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This ball has various names including a gym fall, fitness ball and swiss ball.
I got this ball when my old one was looking worse for wear after a few nights in the garden. Luckily for me it was given to me by a kind friend who got it as a "gift" from her boyfriend (minus, minus, minus brownie points). It was still in the box and cost nothing which was great. Any of the kids in the family who come round are fascinated by this ball and could play with it for hours, ignoring the video games and toys, so I had to get another as soon as possible. They are available in many places including in the Argos catalogue at a cost of £6.99 which seems about the average price for this kind of product.
The ball is silver with a shiny finish and has lines going around it. Other colours are available including purple. The ball is easy to wipe clean using a cloth or baby wipe. It is 65cm in diameter which seems to be the size of most balls of this type. This one in particular comes with a foot pump to inflate it and stated that the maximum weight of the user is 125kg.
Some balls come with books or dvd's to show you some exercises but this one did not. I bought one of these balls in the first place after doing a class using them in the gym, I have terrible balance and co-ordination but still enjoyed the class so rather than humiliate myself any more I decided to take what I had learned and do it in the comfort of my own home.
DVD's are available to buy, or clips online to get some ideas, but the best one I found for ideas was a really annoying man called Winston Squire who appears on fitness tv in a programme called Core on the Ball. It does give you some good ideas and if you have sky plus you can record the programme and watch it back whenever you want to exercise.
The good thing about these balls is that there is a wide range of exercises that can be done using it for all over the body and for people with varying levels of fitness.
It is entirely up to you which part of your body you wish to focus on and which exercises you feel comfortable with. There are specific exercises for the abs, arms, legs, shoulders and back.
I try to do push ups on mine which I find really difficult, sit ups which are more comfortable that doing them on the floor, crunches and leg curls which can be done fairly easily while you can still feel it working.
More simple exercises include pelvic tilts and various stretches. I find it effective and it is one which you can use as much or as little as you like. I am not a fan of the gym so when I get into exercise mode I usually try to do a workout dvd every second day and use this on the off day for a few minutes each morning and evening. Due to this any results I see are from a combination of this and other exercises but my mum is less energetic and uses one of these for sit ups now and then and she can definitely feel it on her abdominal muscles although never sticks with it long enough to gain long lasting results.
It is not just for people wanting to tone up and exercise, it can also help with relaxation and for the health of your back.
The balls are said to be good for your posture and help with back pain, as you have to sit in a certain position to avoid wobbling off it.
They are also often used during and after pregnancy these days to reduce back pain and strengthen the muscles.
This is a good piece of equipment which I do use fairly often. I've been using this particular ball for about a year now and it doesn't show any sign of wear. I have had to pump it back up slightly a couple of times but this only takes seconds.
The problem with these balls is storage, the reason my old ball god ruined was that my partner got sick of the sight of it and threw it in the garden. Since moving, we have a spare bedroom now so hopefully this ball will be a bit safer in there.
I wouldn't say that this particular brand of ball is any better or worse than others, I have used more expensive brands of ball in a gym and really can't tell the difference between those and this one. My previous ball was a couple of pounds cheaper than this, but didn't come with a foot pump so I would say it's worth the little bit extra for this.
I bought the gym ball after I ha an injury to my foot and could no longer exercise upright! I though I could use it to stay flexible and keep up strength in certain areas. This was a good idea as the gym ball is incredibly versatile and comes with a programme of various exercises, how to perform them and the number of repetitions of each exercise you should perform in order to achieve certain results.
In theory this was ideal, and for the first week or two I stuck to the plan and thought 'wow, what a great invention!' However, as with many other things, yes, you guessed it the novelty wore off. Potentially this is actually great exercise for anyone if for whatever reason you can't do other exercises, need some extra support, need to exercise indoors or simply want a home exercise programme, and the product itself can not be faulted.
It is my own fault that the novelty of this item has worn off and now I am stuck with a huge inflatable ball rolling round the house with nowhere to inconspicuously store it! However, although it was not my intention to add more toys to their growing collection, the kids think it's amazing. It has multi uses - a giant football, a massive throw-catch toy or a lovely bouncy chair to watch TV on - cheaper than a bean bag too! In fact they argue over it that much that I may have to invest in another one!
On the whole a highly recommended product. Very durable, great quality, very reasonably priced, oh, and very comfy for watching TV on!
It is a almost a fact that every one care about their health and looks, with some exceptions, of course. But even for those it would be so easy to start exercising if they knew this easy and simple, yet fantastic tool to get a toned core.
The Pro Fitness swiss ball is perfect to do those abs which always are a pain when done on the floor. Whereas with this product I have literally felt how it isolates the other muscles so that you actually work out your middle bit, and which is great as well, is that it is kind of fun!
I think it is really worth it paying just approximately 18 pounds (mine was 18,99) for this ball that will build your abs in a matter of weeks... I was not fat but I had a belly not toned at all. Within the 8th week of using it regularly, I could tell how some muscles started to appear on my stomach and I swear that when you notice them, you cannot prevent yourself of continuing exercising until getting to that goal you have set in your head.
The quality is really good, and it includes a pump so you can inflate it quickly and easily. That is another reason why I absolutely recommend this product.
I bought this gym ball recently from a sports shop it was reduced to £6.99 it was slightly more and the main reason was that a pink one was required for my daughter!!!
What is it?
It's a ball!! yes it's a ball, it's like a bouncy hopper but without the handles! it comes flat and you have to blow it up using a pump until it is fairly firm. It is then used for excersizes and workouts to get fit. The come in various colours and sizes.
It is mainly used for workouts using a variety of techniques from rolling on it, bouncing up and down and balancing on it.
My daughter 12 was diagnosed with autism, we were recommended to buy one of these as she was a sensory avoider - without going into too much detail she finds it hard to settle and doesn't want to go near sensory things and yet craves them. It can be very fraustrating. She also finds it difficult to excersize and has loose joints so this will help to give them a work out.
We have also found that a few bounces really helps her to feel right again! it helps her calm down after a difficult episode and the most amazing thing is that when it's homework time especially with maths, if we say do 10 sums and then 6 bounces and then 10 more sums and 6 bounces with a reward of bounces at the end she does it no problem!! she also loves rolling backwards and forwards on it, the motion seems to be what she is craving.
My other daughter without Autsim likes to use it as a foot rest whilst watching tv!
It can be used in Pilates too but I would say to have some guidance or lessons first as I know it's easy to cause injuries if done wrongly.
For us great to see a smile on our daughters face for the price of £6.99 it's nothing!! It is quite large in the lounge but we have just got used to it now it's part of the furniture and the dog has got used to getting out of the way when my daughter flies along the floor on it!
I bought the Pro Fitness Gym Ball quite a while ago but it is one of those pieces of fitness equipment that I bought and then it stayed sitting pretty in the corner of the room because I never got around to use it. However, recently I have started using it as part of my exercise regime and so I know have experience using it and so I've finally got around to writing my review! The Pro Fitness Gym Ball cost me £6.99 from Argos (www.argos.co.uk) which I felt was a really good price for a piece of equipment that can be used in such a wide variety of ways and so it's pretty versatile.
The Pro Fitness Gym Ball doesn't really look any different really from many other fitness balls - although the price is considerably less. The ball is silver all over and so it looks like a giant bauble! The ball is 65cm in diameter, which is again pretty standard in terms of size and as I'm average height it is a perfectly good size for me - although if you were particularly tall it might be too low down because one size doesn't always fit all. It does have a maximum user weight of 125kg (just under 20 stone) and so this is something to bear in mind because some fitness balls do allow for heavier weights.
The ball is made of a rubber and it feels durable and strong - and I do think it's important to have confidence in any piece of equipment that you may be balancing on because you really don't want to fall flat on your face. The rubber is slightly textured as it has a raised grid type pattern on it and so this stops the ball from sliding if you're using it on a shiny surface and also helps to stop me from sliding off when I'm using it.
Because the ball is made of rubber, it can be cleaned easily, and I will usually do this just by wiping it over with a damp cloth. Because I can get a bit sweaty on it (eww.....sorry!) I do like that I can wipe it over and keep it clean.
The Pro Fitness Gym Ball can be used in a lot of different ways and can contribute to improving muscles by targeting certain muscle groups, improving balance and co-ordination. Unfortunately, the ball doesn't come with a fitness book or DVD to suggest exercises, but I've found that these are easy enough to find free on the internet. Overall, I think this is a really good exercise ball and I would recommend it.
When I got to 34 weeks pregnant my midwife prepared me for the fact that it was quite likely my daughter would still be in the breech position when I was due since she was breech throughout the whole pregnancy. When she told me this she also told me the best option would be a c-section but I wanted a natural birth, I set about looking for ways to get baby to change position at home. My friend said bouncing on a gym ball could help, so off I went to Argos to buy one.
I decided to buy the Pro Fitness gym ball at £6.99. I was quite surprised when the staff at Argos came walking out of that doorway with a small box for this ball, especially when the ball is 65cm in diameter when blown up.
Inside the box you get the ball, a information leaflet and a foot pump. The ball is easy to pump up using the foot pump. When the ball is fully inflated and you go to sit on it, it does feel like it could burst under the pressure of your weight on top of it. However, this ball can hold people who weigh up to 19st10 and it wont burst despite the feeling of it almost giving way.
Like I said early, I used this ball to try and turn my daughter the right way round. It worked, I then carried on gently bouncing on the ball to try and start labour off as there were no signs of her and I went overdue. Even bouncing on the ball when I was overdue was a pleasant, comfortable experience despite being the size of a small house!
After I had my daughter I deflated the ball for easier storage but since inflated it again without any problems. I now use the ball when I'm doing some exercise as it adds another dimension to various exercises, the main exercise I like to do on the ball is sit ups. I believe doing sit ups on the ball rather than an exercise mat means that more muscles are being used as you have to try and keep yourself on the ball at the same time as doing each sit up. I have found that every month or so it will need a tiny bit more air pumped into it but that's not really a problem for me.
I think the price is great for what you get. It's been almost 3 years since I first purchased this ball and it is still in fully working order despite needing extra air every so often. I would definitely recommend this gym ball, for exercising and for pregnant ladies.
I bought this to replace the argos ball that i used earlier in my excercise regeim. This ball definatley fits my criteria for a good excercise session. Its as good as the balls you use in a gym and it comes with tape that you put through the nozzle of the pump so you know the exact size of it. The pump isnt the best in the world and pumping the ball up is a work out itself but if instructions are followed. There has been no air leakage so far unlike my argos ball. This ball is certainley safe and i never worry about it collapsing in on me ! If i need another one then this will be my first port of call. It doesnt slip when your using itand is the perfect ball for stomach excercises.Value for money wise this ball seemed the best on the market and it has lived up to that so far.
Overall i would recommend this for any one looking to excercise your stomach muscles regulary.
@ About @
I first bought this about a year ago, it cost me £7.49 and honestly, they must be making a serious profit on this. It comes with a small pump which I can only describe as having a gerbil blow up the entire ball by itself, little air goes in with each pump. It really is tiresome, and requires a great deal of effort. The actual time taken to blow this thing up was at least 15 minutes non stop.
Pumping this ball up is fantastic exercise even before you begin to use it.
@ Build quality @
Exercise balls deflate over time, and yes this one does too. I had pumped it up to almost full when I started so you could depress the ball only slightly. I had been using it just a few times a week for a month or so before I topped it up with air again. It had lost about 15 pumps of air by this time, which wasn't bad for a ball with 88kg resting on it for thirty minutes at a time.
The rubber is thick and so far even with all my body fat piled on top of it, it hasn't burst and remains stretchy. When you stretch the material it becomes lighter and you can see small spots of rubber in the material, but there aren't any weaknesses, cracks or large lines to worry about.
The hole for the pump is a very tight seal and has yet to break either, it just curves around the hole of the rubber on the inside, and when the rubber around it stretches, it stays sealed. The air must get out this way, but since I don't pump it up very often, it must be quite a small gap.
@ During your workout @
This ball is very comfortable to use, and at the correct inflation, supports your body without letting it just slop all over the top. It's the right size for me (I'm 5' 10") and very stable. Sure it's a round sphere but on carpet it's actually not that bad.
The ridges are not actually that troublesome. I thought after a while they would start to dig in and cause pain but actually, they don't. They are really handy for grip because when your hands get sweaty and you touch a rubber ball like this, you just slide off. The ridges provide good grip without compromising comfort, perfect.
@ Overall @
It's a great exercise ball and I really enjoy a workout with it, but I can't help but wonder why it costs so much, the pump isn't big and it's not a complicated thing to build (just a rubber ball) and I have found one cheaper than this. The other downside is the time and effort it takes to set up.
However, it has good build quality and feels great which to me, makes it deserve a four star rating.
Recommended if you dont mind time and effort to set up!
I purchased the pro fitness gym ball over a year ago. I was having a lot of trouble with a bad back. A lot of the time it found myself in excruciating pain and unable to walk properly let alone run or play football. I spoke with the club physiotherapist and he looked into my running style. He believed I had a unique running style that didn't rely much on my core muscles leaving them weaker for everyday routine tasks. This led to too much strain on the muscles in my back. It was suggested to me that if I build up these core muscles then my back problems would go away.
With this in mind I searched the web for exercises that would help build up my core muscles. I continually came across results where people had exercised using a fitness ball. It looked like a very inexpensive solution for me. After using the ball in all kinds of positions for two weeks I noticed I was walking and sitting with a straighter back and the pain in my back had decreased. After around 5 weeks the pain had totally gone and I was also developing some toned muscles on my belly.
This is the best treatment I have ever recieved for my once on going back problems
After getting a place in the Virgin London marathon 2012 I decided it was time to get fit and so therefore joined a gym. Being a very fitness shy person the thought of doing exercises in front of anyone was a real problem. I go once a week with a personal trainer and try to do as much as possible at home in my spare time.
At the gym I made great use of the gym ball to do squats, sit ups and abdominal exercises. It was therefore prudent that I try and find an exercise ball for use in teh home.
Argos sell these gym balls for less than £8 and I consider this a very good price when you consider its versatility. The gym ball is particularly useful for those with lower back problems as it can support the back during exercises such as squats.
The gym ball was very easy to blow up and being a recognised make I was confident it would conform to safety regulations and would ensure that I could maintain the fitness regime in the comfort of my own home.
With the assistance of the gym ball I have started to tone my legs and abdominal muscles and in just over 2 months I have lost 2 stone and am now fitting into a size 16 at long last. The only issue I have is with the storage. I use it regular enough to not warrant deflating for storage however it is so big and bulky that I struggle to find a 'home' for it.
I would strongly recommend this piece of apparatus for anyone looking to get fit. The gym ball is suitable for both novice and experienced users
I bought this fitness ball from Argos several weeks ago and it cost £6.99 which I think is very good value for money especially when fitness things usually cost a great deal.
It took about 5 minutes to blow up with the pump that came included with it and it was very easy to do. I thought I would struggle as I'm hopeless at anything at all practical but I surprised myself.
You can pump it up to be as well blown as you would like it to be. I made it so that it was very firm.
The first thing I actually noticed about this ball was it's smell. It does have a very strong rubbery smell that is quite pungent at first. After a day this was much less so and after a week I now no longer notice it. But it was very strong at first which was pretty off putting.
The ball is very supportive. I thought it would bow under my weight but it holds it's own and it works extremely well. There are many exercises you can do using this ball to tone all different muscles in your body and each one I found this ball was very efficient at doing so. If I was to sit on it I didn't need to put it against a wall or the sofa to support it instead it would stay put even if I sat on it right in the middle of the room. I had visions of it rolling out from underneath me but that's not the case.
I have had this ball for three weeks now and it still hasn't needed to be pumped up again at all it is still as supportive and well blown as it was when I first blew it up which is fantastic.
I think it has helped me to carry out various exercises and it is very supportive. I am unsure as to how well toned I am but I do like to think that it is doing something good.
The downside to this item is that it is rather large so it's hard to store, you can't just put it behind the sofa or hide it in the wardrobe.
At £6.99 I think it is good value for money.
I am currently fortunate enough to be pregnant, and as a result I am getting first-hand insight into a variety of pregnancy-related ailments. One which particularly plagued me recently was pain from stomach stretching and low back pain, and the only way to relieve this seemed to be kneeling on the floor and leaning forward over something. After a miserable day leaning on the sofa staring at the wall I decided I wanted a nice ball to lean on, so headed off to Argos.
What you get...
After handing over your money (a mere £6.99 in Argos) you are given a surprisingly small box. Inside was the ball (obviously deflated), a foot pump to inflate it and a black and white A4 sheet of instructions both for inflating the ball and suggested exercises to do once on it. These instructions stressed the ball is not suitable for use in pregnancy, which I'm assuming is because pregnancy balls need 'failsafes' to prevent sudden deflation that this ball doesn't have; however, since it cost all of £6.99 and pregnancy balls seemed to start at treble that I thought it was still an acceptable alternative.
Inflating the ball
The pump is a basic yellow and black 'bellows' type affair which connected easily to the ball. It is very easy to inflate and you can do this with either a foot or hand. Total time to inflation was around a minute.
The ball itself
The ball is silver in colour, shiny and has small raised ridges at approximately 10cm intervals around its circumference. Fully inflated it is 65cm in diameter. Even when new it doesn't particularly smell of plastic (important for me since my nose was very close to it!)
I've been using it to sit on and bounce/lie across multiple times per day for over 3 weeks now and it hasn't required re-inflating. It has been easy to wipe clean when drinks have been split on it and has generally been an unobtrusive addition to our living room. My husband has attempted to use it for its 'balance enhancing' properties and has also made use of it as an oversized football and it has withstood all this.
Cheap, easy to inflate and use... what more could you want in a ball?!
The Pro Fitness Gym Ball is one of the best bits of equipment to work your core. You can train almost any muscle group with the use of this ball and train and strengthen your core at the same time. What do I mean by core? Well your abdominal rectus muscles, commonly known as a '6 pack' when they are visible make up your core, which help to keep you balanced and support your back too. Not only can you use this fitness ball to do abs exercises, but you can do a range of other exercises and you will constantly be using your core to maintain your balance. With the use of heavy weights whilst doing this, your core will get a great workout. These are ideal for women and men too.
You can buy one of these balls for just £6.99 at Argos. This is a great price for a piece of equipment that has so many uses. Some people look at these balls and think they are just a bit of fun - a big bouncy colourful ball, but no! They can be used for quite strenuous exercises and are probably towards the more difficult end of some exercises.
The ball must first be inflated to its 65cm diameter. You can buy different sizes for children and adults. Once inflated it is ready to use. The ball should be fairly blown up and firm but there should still be a bit of softness there as you don't want to feel like you are sitting/bending over on a rock! Abs exercises can be done on the ball by lying on your back. The great thing is, you can adjust the difficulty as your abs get stronger by adjusting your positioning on the ball. If you want a harder workout, you can sit further back so less of your back is supported by the ball and you'll be using your abs to keep yourself balanced. From this position, you can do crunches and situps and much more. Crunches should be very small intense movements, tensing your abs greatly at the peak of each movement. Situps would bring your chest all the way over towards your knees. If you have very good balance and strong abs, you could try bringing your knees to your chest at the same time you bring your chest to your knees using your abs.
You can train other muscle groups on the ball such as your pectorals. You can rest your back on the ball and do chest presses. You can even try inline and decline presses by adjusting your position on the ball. You may find yourself using lighter weights, purely due to the fact you are doing it on a ball and having to use your abs to balance these weights. You can also try shoulder presses and rear deltoid raises by placing one knee on the ball and lifting a dumbell up with your opposite side. You can start with a set of kettlebells at first as they are lighter.
The ball itself is available in a small range of colours depending where you purchase it. The material is quite thick and they won't burst, as long as you don't go over the suggested weight guidelines and the ball is pumped up sufficiently to support your weight. They are waterproof and can easily be wiped down to keep them clean and smelling fresh. They are great for improving your overall balance and strength, and can also help to build muscle mass depending how you use them. I'd certainly recommend one - especially if you are looking to strengthen your core!
Thanks for reading
A confession: I had always been keen to purchase one of these but it wasn't until I was pregnant that I actually got round to owning one. My sister bought me this ball from Tesco when it was on offer and I have loved it since.
We blew it up as soon as we got it - no pump included but my husband says it's not difficult to blow into it and blow it up that way. What can I say, he must have a pair of very strong lungs ;). I don't and get tired out just blowing up kids party balloons - and I found it to be very comfortable to use.
I used it in labour and found that it made my contractions come stronger and harder. It was also a nice natural pain relief management for me at home, I would wriggle my hips on the gym ball a certain way and it would relieve the pressure I was feeling for the time being.
I was nowhere near the upper weight maximum allowance (125kg or 19st 10lb) and kept thinking I would burst it. Let me tell you, it WON'T BURST! Unless you're over that weight allowance, of course. It's 65cm in diameter and does blow up pretty big, but it deflates very quick so I'd imagine this isn't too much of a big deal.
There are a number of exercises that are recommended in the leaflet that comes with the gym ball but you could just as easily look up videos on YouTube or buy a DVD that is geared towards exercising with a gym ball if you really want to tone up with a gym ball.
As for cleaning well it's a case of a wet cloth over the surface of the ball and letting it dry naturally - viola, cleaned. If you puncture it then I'm sure you could even use a bicycle repair kit on it - it's made of a flexible and rubbery material very much like a thin version of bike tires.
As I said, this was bought for me in the Tesco sale but I have now seen it on Argos for £6.99 so it's worth giving it a go if you're thinking about buying it - after all, if you end up not using it it folds away very neatly and it's the kind of thing that is hot on Ebay so can be punted off if you don't use it.
These balls always remind me of Space Hoppers (remember them!?) without handles and so it's a nice regression therapy when using it ;).
Now I'm 8 months pregnant and attending antenatal classes and regular Midwife check ups, it's being rammed down my neck how you should be using a pregnancy ball to encourage baby into a good birthing position... So this weekend I bit the bullet and brought one.
Mine was a Pro Fitness 65cm gym ball from Argos and it was only £6.99. I was pricing up maternity ball on the internet and they were all coming up in the region of £20 so after researching the difference between a gym ball and maternity ball I found there was no difference.
Once I had my purchase home it needed inflating with the enclosed foot pump...I have to admit I only observed this part as my husband did the deed and blew it up. It took just under 10 mins to inflate.
The silver plastic material seems very durable and thick so hopefully will hold my pregnancy weight. The maximum weight limit for this gym ball is 20 stone.
After trying this big bouncy ball I was surprised at how comfy it was and sat gently bouncing on it for a good half hour.
I intent to use this gym ball at the moment for only gentle exercise to encourage baby in to a good birthing position but can be used in many other exercise regimes. There is a leaflet enclosed to give tips on how it can be used to aid fitness. Unless my body ping's back to an amazing shape I feel I will keep this gym ball to get healthy once the little one is here.
I have a little problem with this though...I like a tidy house and this is not inconspicuous at all. I have no where to hide it away when not in use.
Product Info -
65cm diameter gym ball.
Helps develop overall body muscle, balance and co-ordination.
A great exercise alternative for any age and fitness level.
Washable and easy to care for.