Product Type: Reebok Fitness
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Work that core!
Reebok Medicine Ball
Member Name: pmcds
Reebok Medicine Ball
Advantages: Grip, design, firmness
Disadvantages: Nothing really, although they can cost quite a bit
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.
Summary: Quality value for money medicine balls