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The Davina Gym Ball with Band is a set you can actually buy at Argos for £10, not the RRP of £19.99 here on Amazon which I don't personally think it's worth.
You get a gym ball in the set, an exercise band (a resistance band) and a pump in the set.
The gym ball is supplied deflated and you use the pump, a hand pump to inflate it. The hand pump is fairly easy to use, and is in black and grey. The ball itself is a ridged / ribbed bright neon yellow ball, you can't really see it in the picture but it has the Davina logo on the base, in white. For this reason I do think this set is probably more geared towards women than men with the bright colour and the logo but it's not such a feminine colour that a man couldn't use it.
The resistance band is made of a thick durable rubber and is coloured grey. It can be used independently of the ball or combined with exercises. I have a DVD to use with my set which I bought separately and is great for making the most out of it. There are loads of things you can do with this and lots of ways to tone up different parts of your body from your arms to your calves, so there is plenty of variety here.
You can also use the ball in pregnancy to bounce, to keep fit, turn a baby, or help with labour pains (or even bring on labour if you're on your due date).
The ball is easily deflated and stored, and transported, I personally wouldn't take it to the gym and reinflate it every time as there are balls at the gym, but if you're moving house or taking it to the hospital with you it is good to know that it deflates and reinflates with no loss of quality. The ball holds air well with no leakage.
If you are looking for a gym ball set then for a tenner you really can't go wrong here, a ball alone can cost between £6 - £12 so the fact you get the pump and a resistance band with this makes it great value for money and I highly recommend it. I personally wouldn't pay £19.99 for it as you can get the same thing at this price elsewhere but for the price it's great quality.
Gym memberships, personal trainers, classes, new kit.... It feels like keeping fit has become more expensive than ever. Over the last few months, for various reasons (Not only that I have just qualified as a fitness instructor but because of future relocation) I have been trying to get fit free... Now, for most things this isn't too hard, especially for aerobic workouts - Think running, walking, cycling etc. But for toning (just as important to get you bikini ready) whilst there are some options (Tricep dips on your sofa, Bicep curls with your water bottle, dreaded lunges and squats.....) it does help to have some extra backup.
We do have selection of fit-balls at my parents home (my brother has always trained semi professionally too) I needed something cheap that I can take with me and keep at my home. Cue a mini Google search for a cheap and easy set. I came across the Davina set for £9.99 and whist (No offence intended) I wasn't really taken by the Davina marketing it was the best one I could find and was cheap.
The set comes with a 65cm Fit Ball, a Fit Band and a pump (Not to be a captain obvious but you need to pump up your Fit Ball) You can use the ball for advancing lower and upper body training (Think crunches, push-ups, tips on the ball to name a few) Now, the reason you want to be using one of these is that, whilst you can use it to make the workout harder it also causes you to engage your core throughout the workout so you are training your trunk at the same time (I'll highlight that if you don't you might fall off)
The band is great, just long enough to use (I am fine at just over 5" and likewise my brother who is taller at nearly 6" was OK too - We are talking exercises like Bicep curls where you hold it under your foot) and has a decent resistance. Meaning you will get a workout and feel the resistance but you wont feel like you are losing a tug of war against it.
The ball itself, as I mentioned before, is 65cm which is a fairly standard size that should suit most people (If you are used to really big balls you might find it a little small and need some getting used to but it will still do the job perfectly well). It appears to be made of a durable rubber material and, thus far, has shown no signs of wear and tear, thinning or degrading. With it being rubber it is also easy to wash/wipe down if you, for example, get it muddy if you take it outside (Why not enjoy the sun whilst you can eh...?!) The colour is a yellow/green colour that I see no issue with, personally colour co-coordinating gym equipment is not high on my list. Will I be put off by the Davina signature on it, not really, it' not huge and it's white so not hugely obvious but would by brother and my chaps be bothered by it.... Not sure, perhaps for the more "manly" of them floating with Davina's latest kit might just put them off..
The ball comes flat and with a pump which you have to inflate, I had to issues with this, it all worked and was pretty easy to use - You might find it like a workout to get there though! I would recommend this to people to use, not only for working out but also, it makes a good alternative for a desk chair (You can bounce and move on it, this way you burn more calories and have to keep your core held so you are actually working out as you write/read reviews!) I haven't experienced any issues with losing air but I do try to keep mine topped up every few weeks anyway just to make sure I have full capacity in the ball.
It's a decent price for a fairly good quality piece of kit, it doesn't come with the perfect body or the motivation but if you supply the latter this piece of kit should get you there without any issues. Mine came with a set of example exercises so this is also a good place to start.
I bought this ball while pregnant, as a gentle way to get some exercise and to help the baby get into position nearer to the end. I was able to get this from Argos for about £10.
For the cost, this ball is definitely a bargain. It's easy to get out of the box and pump up, and the pump seems sturdy and long lasting so is now happily in my cupboard in case I need it again. The ball itself is a nice, bright and gender neutral colour, and the texture is the same rubbery feel as every other gym ball that I have ever used. (Men might be less of a fan of the Davina logo on the side though!)
The ball comes with a booklet of exercise ideas, which I haven't used personally but means that you have the choice of incorporating this ball into your own exercise routine, or can use the suggested ideas to get started.
My only criticism of this ball is that it is possibly a little bit small... I am only 5ft 4/5 and at the moment when sat on it my hips are a little bit lower than my knees. I am planning on fixing this by pumping more air into it to increase the resistance, but I don't think that would be enough to make it suitable for anybody taller than me.
So although it's a great ball, I would definitely go for a bigger one if you are taller than 5ft 5ish.
The Davina gym ball was purchased from Argos and cost me £9.99. This includes a 65cm gym ball and 2 way action pump and a band which you can use with the ball. As far as I know this product isn't available to buy anywhere else apart from Argos.
The gym ball comes neatly folded in a green and white box, which also comes with a grey and black pump and a grey band for use with or without the gym ball. The gym ball is a bright green/yellow colour with Davina written on the side in white writing. This is the only colour the gym ball comes in. The gym ball adds great dimension to your workout by enhancing flexibility, vitality and muscle tone. The gym ball can also help to tighten abdominals, tone biceps, chest, triceps and shoulders. Using the gym ball helps to trim and slim thighs, quad, buttocks and helps to stretch the upper and lower body.
I purchased the gym ball because in my fitness book it shows you various exercises using a gym ball and I wanted to give them a go to help tighten and tone up my muscles. I took the gym ball out the bag and read the small leaflet which came with the gym ball. The leaflet tells you how to use the gym ball/band and how to inflate it. It also included a small leaflet of exercises that you can do using the gym ball and band. The pump has a cone shape at the end of it and was easy to push into the valve in the gym ball ready to pump it up. The gym ball was easy to inflate and only took a few minutes. The plug which goes into the valve is long and is easy to push into the ball and pull out again should you need to put more air in or de-flate the gym ball. Because the gym ball was new it did have a slight smell to it, how-ever this didn't both me as it wasn't really strong or over-powering.
The ball itself doesn't feel 100% smooth like I thought it would. It feels textured a little, but also feels very strong. Before I attempted any exercises with the gym ball I sat on it a few different ways to practise how it would feel when using it to help me exercise. You do need to make sure you inflate the ball quite well otherwise it does flatten down a lot when you sit on it, how-ever don't over-inflate the ball. The ball was fairly easy to sit on and balance with my legs straight and off the floor and my arms held out to the side of me. I have used the gym ball for various exercises, with and without the grey band. Some of the exercises provided are quite easy to follow, how-ever other exercises do take a lot of balance and it took me a while to get used to doing a few of these without falling off the ball. When using the gym ball I do feel as though I have to work harder in order to do some of the exercises, how-ever I feel as though the exercises I do with the gym ball are working my muscles a lot more.
The band which comes with the ball is great to use with or without the ball and you can find extra exercises using the band on the internet. The band is very strong and flexible so it great to help with muscle tone and stretching. After using the band for a while, you may find that it's quite easy and you can purchase stronger bands for the internet, in order to help improve your body tone even more.
I have been using the gym ball for over a year now and it although it took me a while to get used to using the gym ball and band I have noticed that my muscles are tighter and toned, especially my abdominal muscles. I have looked on youtube at various exercises using a gym-ball so I can do different exercises now and again and work my way towards harder exercises which will work my muscles more. I don't use the band which came with the ball all the time, as I prefer the exercises where I just used the gym ball. I think this is really good product for anyone who wants to keep fit, tone up and also have a go at using a gym-ball. You may find the item hard to use at first, how-ever you will get used to how to use the ball and you will be working your way to toner muscles in no time. As this ball is quite strong, this is also great for exercising in the garden on the grass. I find this really relaxing and it's nice to have the odd breeze to keep you cool. I give this product 4 out of 5 stars, because it doesn't give you a huge range of exercises with the product.
(review is also on ciao)