The striking Gymshark Studio Mat offers plenty of grip and protection, through it’s probably too hefty to take everywhere with you.

When it comes to finding the best exercise mats, the high-quality Gymshark Studio Mat will make a great addition to any home gym. Here’s how it performed on test.

Men’s Fitness verdict

Gymshark’s mat is grippy and reassuringly well cushioned, but it’s one of the bulkiest on test. So is probably more use in a permanent gym set-up than as a portable mat.
  • Striking design
  • Good size and feel
  • No carry strap
  • Marks easily
Materials:100% natural rubber
Dimensions:70.8 x 25.9in (180 x 66cm)
Features:Full-length screen-printed logo / strap and band bought separately
Colours:Black, brown, hibiscus pink

No prizes for guessing who makes this exercise mat. With its bold logo emblazoned all over the front, the Gymshark Studio is not the most subtle of options. It’s a quality piece of kit, though, made from 100% natural rubber, and it feels as slick as it looks.

If the striking hibiscus pink color isn’t how you roll, then you’ll be glad to know there are more muted brown and black options available. With a fairly standard 180cm length, it’s wider than some on test at 66cm, giving you plenty of room to manouevre.

It held up impressively for us during bodyweight HIIT home workouts and weights workouts alike, with enough cushioning to keep you protected from a hard floor during yoga, Pilates or meditation practice too. The lighter versions do tend to mark quite easily though.

The Gymshark Studio feels soft under hand and foot with a reassuringly sticky and grippy coating. The heavy rubber material means it lies down flat with no curling at the edges or bunching up mid-workout. It rolls up neatly for easy storage though there’s no included strap to keep it that way.

A strap and band can be brought separately for £15 which doubles as a yoga strap to assist with stretches and poses.  

Though it stay put once placed on a gym floor, thanks to the weight and that sticky coating, it’s certainly heavier than some other mats. So it’s not an ideal choice to take from home, to work, to the gym and back. Instead, the Gymshark Studio makes more sense as a permanent mat in a home gym.

Overall we’re impressed with the Gymshark Studio. It has a quality, grippy feel and reassuring cushioning, meaning you can just concentrate on your exercises. It may not be the cheapest on test but it won’t break the bank either, and we think it’s a robust piece of gym kit that will last for years. 

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