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      23.08.2013 08:54
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      Davina Air Flow Exercise Mat

      I have been doing Yoga now for a couple of years and although the Yoga class I go to provide mats they did recommend that we bring our own as mats were limited. I wanted one anyway so I could practise at home too.

      I bought the Davina mat as a girl in my class had it and she said it was good. I had already bought a mat from another company but wasn't happy with it so I bought myself this one.

      The mat was only £10 and for this I think that it was good value for money especially compared to the previous mat I had which frankly just wasn't very good.

      This is still thin but it actually cushions me really well so that the hard floor doesn't hurt me. I was actually surprised how well this did cushion me but it is still thin enough that I don't feel as though I am compromised when trying to get into positions like I would be if I was putting my hands down on too thick a foam.

      I like the size of the mat as it is long enough for me to do both standing and lying positions and I also really like the mat that the mat isn't slippy. It doesn't slip on the floor which is really important as I don't want to be trying to get into a complicated position and the mat suddenly decide to slip as this could be dangerous. The material itself also isn't slippy even if I am a bit sweaty. It is also really easy to roll up and light to carry which is a bonus.

      The mat can be washed and is easy to keep clean. I use this a lot and don't think it is looking very worn yet even though I have had it quite a while now. Being in a public class if I thought it was looking a bit tatty I would have to get a new one but this still looks good so I am not embarrassed to be seen with it in public. I also like the blue colour it comes in as it means that it would be suitable for both men and women and makes a change from the sea of pink mats in my class.

      I really like this mat. I was a bit dubious about buying a celebrity endorsed product as they are usually a bit rubbish but this one is different. It is a really good quality mat and one that is well worth hunting out if you are looking for something that is going to be comfortable and absorb the hard floor but not too spongy that it is difficult to use for yoga.

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      02.01.2013 19:44
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      ~*~ The Purchase ~*~

      I'd been needing a new exercise mat for absolutely ages and decided to buy this around six months ago when it was on offer in Argos. I didn't buy this because it's Davina branded or anything, I chose it purely because it was the cheapest available that looked to be of decent quality.

      ~*~ Price ~*~

      I paid around a fiver for mine as I managed to get it on offer, but the retail price is currently £9.99. I think this is a reasonable price considering that the mat is good quality and durable.

      ~*~ Design ~*~

      This is quite a basic looking exercise mat which I like, and it's the usual exercise mat sort of shape! There's only one colour available as far as I know which is a nice shade of blue. The lack of colour options doesn't bother me at all although I'm not keen on now light the colour is because any marks show up easily which means it started to look grubby quite quickly seeing as I have a baby toddling around as well as five dogs!!

      I try not to leave it down when I'm not using it though due to it being a spongey type of material which can easily get stained and after around six months mine is looking a little worse for wear as it has several marks on it, however it is still useable and in one piece, just a bit dirty looking! I've tried wiping it down which is a pretty pointless task because of the type of material it is, but seeing as I only use it at home it doesn't really matter that it looks a bit grubby!! It luckily doesn't hold smells (eg sweat, gross I know but worth mentioning!)

      ~*~ Size ~*~

      The mat is 182cm long and 61cm wide so it's a decent size and there's plenty of room when I'm laid on it - I don't feel like I need to squeeze myself on to it and I have plenty of room to move around when I am using it - my feet don't hang over the edge of the mat or anything and I don't feel confined when I am using it. I'm 5'3 so not the tallest of people, however a taller person could easily fit on this - i tried to get my boyfriend who's nearly 6ft to lay on it for the purpose of my review but he wouldn't, I'd say that he could easily fit on it though from my calculations lol.

      ~*~ In Use ~*~

      I use this pretty much every morning to do my routine yoga, which mainly consists of leg lifts and arm balances. The mat has a slight cushioned feel to it while still being firm, so my back and joints always feel supported. I have a wooden floor and the mat doesn't slip around at all when I'm using it even if I am moving around a lot and the soft foam feels quite comfortable. I am still able to feel the hardness of the wooden floor slightly, but I find that the mat makes my workouts a lot more comfortable than my previous, cheapo exercise mat did and it feels a lot thicker.

      The foam is dense so it's not so soft that it feels spongey or like I'm going to sink into it when I'm laid on it, it's just the right sort of surface to lay on comfortably when exercising but it's still firm if that makes sense. I also use this for press ups and sit ups and I use it when I am using my abdotrim as the soft surface stops it from making a banging sound when it hits the floor. Another thing it's handy for is my exercise ball - on my wooden floor it tend to roll away quite easily but when it's on the mat it stays in place a lot better.

      I sometimes use my skipping rope when I'm stood on this if I'm skipping in doors and don't have any shoes on and it stays in place. The mat has got a non slip surface so I always feel secure when I am using it - no worries that I will slip and hurt myself. After around six months of very regular use the mat is still in reasonably good condition despite how much I've used it. As I said before the mat is a little grubby but it isn't damaged or anything.

      On a very quick side note, the mat can easily be rolled up which I find really handy as I can put it in our small store cupboard when I'm not using it and it takes up virtually no room. It also has a carry strap so could be taken to the gym etc if you wanted to, although I keep mine at home for when I do my exercise DVDs and yoga.

      ~*~ Overall ~*~

      I'd definitely recommend this exercise mat as it is good quality, durable and it does the job in keeping me comfortable while I'm doing my sit ups etc. I have knocked one star off though because of the light colour - it starts to look grubby really easily!

      4/5 Stars.

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        24.04.2012 18:33
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        A good exercise mat that doesn't take up much space

        I don't move around much especially when I'm swamped with assignments and projects, and I've been thinking about doing some sit-ups and general cardiovascular work outs in the comforts of my room and my house to save time and money. So, I went and look for an exercise mat because doing sit-ups on a laminated floor of my room is just painful to even think about it. Therefore, I went and bought this Davina air flow exercise mat from Argos for £9.99. I don't really have a preference, and initially I bought this product based on it's reasonable price and description.


        The exercise mat is designed for maximum comfort during intense workout and it is advertised to have a breathable surface to cool the sweat. Personally, I don't spend enough time working out until I'm sweating rivers but I can tell from my experience that I don't have problems with slipping off the mat when doing sit-ups; so it's one point for Davina. Moreover, the bottom of the mat has a non-slip ridged surface to prevent slipping on laminated floor, which is suitable in my case as my floors in my house are laminated. Nevertheless, I have to say from my experience that the mat is not 100% slip-free, it does a tiny wiggle when I'm doing sit-ups but it is not a big problem.


        As for the size of the mat, the dimensions are 182 x 61 x 0.6 cm. I'm have a petite structure so I have no problem fitting on the mat. One improvement I can see with this design is to make it thicker: the depth of the mat is only 0.6 cm and it is not thick enough to do leg exercises without hurting my pelvis bone. From my experience, when I do leg exercises, I lie on my side horizontally so the only thing between the hard laminated floor and my bony pelvis is a 0.6 cm thick foam and it starts to hurt after being the position for more than 3 minutes. So, I switch sides regularly to be more comfortable.


        However, the good points are that it is very easy to clean. Despite that I bought this mat for my sole use, I do worry about bacteria and other creepy crawlies that can't be seen, so I try to wipe the mat after each work out session and this can be done easily with a wet cloth. Another advantage is that the mat is very easy to store and it can be rolled up and kept in the corner, under the bed and so on. It also comes with a carry-on strap if you fancy working out at the gym but want to use your own mat.


        Overall, this air flow exercise mat does a good job but with some improvement. For £10.00, it is so much cheaper than paying monthly gym membership. It saves time and money, and also I prefer to work out in my house. So, I would say that this is a good buy.


        Thank you for reading. :) x

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        03.01.2012 14:34
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        Well worth the money

        Both my husband and myself like to exercise both at home and the gym. I'm half way through my pregnancy but want to keep exercising as long as I can. One of my Christmas presents was a new exercise mat. One of my cats had given herself a manicure on my old one so it was something I needed.

        The mat I have is the Davina Air Flow Mat, Davina as in Mc call. Mine is blue, I'm not sure if you can get this in any other colours or not. the mat is a nice size for me, its 1 metre 82cm' long x 61cm's wide and--- deep. The mat will roll up and comes with a carrying handle but personally I only ever use mine at home so don't actually carry it anywhere, I don't roll it up to store it either, I just slide it under the bed.

        The mat has a nice ridged non slip back to keep it steady and in place, if you are on a laminate type floor this is important. This mat would be ideal for aerobics. The air flow mat is marketed as having a " breathable surface" to help keep you fresher and drier whilst exercising. I must admit I was a bit dubious abut this claim but I'm pleased to say I really do think this works. Although I do still get a bit sweaty I don't have to actually peel myself from this mat, disgusting I know but it was a problem with my old mat. The air flow mat does have a washable surface so should you work up a good sweat it wipes down easily.

        I've been pleased with my new exercise mat, its a comfortable mat to exercise on and the foam is nice for my back. I have been using the mat once a day and I find the non slip back works very well, I have had no problems with the mat moving at all. The size of this mat is great too, I am quite short so I have plenty of room on it, I don't think Mark would manage very well with it as he is well over 6 foot but for me its ideal.

        I have no idea where my air flow mat was purchased but I have seen them in Argos, and on both The Homebase and Amazon website. They usually cost approximately £10.00 but are currently reduced in the January sales.

        I would definitely recommend the Davina Air Flow Exercise Mat, its easy to keep clean and the breathable surface helps with keeping me a bit cooler. The non slip back is excellent especially on a laminate floor. I don't use the carry handle but it is there for anyone who does. I plan on starting Yoga soon and this will be ideal for that purpose.

        In my opinion the mat is well worth the £10.00 price tag. After all you cant beat exercising on a comfortable surface.

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          01.01.2012 19:08
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          Overall very impressed

          My other half regularly uses her Davina Air Flow Exercise mat and I too have now started to use it as I am trying to do some Pilates at home to help me with my posture as my neck and shoulder joint is out of kilter and I am having some physiotherapy. My other half uses this for when she attends her twice-weekly yoga classes and it seems lightweight and portable enough for her to be able to carry around though she's no lightweight herself and usually has no trouble in carrying heavy objects.

          This mat cost less than £10 and we bought it from Argos online a little while ago now. The texture of this mat isn't as smooth as I thought it was when I saw it on the screen, it has a kind of rubbery surface which is a bit odd but then again it isn't as thin as it looked on the screen either. I am over six foot tall but this mat measures L182, W61, D0.6cm so it's big enough to accommodate my bulk as I do my daily exercises in the basement on the floor - the floor is solid polished wood but because of the texture of this mat it doesn't ever slide around the floor whilst I do my movements, it stays put all the time, which is a big bonus.

          What I personally really like about this mat is that it is breathable so although I am a large man it doesn't make me sweat excessively whilst I exercise and it seems to keep me cool. It's also very easy to just roll up and store away after you've had a session, ready for the next time. It's comfortable to use as it has a little padding, even on a hard wooden floor and I personally rally like it and am quite impressed with it.
          It's easy to keep clean too and I really recommend it.

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          22.12.2011 11:47
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          A great exercise mat endorsed by a fool

          I would not normally buy anything with Davina Mcalls face on it because she is annoying, talentless and rude. And I definitely would not usually purchase something from her fitness range because she is not known for being a sports women or a fitness guru. However; when my old exercise mat started to wear at the seams I wanted to replace it with a new one. This is when I came across The Davina Air Flow Mat. This was in a reduced section so I lowered my morals and took it for three pounds (I think it is usally around 8 - 10 pounds).

          Do you know what? The exercise mat was actually excellent. It comes in a blue colour and is rectangle in shape. It is a good size (182 cm x 61 cm x 0.6 cm) allowing me to do all kinds of stretches, sit-ups and core muscle exercises. My girlfriend also uses it to do her yoga workouts. Made from foam it provides me with the comfort I need when doing floor exercise. What makes this mat better than others I use is that it doesn't slip. Even when I use it on my laminate floor it sticks still and is slip resistance all through my 30 minute workout routine.

          When finished using it just rolls up and hides away and also it is so easy to keep clean. Just wipe down with a damp cloth and the job is done.

          It is actually perfect for an exercise mat. Will you find me running down the shops to buy Davina's workout DVD? I very much doubt it. Am I embarrassed that I use something endorsed by Davina? Yes. But this is certainly the best thing she has done since "Don't try this at home".

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            28.06.2011 17:34
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            Perfect for all exercises

            As an avid fan of exercising both at home and in the gym I have went through a fair few exercise mats in recent times and after reading positive reviews and hearing nothing but positive feedback the Davina Air Flow mat is the latest addition to my home gym.

            The ideal mat needs to be thick enough so as to aid and add comfort to the routine but not too soft that it hinders it. This seems to fine just the right balance. A thin mat means you cant feel the benefit but here the benefit is very prominent. It is a nice layer of foam to make sure your back, sides and front are all very supportive and aid your exercise well. This foam doesn't fade over time either and the foam remains thick and firm throughout use and after 7 months use this practically looks new.

            It isn't too sticky either and made out of a nice material that absorbs some sweat, meaning it doesn't become very wet but is easily washed to ensure you don't lie on a bed of dried sweat and stains. Its a good design and makes it perfect for even the most strenuous and backbreaking of workouts.

            This material also is not too slippery and sustains quite a good grip between body and user. It means you feel supported and placed on the mate and that you feel in control. There is nothing worse than a mat which means you slip and slide away and it makes you concentrate more on not slipping than doing the reps but here you are tightly held in and firmly in place to get the best out of your reps each time.

            I paid £8 for this and I think considering the positives that is good value. Its not that much more expensive than mats with of the "value" range but it sure is better quality and considering the celebrity endorsement and the success of Davinas range its a very fair price indeed.

            All in all this is an excellent, durable and tough mat that will add comfort and ease to your routine! Spot on Davina!

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              09.06.2011 20:04
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              good mat for the money

              When I started a yoga class with friends last years I wanted a mat that I could take along. I was looking for something extremely lightweight and portable. Looking on the Argos website I viewed many different ones with a lot of varying prices and also read a lot of reviews about them. The reviews for this particular one seemed mainly favourable and at less than £10 for the product I thought it seemed like a great buy.

              When I saw the product at first I did think it looked very thin and was concerned about the amount of support and comfort it would provide. The image of the product online gives the impression that it's very smooth but in fact it actually has ridges on it and it's also got quite a rubbery texture. I tried the mat out at home doing some gentle toning exercises with a gym ball. The mat performed well, didn't slip around the floor and kept me cool during a workout. It was comfortable to lie on and it's quite a long mat so all my body fits on it (I'm 5ft 3"). I use it on a carpeted floor so have some cushioning from that as well.

              When I first took the mat along with me to my yoga class it was easy to roll up and carry as it has a shoulder strap. It's incredibly lightweight and not at all bulky or awkward when rolled up. I found it to be very different using the mat at my yoga class as it was in a hall with a wooden floor. I did notice a difference with the level of padding using it on this type of flooring compared with that of the carpet when at home. It wasn't quite as comfortable but still it was not bad and it did still grip well. The breathable material of this mat keeps you nice and cool and that in itself is a comfort factor.

              I think this mat is good value for money but probably best for gentle floor exercises preferably on a carpeted floor. It would be much better with a bit more padding as it would make it much more comfortable to use. It's an easy product to store away and doesn't take up a lot of space.

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              * Breathable surface keeps you cool and dry
              * Durable foam cushions your back and knees while exercising
              * Non-slip surface provides stability
              * Easy clean surface
              * Carry strap
              * Size L182, W61, D0.6cm

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              21.05.2011 10:11
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              Good enough

              I have been through a few exercise mats over the years and this has to be one of the better ones that I have used, normally I would avoid a celebrity endorsement product like this as I reckon that just serves to bump the price up however this one was bought for me as a gift leaving present from work when I went on maternity leave. Checking on the web you can get this mat for under £10 which is not a bad price. It is a bright blue which is a bit of a disappointment as that is the most common colour for these mats and I thought they could at least have been a bit original.

              It is not the thickest mat I have ever used at 0.6cm depth however it has a good length at 1.8 meters with a width of 0.61m. I like the fact that the mat is nice and long which means that I can rest on it completely when fully stretched out. It has a carry strap that allows you to roll it up and secure it making it easy to carry around.

              I like the fact that there is a lot of give in this mat even though it is quite thin, it is also very stable as it has a non slip surface. The foam material that it is made of is meant to be breathable so it should reduce the amount of sweating as there are tiny holes in it however I still use a towel across it when exercising if I have been doing a heavy workout. It is easy to clean after your exercise session, I just use a damp cloth initially then dry it thoroughly.

              It could do with being a bit more thicker in my opinion, I tend to use it now for at home rather than the gym as the ones at the gym are thicker and provide more support. However for the price it is not a bad mat and certainly worth considering if you are only planning to do light toning sessions.

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              15.04.2011 15:07
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              A basic exercise mat from Davina McCall.

              I've recently started trying to get fit... and it's a very slow process indeed! You all know how the story goes, at the start of February my commitment was sky high and I was religiously doing two exercise classes a week (well it was usually two, sometimes just the one if I had to clean my bathroom or do my weekly shop, etc) but slowly that commitment was drained and I'm now having to force myself to go to even one! The class that I normally do on a Tuesday involves some aerobics for about forty five minutes and then fifteen minutes of "floor work" or torturous sits up and the like in my opinion. Now normally you just pick up a rather moth eaten mat from the side and I decided that this was probably the reason I didn't like doing this section of the class - rather than worrying about clenching my abs I was more worried about the state of the mat I was lying on! So I decided to solve this problem (and therefore dedicate 100% of my attention to clenching my abs) by buying my own mat to take with me (I also thought this might make me like super keen and a bit of a natural as if I do classes all the time)!

              I popped into my local Argos as, being a bit of a novice when it comes to exercise equipment, I didn't really have a clue where sold exercise mats and that sort of thing. I ended up purchasing a Davina Air Flow Exercise Mat which apparently is designed and used by Davina McCall herself! My reasoning behind choosing this particular mat was that if she can look that good in her mid forties and also after having three children then this exercise mat must be doing her some good! The mat itself currently costs £9.99 at Argos and only comes in the one colour which is a bright turquoise blue colour. The mat is 182cm in length, 61cm in width and 0.6cm in depth - I'm six foot tall and can lie on this quite easily without my legs hanging over the end which is good. It arrived at the Argos desk rolled up and fastened by a black strap which is really easy fasten around the mat, this strap can be used again and again which is ideal for carrying and storing the mat in its rolled up form - without a strap the mats can easily unroll which can be a pain!

              The mat itself is made from a durable foam cushion which means it feels quite spongy, apparently this cushioned effect can support your back and knees while exercising. The mat also has tiny holes in it which means the surface is breathable and will help to keep you cool and dry - your sweat basically won't collect on the surface of it which is always preferable I've found (not that I tend to sweat much as I don't put in enough effort)! The spongy surface can easily be wiped down if there are any spillages and I've actually pretty much washed mine to ensure it stays clean. The only downside that I've found is that this mat isn't as thick as the mats offered at my gym which means you can still "feel" the floor through the mat. This doesn't really bother me but I can imagine some people would want something more padded and thicker in order to provide them with more comfort when they exercise. My friend has had her identical mat for over a year now and there's no signs of any wear or tear on it at all.

              I would definitely recommend this mat as I think it's good value for money, suitable for tall people and does the job just fine. There are cheaper alternatives out there, as well as more expensive alternatives, but if you're looking for a durable exercise mat that's comfortable and easy to keep clean and store then you don't need to look any further. Now I've bought my mat I just need to get more use out of it... and yes I am planning on going to a class tonight... honest!

              Thanks for reading.

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                10.03.2011 08:22
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                Since i do try to work out as much at home as i can i thought it was a good idea to buy an exercise mat. We have a wooden floor so you can imagine that it's not comfortable. I wanted a cheap mat
                But a good one and I had some bad experiences with some mats before. Luckily I got this Davina Air Flow Exercise Mat from a friend who was very satisfied. You can get this mat for around 7 pounds.

                The mat is quite long since the length is 182cm and 61cm in width and long enough for me. It's not as long as I am but you don't really need that for a workout. The width is also fine and it's more than wide of me to sit comfortable during the exercises. The mat is not very thick but it thought it was really comfortable even on my wooden floor and it doesn't give me sore knees of back while some other mats did give a sore back.

                The mat is made of a rubber kind of material and is light blue. The mat is designed that it's not slippery so you can easily put it on a wooden floor. The material mind to let trough air so that is stops you sweating as much. I haven't really notice this but maybe that's because I never really sweat that much anyway. Sometimes with other mats they irritated my skin but I don't seem to have that problem with this mat.

                The mat is really thin so it's easy to roll up and storing it away can't be any easier. Surprisingly the mat is comfortable even though it's so thin. I think it's really one of the best mats I have tried and think it's great quality what you get for the amount of money you spend on it. There are mats for sale for much more money and I doubt if they as good as this one.

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                  17.02.2011 12:50
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                  Very good exercise mat, endorsed by Davina McCall

                  When it comes to choosing a mat for doing your exercises on, it's surprising just how much you have to take into account. It's not just a case of getting something padded to put on the floor: it's about comfort in other ways, too. There are a ridiculous number of options available to you, from different manufacturers, colours, widths, depths, lengths, materials, patterns..........it's exhaustive.

                  Price is often a big factor, as it really does depend on the value for money you get for the product you buy. There may bee a really decent product, but if it costs £20 and isn't that much better than something half the price, then is it good value? This Davina Air Flow mat, at a cost of £7, would appear on the surface of it to be excellent value. Surely, something given the thumbs up from Davina McCall, who has released more fitness DVDs and products than I've had hot dinners, must be of the best quality? Well, that depends on what you're looking for.

                  I'm around 6ft tall, and something I've found quite annoying is that exercise mats are regularly too short for me to lie on. This one, at around 180cm long, just about does the trick. This is the first thing I look for, to be honest. But this isn't enough. The mat has to do what is needed of it as well, and a lot of that is in terms of support and comfort when you're exercising. I find that it's in doing sit ups or kneeling exercises that I notice the comfort more, and to be honest, the padding on this mat is easily enough to sustain me doing the exercises I need to, without fear of it being uncomfortable. I know others find it uncomfortable on the knees, and this is because there is a horizontal line pattern that is there for grip, whichever way you have the mat.

                  The grip is excellent on this mat. Some mats slide or edge along the floor, whereas this one manages to stay its place. Naturally, it won't be glued to the floor, and so it depends on how rigorous an exercise you perform on the mat. Slower sit ups, for example, are unlikely to move it, whereas more aggressive movements can move it a bit. It's unrealistic to expect a complete lack of movement, I suppose.

                  The material seems to be absorbent in terms of sweating on the mat. I don't know whether this is a good thing or not, as I don't particularly relish the thought of lying down on my dried sweat each time. However, I think it's more the case that the upper layer of this absorbs the sweat, but is easily cleanable with a dmap cloth, which I'd recommend you do after each use. The padding is quite good at retaining its shape as well, with indents springing back up and the mat being able to be flattened even after being rolled up for quite a while.

                  Overall, this is a mat I do highly recommend. It's not perfect, but then I think it's be hard to find an exercise mat that is. Its price coupled with the quality means that I find it great value for money, and this is the most important thing. Recommended.

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                    22.10.2010 23:12
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                    A great and cheap exercise mat!

                    Isn`t it odd that the ver best exercise and the very worst excerise mat I`ve ever owned comes from the same store...? Well, this is the best one, and a real good bargain it is! ¨

                    I only paid seven pounds for this exercise mat, and I didn`t really expect much, as the last exercise mat I had bought from Argos was one hundred percent lousy! But this exercise mat turned out to be really good in every way, it`s very thick and very comfortable to use, and when I do my sit-ups, I have no problem exercising for a long time, the comfort to my back and neck really is good! And where many other exercise mats slip and slide across your floor, this mat stays in one spot, and deserves a lot of praise for that! The mat comes in a bright blue color and looks really fancy and nice, not at all revealing the low cost of it... After use, I simply roll it back together and store it under my bed, and so far, it hasn`t collected too much dust...

                    Some might find it lacking comfort, but I found it to be very comfortable for me, I guess it depends upon the body and what one use this mat for... For seven pounds I really found this to be a good buy and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a good and cheap exercise mat!

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                    13.10.2010 09:53
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                    I would recommend a smooth mat for exercising on

                    When I was pregnant with Baby Frank (now 6 months old-wow!), I was keen to do everything I could to prepare my body and mind for the experience of giving birth, so I joined up to a 'yoga for pregnancy' class. This was the easiest and simultaneously strangest class I have ever been to in my life. I would come back after each session with a selection of hilarious quotes from the evening such as 'Breathe down through your foot' and 'Place a golden thread from your heart to your baby's'. The thing that made it even funnier was that nobody else seemed to find it remotely amusing; they obviously were all concentrating hard on breathing through their feet.

                    Anyway, aside from the exercise I got laughing about it when I got home, I did actually learn some useful breathing and relaxation techniques. Most of these involved lying on the floor, or kneeling on the floor whilst leaning on a wall or yoga ball. I found these exercises so useful that I decided it would be useful to have a exercise mat so I could practice them at home and also in hospital when the time came.

                    With a baby on the way, we were keen to save money and Mr Frank was not happy that I'd found something else to add to my list of things to buy. So, we headed to Argos, as I was planning to use my Nectar points to pay for the mat as I thought this would soften the blow somewhat.

                    When we arrived in the store we headed to the catalogues and found a selection of mats to choose from. I thought this one looked good in a lovely shade of bright blue, and costing £7.99. The product description said it had:

                    'Breathable surface keeps you cool and dry.
                    Durable foam cushions your back and knees while exercising.
                    Non-slip surface provides stability.
                    Easy clean surface'

                    As soon as I received the mat from behind the counter, I was wary. What you can't see from the picture os that the mat is really ridged with horizontal lines. The ridges are soft and it os probably these ridges that mean that the mat is non-slip but I knew they would make it uncomfortable to kneel on.

                    When I tried it out at home, I'm afraid this proved to be the case, and during the kneeling exercises, my knees were really uncomfortable. This may have been exacerbated by the fact that I was pregnant as well.

                    The mat did not suit my needs at all, and I ended up taking it back (to Mr Frank's thinly veiled delight). It may be OK if you are not holding postures on the mat for too long, but I really found the ridges uncomfortable and would recommend that you have a look at the item before buying it.

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                      29.09.2010 23:10
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                      A great mat

                      I purchased my Davina Air Flow Exercise Mat from Argos for £7.99 not bad I feel. I purchased this mat when I lived in my old flat where we had laminating flooring which was cold, hard and slippery to exercise on. I also attend exercise classes from time to time and have issues with using mats that other sweaty people have exercised on I would much rather use my own.

                      The mat itself is 182cm long, 61cm wide and 0.6cm deep. It is a blue colour and is made from foam which is breathable and slip resistant. The slip resistances was very good and this made did stay put on my laminate floor so at the end of my Davina dvd when the exercise start I stayed put.

                      The size of the mat means it is big enough for me to do press ups and sit ups on and the dreaded plank, which I am actually getting better at lol I am 5ft 8in and it is plenty big enough for me. I have found that the material this mat is made from is also very good soaking up excess moisture shall we say. After doing cardio my hands sweat lots but this mat soaks it up and means i do not slip off the mat and and break my nose!

                      The mat is also the right thickness so my knees or back do not hurt when doing exercises especially on hard floors. If you try doing 'lady' press ups on a hard floor, you will know that it really hurts your knees this mat makes it better.

                      This mat once done with is easy to roll up and store out of the way til you need to use it again.

                      This mat is just as good for use on carpet as lets face it you could slip and carpet burn yourself, not going to happen if you have your trusty mat!

                      For me this exercise mat is excellent it is well priced when you consider some exercise mats with sports name on can be £20 and are probably no different to this.

                      5 stars well done Davina, well the people who made it actually.

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