Chloe Ting is an Australian YouTuber whose workout programs have skyrocketed in popularity especially during the lockdown, when people all over the world were trapped in their homes. Many who have tried her workouts, such as the 2 Weeks Shred Challenge, have seen shockingly visible results. It’s no surprise that she seems like one of the best people to get an exercise mat recommendation from.
What do these mats have going for them, and what should we be on the lookout for in a yoga mat? Let’s find out.
Gymshark Studio Mat
Chloe is a long-time fan of Gymshark. Other than this mat, she owns a lot of fitness apparel from the brand. She has done several haul videos showing and modeling her purchases, which included leggings, shorts, and crop tops.
The Gymshark Studio Mat ($30.00) features a biomimicking shark scale-patterned texture on the top surface and a honeycomb-patterned texture on the bottom. This dual anti-slip design helps keep your balance and grip during exercise. The mat also has a soft-touch finish that, together with the dual anti-slip patterns, ensures comfort and stability no matter how rigorous your exercise. It comes with a mesh sling carry bag for easy transportation.
Lululemon Reversible Mat
Chloe has also featured other mats in her videos. One of them is Lululemon’s The Reversible Mat (3 mm) in Velocity Mesh Mat Dune Silky/Misty Pink ($68.00).
If you’ve ever felt frustrated about slipping when doing planks (honestly, though, who hasn’t?), this mat might be your new best friend. The top layer of the mat is made of polyurethane, which absorbs some moisture to help you maintain your grip when you’ve worked up a sweat.
You might be worried about what that’ll do for maintenance, but it’s got you covered with an antimicrobial additive to prevent mold and mildew growth. During low-sweat workouts, simply flip the mat over for a natural rubber textured surface that offers excellent traction in its own right.
This mat may be slightly on the thin side, but Lululemon also has a 5mm version in case you’d prefer to have a little extra cushion.
Reebok Training Mat
Another one is the Reebok Training Mat (7 mm) in Grey ($27.00).
This mat is made from NBR foam, which is durable and PVC-free. Its 7mm thickness gives it a comfortable plushness that cushions your body well during a workout. This makes it good for exercising on hard floors, but it’s also fine for carpet situations if only to shield your carpet from sweat.
At just 762 grams, it is very lightweight (for comparison, the Lululemon mat weighs 1.76 kg despite being less than half the thickness!), making it highly portable. It also features a ridged base that firmly grips the floor for stability.
So What’s in a Yoga Mat?
The mats are the unsung heroes of Chloe’s videos – they enable her to work out safely and look effortlessly confident on camera, but they aren’t mentioned as often as what she wears or eats to complement her training. These are just a sample of the mats that have cameo-ed on her channel.
Based on their features, it’s clear that what’s important in a yoga mat is cushioning, traction, and durability. Other factors worth considering include maintenance (i.e. whether they’re easily stained by sweat), portability, budget, and eco-friendliness.
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