Last Updated on December 29, 2021
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There are three certainties in this world: death, taxes, and people trying to make New Year’s resolutions after eating too much over Thanksgiving and Christmas. Aldi, having sold us so much of the food that tempts us to eat too much, is well aware of the New Year’s fitness trend. Over the years, the supermarket has sold all manner of January workout gear, from strength training to cardio.
We always watch the Aldi January fitness lineup with interest. Aldi has, among other things, sold various fitness mats, including a rolled-up Crane Fitness Mat and this foldable one.
What We Know:
The Crane Folding Fitness Mat (Product Code: 809072) is an Aldi Find, which means you can only find it in stores for a limited time. Once it’s gone, it’s gone, at least until it returns, whenever that might be. Aldi won’t ship it to you after it sells out at your local store either.
At the time of this post, the folding mat is $29.99. That’s comparable in price to the budget mats I can find online. As best as we can tell, the mat has been sold in 2019 and 2020 — both times in September rather than January — for $24.99. This mat then, represents a $5 price increase over previous years.
This is a segmented fitness mat with four quarters. Those quarters can be folded up and carried with the straps on each end of the mat.
Fully extended, the mat measures 68.11″ x 23.62″ x 1.57″, which makes it shorter and less wide than the Crane Fitness Mat, although it is thicker. According to Aldi it is “made with a durable cushion for maximum support, comfort and safety” and is “perfect for any type of floor workout including stretching, yoga, t‘ai chi and martial arts.”
What We Don’t Know:
Because we haven’t used this specific mat before, we don’t know much about how easy it is to use or how it will hold up over time. We’ve created this open thread for owners to share their experiences.
Do you have experience with this fitness mat? Let us know in the comments.
You keep referring to it as new this year—I definitely got one last year. It was cheaper then.
You’re right, and I stand corrected. Somehow I missed it. I’ve reworked the piece to reflect that.