected., but it is all still in tact with no rips or tears. For the cheap initial cost, it has served its' purpose so far, but I suppose I will need to replace it within the next few months because it will probably be worn out by then. I suppose now that I am into this exercise routine though on a regular basis, I will soon be looking out for a more robust mat, possibly thicker, to replace this one. This Sainsburys one is ok for an initial exercise mat to get you into the exercise routine, but there are perhaps better ones out there.

                In summary, an ideal cheap mat to begin with and get you into an exercise routine, but could be thicker. So a 3* recommendation.

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                  20.10.2010 13:22
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                  An ok mat but would not buy again.

                  You would think from my recent mistake of paying very little for a exercise mat and it literally ending up as rubbish I would have learned but nope I carried on with naive buying. I was in Sainsbury's when I came across this exercise mat. It cost £6 and from first glances looked perfect it looked a lot longer than the Argos mat and felt better made. So I decided on buying it.

                  As described above it is made from foam is 150 cm long 60 cm wide and 0.6 cm thick. Now when I got it home I began to use it around an hour later after my hard workout out part of my dvd we moved on to our mats for our stomach exercises. It was easy to unroll just 2 elastic bands to remove but the mat did stay a little curved as I lay it on the floor.Once I lay on it and it was OK it did uncurl but as you roll it up each time to store it for around the first 5 minutes of using it you are fighting to flatten the corners.

                  It stays still while I'm using it and does provide a little protection but on my laminate floors it just does not live up to what I need however when I use it upstairs with my Wii it does seem to work a lot better on carpet and providing a little comfort. I have now had the mat for around a month and after being used solely upstairs now for around 20 minutes a day it is showing signs of wear and tear the mat itself seems to have little worn down patches on it.

                  After using it about 6 times I came to the conclusion it was ok for doing exercises on but personally I needed something a little thicker as I spend a lot of time working on rebuilding my stomach muscles and therefore use my mat a little more for abdominal exercises. I think I just need a thicker mat as I hate being uncomfortable while already working hard to do my exercising as I spend a lot of time trying to rebuild my abdominal muscles I promise myself that with the next mat I will invest in something a little more expensive but until I come across one this will do for now. It is an OK value mat but nothing amazing and i would not purchase it again personally.

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                  20.10.2010 12:31
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                  Sainsbury's Foam Exercise Mat

                  I try to work out as much as I can at home and especially abs training is one of my favourite exercises to do. We do have an wooden floor so you can imagine it's not very comfortable doing the exercise. I wanted a mat to give me more comfort and better support but haven't always been successful in buying one. Probably to do with the fact that I don't want to spend to much money. We bought the Sainsbury's Foam Exercise Mat for only 6 pounds! Even if I would last for a week it was worth it.

                  Sainsbury sells this mat that it's ideal for the warming up, stretching and doing yoga and Pilates exercises. They say the mat is very easy to clean and you simply have to wipe them with a damp cloth to make them clean. Well I do have to say the mat is very easy to clean and that's also handy but not the most important thing.

                  The mat only comes in one colour and that's blue. The measures are 150x60x0.6cm which makes it big enough for me to do my abs training. It is made of a foam kind of material which makes it really light. The mat isn't that thick and that's a shame. It does support me during my abs training but I would like it to be a little bit firmer and thicker so I don't feel the floor anymore.

                  I think the only problem is, is that it's really slippery because it's so light. During the exercise I don't have that much trouble but I do slide towards the wall so it's a bit annoying. I wouldn't see my self doing yoga on it! I think for 6 pounds the mat is fine for what I'm doing but it could have been a lot better so only 3 stars for me.

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                    03.09.2010 15:29
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                    The quality of the mat reflects the price

                    I practice pilates and, sometimes, yoga, and it is important to a lot of the positions that I have a comfortable surface on which to perform them. When I practice at home there are rooms with dense carpets, which are ideal, as they are able to protect the base of my spine, which is the area that suffers most on hard floors. If I am away from home however, and there are so suitably soft surfaces it can be very uncomfortable on my back. In the past I have tried using a towel or cushions, but towels tend to be too coarse a texture and cushions too lumpy and/or small. For this reason I decided to invest in an exercise mat, although as I wasn't sure whether I would find it suitable, I didn't want to spend too much on it.

                    The mat is from Sainsbury's, and measures 150 x 60 x 0.6cm. As far as I am aware it is only available in one colour, and that is blue. Because the mat is fashioned from a foamy substance it is very lightweight and feels unsubstantial because of this. Its lightweight nature does make it easily transportable though, and I carry the mat from place to place by rolling it up and tying some string around it to prevent it from unfolding. Not being overly big also makes it ideal for transporting, and you barely notice the weight.

                    The first time I used the mat was on a wooden floor, and I would not recommend this at all. Although the mat is fashioned from foam its texture is not enough to hold it in position on a smooth floor. I began by performing some sit ups, and even with the soles of my feet planted on the wooden floor this did not prevent me from sliding all over the place as I continued with them. This was extremely irritating and I could not continue for very long, so the next time I tried it was on a carpeted surface. While the mat did not slide as much on this surface it did not hold as firmly as I would have liked, either.

                    This mat retails at £3.99, and while it has its advantages in being inexpensive and lightweight, its design makes it unsuitable for hard/smooth floors. Given that this is just the surface you need to protect your back from during exercises such as pilates, this is very disappointing. Even if the mat did hold on this type of floor however, it is so flimsy I cannot imagine it would provide much comfort in any case. I do not use this mat any more, and even for £3.99 I think it is disappointing.

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