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Exercise mats are important for comfort and safety when working out. DICK'S Sporting Goods has three different categories of mats: personal, yoga and equipment. Personal mats are very versatile and come in a variety of different options. Look for gym mats in different thicknesses and materials.
Yoga mats are a specific kind of personal mat. Some added options specific for yoga mats are sticky and natural/recycled materials. Some of the brands available for both personal and yoga mats include GoFit, Gaiam, Natural Fitness and Body-Solid. Equipment mats come in two main types: interlocking mats and solid-piece. Look for equipment mats from brands like EPIC, Supermats or Fitness Gear.
Foldable personal exercise mats are very easy to store and come with nylon handles for portability. The 2-inch thickness makes these mats comfortable and supportive for any floor exercises. They are perfect for performing sit-ups, push-ups or leg lifts. Wipe these clean with a baby wipe or another non-abrasive cleaner.
One great thing about rubber yoga mats is that they are mostly biodegradable and recyclable, making them perfect for someone who respects the environment. They resist slipping and do not absorb sweat, odor or germs. Rubber mats often come with a reversible design.
Interlocking square equipment mats are made for placing under heavy equipment, such as treadmills, weight benches or ellipticals. They protect the floor and make the equipment stay put with their non-skid floor guards. They work for anyone's home gym. Another great aspect of these gym mats is they are water-resistant.
Tips & Expert Advice
Pilates and yoga mats should measure about 24-inches x 68-inches and they need to be slip resistant. If you are slipping on a new mat, wash it to break it in a little. Although yoga and pilates mats are very similar, there are some extremely important differences between the two.
A yoga mat should not be as thick as a pilates mat. Yoga includes a lot of exercises where you need to feel the floor, so it's important to keep your mat thickness to less than half an inch. Pilates' mats require more padding because many of the exercises require protection from the hard floor while remaining firm.