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192 of 193 found the following review helpful:
It may be soft and thick, but it's also very slick and stretchy Oct 21, 2010
By JR Gumby
I've been using this for a variety of workouts recently from the P90X program.
I'll start by saying for plyometrics this thing is a godsend. With just a bit of attention to how you're jumping it's so thick I feel very little impact most of the time.
For yoga floorwork it's amazing. I can spend 5 minutes balanced awkwardly on one knee and never have (the knee) get uncomfortable.
For any exercise that spreads you out and places pressure on the mat though it's subpar for 2 reasons.
1st: It has absolutely no texture and is VERY smooth. It's also waterproof. Even a tiny bit of perspiration on your palms (or dripping off your face) makes keeping your hands in place for some push-ups and poses almost impossible.
2nd: Even if you can get a grip, the foam will stretch and give rather a lot. I've noticed a slide of about 2" when doing things like downward dog. Definetly not ideal, and for yoga I'm almost certainly going to have to replace it.
The softness of it is also a bit of a problem sometimes with the memory of the foam. It likes to indent to (and then stick to) shoe soles sometimes. It can also make balance poses tricky when you realize suddenly the foam you're balanced on is about as smooth as a teenage concession worker's face.
As far as smell goes, it has a bit of a rubber odor but that disipated quickly. And within 48 hours of unrolling it it had become quite flat.
Overall: as a mat for floorwork like crucnches and jumping/impact exercises its actually fantastic. It's very comfortable and takes out a ton of impact. For things that require careful positioning and places any tension on the mat though it's miserable so don't expect to have this be perfect.
92 of 93 found the following review helpful:
Not bad Aug 22, 2009
By Ryan S. McCarthy
This is a good mat for the price. However, there's a couple of negatives I've found in my own use of it. First, during vigorous exercise on a wood floor, the mat tends to move around a lot. It may have better holding power on a carpeted floor, but it slips and slides a bit on wood. Second, when doing extreme workouts or when it's really hot out and you're perspiring more than usual, the moisture on the mat turns it into a skating rink. Be careful. I keep an extra towel handy to keep the mat dry.
It is very comfortable and appears to be durable. My mat had an initial newly-manufactured smell, but it was slight and went away very quickly.
Again, the price is great and the overall quality is good.
55 of 57 found the following review helpful:
LOVE IT!!! Jan 06, 2006
I take a Pilates/conditioning class and I bought the mat to have one of my own instead of using a 'community gym' one. I love the way that it never slips when doing any sort of workout and the feeling of it is just wonderful!! I highly suggest you try this mat--it even comes with it's own velcro straps--others make you buy them.
63 of 67 found the following review helpful:
Great Cushioning Jul 22, 2005
By M. Han
I am use to doing abs work and pilates on the carpet, but my carpeting did not have enough padding so I decided to order an exercise mat. I a very please with my order. I noticed the difference right away. The cushioning it gives my lower back is awesome.
15 of 15 found the following review helpful:
It's Great! Dec 17, 2007
We find it to be a great mat.
- Great size, maybe just a bit narrow
- Rolls up to a nice size for storing
- Nice thickness but not too thick for exercise
- Ours has never had a smell
For that price it was a bargain!
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