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Exercise Mat for (Almost) All Ages

Posted by NixNivis on 25 Jan 2015

Exercise mat for Sims of (almost) all ages

Category: Hobbies -> Exercise
Cost: $75
Poly Count: Low poly
EPs Required: Base-game compatible unless you have the Kitchen & Bath SP; then Free Time is required

Over at LeeFish, we usually have a themed challenge each month; it can be something specific, like decorating a certain house, or something more general, like winter. For January, it was suggested that the theme should be Fitness, since January is the month of New Year’s resolutions, and exercising more/getting fitter/losing weight are popular ones. So, in line with this, I’ve made an exercise mat that Sims aged child to elder can use to gain body skill and get fitter – and if you have Free Time, they’ll gain Fitness enthusiasm as well. And it’s not just for present-day Sims, either; medieval (and other) Sims can use it, too, it has recols for that. 😉 (And yes, I know there are other exercise mats out there already, but I wanted one with my own little quirks, so.)

Update, 11 March 2019: PenelopeT @ MTS has made ten wonderful recols for this here. Go get ’em! 😀

Update, 1 Jan 2020: PenelopeT has made ten more great-looking recols , yay! :mrgreen:

Adult Sims will lie down on the mat to use it (as demonstrated by Yelena in the title pic), but child Sims will prefer to use it standing up. As per usual with my fitness items, once a Sim has three or more body skill points, he or she can also offer and be asked for lessons. Kids can’t teach with this one, but they can be taught:

Of course, the mat comes with recolours – twenty of them, all in all.

First of all, it has an invisible recol, in case you don’t want your exercise mat to be visible for some reason. To make this recol truly invisible, the mat has neither indoor shadow nor sun shadow. Just so you don’t think the lack of shadows is an oversight on my part if you notice it in game. 😉

In addition to the invisible recol, it comes in the seven LACK colours (where the white one is the mesh):

And for Sims who think that plain colours are a bit too, well, plain, it also has ten recols in some lovely colourful patterns by agussgut at Colour Lovers:

And finally, for your medieval and/or rustic Sims, two canvas recols. Nothing fancy, but good for blacksmiths and other types who don’t mind things a bit rugged:

Canvas recols
Smith workout
The exercise mat is base-game compatible, unless you have the Kitchen & Bath SP. Then, and only then, Free Time is required. (This is because of an EA coding error I can’t work around – sorry.)

If you don’t have K&B, Free Time is not required.



40 Responses to “Exercise Mat for (Almost) All Ages”

  1. What a great idea! Thank you 😀
    My sims do far better in this department than I *sigh*

    • NixNivis said

      Glad you like it! 😀 And yeah, mine beat me at this as well – but then again, they have it much easier IMO. I mean, they exercise for ten minutes and then *WHOOMP!* they literally can see their waist go down like five sizes. If we got those kind of instantly visible results, I’m sure we’d be great at this. 😉

  2. fanseelamb said

    Ooh. I’ve barely opened my game for months now, and this makes me want to. What a magician you are. Thank you, Nix!

  3. ivaristal said

    Wow! It is exactly what I was looking for just a couple of days ago! Thank you very much! ^_^

  4. nonni222 said

    The Extraordinary and Amazing Nix has conjured another hither before unattainable into the possible. Take a bow, maestra!

    • NixNivis said


      Aww Nonni, you’re always so sweet. ❤ Not sure if I deserve to be called a master, but this was fun to make anyway. 🙂

  5. Charity322 said

    Ooh. This could potentially ‘fix’ the “but I have no room” bollocks sims do when I try and make them exercise in front of the T.V. Just turn the T.V. to the sports channel and use this instead. Thanks!

    • NixNivis said

      You’re welcome! 😀 And that was actually one of the reasons I made it. 🙂 My Sims never think they have enough room to exercise, the TV can be in the middle of a ballroom and they’ll still whine (all right, maybe it’s not quite that bad, but they do want a lot of room). Much less foot-stomping and arm-waving this way.

  6. Brilliant. Simple. Simply brilliant. Brilliant in its simplicity.

    • NixNivis said

      Hee, thanks! 😀 I figured not every Sim wants/need/have room for a home gym with five different kinds of exercise machines and punching bags and what have you, some prefer to keep it simple. 🙂

  7. Penelope T said

    This is incredibly awesome. Thanks so much!

  8. Fantastic! Thank you so much.

  9. LoWiSa said

    What an amazing idea! My simmies now can finally exercise all day long with all of the comfort with your exercise mat.
    Thanks so much 🙂

  10. Rachael said

    This is so perfect for my fitness nerds! I love it. Thank you for sharing 🙂

    • NixNivis said

      I missed this comment somehow – very sorry about that! You’re welcome, and I’m very glad you and your fitness nerds like it. 😀

  11. carolus said

    Very nice job!These are perfectly done,simple and extremly useful.Thanks for the gymmat!


  12. carolus said

    The mat is even visible in the neighborhood.Bravo!
    New options are now possible.
    I have discovered a lot of useful other applications for your exercice mat.I would like to make a tutorial about these.
    Could it been made here or/and is it allowed to do it at the Keep?Most of my tuts are at the Keep .The tut is called
    “Multiple applications for Nixnivis exercice mat”.Pics are ready to upload to the bucket.


    • NixNivis said

      I must admit the ‘hood view was a happy accident, the deco object I used as a base was already set up to be visible, so I just left it like that. 😉

      If your other tutorials are at the Keep, then of course that’s where you should post this one as well – or anywhere else you’d like, for that matter. It’s your tutorial, I just made the object. 🙂 But if you let me know when it’s up, I’d be happy to link to it from here – if you want me to, of course.

  13. carolus said

    The first part of the tut is done.Under “secrets of the trade-build mode” .


  14. carolus said

    The second part is done.The tut is finished,for now.Copy,paste ,link as you wish.
    Thank you again for the mat.


    • NixNivis said

      I’ve linked to them both. 🙂 Read them, too – and I’m very impressed, you’ve taken this little thing of mine to a whole new level. So thank you for that!

  15. flyingsims said

    I’d love to download this awesome mat of yours, but the download link doesn’t seem to work for me? When I click it, nothing happens. When I copy the link, I just end up with an empty page. :/

    • NixNivis said

      This is very, very strange. The file was still sitting on my file host snug as a bug, but when I tried to download it either from here or directly from my account, I got the same results (or rather lack thereof) as you. O_o No idea what was going on there, but I’ve reuploaded the file and it seems to work now. Try again?

      And THANK YOU for reporting this. I don’t check every file every day (far from it), so unless somebody tells me about it, it’s easy for me to miss something like this. So again, thank you! ❤

      • flyingsims said

        It’s working now. 😀

        I’ll never get most people’s attitude to just accept that things don’t work the way they should. If I would create for the game and host downloads, I’d like to know if something’s not working.

        But anyway, thanks for the quick fix. And no one expects you or any other creator to check their files everyday. 😛

        • NixNivis said

          Yay! 😀

          Yeah, I don’t understand that attitude, either. And something I understand even less is that if some people find a problem with an upload, be it a faulty link or a problem with the item itself, they will happily tell their family, friends, dog, priest, and Random Person on the Internet, including but not limited to SimSecret – but they won’t tell the one person who could fix the problem for them, i.e. the creator. I’m not sure on which planet that approach makes sense, but I’m reasonably sure it isn’t this one. 😛

          You’re very welcome – and again, thanks for letting me know! Hope you and your Sims enjoy the mat. 🙂

  16. MediaKlepto said

    I wish I hadn’t just found these now after so long of wondering how I could make something like this work! Unfortunately they don’t appear to be showing up in my game though. I have UC, so in all technicality I have K&B and Freetime, so I’m not sure what’s up. I most definitely have all but the canvas recolors in my downloads folder, but no luck.

    • NixNivis said

      Thanks for commenting!

      I just downloaded the file and checked the mat in a(n otherwise empty) test game, to make sure that Mediafire hadn’t borked something again, and all recolours show up just fine for me. (Because you do mean that the recols aren’t showing up, right? It’s not that you can’t find the mat?) So unfortunately, I have no idea what’s up, either.

      The only advice I can give you is to try and reinstall (and possibly redownload) it, if you haven’t tried it already. I’m sorry I can’t be of more help. 😦

      • MediaKlepto said

        Thanks so much for replying~

        Actually the mat itself isn’t showing up in my game for some reason. The only files I didn’t put in my downloads folder as I do with all my other cc were the canvas recolor packages. I’ve checked in hobbies > excersize, hobbies > misc, and hobbies > all just in case. I can’t figure out for the life of me why it’s not showing. I don’t know as I would have anything that would possibly conflict, so maybe it’s because I have UC and not the individual eps/sps.

        • NixNivis said

          Ah, okay, I read it like it was the recols that weren’t showing up. Thanks for the clarification! 🙂

          You having UC rather than individual EPs should not be a problem, since that just means you have all EPs and SPs in a collection, not that you have a different version of the game or anything like that. And the mat is base game-compatible, it doesn’t require anything other than, well, the base game. (The one and only exception is if you have K&B; in that case, you also need FT, otherwise you’ll get a jump bug.) So I honestly have no idea why it isn’t showing up for you. 😦

          You’re absolutely sure you didn’t just put the recolours in your Downloads folder, and forgot the mesh? Could you please check it’s in there, just to be on the safe side? The file name is obj_NixNivis_ExerciseMat.package. Thanks in advance!

          • MediaKlepto said

            Hm…I didn’t think UC would be an issue but it’s been pegged as being a problem in some other weird situations so I suppose you never know. xD

            And just to be certain, this is a screenshot of exactly what I put in my downloads folder, as with all my other (oh geez, 9 gig) of cc.

            I tried moving it from a subfolder into the main downloads folder to see if that does any good, so I’ll be able to find out once my game reloads in about 3000 years. 😛

            • NixNivis said

              Good, then we know the mesh hasn’t gone AWOL. 🙂 Thanks for checking for me!

              If it still isn’t showing up in your game, could you please do me a great favour? Try loading your game with only my exercise mat in. I.e., move your Downloads folder… somewhere, to your desktop or something, and then make a brand new one in your Sims 2 folder, with nothing in it but my mat. Then fire up the game (which should now load in about ten seconds 😉 ) – but don’t go into one of your regular neighbourhoods (if you do, you’ll lose any custom ‘hood deco you might have in it, and we do not want that), but instead create a new one. Then, in this new ‘hood, open a family or lot, and see if you can find the mat. (When you’re done, you can just exit the game and restore your original Downloads folder to its rightful place. Take the new Downloads folder out first, though; otherwise, Windows will try to merge them, and with that much cc, it’ll take forever. Learnt that the hard way myself. 😛 )

              If you can find it this time, that means something somewhere in those 9 GB of cc is interfering with it. But if you can’t find it… then I’m flat out of ideas, sorry. 😦

              • MediaKlepto said

                I’m guessing something somewhere was maybe loading before/after the mat that was causing it to not show, because moving it into the main downloads folder made it show up without a fuss this time! I’ve got it in one of the teens’ bedrooms in one of my lots right now and she’s using it perfectly. It’s so much nicer than the TV blaring.

                Thanks so much for being so patient about the whole thing. xD I was seriously worried something was conflicting somewhere and I really wanted to make sure we were both aware so it could be noted/fixed.

                • NixNivis said

                  Hooray! So glad it decided to finally make an appearance! 😀

                  And thank you, both for reporting this and for being nice and patient through it all. As I said to the commenter above you, many people will happily report/complain about an issue with a download to every Tom, Dick and SimSecret on the Internet… except for the original creator. (I’ve yet to figure out how people think this makes sense; I mean, it’s like complaining to Toyota that there’s something wrong with your Volkswagen.) So thank you for being sensible! 🙂

  17. NixNivis said

    PenelopeT @ MTS has made ten wonderful recols for this. 😀 Link above.

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