The Gymnastics Mat My Daughter Loves


I posted this little video of my wee lass doing some speedy aerial cartwheels on Facebook recently and a few people asked me about the mat she has.

So I thought I’d do just a quick post to explain more about it and describe it’s good and tricky points.

The first thing I have to say is that it is expensive, at $209. Ms10 got it for her birthday, from us and using some birthday money from relatives.

I remember when we opened it thinking: ‘I really, really hope you are going to use this a lot.’


We bought the mat from a shop online, Gymnastics Direct.  I’d have MUCH preferred to see it before we bought it, but I couldn’t find any shops nearby that stocked mats like this.

She chose the pink coloured mat, no surprise for a girl who has three brothers.

She uses it ALL THE TIME. 

The mat is heavy, but when folded up one person can carry it around. It’s tough, it has to be. We don’t leave it outside overnight and it’s never got too wet, just a bit of light rain and it’s been fine.

The main mats page on Gymnastics Direct is here.



The page for the three metre mat we bought is here.



So, that’s our mat story.  I’d recommend this mat for its durability and size too. The company was quick to deliver it.

It’s expensive, that’s the downside, but it’s good quality and, for us, well worth it as she uses it such a lot.  And let’s face it, it’s her head and neck we are hoping to keep intact.

For learner gymnasts and smaller children, readers have recommended the IKEA PLUFSIG – Folding gym mat, green – 78×185 cm. MUCH CHEAPER.


Hold these thoughts if you have a gymnastics-mad child and are wondering what’s a good present for Christmas or a birthday.

Not all birthday presents have worked out this well!

Have you had a win with a pressie?




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Posted on: November 1, 2016


  • Thanks Seana. Will definitely be thinking about getting one for Christmas!

    • Reply November 2, 2016

      Seana Smith

      Do come and have a wee look if you like. She uses it indoors and out. She makes my head spin.

  • Reply November 2, 2016


    This will definitely be going on a christmas list for my wee gymnasts. Thanks Seana x

    • Reply November 2, 2016

      Seana Smith

      My pleasure, feel free to pop over for a look.

  • Reply November 4, 2016

    Lydia C. Lee

    Good tip!! We’re thinking of something like this for xmas…

  • Reply November 4, 2016

    Annabel Candy

    She’s amazing! And her videographer mum’s done a good job too. What a great gift idea – I wouldn’t have thought of it but my daughter might get a lot out of it too.

  • Reply November 7, 2016

    Jean | Holy Smithereens

    Wow! She’s so good with those hand-free cartwheels! She so deserves that birthday gift 🙂

  • Reply November 7, 2016


    Great pressie. Your daughter looks like she has loads of fun with it. My girls have asked for one just like it as they love pink and want to turn our house into a gymnasium. My youngest got a new mat last year that I picked up at Rebel sports. Although not pink, it only came in black but was less expensive at $89. It gets used all the time and folds up, easy to carry.

    • Reply November 11, 2016

      Seana Smith

      Ah, that’s good to hear. I did look at Rebel when she first asked for a mat for Christmas but at that point in the stores I saw, there was nothing suitable at all. It’s good to have active kids, isn’t it? They encourage me to keep myself moving too.

  • Reply July 3, 2018


    Seana, a bit late to this, but thank you for posting such a detailed review. The most thoughtful and objective one we have seen. Gym mats are not all created equal, the foam density and quality dictates price more than anything else- if a mat is cheap it usually is for a reason. All the best to you and yours- Grant, GM, Gymnastics Direct

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