Doing yoga or HIIT in your home gym just got so much better.
Designing the perfect home gym is more important now more than ever. Before you start shopping for equipment essentials like dumbbells and kettlebells, a top quality workout mat is crucial and the foundation of your home fitness haven.
Experts in the Good Housekeeping Institute Wellness Lab evaluate countless fitness products year round to bring you the best of the best in terms of functionality and durability. We analyzed a variety of different exercise mats, zoning in on specs like thickness level, weight, cushioning, grip, and aesthetics. Then, we put them to the test through a series of workout movements ranging from low-impact exercises like pushups and squats to high-intensity interval workouts featuring burpees and skater lunges (we worked up a sweat!).
We even tested the mats on both carpet and hardwood flooring to see how they performed with floor traction. Whether you're looking for a mat to get you through a pilates flow or to simply provide support during HIIT movements, we have top picks for all different types and levels of fitness.