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Ah, the exercise ball. That thing that your mum has had slowly deflating around the house that you've been playing with more than she's been exercising with. Am I right? No? Oh, well maybe you've got one of these instead then, if it's being used. Trec Nutrition have an exercise ball with a somewhat unique feature to it, in that it incorporates handles into the side of the ball to maximise your exercises and increase the ease for others.
Most exercise balls are fairly decent, and to be honest this one slots in around the middle of the road in terms of the quality of the material used. There are ridges around the ball which aid with the friction side of things, keeping you in contact with the ball and keeping the ball in contact with whatever surface you're exercising on. This is quite standard in exercise balls, although there's something about this particular ball that makes it feel more sturdy and reliable.
I quite often use this just in our front room, in front of the TV, to sit on. I find this really helps my core muscles, and the ball sustains my weight quite comfortably. It does deflate ever so slightly over time, but not so much as you'd notice it in a short time, and you don't have to keep topping up the air inside it, which I have noticed other balls need doing. The material used is a relatively thick and rubbery one, and it has this extra added handle aspect that does actually assist you. I'd say it's convenient to use them but just as convenient to leave them completely alone. They indent into the ball, so the thing will still roll if you need it to, particularly handy if you are using an exercise that requires movement on the floor with the ball doing quite a bit.
Obviously you can use this ball however you see fit. I think using it as a chair id good and fun, as is lying on it with your tummy resting on it. Your body does a lot of the work without you realising it, as your muscles take over the balance aspect because the surface you're sitting or lying on isn't stable enough on its own. Products such as this are rife and everywhere, and it's hard to decide what to get. The handles do set this aside from the competition to a certain extent, and although this doesn't make it the best piece of equipment you'll ever buy, it does provide a certain variation in what you can do with it that other balls without handles don't have.
It costs around the £15 mark though, and this is a bit of a pain. You can get hold of a decent generic exercise ball from amazon for under £10 quite easily, and so the price is a little steep. It really is up to you whether the extra handle element makes it different enough for you or not. I certainly was pleased with the overall quality of the product, and it is durable and lasts very well, is easy to clean and doesn't diminish in its quality. Recommended.
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