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I first bought this about 2 years ago because it looked like a fun way to workout your arms.
It's really convenient to be able to workout your arms with something the size of your hand, you can use it anywhere, but the question is, can it give you the same effect on your muscles as a gym could?
All i can say is never underestimate the power of a small ball with a 250 Hz gyroscope inside. You will be amazed at how much force this little thing can create.
I ordered it off the official Power Ball website for around £20 and was really excited to start using it. None of my friends had a Power Ball so it's something new to try out.
PACKAGING & CONTENTS
It comes in a small box that says which type of Power Ball you have on the front. Inside is the Power Ball, obviously, an instruction manual, a cd and two starter cords, which i try my best not to lose as it makes it harder to start up without them. The Power Ball itself seems like it is well made, the plastic on the outside is hard and you can see the gyroscope inside looks of good quality.
In this case mine has the digital score reader on the top which has two watch battery's that last for 3 years, so no worries about it running out.
WHAT IT IS MEANT TO DO
The Power Ball is device that is meant to improve your strength on your fingers, wrists, forearms, biceps and shoulders. The most common purpose for it is to improve your performance in a certain sport. If you've got stronger fingers, wrists and arms then you can for example: hit a golf ball harder. If you've got a damaged limb then it is great for rehabilitation too, just spin it gently!
When i first got the Power Ball, it took me about 10 minutes to just get it spinning fast. I started off with a score of 1000 but then after a few days reached about 12000. The best way to get it going is to use a starter cord and do wide, slow circles with your palm facing down, then start to make the circles smaller and faster. When it sounds like it is screaming and your hand is shaking from the force of it, then it's going quite fast. If you loose the cords i found starting it on carpet works or with your thumb if you're cool.
I found it very addictive and it really get's your arms tired and makes them burn! After using it 10 minutes a day for two weeks I noticed a big improvement in arm strength and grip which allowed me to curl heavier dumbbells at the gym. It can generate up to 40 lbs of resistance so there's no reason why you can't build muscle with this little warrior.
There are four modes to chose from: normal mode, high score mode, overall revolutions and the strength mode. With strength mode you can choose the 30, 60 or 90 second time period. Overall revolution mode is good if you want to pass some time, between 5 of us we got the score counter to 1 million just because we were on a long walk. It's fun to see who can get the highest score as well.
Another cool thing about the Power Ball is that it has a high score leader board which you can challenge yourself to get on. I know that the current world record is at 18656 Rpm, set by someone called "akis kritsinelis".
The downside to it is the gyroscope inside can be damaged if you keep dropping the Power Ball so i'd recommend a wrist strap. Also it can take some practice to keep it spinning, but I suppose you can't learn everything straight away.
I'd recommend getting this if you want a fun way to workout your arms, at home, at work or outside.
Powerball Neon Pro
Never one to shy away from parting with my money on something that I don't really need I bought myself the Powerball Neon Pro a few years ago on the sole basis that it looked 'cool'. At the time I didn't fully understand the capabilities of the Powerball or why it would appeal to the non-insane members of the population but all became clear soon after and I have actually come to find some 'proper' uses for it.
== So, what is the Powerball? ==
Firstly, the Powerball is not to be confused with the US multi-state lottery. Unlike said lottery, the Powerball Pro guarantees to give you a return for your money. The return you get however, is entirely dependent on the effort you put in. It can loosely be described as an exercise aid but is equally as much of a fun recreational gadget to pass away a few spare moments.
The Powerball is just a bit larger than a tennis ball and weighs around 260g - about the weight of two regular sized apples (don't worry, I did do the weighing). I find it fits very nicely in the palm of my hand and is comfortable to hold because of the soft silicone band around the ball. It is important that the Powerball fits comfortably in your hand (as you will soon see) and I think that the product succeeds on this point.
On the top of the device is a very small display screen like that you find on a cheap digital watch. This will display the various readings of the Powerball such as the speed and revolutions. Below this screen are two buttons; one for turning the machine on/off and one for selecting the function. For the most part the screen is easy to read but I do find the buttons very difficult to press without using my fingernail because they sit sunken into the surface (and before you comment, 'sausage finger syndrome' is not something I suffer with too often).
Inside the plastic outer casing is the main feature - the gyroscope; in this case, a green one. This also peeks out the back of the Powerball so that you can manually wind it up (and I don't mean annoy it).
You hold the Powerball in the palm of one hand with the screen face down and the spinning rotor facing away from your hand and then start the gyroscope spinning. This will then gyrate at unfathomable speeds creating torque and outwards force which transfers to your fingers, wrist and forearm, strengthening the muscles. The faster it spins, the more force is exerted on these muscles.
== How to Use it ==
Activating the Powerball and getting the gyroscope in motion takes a bit of practice and I had a little difficulty with this at first. You are supposed to use the included starter cord (which is basically a shoelace - a red one in this case). The idea is to stick one end of the cord into one of the small holes in the rotor and then, using your finger to turn it, wrap the cord tightly around using the designated groove leaving a small piece to hold onto.
Now for the tricky bit - holding the Powerball in one hand as stated above you have to pull the cord out quickly directly away from the rotor with your other hand which sets the gyroscope spinning. The motion required is akin to that of starting a lawnmower and is actually quite satisfying. To keep the Powerball spinning and to steadily increase its RPM you then have to rotate the ball in your hand in a circular movement. The idea is to hold your arm out in front of you with your elbow slightly bent then, keeping your forearm relatively still, move your hand around in a circular movement - a bit like the queen's wave but more exaggerated....and with a Powerball in your hand (not something I expect to see the queen doing anytime soon).
The reason this is quite tricky is because you have to start rotating your hand slowly in a wide arc and then gradually increase the speed and reduce the arc as the gyroscope gets faster. If you start off rotating it too quickly, the Powerball will start clunking and eventually wind down. If you start too slowly, the Powerball will not have enough energy to drive it and it will wind down. The precise rhythm needed to keep the thing spinning and increasing is a bit of trial and error. The gyroscope will start to 'clunk' when you are going too fast and the LED lights inside will start to dim if the Powerball is winding down. Both of these aids help you to get the right movement going in your hand and it doesn't take too long to master - just don't expect to master it from the onset.
The blue LED lights in the Powerball get brighter the faster it is spinning and are powered by the rotor itself so no batteries are needed. In fact the whole thing is self-powered by movement and only the display screen runs on batteries - boasting a life of three years continuous use!
When spinning, the Powerball is not the quietest thing to use and so this will probably put a stop to any plans you may have about using it at work whilst the boss is in - unless you can prove to your boss that using it actually increases workplace productivity (good luck with that). The sound is a whirring noise similar to a washing machine on 'fast-spin', only more contained, and will get louder the faster it goes. I think this adds to the thrill of using the Powerball though and increases the feeling of intensity you get from operating it at high speeds.
When you are using the Powerball the force exerted is quite strong and you need to make sure you have a firm grip on the ball. Letting it go whilst it's spinning at 20,000 RPM is probably not going to end well, so resist the temptation to throw it across the room shouting "Pokéball go!"...not that you would. I haven't had any trouble holding onto it though because the Powerball is easy and comfortable to grip and is a good size to keep control of.
== The Benefits of the Powerball ==
There are many reasons why someone may wish to use a Powerball; a lot of them focusing on the benefits of strengthening your arm muscles.
Musicians may be surprised to learn that they are one of the target beneficiaries of this product. If you play an instrument which requires extensive finger and/or wrist movement then using the Powerball at higher speeds will help strengthen these muscles, theoretically meaning that you can play for longer periods of time.
I play the keyboard/piano and have noticed a slight increase in my 'stamina' when using the Powerball as my fingers tend not to ache quite as much after a long period of playing. It is difficult to solely attribute this to the Powerball rather than my persistent keyboard playing itself but it can certainly be thought to have contributed. Guitarists, trumpeters and drummers are also cited as being able to benefit from the muscle strengthening properties of the Powerball but as I am a one trick pony when it comes to music I cannot vouch for this myself.
Anyone who plays sports heavy on arm activity such as tennis players, cricketers, golfers, archers and fencers may also feel a benefit of the Powerball. Again, I am none of these people but the marketing information promises benefits to those that are.
Another use for the Powerball is for alleviating muscle aches. I often suffer from Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) in my wrist and forearm as a result of spending too much time on a computer. I find that using the Powerball at low speeds (RPM) gently soothes my forearm and alleviates any aches and pains caused by RSI. It's not a cure but it definitely helps when my symptoms are at their worst. A word of warning though - using the Powerball at high speeds will have the opposite effect and can actually worsen symptoms! It is easy to control the speed of the Powerball though and once you have reached the speed you desire you can comfortably carry on using it at that speed by maintaining the speed of your hand rotations.
The display screen on the Powerball will record various readings about your performance during use. There are four functions you can select which include: the total accumulated revolutions in the session; the current speed (RPM); the highest achieved speed/RPM in that session; and finally the Physical Strength Index (PSI). The highest RPM ever achieved on the device is also stored permanently on the device but can be reset to zero if required. The PSI can be set at either 30, 60 or 90 seconds and will record the actual number of revolutions made in that time interval. This is a fun test of stamina because the idea here is to spin the Powerball as fast as you can for the duration of the time period. The function I use most though is the highest RPM per session because I find it addictive to try and beat my previous scores.
This scoring system is also a good feature allowing you to challenge friends/workmates (outside of work hours of course!) to beat your score - the loser inevitably making the next round of drinks. One complaint I do have regarding the design is that when you are using the Powerball, the screen is buried in your palm making it impossible to see the scores whilst in use. This makes the current RPM feature a bit redundant really but I find this the most irrelevant of the scores anyway.
== Summary ==
After using the Powerball on and off for the best part of five years I have definitely noticed the muscle-strengthening benefits of the device on my forearm and fingers. Using it regularly for a few minutes a day will make a difference and although it won't turn you into Popeye it will help tone your arms and give you the benefits that come with it. For me, the added use of reducing pain caused by RSI has also been very beneficial and increases the Powerball's versatility. You don't need to be going for the word arm wrestling championship to find a use for this product and the fact that you can use it at whatever speed you desire makes it a versatile fitness aid for anybody.
== Price/Value ==
The Powerball Neon Pro is currently available at amazon.co.uk for £17.00 with free delivery. It is admittedly a little pricey and will probably not be money well spent if you only intend to use it infrequently. However, providing you use it regularly and can see yourself benefiting from the muscle-strengthening or pain alleviating exercises of the Powerball then I think it's good value. Even if you decide to use it just for fun, the thrill of an interwork "Power-Off" whilst the boss has popped out for a few minutes is enough to warrant the purchase price in my opinion.
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The NSD Power Ball 250hz Pro is something my husband purchased to help build up the muscles in his wrist and lower arms after he strained his wrist at the gym.
The Power Ball contains a gyroscope enclosed in a solid outer sphere, the gyroscope is propelled by the motion of you rotating your wrist, the faster you rotate your wrist the faster the gyroscope turns, it gradually builds up momentum causing resistance upon your fingers, wrist, forearm, biceps and triceps. This resistance builds up and with regular use it strengthens your muscles.
The gyroscope is started by wrapping the cord around the central ball and pulling it fast and setting it spinning, the idea is to then rotate your wrist in time with the turning of the gyroscope, if you get the timing right the gyroscope will continue to spin, if you get it wrong the gyroscope will slow down and gradually stop.
The Power Ball Pro comes with a digital counter that starts automatically when the gyroscope starts turning, the counter is handy for tracking your improvement and seeing how many rotations you can do before your arm gets tired.
The gyroscope in the power ball can spin very very fast and it is easy to lose synchronisation, when that happens the Power ball can wobble out of control and you can lose your grip on it, it feels like the power ball has a life of its own.
There is a knack to keeping the gyroscope turning, and to be honest I do not have it, no matter how hard I try the gyroscope slows down and grinds to a halt. My husband can quite easily keep the gyroscope turning and happily fidgets with it in the evenings. Using the Power Ball built the muscles up in my husband's wrists and his strain rapidly got better. He uses the ball for a few minutes each evening and he has not suffered a strain since.
The Power Ball is quite noisy once it gets going. When you have finished using the Power Ball it is best to keep hold of it till the gyroscope stops turning, if you put it down while it is turning it will wobble its way off a flat surface and on to the floor.
The Power ball is described as being perfect for building the muscles up in the arms, hands and wrists, ideal for use by Golf, Tennis and Squash players and also for Drummers, Guitarists and Pianists. It can also be used in rehabilitation of Repetitive Strain Injury and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
I got the 250hz Power Ball Pro from Amazon.co.uk for around £20.00, in the box you get the Power Ball, two red strings for starting it, some very basic instructions and a mini cd. Unfortunately the mini cd in my box was broken so I am unable to tell you what was on it.
The Power Ball Pro is quite a tough object, but you must be careful about dropping it as the gyroscope can break, luckily the Power Ball comes with a lifetime money back guarantee, support helpline and a lifetime repair or replace warranty. All details of the warranty can be found at www.nsdball.com.
In conclusion my husband thinks this ball is great, it helped him build his wrist back up and has contributed to preventing another injury. Unfortunately I am unable to use it as I can't keep the gyroscope turning. I do think it is a bit overpriced but Amazon does occasionally have it on offer so if you want one it is worth keeping an eye out for.
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I first saw one of these a few years ago at my friend's home. He was messing about with it, and to be honest, it looked pretty boring. I think the power ball took off around that point, and I found myself seeing it more and more during daily internet browsing sessions. This was so much so that I thought it might be quite fun to buy... it looked like exercise that didn't feel that taxing... I was wrong...
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The unique sphere successfully blurs the line between exercise & fun and is suitable for both male and female, young or old. NSD Powerball generates between 1 - 40lbs of resistance depending on rotor speed and will tone the arms & wrists, build muscle or gently rehabilitate damaged limbs with its smooth non impact action. Inexpensive to buy, this is one of world's most popular gift ideas and will instantly satisfy 4 very specific requirements for you as
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One look at the online shop on their official website and you know there is a LOT of choice. The one I'm reviewing is the 'all-original NSD power ball' in 'Neon Green Pro' The price for the 250hz one is £13.99 and in the neon range they are £19.99 to £26.99. It is currently supplied with a 25 years warranty and money back guarantee.
It comes in a cardboard box. Inside you'll find your gyro ball and a piece of string to set it off.
I paid £13.98 for my power ball at the start of 2009 on Amazon, and it has actually gone up in price to £17.00 there. I didn't think too much about the ball - my expectations were that it would be a fun thing to play with and also great for the family. When it came I was really excited and found that the ball was heavier than I expected. I played with it pretty much straight-away.
The string is threaded about the ball at the centre. You pull this string to set the gyro going and try to keep it moving through spinning the ball with your hand. It is actually really fun and challenging! If you want to use it effectively, you really have to give it a good go since lack of momentum means that the gyroscope will stop moving altogether and you'll just be left feeling rather silly.
Resistance wise, I was pretty amazed. You start off and think, "ah...not too bad...not very challenging" but very quickie the resistance has built up to the point where you really feel like you're getting a good workout. I didn't break a sweat with this, but it was still challenging. I don't even think I've reached the limit of the resistance this ball can give.
It's pretty easy to pick up once you've got the hang of it. Initially I really had trouble getting the ball to spin. Some people can set the gyro moving just by spinning it as though it were moving, but with a lot of force. I don't have those manly muscles and always have to use the string though!
There is a display panel, but to be honest, I can't comment on this since it's always hidden by my hand and I've never felt the need to use it. It shows you things like "total accumulated revolutions" and "physical strength index."
My particular ball actually lights up neon green which is really fun! The ball does make quite a lot of noise, so I wouldn't recommend using this when everyone is asleep!
There are a few negatives about this, which is a shame because it's pretty cool! Firstly, I've got the string trapped inside on a few occasions when trying to pull the string to set it off. This got me pretty scared on several occasions because it was wedged very tightly and I thought that I'd break something inside - I pretty much had to yank the string out each time... Another negative would be that it's not particularly great for people with small hands. I have medium sized hands for a female in my opinion, but even then it did hurt the balls of my hands purely from straining to grip tightly around the whole thing! This hasn't stopped me from playing with it, but each time, the power ball does sit rather awkwardly in my hand and causes some strain at times. I don't take it seriously and see it as a bit of fun so this last negative doesn't bother me so much.
A really fun family friendly thing to have! I wouldn't recommend it if your hands are on the small side though if you really want to use the power ball for some serious exercising.
It's a really unusual gadget still for quite a lot of people, and something that everyone gets curious about! I think it's brilliant to play with on a rainy day, or to even challenge yourself with!
After reading a few reviews on here about how one of these devices could improve my squash game I decided to order one off Amazon for £15 + Free delivery. I figured if I could stop getting arm cramps after a game it might be worth the few quid!
The powerball is a simple enough concept, you jump start a gyroscope contained inside the plastic ball and using a combination of stirring movements you attempt to keep it spinning and hopefully increase it's speed. I'll be the first to admit that this sounded ridiculous to me and that I was only convinced to buy one since I had a leftover dooyoo voucher in my inbox!
Was I proved wrong? Yes and no. It is a ridiculous concept, but I don't have cramps in my arms after playing squash anymore. It's hard to quantify whether or not this was down to the powerball or to an increase in my frequency of squash games. Using the powerball is great fun though, there's something oddly compelling about shaking the thing around, no matter much it looks like a derogatory hand motion. It is very tough on the arms and I produced an embarrassing ~9000 rpm when I first tried the thing!
Build quality is very high, a surprising find for a £15 product. I'm not an expert on plastics but I can tell it's made of a particularly high grade material, albeit brittle feeling at times. It feels good and solid in your palm, I was never worried about it breaking when I was using it. Other reviews have noted that it breaks easily on dropping it, I guess this is a trade-off between sturdiness and brittleness. Just don't drop it and you'll do just fine!
Overall I'm happy enough with my purchase, if nothing else it was a nice distraction for a few weeks and hey, maybe it did improve my squash game!
I was getting stiff fingers and sore wrists which I was blaming on the fact I spend most of my waking moments on a computer either for work or for pleasure. The stiffness and pain in my wrists was particularly painful and I think I may have been suffering for some sort of repetitive strain injury even though I never had anything formally diagnosed.
After discussing it with friends and family more than a few people had recommended that I buy myself a power ball. Only having the vaguest idea of what a power ball was I went online for a look and decided to buy myself one and see if it could possibly help me.
There were quite a lot of power balls available on the market and not knowing which one to pick I finally plumped for the power ball neon pro.
==================== What is the power ball neon pro? ====================
The power ball neon pro is a hand gyroscope which basically means that it is a ball within a ball. The inside ball spins at high intensity creating a resistance and you have to hold the outside ball and move your wrist to keep up the spinning.
The power ball neon pro can generate speeds of up to 15,000 rpm and it has an on board computer which counts the speed of the gyroscope and things such as the amount of turns you manage to get each time.
==================== So what is the power ball good for? =====================
Power balls are used for increasing both power in the hands and lower arms and increasing dexterity. They are ideal for people who use sports such as tennis, golf, squash etc so that you can strengthen the muscles you use in these sports making an injury much less likely.
They are also used as a rehabilitation tool for people who have arthritis, RSI, CTS, tennis elbow and wrist injuries. Because it is non-impact it doesn't put strain on the muscles and tendons.
=================== Using the power ball =====================
The neon pro power ball is about the size of a tennis ball so it fits in the hand quite easily and comfortably. It feels quite heavy to begin with but you soon get used to this. What takes longer to get used to is actually using the power ball correctly.
To start the inside power ball up you get a red cord which you need to put in the inside ball and then thread it through both balls until there is only a little bit of thread left which you then pull out hard to get the inside ball spinning.
When the inside ball is spinning you need to move your wrist in the correct motion to keep the inside ball spinning or else it will stop. Getting this motion right is quite difficult and it took me quite a good few times before I got it right.
Once you have mastered the motion of spinning the power ball you start to get into the swing of things and can keep it going for a few minutes building it up to about 15 minutes at a time which is the optimum time you are supposed to use the power ball every day to get maximum benefit from it.
To begin with I really noticed the stiffness in my wrists after only doing the power ball for a couple of minutes and had to stop but after a couple of weeks I could feel the strength beginning to return to my wrist and lower arm and I could go for longer periods at a time.
They have made the power ball to be a fun way to work out by making the neon pro light up with LED lights when the inside ball is spinning and the faster you get it to spin the brighter the lights get. I actually do think that the power ball is a cool looking gadget and everyone who has seen it for the first time wants to try it out so it definitely helps with encouraging you to work out.
The only problem I have with the power ball is the fact that I need to manually thread the cord to get it to work. Before I bought it I just assumed that it worked by pressing a button or something and it seems a little low tech to have to do it manually with the cord.
The on board computer is handy but something I never use. I have no need to see how fast it is going or how many reps I manage but I do think it would be good for families or couples to encourage some competitiveness. The computer uses two watch type batteries which come with it and are supposed to last for 3 years at a time.
All the parts of the power ball neon pro are made from plastic but it is of a good quality and I have dropped it on the floor more than once and it has never once cracked or been damaged.
================ Would I recommend the power ball neon pro? ====================
The novelty of using the power ball neon pro does ware off after a while and I have to admit it spends more time in a drawer than out of it these days but it did help me with the stiffness I was suffering in my wrists. It took a little while for it to start to help but after using it for a few weeks the results were noticeable and my wrists were definitely stronger.
Although the novelty has worn off if I start to get any pain or stiffness in my wrist I get the power ball straight out and a couple of goes on it soon sorts it out.
I got my power ball neon pro on amazon and I forget the exact amount that I paid for it but they are currently available (03/07/2011) for £15.99. For that money I definitely think it is worth it for people who suffer from wrist pain.
For the most part, working out can be a dull and tiresome process... but then a cool device like the 'Powerball' comes along and makes exercise feel less like a chore. If you haven't heard of a Powerball (not to be confused with Finish 'Powerball Tablets' that you put in your dishwasher) it's simply a ball-shaped training aid that is rotated in the hand. First developed in the '70s, the device features an internal gyroscope which gathers speed, creating resistance, and ultimately makes the Powerball quite tricky to hold on to. The process may sound fairly easy, but the technique is at first a little difficult to get to grips with.
"A starter for 10"...
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To begin, you'll need to start the gyroscope by inserting the red starter cord (included) into the notch of the device's underside. Give the cord a short sharp tug, and the gyroscope will whirr into action. It's then down to your wrist action; rotating the hand in a circle, gradually increasing the speed of the turns, before the gyroscope gets into full flow. But 'why should I use a Powerball?' I hear you ask. Well, quite simply, a Powerball is great for working the muscles in the upper body, and as a result, it's perfect exercise for anyone that's actively involved in golf, tennis, squash, badminton, climbing, and a whole host of other sports. Powerballs are also excellent for sufferers of repetitive strain injury and carpal tunnel syndrome. In terms of my own personal experience, i've found the Powerball to be really helpful for my squash game, as it strengthened up the muscles in my wrist - when I first began playing the sport, I used to encounter a moderate amount of pain after a session, but the Powerball (used three to four times a week for fifteen minutes at a time) quickly sorted me out.
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The Neon is one of Powerball's entry-level devices, and can currently be picked up for £18.95 from Amazon. It comprises a transparent blue outer shell with fluorescent green inner workings. The outside features a rubber grip section, which makes it comfortable to hold onto whilst it's spinning. The top of the device houses a small LCD screen which can be set to show the speed at which the internal gyroscope is running, and other statistics like the top speed reached - a kind of 'high score' for others to beat. The LCD requires a button cell battery which seems to last for ages before it needs to be replaced.
'tis a noisy bugger
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One of the trademarks of Neon Powerball is the fact that it illuminates while in motion - and the faster you spin the gyroscope, the brighter it gets. I should also point out that it's a rather noisy device - don't expect to be able to spin your Powerball whilst watching the TV, unless you turn up the volume a good few notches. In terms of the Powerball Neon's longevity - well, it depends on how you treat it. A Powerball can have a limited lifespan if you don't use it correctly. it's vitally important not to drop, or shake the Powerball whilst in motion - or suddenly change the direction in which the gyroscope is spinning.
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Overall, I would highly recommend the Powerball Neon Pro as a fantastic and effective training aid which really delivers the goods in terms of fun and physical results. Once you get into a rhythm, Powerballing is fairly addictive - although it's difficult to explain why - probably the combination of the lights and the sounds, plus the fact that it actually feels like you're getting a proper workout. The only downside is the fact that when the battery in the LCD screen does finally run out, it's really difficult to replace - you'll need to do a bit of prizing with a screwdriver, and even then it still can take a long time. In terms of the cost, the device offers decent value for money, even though the price has increased in recent years. I would certainly always recommend buying a genuine Powerball over the cheaper branded ones (sometimes call 'strength balls') - the official ones are better made, more effective, and will ultimately last you a long time.
I received a Powerball Neon Pro for my birthday a few years ago. At first I was a little sceptical that this product would actually work but a few of my friends also own a Powerball so I didn't turn it down straight away. The Powerball contains a gyroscope which when up to speed creates a strong force which is supposed to help tone your muscles.
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I found it quite difficult to get the gyroscope going the first few times, but this simply comes with practice. The gyroscope is started by inserting the string provided into the small hole on the yellow wheel. You must then wind the wheel around with the string and when you are ready to start the gyroscope you must pull the cord out quickly.
By watching online videos on the really good website provided by the Powerball company I learned that the Powerball can be used to tone your biceps, wrist and other muscles. I have heard that you can even by an attachment which allows you to attach the powerball to your foot. The Powerball is supposed to be really good for people that play sports such as golf where your wrist is involved, or even for playing instruments such as the piano. I personally have not used it long enough to see any major changes but I reckon that it could well have a positive effect. Powerball also recommend that people with RSI should use the Powerball for recovery.
My favourite feature of the Powerball is the competition mode which allows you to see how fast you can get the gyroscope to spin in 30 seconds. This is great to challenge friends with and there is even a world championship online which you can add your scores to!
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I cannot really fault the Powerball however I do have some problems with the product:
1) The string which is used to get the gyroscope spinning has a piece of plastic on the end. When I first got the Powerball the plastic fell off inside the Powerball - I have now managed to remove this.
2) As it clearly states in the instructions, you should be very careful not to drop the Powerball. Someone dropped mine whilst using it and from then on the gyroscope made a funny rattling sound inside. I sent an email to Powerball who sent me a replacement gyroscope free of charge! The company really does provide brilliant customer service. To prevent the dropping of the Powerball you can purchase a wrist strap online - I personally feel this should be included to prevent other people doing the same thing.
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Overall I would say that this product is great fun and is recommended for people of all ages. The customer service of the company is brilliant and you can even buy extra accessories from http://www.powerballs.com/
I am not sure how good the results would be if I was to continually use this product but it is great fun even if it doesn't actually help build muscle.
The Power ball is a plastic ball that is held in your hand whilst a gyroscope is going around inside it creating a force that requires more and more strength to hold still the quicker you go. It builds your biceps and wrist strength which is great for sports like golf , cricket and any other sport where you rely on your wrists.
***Ease of Use***
To start the gyroscope , you must first put a small piece of rope (which is included) into the gyroscope and wrap it up. You then place it into your palm and pull the rope to get the gyroscope spinning. You then rotate your wrist until you get a steady speed. The aim is to keep that going. Sounds easy but it isn't ! It takes a huge amount of arm strength ! The great thing about this is that anyone can do it at their own pace.
The power ball neon pro is the most advanced of the power balls and includes a small screen at the top.This shows you your stats. There is also 6 LEDs which get brighter the faster you go.
Power balls can cost £13.99 - £42.99. The basic ones are just the same as the best ones but without lights and the screen but they do the same job. They are definatley worth it when you think about how expensive a weight set is.
Overall , a excellent fitness gadget well worth it.
Powerball, well what can I say "JOKE!!".
I brought the powerball blue from Argos for Christmas at £15. I got this fitness gadget as I play golf and as advertised it helps arm and wrist strength which is crucial in golf.
The therory behind this gadget is that the weight in the centre is balanced in such a way that when the ball is flicked the ball will start to turn on all the axis and start to build up resistance to the turning of your wrist. As you increase the speed you fight the weight to keep the ball going which in turn makes the ball feel very heavy like a weight. This then builds up muscle and strength.
Now this could be true and work wonders but not with me and I think is this just a Joke and a waste of money.
I have issues very quickly. The first ball I got only lasted me 5 days. The ball would get jammed and would not turn or operate correctly so I could not use the ball at all.
The second ball I got was ok for a week or so and then started to make a very loud banging noise ever few seconds, the last one I got was fine but after using all the previous ones I found it A) very boring. B) Quite noisy, so could not use it at work or watching TV C) didn't feel like it make any difference at all.
In the end I took it back and got my money back.
I would not recommend buying the ball but if you would like to give it a go it might be different for you.
If you are into gadgets etc then this could be the thing for you. It is basically a gyroscope fitted inside a capsule about the size of a tennis ball, and it says that you can use it to strengthen your wrists and forearms, which should make you a better tennis player etc. The objective is to get the thing initially spinning using the string provided, and then moving your wrist/arm in such a way as to keep it spinning. The faster it spins, the more the force and the more of a workout you do.
Sounds simple enough, but there is a knack to getting it to spin quicker. Basically the trick is to initially imagine that you are stirring treacle very slowly. When you get this move right, you'll hear the gyroscope bit wind up and then you stir faster and faster to get the speed up. After a while it will get tiring on your arms and that is the exercise bit taking effect. The good thing with this particular power ball is that it has an electronic counter on the top which will record the max revolution speed that the gyroscope makes, plus duration and number of revs etc.
Now you can either keep the speed steady at a low revs, or if you're really ambitious, you could try and go for the world record max speed which is something like 16000 revs. But if you watch the Youtube video of this, the guy has forearms that would put Popeye to shame and looks like he's just been plugged into the mains as he jitters around getting the speed up. Most people will be lucky to get over 10000 first time.
In summary, it is addictive, but it is tiring as any exercise 'machine' will be. But keep using it and over time you will see improvements.
I bought my powerball as a bit of a novelty item after discovering it on play.com. I was intrigued to find out just how powerful the gyroscope was and to test my strength. After several failed attempts to get it started I manged to get it going and I could hardly put the thing down, the power generated by the gyroscope is huge and it really makes your arm burn and forces you to grip very firmly.
I bought a wriststrap for my powerball as an extra precaution in case it flew out my hand. The powerball came with 2 starter strings in case you lose one, but they are basically just thin shoelaces so could be replaced easily. I am unable to start the powerball by hand though like some people are able to.
Unsuprisingly, I soon got bored with the powerball and now only use it occasionally but it's still good fun. The counter on the powerball has several functions but I have only used the rpm function acheiving a top score of 10788. The counter is great for competition with yourself and your friends and pushes you to keep trying to improve your top score.
One must be careful not to drop or knock the powerball as it causes internal damage and the powerball will not run as smoothly. The powerball also needs cleaning occasionally to remove internal dust build up, instructions can be found on the powerball website. The powerball can be difficult to open, I resorted to hitting it with a 3kg plastic covered dumbell.
Problems I have had with the powerball are:
-it causes blisters on my little finger;
-it is a little too large for a female hand;
-some of my less coordinated friends were unable to work the thing;
-ran less smoothly after a small drop.
(this review is also posted on my ciao account under the same name)
I'm married to the man who has everything, so I bought him this Powerball about 5 years ago as it looked a fun little gadget that also worked as a fitness aide.
The powerball comes packaged in a little cardboard box with a picture of the product on the front and some information about the type of people who would benefit from using it, such as musicians (drummers, guitarists, pianists) and sports entusiasts, such as golfers, tennis and squash players. In a nutshell it's aimed at people who undertake activities demanding power in the arms, hands and wrists.
The powerball is about the size of a tennis ball. It's made of a clear plastic, allowing you to see the gyroscope underneath. The top of the powerball has a little trip computer which is powered by 2 watch style batterie. The computer can easily be set to show your top speed, the top speed record and strength test.
To operate the powerball you have to thread a little string into the internal yellow ball. There is an opening in the outer plastic casing to allow you to do this. This part is a little fiddly, but as long as you have steady fingers, once you know what to do, it takes seconds.
Once the string is threaded in, you turn the internal yellow ball to wind the string up. Putting the powerball in the hand that you intend to use, you yank the string with the other hand and the internal gyroscope begins to spin.
Imediately, you feel the pressure in your hand and you have to slowly rotate you hand and wrist to keep the powerball spinning and also to stop it flying out of your hand.
It took me quite a few goes to get the hand of it - there's definitely a knack involved, but the results are impressive. After just a few minutes your hand and wrist feel like they've had a good workout. If you are looking to improve the strength in this area, this is a brilliant way to do it - and the beauty is, you can do it whilst you're sitting on the couch!
The powerball makes a little whirring sound once it is spinning, but it's not noisy enough to be annoying and would easily be drowned out by a tv on at reasonable volume.
When the powerball is spining it glows a kind of luminous yellow colour, which I think is caused by a battery being charged by the kinetic energy that the movement of your hand is producing.
I paid around £25 for the Powerball, but you can pick them up now for around £15, which is a reasonable price. After 5 years, ours is still going strong. The box claims that the powerball has a lifetime guarantee, but hopefully I'll never have to test that claim!
This is a great little gadget, or a very useful piece of exercise equipment.
As a gym regular I look forward to my workouts and enjoy them very much.
I sustained an arm injury and against doctors instructions kept training which resulted in a bad case of tendonitis, I stopped training for a month and started on a program from the physio but the problem just seemed to be getting worse to the extent that I couldn't lift anything with my left arm without pain.
Then at christmas my wife bought me a powerball, she saw it advertised on some shopping channel and went to argos and bought one with a digital counter which runs at 250 mhz, it cost £16.99.
My first impression was that it was another exercise gimic, my wife kind of thought the same but felt it was worth a try.
Starting it was initially problematic so I resorted to doing something totally against the grain, I watched the supplied dvd and looked at their website and read instructions.
Starting the gyroscope mechanisim is like learning to ride a bike, once you do it you can do it every time but its difficult to begin with, it rotates by winding and unwinding a rip cord but I now can start it with my thumb using a technique from the website mentioned above.
This thing is such a cool colour and is a perfect weight, I felt like a kid in a toy shop, when it starts you control the force by moving your wrist, if you really go for it you really feel a kick from the giroscope and it can be difficult to hold, its a quite phenomenal feeling, i reakon that if you had it up at say 10000 rpm and let go that it'd take your ceiling down.
The trick now is to decide if you want to exercise for fitness or for rehabilitation, by manipulating your hold, arm position and grip you can work different areas of your arms chest and shoulders, I went straight for the exercises demonstrated on the dvd and web site specifically for tendonitis in the area I had it.
After 4 weeks of use 4 times a day I was completely healed and back training, my grip was also much more powerful.
Powerball is also great for passing time or exercising conveniently when watching tv etc.... there s a part of of the website where you can keep track of rpm records (16742 rpm) and endurance records (24 hours straight), I'd never get close to the 24 hours but at the time of writing have managed 14351 rpm. this thing is totally addictive.
Structurally it is very well made and seems unbreakable however there seems to be an issue with excess noise due to internal wear and there is a procedure detailed online which explaines how to open it and clean it out, personally I have had no problems, It also wont work if it gets dropped in water.
Mine is a 250 mhz version but there is a 350 mhz one now available, I am happy with mine and will only buy another when it breaks, the mhz rating is the power rating of the giro or kick factor if you like. I recommend buying one with a counter as part of the fun is in beating your personal bests.
It healed my injury and its now addictive fun.
I was given one of these for christmas and my first impression was what the hell is this? I can now say not only is it addictive fun but it does really work. It works on the basis of mostly toning muscles by non impactive exercise, basically it will tone you up but the recovery time is less than traditional exercise. Perhaps the best thing about it is how little you have to use it, i started a regime of 5 mins per arm 3 times a week. After about 2 weeks there was a notable difference and i'd barely felt like i was exercising! Some of them also come with an LED display, i barely used these functions except for the highest RPM counter. This detects just how fast you can spin the gyro and records it on the screen. It's great to pass around mates to see who can record the highest score and in the process everyone is doing a cheeky bit of exercise.
Use for rehabilitation and relief from carpal tunnel syndrome and RSI. Neon Powerballs have 6 high intensity LED's which glow brightly once the Powerball is spinning. The counter is powered by two 'watch' batteries with an approx 3 year lifespan.