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A fitness mat is something which many people often leave out from their home gyms despite it's useful presence. Many people suffer from wrist pains when doing pushups or back pain when doing situps but using a gym mat normally eliminates these problems, in my experience anyway.
This is a two sided York fitness mat. On one side, it is blue and the other is red; with each side documenting some simple exercises to do to warm up or to work some key muscles areas. This is helpful for beginners who when they have seen this mat have been very impressed by these clear instructions. This is also good for those who don't have that much motivation to always do the same routine and want to mix it up as there is plenty of variety on the mat.
The dimensions of the mat are 170cm x 60cm which for many people may seem a bit short. However, this is a fitness mat and you very rarely are fully stretched out on a fitness mat, and you just need the areas which receive the most pressure to be padded by the mat. I am taller than 170cm but have never had any issues with the length of the mat so you should be fine no matter what your height is.
The mat is padded with around 2 inches of padding and it is stitched into place. This is sufficient I find to reduce the tension between my body and the floor the stitched sides are well constructed to avoid any spillages or splits. The best feature of the mat is that it is plastic coated which means that it is very easy to clean as you can just wipe it down with a wet cloth to remove any sweat. This is excellent if you are planning on sharing this mat with anyone or if just to keep up good hygiene standards when working out.
Overall, this is a terrific product which I have used for over a year and it there has been no sign of wear. It's well constructed design allows for easy cleaning and it's printed exercises are always fun to give a go. At only £12, I would highly recommend you extend your home gym with this mat.
I purchased this exercise mat about three years ago. My exercise habits may well be quite erratic, but over that time I have managed to get in a good deal of use. I've found the mat to be useful, durable, functional and easy to clean, although it does have a couple of minor drawbacks.
The mat is plastic with a foam padding inside. One side is red, the other blue, and on each side there are simple pictures along with some instructions about how to do some simple exercises. They are all exercises that can easily be done within the home without much specialist equipment. This is a great idea, as when I'm feeling a bit uninspired about what exercises to do, I can get into the swing of things by taking a glance down either side and giving them a go. The pictures and information are all clear, so you can easily see what you are supposed to be doing. There are also tips about how many of each exercise are good, and what benefits they can provide to which parts of the body. Even though they're only basic exercises, it is nice to have them there as a starting point.
I also use the mat to do yoga exercises, pilates, and floor work during aerobics routines. It's much more comfortable than laying on the floor to do abs work, and it's much easier on my hands than a rough carpet when doing pushups. I feel confident that it won't slip out of place while I'm using it, and I can feel reassured that I'm doing my exercises safely and securely.
The padding has always been sufficient for me and I have never felt uncomfortable whilst using the mat. However I have generally used it on a carpeted floor, so if you're using it on a hard wooden or tiled floor, then it might not be sufficient for you. The mat is meant to stay firmly in place and in general it does; I do notice when I'm doing quite vigorous floor exercises that it can bunch up a little beneath me. This is irritating but it only takes a second to smooth it back out again.
As I said, I've used this mat on and off for three years and have probably spent many hours on it. The writing, pictures and logo on the mat have remained clear and not faded away at all. Also the stitching around the edges and the plastic covering are both still in excellent condition, suggesting that this is a well made, good quality item that will last many years.
I know it's boring to talk about the dimensions of an item, but in this case I think it's important. The mat is 170cm long, 60cm wide and 2.5mm thick. This size is fine for me; it's not long enough to take my full length stretched out, but I don't really need it to, and it's plenty wide enough for the exercises I do. If you're significantly taller than this then you might want to look into something a bit longer, but I find it meets most of my needs.
The plastic covering of the mat has its advantages and its drawbacks. Of course the main plus is that it is easy to wipe the mat clean, which makes it feel more hygienic. Sweat can also evaporate from the surface quite easily. However the mat can also become quite sticky, so if any bare skin is exposed then sometimes the mat can stick to me slightly.
At just £9.99 from Amazon I think this is an absolute bargain. However I am docking one star because it could be padded more thickly, and it can bunch up slightly during exercise.
I bought the my York Exercise Mat after being disappointed by my old Argos Exercise Mat a few months ago. I got it for £10 from Amazon and decided to purchase it after reading good reviews about it on different websites, including Dooyoo and Ciao.
The York Exercise Mat is blue on one side and red on the other, on each side there is some instructions on how to do some exercises for example different sit up positions and crunch techniques, it also tells you a bit about each exercise and how many you should do in a session.
I like to use my York Exercise Mat to do sit ups, with my palates ball and also with my palates rower gadget and I also like to do yoga as well. I found that this mat gives me great support and the padding hasn't worn away or thinned much after 3 months use, so it seems to be standing the test of time. This is probably the most comfortable Exercise Mat that I have bought, especially for the value for money, and I have owned quite a few.
The surface of this Exercise Mat is a shiny plastic that is really easy to wipe down and clean, which is great as its more hygienic than some other mats that are harder to clean. Also this is a quite sturdy Exercise Mat and the plastic hasn't weakened much due to creasing and usage which is great as it shows its really good quality.
I find that this mat does not slip on my wooden floor too much, it stays quite well in place and I don't find myself having to adjust it too much when I am doing sit ups and exercising on it, this is great as some other brands of Exercise Mat that I have bought in the past have been really annoying as they never stayed in place and it was really distracting when I was exercising.
This mat is about 170cm x 60cm in size, so it fits me perfectly (5ft5), I think that this is quite a good size of an Exercise Mat as it should suit most people perfectly.
Overall I am really pleased with my York Exercise Mat and would definitely recommend it to anyone who is looking for a cheap and cheerful Exercise Mat in the future. It is one of the most comfortable Exercise Mat's that I have owned and I would give it 5 out of 5 stars in total.
*also on ciao under lorrainek90
WHAT IS IT?
An exercise mat with exercises printed onto it.
IS IT ANY GOOD?
I've used several exercise mats recently but this one is my husbands, he has bought a new one so passed this on to me and it's the best I've used so far. It is long enough and wide enough to do a variety of exercises and at 170cm long is suitable for taller people than the cheaper mats which usually have a length of 150cm. This mat is 60cm wide and again this makes it much more comfortable to exercise on than the narrower supermarket mats.
This is well padded and has a thick hygienic PVC cover, the mat protects me from the floor but is bulky when rolled up so unsuitable for taking to exercise classes if you're used to the slimmer mats. There are several exercises printed onto the mat and these have not faded even though it has had regular use by my husband and myself. The cover wipe cleans and dries quickly, the foam has hardly compacted and is still soft and comfortable.
The exercises are all quite basic, most of them were part of my exercise routine anyway but a couple refreshed my memory and reminded me of ways to vary my workout. They are effective but exercises that can be adapted to whatever your ability.
This York mat costs £10 from
Argos, that's double the price of a basic foam exercise mat from any of the supermarkets but it's worth the extra initial outlay as this hasn't been replaced for two years but you wouldn't get two months from a cheaper foam mat.
5 Dooyoo Stars.
One of the few gifts I asked for this Christmas was an exercise mat to replace the teared up, over used cheap one I had previously. I gave little guidance about which type I had wanted but seeing as how my father has a background in weight training and had always used the York brand he bought me this one which after only a weeks use I have found to be a very effective mat that has assisted in my enjoyment of my usual home daily workout.
This mat stands at 170cm long which is more than long enough for the average person. It is perhaps shorter than some other rivals but that 10cm or so it gives up is barely noticed. In all it's a good size! In terms of width it is easily enough to cover most people's shoulder and back span's which is what the product needs to do. Only very tall or very built folks will have trouble fitting on it!
Its made of a light foam with a blue covering which is solid and seems to stay in one place. One the variety of surfaces I have used it on it feels very stuck the surface and I don't have issues with it slipping and sliding all around the exercise area.
One key feature here as you may be able to see, and not quite make out, from the picture here is the mat has exercise ideas and aids written on it! This is something very novel and something I perhaps would not expect with such a mat. The instructions inform of all sorts of exercise to help build and strengthen certain areas of your body and it's a useful tool and has changed my exercise routine a little.
There is also enough padding in there to keep you comfortable on even the hardest of surfaces but the balance is fine enough where it doesn't feel like you are lying on a bed! There is enough give in there to ease pains and enough solidity to ensure exercise are indeed effective.
All in all then in just a weeks use the mat from York has managed to impress me, giving comfort, aids to exercise via the writing on the mat and also given me confidence this will be a mat I will use for a long time to come.
Also on CIAO
My quest to find a decent exercise mat has resulted in some mixed reviews, with the Sainsbury's one being a lot better than the Argos one. However, both of these have quite low prices, and so don't really break the bank. They are, however, rather basic, and something that attracted me to the York exercise mat was the fact that it tries to incorporate exercises into it by having them printed on the mat itself.
Price wise, though, look to get this for around the £12 mark as a normal amount. At the moment, it's on offer for around the £8 mark, which makes it somewhat better value, but I suppose it all depends on the quality of the actual mat itself.
Initially, I couldn't really tell much difference between it and the other mats I have tried. Visually, this one is about halfway between them in length, at 170cm. It's an acceptable length, but I prefer it to be as long as possible to help with exercises where my whole body needs to lie on the floor. The Sainsbury's one wins here at 180cm. The Argos one is too short at 150cm. Width wise it's good enough, easily accommodating my shoulders.
In terms of comfort, like most mats it's pretty good to start with, but I know that the real test comes with sustained exercise. After quite a while exercising on one of these, it had started to thin out a bit from having my weight on it, but unless this was a hard surface, it wasn't ever really going to do much else. What it does do, however, is stop my elbows, knees, shoulders and lower back from feeling like they might as well be on the floor. This works brilliantly on carpet, but is still pretty on harder floor surfaces as well.
I didn't experience the sliding problems the Argos mat had given me, and this stayed put most of the time. Vigorous exercise with any similar mat may result in slight shifting, so the minimal movement I experienced was acceptable.
The bonus here is the selection of exercises that the mat has on its front. There are a series of exercise you can do on your front, back or sides, and each of them is adequately explained with a diagram, and then elaborated upon with some worded instructions on the side, too. It makes the mat very busy, and I was worried that the amount of text that was on there would dwindle as sweat started to affect it. So far, it hasn't had an effect, and it's pretty easy to wipe clean as well. I tend to just give it a wipe, and not too hard, either, as I do worry that the fabric will start to wear and the wording and diagrams will disappear. It cleans easily though, so you shouldn't need much force with it anyway.
Overall then, I recommend this. It's a good product that does what it needs to. The only drawback is its full price. The quality is there, and it's handy to have the extra exercises printed on it, but at the regular price of £12 it's a trickier buying decision than the Sainsbury's one, for example, which although it doesn't have the printed instructions, does retain quality elsewhere and is much less. This York mat is on offer from amazon at the moment, and is well worth the price at just under £8, so I'd recommend it. At £12, not so keen.
I've had this York exercise mat since I was 17 (I'm now 26), as it was then that I discovered the wonder of exercise videos! It actually belonged to my dad before it belonged to me, so it's had a good amount of use over the years.
As I am not one for the gym, preferring to exercise in the privacy of my own home, an exercise mat is essential for use with certain floor exercises. I have a bit of a dodgy knee and so need protection when performing any kneeling exercises and it also adds some padding for when doing exercises laying down.
The mat is made of PU, and is red on one side blue on the other. The shiny material makes it really easy to clean as it just wipes down. I haven't measured the mat, but the dimensions on the website show as 170cm x 60cm, which is equal to about 5ft 5 in length, which is perfect for me as I'm 5ft 4. It's padded and feels very lightweight. I find it's easy to fold and shove under the bed or in a cupboard.
The mat actually has exercises printed on both sides complete with diagrams and written instructions! Back in the day when I was exercise obsessed I did used to follow these, but now I rarely look at them. There are eight exercises shown on each side and these include things such as lunges, side leg lifts and even skipping! It tells you underneath the instructions what part of the body the exercise works and even gives suggestions for the amount of repetitions you should do. As I say, I don't really do these very often these days, because I have all my exercise DVD's and a Wii Fit, but they are handy for days when you're lacking inspiration.
For me though, there are two main problems with the mat. The first is that because of the shiny surface, it doesn't have a huge amount of grip. This was fine when I was living in a carpeted flat, but now my front room (which is the only one big enough to exercise in) has laminate flooring and I find that often the mat slips and slides around the floor, which has the potential to be dangerous, as well as being quite annoying.
The second issue is that I don't think it is padded enough. Again, on carpet it wasn't such a problem because I suppose the carpet underneath was adding some protection in itself, but on laminate, although I find exercises where I'm lying down to be OK, the ones where I kneel, I do find I tend to put a cushion under my knee, as the mat is a bit too thin to offer adequate protection on its own.
The mat costs £10.39 from Amazon.
As I say, I've had this mat a long time now, and so obviously it's very durable, and it is OK for most exercises as it does offer some protection to the back and knees although not as much as I would like. So whilst I think this is an OK product and I like the fact it has exercise suggestions on each side, I do think though if you have hard flooring, then you should really consider something else.