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I had been adapting my fitness routines last year to liven things up in an attempt to motivate myself and this year one of these new routines is the Men's Health V8 challenge. I looked them up online and saw that Argos had some but they weren't necessarily good value for money so took myself off to Sports Direct and found two balls in stock - one 3kg and one 5kg. After picking the boxes up and getting a feel for the weights I decided the 5kg ball would be a better investment for myself as I do try to push myself.
This particular medicine ball is the Reebok type which is very similar to a basketball but weighted inside making this one 5kg. However, please do not use this like a basketball as someone or yourselves may end up getting hurt; one useful method of throwing the ball is in a large area to build shoulder strength like a large shot putt. The medicine ball has a history of being used by recovering patients in hospital hence the name and builds up core strength and stability. If you Google the 'medicine ball workout' there are some really good ideas to get the best use out of it such as low squats or sit ups with the ball.
The ball has two colours, my particular one is part black and part yellow with the weight and brand name written on it in different sections. The ball looks very much like a basketball and has the outer rubbery feel and grip which helps when using the ball for exercise. There are little nodule type indentations on the ball which helps to increase the surface area and provide extra grip when you are sweating for example. With the ball being rubber it also does not affect use in either the cold or the heat as it is not a conductor (I fend my metal kettlebells end up freezing my hands in the winter). The ball is actually nice to look at and brightens up my gym/ garage. The fact that the different weights come in different colours is a good idea as they would be able to be told apart very easily if you were to have more than one or if they were in a gym.
I expected that the outer surfaces may end up giving over time under its own weight but it is clearly solidly built and still looks like a well pumped up basketball. Also the rubber is coloured so that the colour does not end up flaking or being scratched off which sometimes happens with cheaper or inferior products. Another plus is that despite being used on my concrete garage floor the ball has retained its grip texture and has not become worn down.
This ball was in Sports Direct apparently down from £39.99 to £19.99 and regardless of original price I think that the £19.99 price tag is a very good investment. However, I have seen other balls and brands in various retailers for double the price so make sure you shop around as they all do the same job!
There are different models of the balls with some having handles but I find that this would get in the way of the dynamic exercises and maybe a kettlebell would be more suitable if handles were needed.
So to review I do not actually have a bad word to say about the item, I think it does a fab job being dynamic, attractive and has the super grip for when the workout gets faster. If your new years resolution is to get fit then why not invest in your home gym equipment?
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I have become quite obsessed with getting back into shape before summer, it was my new years resolution this year to get healthy and exercise as much as possible (however it has been a slow start this year, but I'll get there). I decided that I would buy a Medicine Ball to go along with all the rest of my exercise trinkets around the house because I bore very easily and become demotivated when I do the same kinds of exercise all the time, I think it is good to have a variety of different exercises in your routine.
I seen the Rebook Medicine Ball on Very.com and decided that I would buy it and get it delivered, the ball I choose was 5kgs, I think that this is heavy enough for me as I didn't want to buy a ball that was too heavy for me to use.
I am really pleased with my Rebook Medicine Ball, there are loads of different exercises to do with it, here are a few for example:
Torso Twists- holding the ball out in front you at arm's length and twisting your body from left to right.
Chest Pushes- Holding the ball into your chest and then pushing it up into the air.
Lying Throws- Lying down and throwing the ball up and catching it while you are on your back.
This ball is really good quality, it is easy to grip which makes it easier to use when you are exercising, it is easy to grip because there is a rough slip resistant covering to it. This ball's covering is made from rubber and is very comfortable to hold and use for long periods of time, I usually work out with mine for about 15 minutes a day, and sometimes longer, and I never feel that I cannot hold this ball easily.
It also looks the part mine is silver in colour and has a funky design on it, it also has the Rebook name on it and a 5 to indicate that it is 5kg in weight.
One negative point I have about this ball is that because it is such a light colour, it gets dirty quite easily and it isn't really easy to clean it.
I bought my Rebook Medicine Ball on Very.com for £40, this bought me the 5kg ball, though lighter balls are cheaper than this and the heavier ones can be very pricey. I think that £40 was very expensive to pay for this medicine ball, however it is really good quality and I enjoy doing the exercises with it so I think I got my money's worth out of it.
Overall I think that this is a great ball for exercising with, it is easy to grip and you can do quite a good range of exercises with it so it is harder to get bored of than other more repetitive exercise tools. I really like my exercise ball and would give it 4 out of 5 stars, it loses a star because I think it was a little expensive.
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A good quality set of medicine balls may set you back a few pounds, and this is something key to factor into looking for a set. Although they may appear to be like basketballs on the outside, their weight and how it is controlled centrally belies this element. I wouldn't urge you to try and shoot some hoops with any medicine balls - there could be some serious damage!
I find the important thing is the grip, and the Reebok set is very good in this respect. There are varying sizes depending on which ball you get, but the main one I use is a 3kg ball, which suits the majority of my needs just fine. This one seems to be currently available for £20-£25. For a heavy ball? Well yes, because the good this ball can do is amazing. The weight is just right for me, and I find the grip and quality of the ball is well worth the price.
Although there are many different ways you can use a medicine ball, I concentrate mainly on my core muscles as this is where I have been having muscle issues since I damaged my lower back a few years ago. Using the medicine ball for doing simple and light exercises do a marvellous job, and this where the grip comes in. One such exercise is pretty much like doing a pushup, although you use the floor with one hand and the ball with the other. This puts the balance into jeopardy, something that means you need to use your core muscles to stabilise yourself. Sure, it's harder, but you can really tell that your core is being strengthened, and I find that I do this little and often. For this, the ball needs to have grip as well as sustain my weight as I do the pushup, and I find that it does this perfectly and has done for a long time now.
Aesthetically, the balls are also very good. Slightly colourful depending on which size you go for, there is a matt surface as well as a contoured one, with the design of the outside very good indeed, ensuring the grip stays for a long time despite lots of use. This is of course essential when it comes to forking out for a product, and many medicine balls start off being really good but then lose their grip or their firmness and become defunct. I find that the Reebok medicine balls maintain their quality and their firmness, the grip being the first thing to usually go but still maintained on these balls.
My work gym also has these balls, and I use them there, where they get even more extensive use by a number of different users. The one thing I'm uncertain of though is cleaning them. Obviously, the last thing I want to do is to share someone else's sweat, but the nature of the material and the design does mean that's it's hard to just clean it with a damp cloth, for example. There are products you can buy to sanitise them, and I know that some gyms do this, but for my ball at home I don't usually worry too much.
Overall, this is an excellent set of balls, even if they may seem on the expensive side. You can pick up a whole set, but this will cost you nearly £200 and you may only ever use 2 or 3 of them. It's worth finding out which you'll need by going to a gym and using theirs before investing in something of this pricing level, and the same thing goes for any product really. This one I highly recommend.
I am always blowing hot and cold with my fitness regime and I have done a lot of research into the benefits of certain products and exercises to compliment my lifestyle. The Reebok Medicine Ball is designed to help tone various areas of your body and the key benefit is the training of your core. There are various exercises you can do with medicine balls, and ab workouts and upper body exercises are the main ones I concentrate on.
The Reebok Medicine Balls really are attractive in my opinion. They offer the user a range of exercise styles and give you the freedom to do as you wish - concentrating on your key areas. Similar to a lot of other exercise products the medicine ball comes in a range of weight sizes. the prices are also progressive, from £20 for the 1kg medicine ball, increasing in increments of 2kg and also £10. This means the 3kg ball is £30 and the 5kg ball is £40. I have noticed a set of 5 medicine balls for £195 on the Amazon website, but I havn't made the decision to buy the full set.
I just own the 3kg medicine ball, though I don't see the need for the full set of weights. If you are using the medicine ball as a key part of your exercise regime then you could get the full set, as there are many exercises you can carry out with the varying weights. The styling is very professional and the medicine ball has a quality feel to it. The 23cm diameter is the same across all weight sizes, though this means that they limit the use, as younger people may struggle with certain exercises due to their size.
The thick rubber shell of the ball gives comfort and grip whilst using the medicine ball, and I can't fault the quality at all of this product. The priceis obviously a barrier for some, as they are quite expensive, but I am yet to see a similar quality medicine ball for a lower price.
Reebok really are on the ball (pardon the pun) with this product and I can't imagine any need to switch to a different medicine ball in the future as they are of a high quality. I am able do my core exercises without the need to take a break to wipe the ball clean. The medicine ball is really easy to get used to, as at first you can just incorporate it into your regime, holding it whilst doing squats for example.
Other than the price there is little to fault about the Reebok Medicine Ball. If you are looking at eventually buying the full set then I would recommend visiting the Amazon website, where the full set with stand included is £195. An expensive exercise aid, but one which can benefit your entire exercise regime.
I thought it'd be a good idea to invest in some medicine balls as they can be great for many exercises to help tone your body and train your core. I mostly use my medicine balls for ab workouts rather than investing in a set of weight plates. The Reebok medicine balls appealed to me as they are quite attractive and look pretty modern. I am pleased with my purchases, after buying a 3kg and 5kg ball in blue and silver colours respectively.
The balls have a two-tone design, which looks modern and very neat. One half has a more matt finish with an indented Reebok logo into the ball. The other side has a more modern design with a pattern of circles on the surface that helps to provide better grip too. Grip is vital whilst using these balls as with a weight in your hands, you want to ensure that you can hold it comfortably so you can carry out the exercise that you are doing efficiently.
In the centre of the circle pattern is a number in a circle, signifying the weight in kilograms of the medicine ball. This is quite large so it's always easy and quick to identify a particular medicine ball you are looking for, which is also helped by it's unique colour.
The balls themselves are made of thick rubber, which is of good quality and they feel like pretty sturdy balls. The balls do have a 23cm diameter, which is actually quite extensive meaning these may not be used easily by younger people. You can purchase smaller medicine balls with similar weights - it all depends on the density and weight of the material inside.
You can use this medicine ball for most things. Due to its size, you need to hold it off the ground slightly if you have it behind your head whilst doing crunches. However if you are doing your obliques as you move the ball from side to side whilst balancing on your buttocks/lower back with your upper back in the air, the medicine ball works efficiently for this to provide some much-needed resistance.
The balls are of good quality and I have had no issues with them. They aren't ideal for all exercises due to their size but you can decide this if you are willing to buy them. The 1kg medicine ball starts at £20, which isn't that cheap. The increments of 2kg in weight increases the price by £10 a pop, so the 3kg ball is £30 and the 5kg ball is £40. To me these prices are pretty expensive for such an item, but even if you shop around you won't find the same quality for a much cheaper price.
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As well as attending the local gym on a regular basis I also have a stock of exercise goods within the flat in order to make sure I can always have a good work out even if I don't have the time to go the gym.
One key part of this, and perhaps the most used in my collection is this Reebok Medicine Ball which I have had for just under a year now. There is such a diverse range of exercises one can do with such a ball thus making it an essential item in any home gym and of all the ones I have used this comes close to being the best!
The first decision you have when purchasing a ball is the size you want. If you have been to the gym regularly or have been taking part in home gym routines for some time then you may have some idea of what you can lift and what sort of weight is going to help you accomplish your goals. Obviously, the heavier the ball the more it is going to cost you so be warned, making the right decision is important as these items do not come cheap. The ball comes at its lightest at 1kg and its heaviest at 10kg with a massive difference in price....£19.99 for the smaller 1kg ball climbing to £64.99 for 10kg ball. Even considering the competition this is expensive but I cannot stress enough the importance of getting the right weight. I have the 10kg ball.
There is also a choice of colours but this is in no way as important as getting the right weight. The mixed colour and black design makes the ball look nice and I have the green version but either way the colour makes little difference to anything.
As with all Medicine balls this is made of a tough material. Its well crafted, feels hardened and well made and gives the impression of durability. Certainly in the period I have been using it, which I mentioned is just under a year, I have had no issues and the ball is in perfect condition. It looks as a good as new and that's great given the fact its used 4-5 times per week in rigorous workouts. I have every confidence this ball will last me years making the initial costly investment seem rather a good one!
Unlike some balls this however does not come with handles which I personally prefer as it doesn't put any stress on the hands as such, but I know some people prefer the handles. Instead the grip is an uneven and pimpled surface around the ball. For me this works wonders and despite a lot of sweat it never gives up and the grip is always solid and working well. I personally think having no handles means you can get more diverse exercises in and if you have never used a ball with no handles then try it and it could improve your routine.
All in despite being pricey this is a well made, durable and fun ball to use giving a diverse range of options and a sure sign of quality that always comes with this brand!
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The Reebok medicine ball is a weighted ball, similar in size depending on what weight you get to a basket ball. They are routinely used for ab work but can be used for boxing training in which you throw the medicine ball as far as you can like a shot putter, it develops arm strength and punching power. The reebok medicine ball features a rubberised grippy surface and comes in a variety of sizes from 1 to 10kg in 1 kg increments. The retail price varies for each weight, but a 3kg medicine ball will set you back about £25, a 10kg ball about £60-£70.
The ball is two tone colour, one half of mine was dark green, the other half white. But just like the current product picture on Ciao, they come in a range of colours orange-black, white-red, white-blue, white-purple, white-black the list goes on. The ball looks attractive and clean and has the words "Reebok" in black writing and a number on one side which corresponds to what weight in kilograms the ball actually is. I think the two tone colour was a good idea and that each weight or type has a different colour to each other. This kind of gives the ball a sense of individuality and at our boxing gym, we have a few different weights and all are them are usable in their own rite.
The medicine ball is solidly made and for what is expected of it, this is quite rightly so. The texture is a thick tough rubber and the paintwork is solidly applied to the product. The paintwork has not crumbled from throwing it around and doing abdominal exercises and the rubber has held strong, with only a minor scratch in the years we have had it. Overall it is made from a solid well made build quality and is worthy to be known by the Reebok brand name. It will last years with moderate usage and will serve you well.
Grip is very important with a medicine ball and the Reebok medicine ball holds up well. The ball is not completely smooth rubber, but instead has little indentations which increase the grip of the ball itself probably by increasing its surface area as opposed to if it was completely smooth. Even when I've been sweating and fatigued, I can still grip the ball well and use it for Boxing training. The ball is easy to wipe down as well if it is dirty in anyway, just a quite clean with a wipe or damp cloth and ball is looking great again.
Here's where the product falls down a bit in my opinion. It cost around £25 for a 3kg medicine ball which is not heavy at all, and I believe the heaviest Reebok ball the 10kg version, retails for an enormous £70 on Amazon. Reebok is probably a well known and premier brand but you are really paying for a name rather than the medicine ball itself. I have constructed a home-made medicine ball from an old football and sand for about £5-10 and it weighs close to 10kg. There is an Olympian fitness medicine ball online which weighs 10kg and has handles and you can pick it up for measly £38. Almost half the price of the Reebok version. The Reebok version is extremely well made and will see years of heavy use without much damage, the rubberised grip is handy and the ball itself looks good, but I still don't know how Reebok can justify a 10kg ball for £70!
Apart from the price they're aren't really any drawbacks as to owning this product. One suggestion I could make is that although the ball does provide good grip, maybe Reebok could implement a handle on each side of the ball. This not only provides slightly better grip but allows you to do more exercises such as clean and press more easily, and is great for circuit training. The Olympian fitness model on Amazon has handles and is good quality but at almost half the price.
Overall the medicine ball by Reebok is top notch. It looks good, is available in lots of different weights, is well made and durable, has a good grippy rubberised surface and can be bought readily on the Internet such as Amazon,eBay, Powerhouse fitness etc. However I think handles could be useful on the product and maybe this could be implemented by Reebok in the future and the huge retail price of this product compared to cheaper products like the Olympian fitness medicine balls on Amazon could turn people off buying it. To conclude, if you have the money, then this product will be a good durable and effective purchase and you will not be disappointed.
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Being the reborn gym bunny that I seem to be recently, I have come to use a lot of different machines, equipment and fitness aids in my quest for fitness. One of these such items is the Reebok 4KG medicine ball. I first found these in the gym itself, but I managed to win one as a prize in one of the recent gym contests, so now I can use one at home too.
The ball itself is blue and black, and resembles a small, different coloured basketball. It has the Reebok logo printed on it in black, as well as the work Reebok. On the other side is a large number 4 printed within a circle to tell you that this is a 4KG ball, which is roughly 8.8lbs. There is other options when it comes to the weights of the ball, and each ball is a different colour, so you can see from a quick glance which ball weighs what, once you know what colour relates to what number.
The ball has a thick, tough exterior which is textured much like a basketball, and this is to enable a good grip on the ball, as you will more than likely become a little bit sweaty when you are working out. The ball is a pretty good size, and I find it perfect for all the workouts I need it for. I use it for a wide range of different exersices and I find it really does help me get that little bit more out of my workout each time. The ball is 23 centimetres in diamater is made from a natural rubber.
The ball weighs, funnily enough, 4KG and whilst is has a good substance of weight to it, it is not too heavy that you are unable to do anything with it. It is also not too light that it feels pointless using it. The blue is a nice, medium blue colour and it was actually the colour that first caught my eye about this medicine ball. After a little bit of a chat with a gym trainer on how to use them effectively, I got down to using the ball.
I use it for many different aspects of my workout, usually combining Cardio and Strength training with it. I use it for sit ups, by stretching the ball over my head when on the floor, and pushing it into the air when I am on the way up. It is also good to throw and catch as part of a sit up routine, but as long as you have someone else to help you, or you are just throwing the ball and have to get up each time to go and get it lol.
I also find it very useful to hold when doing squats, as it adds a small amount of extra weight to help you tone those thighs and that bum up a bit quicker. It is amazing what a small amount of extra weight can help you do. Another good thing to use it for is Ab Twists. This is where you sit on the floor with your legs suspended about 6 - 8 inches off the floor, and you twist to the side, bounce the ball, catch it and then do the same on the other side. This is not only a great exersice for the tummy area, but your sides, shoulders and arms.
If you do have another person working out with you, it can be good to use the throwing method during lunges as this will help you not only add extra weight to the workout, but also to tone the arms too. The ball is quite bouncy, so should you wish to incorporate bouncing movements to work the arms and shoulders, you can do this with this medicine ball.
The ball is inflated by a pump, which I got supplied with my ball, but I am unsure if this was part of the prize or if you can buy it like this in the stores. I have found the ball to be of wonderful help with my workouts, and very strong and durable. I have not had any problems with the ball personally, although I have noticed some of the older ones in the gym are faded to a lighter, more baby blue, but this does not effect the way the ball is in any way other than being a lighter colour.
If you get the ball dirty, you can easily clean this with a cloth and leave it to dry naturally. This was you can ensure your ball is germ free. I am a bit of a germ freak, and I like to keep my stuff clean, so knowing this can be easily cleaned without causing any hassles or damage to the ball is a good thing for me.
If you wish to buy one of these balls, they are available for sale in many places online. I have had a look around to see what the price is and I must say the price does vary quite a lot from store to store. The best place I found was Amazon at £30.00 but some stores I looked at were selling it for £70!!! It is best to look around and get yourself the best deal you can find.
For £30, I think this ball is excellent value and I can not find a fault with it. I would not pay £70 for it though, so try to get it at the lower price if you can. I give this ball a 5 out of 5 stars, and I totally, totally recommend it.
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