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This No-Slip Charcoal Yoga Mat Is the Only One You'll Ever Need for Hot Yoga

Hot yoga fans know the struggle: you're in the zone, holding an impeccable downward dog position, and suddenly, you're slipping out of the pose—fast—thanks to sweaty palms and feet. Help!

While yoga mat towels that provide a barrier between your perspiring bod and the slippery mat can improve the sticky situation, there’s now an even better solution: Manduka’s brand-new GRP mat ($98; manduka.com, dickssportinggoods.com, rei.com), which is designed to absorb moisture and nix odors on even the sweatiest mats. 

According to Manduka, the mat’s innermost rubber layer is infused with charcoal, which helps filter out moisture and eliminate smells. The anti-slip surface also increases traction so you’re less likely to slide out of poses while you sweat it out in the studio.

You don't have to be into hot yoga to use the GRP mat, either. The brand tells us that their newest product is appropriate for all types of sweat conditions, so you can use it for an unheated restorative class or a full-fledged Bikram practice. It all works.

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To buy: $98; manduka.com, dickssportinggoods.com, rei.com

If you’re thinking the GRP sounds too good to be true, I get it. I, too, was skeptical when I first heard about the product. But after taking a hot vinyasa/HIIT combo class hosted by Manduka last week, I can confidently say I’m convinced of the new mat’s mega powers.

Though I wasn't drenched during the class—and thus can’t speak to its ultimate absorption abilities—I was more than a little taken with its undeniable quality. At 6mm thick, the mat felt sturdier than any other I’ve practiced on. With a bottom layer that basically suctioned itself to the studio floor, it didn’t budge, even as I burpeed my way through the HIIT portion of the class. The GRP’s subtly bumpy top layer also cushioned my hands and provided just enough grip to keep them supported and slip-free through my hot vinyasa flow. Translation: I was a big fan.

So, there you have it. My honest endorsement of Manduka’s newest creation. Yes, it’s pricier than your run of the mill mat, but I also think it’s worth the money. Plus, once you’ve worked out on the GRP, chances are you’ll never forget it at home...and inevitably have to pay the $5 mat rental fee at your fave studio. Just saying.

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This Fit Mom Did 1,490 Burpees in One Hour and Broke a World Record

Liz Llorente just burpee-ed her way into the record books. On Sunday, the Australian fitness trainer and mother of two participated in a challenge where she completed a leg cramping 1,490 burpees in an hour. Llorente’s achievement was live streamed on YouTube and racked up more than 77K views in just a few days.

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Llorente didn’t just break the world record for the most burpees by a female. Inspired by people who have been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, she also teamed up with MS Australia and has so far raised just over half of her goal of $10,000.

 

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My CrossFit Transformation Was Much More Drastic Than I Expected–But Not for the Reason You'd Think

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I moved to New York for what was, at the time, my dream job. But six months in, I called my mother sobbing. I’d just been given notice that the company would be letting me go in two weeks’ time. The eager post-grad haze had worn off, I was no longer certain I had chosen the right career field, and I was hit with a wave of loneliness.

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Candace Cameron Bure Claps Back at Troll After Getting Body Shamed for Her Weight

Candace Cameron Bure isn’t here for people’s negative comments about her weight.

Responding to a comment left on a sweet picture of the 42-year-old Fuller House star cuddling up with her 18-year-old son Lev, Bure spoke out against an Instagram user who left a body shaming comment about her figure.

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The 8 Best Back Exercises for Those Hard-to-Tone Muscles

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