Product Type: Pro Fitness Fitness
Newest Review: ... 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... more
Keeping kids entertained
Pro Fitness Gym Ball
Member Name: bettyboop2002
Pro Fitness Gym Ball
Advantages: Plenty of exercise choices
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.
Summary: A good piece of equipment for all levels of fitness