“ Fitness Equipment „
As you may see from a previous review I have an exercise ball at home which I use from time to time, I do sometimes suffer with a pulled muscle in my back which plays up occasionally making certain exercises a bit difficult, however I hate not being able to go up the gym or do any exercise so I had a hunt around for an alternative exercise method which I could do when my back was playing up a bit, that was when I came across he Pro Fitness Stability Peanut Ball, after reading a bit about it, it sounded perfect for what I was looking for.
What is the Peanut Stability Ball?
It is basically the same as a regular stability ball however as the name suggests this one is peanut shaped meaning the two ends are fatter than the middle when inflated. The Peanut ball is made from a tough PVC material which is very flexible and virtually impossible to burst. The ball measures about 50cm x 100xm, I have to say this is much smaller than I expected it to be, I expected it to be of a similar size to my regular round exercise ball but it was in fact much smaller once inflated. The Pro Fitness Stability Peanut Ball comes in a variety of pale/ pastel colours, mine is a light purple colour although there are several other colours to choose from depending on where you purchase the ball from. The Peanut Stability Ball comes with its own little foot pump to inflate it with, this looks quite cheap to be honest and consists of a small blue tube which you insert into the end of the ball and a bright yellow pump area, the pump does not feel overly strong and I feel that this part of the ball may not be overly long lasting.
What Can You Do With The Peanut Ball?
Basically the Peanut Ball can be used for the same sort of exercises that a regular exercise ball/ stability ball can be used for, it can be used for core strengthening and toning and a variety of exercises can be done on it including sit ups and so on. The Peanut Stability ball is particularly good for those who are injured or have been injured and are building up their strength, the shape of the ball allows you to position yourself in a more natural angle and with the dip in the middle of the ball and the larger ends you are supported more meaning you are not putting unnecessary staring on injured or weak muscles. The Pro Fitness Peanut Stability Ball is also good for those who do not have very good balance or co-ordination, again the shape of the ball helps you to balance more meaning the ball does not roll around as much when you are balancing on it compared to the regular round stability ball, this shaped ball would be good for those who are new to using these types of exercise equipment.
Price & Availability
I purchased my Pro Fitness Peanut Stability Ball online from E bay, it cost be £5.00 which at the time I thought was an excellent price, there were several of these items on E bay but they were all being sold for about the same amount at the time. I have not actually seen the Peanut Stability Ball being sold anywhere else other than E bay, I came across it more by chance but since then have not seen it sold on any other websites or in high street shops, although I am probably wrong about this.
When I first brought the Peanut Stability Ball I thought it was going to be extremely useful and was keen to try it out. I unpackaged it all and began to pump it up using the small foot pump that came with it, the first thing I noticed was how hard it was to inflate the air didn't seem to go evenly into the ball making it a funny shape and not the 'Peanut' shape it should be, after fiddling around with it I managed to get it to the right shape ready to use. I began trying difference exercises using the ball, I did notice that it allowed you to position yourself at a natural angle which would be very useful, however carrying out the exercises on the ball was not as easy, the shape of the ball meant it was not as flexible and I really had to fight against the ball to carry out the exercises successfully, this kind of defeated the object of the ball as I was putting more strain on my muscles my doing this compared to if I was using a regular round exercise ball. After a while I gave up with the Peanut ball as I really didn't feel I was benefiting from it at all. I can see how it would be good for stability as you really could not roll off of the ball but to actually carry out any exercises successfully was very hard and I actually found I was straining my muscles more using it than when using my regular stability ball, this really wasn't going to help if the muscle in my back was painful.
All in all I was not overly impressed with the Pro Fitness Peanut Stability Ball, whilst it was quite cheap to buy I did feel I had wasted my money a bit on it, it wasn't a great success and didn't live up to its promise, this is not a product I would recommend a regular Stability Ball is much better in my opinion.
I purchased this from my local Argos Clearance store basically its a warehouse where Argos send there stuff which hasn't sold or is in a battered box they wouldn't get away with selling in shop. Mine cost me a small £1.50 bit of a bargain. I already own a exercise ball and I thought this would be similar. In the box you get the peanut ball and a tube with pump action.
The peanut ball was easy to inflate the tube comes with 2 an insert piece which you push into the ball then pump the the ball with the yellow pump. The peanut ball went up in around 4-5 minutes which is quite along time for what it is.
Once up I was a little disapointed it was no where near as big as I thought it was going to be it was 90cm long and 45cm high I was thinking it may have been as high as my exercise ball.. It is long and peanut shaped so bigger on the sides than in the middle, which does prevent it from moving right to left which can be a problem for some people when using an exercise ball.
The problem with it being so low was it was hard to actually do the exercises on. I felt funny and uncomfortable because I was so low to the floor my body just did not feel right. It was hard to get into a position which felt right to begin the exercises. I think I am best sticking to the exercise ball where I am higher from the floor and can balance properly or just do my exercise on the floor.
The ball is a light purple colour and it smooth but with rings around it. It feels ok and is pop resistance but unfortunately this does not make up up for the fact that I can not use it properly I am glad I only paid £1.50.
1 star for me I just don't get it.
Recently I decided to buy a Peanut shaped stability ball and while trawling the internet for one I found this Pro Fitness one on ebay for £7.98 including p&p. I bought it immediately and looked forward to its arrival.
What is it?
The peanut stability balls are particularly useful for those of us in rehabilitation. So for people like me with injuries they are supposed to be a safer alternative than the traditional round stability balls. This is because if you lay on the peanut with it behind you widthways you only have to control the forward and back movement of the peanut and not the side to side movement and if you lay on it lengthways you only have to control the side to side movement and not the forward and backwards instability as well. This makes it less likely you will fall off and enables the user to train certain directions at one time so you get more proficient at those before moving onto the round ball.
What does it come with and how big is it?
The dimensions of this one are 90cm long and 45cm high. That isn't very high but as I only wanted to use it for a couple of exercises it seemed adequate. It comes with a small leaflet of exercises and a foot pump which I didn't use, my partner blew mine up with a rechargeable pump we use on the car tyres.
What can you do on it?
Anything you can do on the round ball you do on the peanut. All exercises can be done using the peanut as your unstable base to encourage core activity and if for example you needed to pick the ball up between your ankles etc you would just use one of the rounder ends. The centre has a kind of waist so you should fit on there for laying exercises widthways.
It's burst resistant which is always a plus! It should be safer than a round ball and they are great for kids who need help with their balance as they just climb right on and think they are playing while they are actually helping their balance. It is also inexpensive.
This is where the review goes wrong. I wanted to say wonderful things about this peanut but I can't. The Pro Fitness one blows up with one end fuller than the other. This of course means the waist area in the centre slopes down on one side so you can't get into a neutral position to use it. To blow it up using the foot pump would take ages and I recommend anyone inflating a peanut should look at powered tyre pumps to save energy and time. In fact I also recommend buying a different brand of peanut because of the way it inflates with one end higher off the ground than the other, they are not supposed to do that and if they do they can't be used for core stability exercises.
After inflating the peanut I could immediately see the shape wasn't quite right. I tried everything to get more air into the end that needed it and make it useable. Nothing worked and after spending time squeezing and manipulating the peanut I decided to see if I could do anything with it at all. Even laying on it lengthways didn't work out because I couldn't lay flat and therefore couldn't achieve the necessary neutral spine. I'm very disappointed as I really needed one of these to help with my exercises and I know some other brands blow up perfectly well because I've previously used them.
I don't recommend buying a Pro Fitness version unless you just want a cheap peanut for kids to play on, it really is a case of you get what you pay for and if you need it for rehab exercises look at the more expensive versions.