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I love exercising and have a lot of different pieces of equipment around the house to help me work out and not get bored as I become really demotivated when I do the same thing every day.
I decided to buy a Gym Ball because I did a class in our local leisure centre and really enjoyed it, we did lots of different exercises with the ball and I figured that having learnt a good range of different exercise moves, I could buy a ball and do them at home too to build up my tummy muscles.
This ball came in a pack with a gym ball, a pump to pump it up, a work out DVD and a stretchy band to help exercise your arms while you work out too.
The ball is really good quality and easy to use, it takes a few minutes to pump it up with the hand pump, then once it is blew up you are ready to exercise. The Pineapple Pilate Ball is a lovely pink colour and looks well when it is all blew up and ready to use.
This ball is made out of quite a thick rubber and is very durable, it can take my weight comfortably and is easy to sit on and exercise with as it is a nice size. I have used it quite a lot since I bought it and it hasn't shown too much sign of wear and tear.
You can use the ball to do a range of different exercises that are all explained really simply in the DVD. You can do a range of different sit ups, press ups and stretches with this ball and the stretchy band and it is a really active and fun workout in my opinion.
I usually do about 500-1000 sit ups a week with this ball (about 100-150 a day) and have found that it has had a great effect on my stomach muscles. I really enjoy using this ball to work out and find it much more interesting than just doing regular sit ups and push ups.
I bought this Pinapple Pilates Fitness Ball in Debenhams around 2 years ago and it still is in great shape. I would say this ball is fantastic quality, though I do take care of it very well. This ball cost me £15, which I think was a decent price because it came with the DVD and the stretchy bands to help me get the best use out of my work out.
Overall I think that this is a fantastic gym ball and would recommend it to anyone who is looking for a really good quality, durable and comfortable gym ball. Overall I would give this ball 5 out of 5 stars.
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I have just recently booked my summer holiday and decided I need to look my best as I had put on a little weight. In a bid for a health kick my diet has started but I also wanted to tone up so decided to buy a few small exercise gadgets that I could use at home in my spare time.
After searching amazon for hours I decided to buy the pineapple pilates exercise ball. I was instantly drawn to it as I have read a lot of great things about pilates and also loved the colour of the ball. It was cheap which was a bonus as I didn't want
to spend a fortune on equipment incase I didnt enjoy using it. I paid £12.99 for the pilates ball and it was delivered for free.
What you get for your money is fantastic the ball arrives with a pump to inflate the ball, the ball is a good size of 65 cm inflated and feels very sturdy to use. Its made of a flexible rubber type material. The ball is a baby pink colour and has a black pineapple logo on it.
It also comes with a instructional dvd on how to use the ball, I have only watched the dvd once as I found it helpful but also a little basic. Its good for beginners but after a while I looked on you tube or other exercise uses for my ball.
I found the ball easy to inflate within a matter of minutes, some people may not have room to store the ball but it store it in my cupboard when im not using it. I only use my ball for 15 mins a day and having only owned the ball for a short period of time I already feel a difference to my core I look a lot more toned and will continue to use the ball in the future. It did not cost a lot of money and I am really happy to recommend the ball to others.
I took a short pilates introductory course and enjoyed it so I thought that I would go out and buy myself a DVD and continue to do it in the comfort of my own home as pilates is not the most dignified looking exercise until you get the hang of it.
One of the items that the DVD required you get was core ball. I picked up this Pineapple one for £12.99 in a sports shop in town.
What the Pilates fitness ball basically is is a large pink blow up ball sort of like a beach ball but of course a lot more firm so it won't burst when you are sitting on it. You use it to balance your body on and do exercise and the idea behind it is that it helps to train your core muscles to be stronger and work harder without putting loads of pressure on them.
Along with the ball there was a DVD showing you which exercises you can use the ball for and showing you how to do them. I personally didn't really need or want the DVD as I had already bought my own but it was a nice bonus to get with it and would be great for absolute beginners who have no idea where to start with the ball.
There was also a pump for inflating the ball so you don't need to worry about having to blow it up yourself. When blown up the ball is very firm but still has enough squishiness to it that you can still find a comfortable position in the middle when you sit on it. I was a little nervous when I first started using the ball that it was immediately going to either burst or deflate when I sat on it but I needn't have worried as it is very secure and even bouncing around on the ball won't cause it to burst or deflate.
When I went to buy a ball there were cheaper ones available but I chose this one as I have bought Pineapple products before and always find them to be really good quality products that last for ages and do what they are supposed to do which is unusual for a brand that positions itself as a mid range one. I'm pleased to say that the ball was just as good as I expected and I would have no hesitations in recommending it. I used it for a few weeks before I got bored of pilates and moved on to my next fad but in those few weeks I did notice that although when using the ball it feels quite gentle with no real pressure on the muscles the day after my muscles would kill so it was obviously doing something right.
My daughter and I are undergoing a pre-Christmas fitness regime in which we're aiming to shed pounds.....probably to put it all back on again over Christmas. As we cannot get to the gym every day, we do have some low tech fitness equipment at home so that we can do 30 minutes of exercise in the morning and another 30 minutes in the evening. As part of this equipment we have the Pineapple Pilates Fitness Ball which was recommended by the personal trainer we had right at the very beginning. The ball was bought from JJB Sports (online) and cost me £14.99 (including postage and packaging), which seemed like an okay price to pay for something that we planned to use every day.
The ball is a big girly pink inflatable ball which can be used as part of a fitness regime. If you haven't used a ball before, you may not need to know what to do with it. Luckily, because of this, there is a DVD that comes with it that gives you advice on what exercises you can do. The exercises will target different areas on your body and watching them on the DVD makes it easy to follow and to understand what muscle groups are being targeted.
When I bought the ball it was deflated, but there is a pump which you can use to blow the ball up. I actually like the fact that it includes a pump so that you have to blow it up yourself because it also means you can let it down if you need to create more room, or if you're traveling, for example. Blowing up the ball is simple and only takes a few minutes and so it really isn't inconvenient. The ball is a good size for the average female and measures 65cm. There is, as far as I know, only one size which is a bit of a negative because theoretically people of different heights may require different sizes. The ball is burst resistant so you can use it will confidence. Actually the plastic does feel substantial and my daughter and I have been using it for the past 2 months with no problems whatsoever. However, I do find the plastic to be a bit shiny and it would be nice to have a bit of texture to it because if I'm wearing certain things I can slide right off!
Overall, I do recommend this ball. It is a good price and a decent product.
The purpose of a fitness ball is to tone the body, increase your core strength, improve your coordination and allow you to more easily balance. It will improve your posture, overall health and tone your muscles in a fairly fun and easy way.
The Pineapple Pilates Fitness Ball is designed to help you to achieve all of these goals. It promises to give you a defined and less wobbly body by toning the upper body and stomach in particular.
With an accompanying DVD that gives you plenty of inspiration, guidance and exercises to copy, it claims that when used continually, you will see an improvement in your body, health and posture. Pilates is the art of developing strength, flexibility and coordination, all of which this ball help you to do which is why it has Pilates in the title.
How do you use it?
You can use the ball in so many ways which is what makes it such a great product. Whatever you do, it will be toning your muscles in some way. Any exercise that you normally do will be intensified by performing it on the ball because you will be focusing on staying balanced, as well as exercising.
The DVD comes with plenty of ideas and inspiration on exercises that you can perform. You can simply sit on the ball and try to keep the upper body still or you can lean back slightly and do sit ups on the ball. You can do press ups with your legs on the ball and your hands on the ground or just generally mess around with the ball, because each time you try to balance, your muscles will be becoming toned.
How does it work?
The whole purpose of the ball is to make you have to work harder to remain on the ball. Even by simply sitting on the ball, you are tensing all of your muscles in order to keep your balance and not fall off. When your muscles are tensed, a tension builds up in them that remains even after you stop exercising.
This tension then leads to muscles becoming toned and gives your body a definition. Eventually though, the muscles will start to relax and continued use of the ball is required to ensure that the muscles lose their tension and that all your hard work will be undone.
Packaging and Price
The ball is a shiny powder pink colour that is made of a rubbery material. It has a width of 65cm and is described as being burst resistant and so far that is the case with mine. It has subtle rings running around the middle and on the side, Pineapple is written in black writing and the writing is surrounded by a circle of dots.
I bought my ball from JJB for £14.99 but it will be available from a variety of shops and plenty of online websites so it will be worth shopping around to ensure that you are getting the best deal. Obviously the DVD is included in that price.
This ball is a useful tool for improving fitness and toning the body, if you use it for any length of time, you will feel it in your muscles the next day. Some of the exercises are too hard for me to do on the ground let alone on the ball so I only do the easier ones but I can still feel it working well.
The ball is completely comfortable to sit and lie on. It is a bit like a giant inflatable cushion and sometimes I will just sit on it while watching the television as I need to keep balanced on the ball so even that builds tension. Sometimes the ball can be cold if your bare skin touches the surface but other than that it is a completely comfortable experience.
The ball is obviously very large and unless you are lucky to have a very big house with a lot of storage space, this product will take up a lot of room. I like things to be tidy and I find that it looked cluttered if I leave the ball out.
Once it's deflated I can never be bothered to inflate it again so it goes through long periods without being used. It doesn't take long to inflate and the product comes with a two way pump so it's not like you need to blow it up yourself so I guess that's just me being lazy. This problem is universal to all gym balls however.
When it is inflated, I find myself using it quite a lot, whether it is for a quick five minutes or a proper workout. It doesn't give my body as much definition as similar equipment that I own but it does seem to make my stomach and arms less wobbly. It is easy to use and not too strenuous and it looks really pretty too.
All in all, I would say you won't be blown away with the results but it will make subtle improvements to your body and big improvements to your ability to balance. It's fun to use and the DVD gives your motivation to keep going for longer. The price isn't bad either for what you get. The only problem that I have with the product is storage because once it's deflated, I lose the motivation to use it.
I currently do zumba and interval training on a regular basis to keep fit, however, I wanted something to target my abs and having previously owned one of these balance balls (which succombed to a terrible accident with a neighbours german shepherd puppy) I already knew how to use one. I opted for this version from the Pineapple range as in recent months I have acquired quite a few of their bits and pieces (both clothes and equipment) and found them to be pretty good quality.
In any event I had some high street vouchers which could be used at JJB so this did not actually cost me anything although the retail price is £14.99. For that you get the ball, a two way pump and also a DVD which I found pretty useful as it teaches you many ways to use the ball to get the best results, other than the obvious way of doing sit ups with it.
I actually use this ball as my computer chair at home because sitting on it automatically makes you straighten your back to balance, in this way it improves my posture when sitting because on any other chair I would usually begin to slouch within a few minutes. The best thing about this is that after a few minutes you actually forget you are sitting up straight and do it automatically.
The ball itself is pink and slightly ribbed, it is made of highly durable thick plastic which claims to be 'burst resistant' (although so did my last one - I guess they mean it will not burst under body weight rather than when attacked by sharp teeth).
In the main I do still use this primarily for sit ups when exercising with it, there are two ways which I find work well for me, the first is lying on the floor with my feet on the ball from the knee down so my legs are at a right angle to the floor, I then do crunches in this postition. The other way is to lie on the ball so it under the base of your back and your feet are on the floor and then crunch from this position. You can feel both working but it supports your back better than doing crunches on a hard surface.
I think this is a pretty good bit of kit and although you can pick up a basic balance ball for around a third of the price the pump and the dvd are both useful and the ball feels like very good quality.
I purchased mine from JJB sports for £14.99 it came with a two-way pump action and a very easy to follow training DVD which was a great extra. Since buying the product however I have found other fitness brands selling there exercise balls with similar extras and at a lower price so if you're interested its worth it too shop around as I didn't, stupidly.
There are a number of exercises that you can execute on an exercise ball like back extensions, ball rotations, ab rolls, hip extensions, ball twists etc all very good exercises for core strength I use this piece of equipment daily either for long or short workouts and it's a great piece of fitness apparatus.
The ball helps to work a large majority of your muscle groups especially your abs and quads. It is a good asset when working out as it supports and cushions your body, helping you to be able to perform better and for longer. Great for if you want to work your lower body and torso region as it tones, trims and also helps increase balance. This particular ball inflates up to 65cm/26" for people who don't know what size exercise ball to pick you go by your height. So if you're the following heights you should pick from these ranges, shown below:
-55 cm - 4'11" - 5'4"
-65 cm - 5'5" - 5'11"
-75 cm - 6'0" - 6' 7"
If you don't mind keeping the ball inflated this is a great product but for storage purposes you may struggle with this piece of equipment. There is always the option to deflate the ball but that means every time you come to use the product you'll have to spend time inflating it. I keep mine inflated ;) It's pink by the way if I haven't already mentioned it so manly men may not want this big pink ball lounging in their house but for all you females readers I highly recommend this product. :)
I am very keen on fitness and toning up. Having a very busy life with the two girls, uni, house to clean, partner to take care of, i never get a moments peace to do things for me.
I purchased pineapple wrist and ankle weights from jjb and bought the ball at the same time however i never got round to trying it until this week so far i have manged to do 30 minutes each night with the ball.
The ball costs £14.99 with a dvd i feel this is a good buy as i had a ball before from argos years ago and it cost £19.99.
The ball is baby pink with the pineapple badge on the front. The ball takes only a few minutes to blow up and has a small stopper plug to push in to stop the sir coming back out.
I have not watched the dvd yet but it teaches exercises to do with the ball.
I have my own ways to use the ball but basically the ball can tone and trim every part of your body when using it in certain ways so will give you a good workout.
For me i do ball twist feet and legs control the ball while doing press ups with arms, ab roll to work those abs is just rolling right over the ball tummy on top of the ball this is a good one for lumpy tummies after giving birth or in my case a few years later. The butt lift is sitting with head and shoulders on the ball roll the ball back whilst lifting but, these are my best exercises for me on the ball as these are the areas that need work on my body.
I already feel the benefits so far after just a week.
I recommend the ball especially if you don't have time for a gym or if you would feel better doing them at home, highly recommended
This year has been the year I have really wanted to get in shape. I wanted to tone up my tummy a little bit and just drop a few pounds in the process. I wanted some fitness equipment to do it with but not anything too big as 1) we don't have loads of space and 2) I know it isn't something I will do constantly.
I wanted something a bit girly too as I am a girly girl and was pleased when I came across the Pineapple fitness range as everything is PINK! I found the Pineapple Pilates Fitness Ball on the JJB website and it cost £14.99 for the ball and the fitness DVD. It was a tad expensive, especially as I have now seen it on eBay for half the price (isn't that just always the way?!).
The ball is a giant pink inflatable ball, made of a very strong rubber like material. It has the Pineapple logo splashed across one side in black and in the Pineapple italics. Now, this ball is apparently burst resistant and after having it for a couple of months it hasn't burst yet which has surprised me. The ball inflates to 65cm and initially comes flat with the DVD and a pump.
The ball is supposed to give you the ultimate body work out. It is supposed to target all the major muscle areas so that you can achieve a firmer, toned lower body and stomach. I chose the ball over a mat due to the balance that is required when using the ball. I felt that because I would have to be balancing as well it would give me a better work out than a mat could as I would have full control over my balance on a mat.
Now, having used the ball for the last couple of months I have definately been able to notice that my tummy is toning up. It has taken a couple of months for it to show but I don't use the ball religiously every day. I probably use it 3 times a week (exercise really isn't my strong point!) and I use it for around 30 minutes each time. I found the ball easy to use and although it takes some getting used to for finding your balance when sitting on it, it does make for a lot of fun too.
It definately works and I think it is of great durable quality too. Highly recommended. The only thing I will say is have a look around to see if you can find it cheaper than I did.
So heres the 2nd reveiw on my 'Pineapple' Fitness Equipment, this ones on the Pilates Fitness Ball.
*What Is It*
The Pineapple Pilates Fitness Ball is basically a large pink inflatable ball with the 'Pineapple' logo in black shown clearly across the front. It is used to support and cushion your body when excercising. The burst-resistant fitness ball inflates to 65cm and comes with a training DVD and two way action pump.
*What Does It Do*
The Pilates Fitness Ball can be used to keep yopur entire body in shape rather than targeting one particular area. It targets all the major muscle groups to help achieve a firmer, fitter and more-defined lower body and torso. Using the ball is more effective than working out on the floor/yoga mat as balancing on it provides resistance for progressive results.
*Where To Buy*
I purchased the pilates ball from Debenhams in last years Boxing Day sale for around 6 or 7 quid. I cant find it on the website anymore but it is on sale in JJB Sports for £14.99, which i was quite shocked about because even though you do get the instruction DVD in with that price it is still just a big inflatable ball and i personally think 15 quid is too expensive.
*What I Thought*
I thought the fitness ball was really cute as the pink matches my bedroom (and other Pineapple gym equipment), the ball was easy to inflate with the provided 2-way action pump and the DVD of various excercises was easy to follow and i could definitley feel the workouts working on my abs. The only problem i had was that i dont have the room to store the ball when its inflated and pumping it up everytime is a major drag and has resulted in me not using it as much as my other gym equipment.