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The Tunturi ball comes in different sizes, it is important to get the right size. To get the correct ball for your hight you need to get me which allows you to sit on it centrally whilst keeping your legs in a right angle.
The special texture of the ball makes it flexible yet allows the support required. These balls are also available in a anti-burst style, which gives added support.
I brought the Tunturi ball for use in a exercise class, although at first I found it hard to get the correct pressure, after some practice I become very attached to it. So much so that it was the first thing I put on my birth plan when I had my son.
Although in labour I mainly sat and did little bounces on it, the ball can be incorporable into most exercises to give added support or resistance. The use of the Tunturi ball will enhance your core muscle and strengthen your posture, I have got 2 inches taller from using the ball, just because, I now have a good posture and I know that is down to the use of the Tunturi ball in my every day exercise.
I got this ball for £12.99 from Amazon, it is so versatile it is good value for money and I have recommended it to friends.
When I went on my Active Birth class before I had my baby daughter the midwife recommended that I purchase a gym ball to help with back pain in the later stages of pregnancy and to help me find some relief and to speed up labour. I purchased this Tunturi Gym Ball from Amazon for £12.31 with free next day delivery as a Prime member.
The gym ball arrives flat, obviously, and has a yellow concertina foot pump and attachment to blow it up. In my condition, my husband did it, without too much effort. The gym ball is a sort of slightly blue dark grey (if that makes sense), with the Tunturi logo printed onto the rubber ball.
The ball can be inflated to suit your specifications, my midwife advised that I needed to be able to sit my full weight on it and my knees should not be higher than my bottom - my thighs ideally should be straight, so this is what we inflated it to. It holds the inflation well, it doesn't sink or sag (even after the majority of my family having a go on it and declaring it a comfy seat for bad backs!)
Obviously it being a gym ball it can be used for exercise. But my experience as a heavily pregnant woman is positive too. It's a comfy seat which helps the spine sit in the correct alignment and takes the pressure off the base which can so often ache in late pregnancy. Or you can kneel on the floor or a gym mat and place the ball under your chin / chest, which is very comfortable if you have a sore back.
When I started in labour I was instructed by my midwife to sit on the ball, face the end of the bed and roll my pelvis. This is not only comforting, it also helps detatch the sac (the equivalent of having a sweep), encouraging a natural labour. It must have worked for me - my waters broke ;) I must have spent about an hour on the ball. Of course, labour is agony, but I felt more comfortable on the ball than on the bed, and my husband could sit next to me on a chair and hold me.
So, if you're a pregnant woman wondering 'should I buy this ball' I can highly recommend the use of a ball during pregnancy and labour and highly recommend this particular ball, the Tunturi Gym Ball Classic as it was sturdy, kept the air in (despite some pretty rough treatment!), and is a decent price and readily available too. Plus, when you're up to it, you can use the ball to tone up after the birth! Bonus (I must admit...I've deflated mine for now, three months on... I'll start exercising at six months!!)
The concept of using a large rubber ball for exercise was first developed in 1963 by Aquilino Cosani, a plastics manufactuer from Italy - it was he who created the production process for molding the puncture-resistent exterior of the product. The ball was named, 'Swiss Ball' and hit the market soon after development in the mid-1960s.
They've had several of these exercise balls at my local gym for some time now, and I've been fortunate enough to utilise their callorie burning abilitiies on many occassions over the past few months. It may seem like a very simple piece of apparatus, but the 'Tunturi Gym Ball Classic' has so many great uses, here are some of the best exercise positions and manoeuvres I personally use:
- Back Extensions - The ball is placed between your hips and lower torso with your legs straight touching the floor behind. With your hands behind your head you lift your chest off the ball until your whole body is alligned straight, then you bend back down and repeat the motion. (12-16 reps).
DIFFICULTY LEVEL: 6.5
- Butt Lift - With your back and lower neck positioned on the ball and your knees bent (so that you're in a 'table-top' position), you collapse down bending your waist before rising back up to the starting positon once more. (12-16 reps).
DIFFCULTY LEVEL: 4.5
- Ball Balance - Hover over the ball with your hips and lower abs, with your hands firmly on the ground. Keep your legs stretched out and your abs pulled in, working to stay perfectly balanced on the ball. Stretch your right arm out to the right, lower to the ground, stretch your left arm out to the left, lower to the ground - (12-16 reps).
DIFFICULTY LEVEL: 5.5
- Ball Rotation - Lie with the ball under your back and shoulders with both your legs firmly gripped to the ground in front. Grasping a 'weight ball' in both hands (or not if you don't have one) twist your upper body to the right and then to the left, tightening your abs and glutes as you do so. (16-20 reps).
DIFFICULTY LEVEL: 4.0
These manoeuvres work on different areas of the body, in both muscle development and muscle toning, they are highly effective if performed correctly so I suggest having someone show them to you before you try.
*Always perform these exercises with a soft exercise mat beneath you on the floor.
*Never exercise if you are feeling unwell.
*Stop exercising if it seems to be giving you a headache or making you feel unwell.
*Always make sure the ball is pumped up correctly (following the instructions) before use.
The quality of this particular 'Gym Ball' is excellent. The rubber feels strong, reliable and durable, and the ball doesn't seem to lose much air at all - even after regular usage it only needs re-pumping every few weeks.
Ridges on the balls exterior work to help your body grip to the fabric, making performing moves like the ones explained above much easier. Heat generated by your movement when working with the ball also help you to grip to it, making for easier exercive manoeuvres.
The product can be purchased in many different colours and sizes. Typical sizes of gym balls range from 35-85 centimeters in diameter, which covers the majority of weights and heights of people. The balls I use at the gym are 70 centimeters in diameter which seems perfect for me (and I'm exactly 6 foot in height, weighing 12 stone).
I don't think anyone would be dissappointed with their purchase of this product. If used everyday, and utilised in the correct and best ways, then there's no reason why everyone can't lose a bit of weight with this ball. Use the positions I've explained, and find out more which you may be more suited to, then get going and have some fun! One last piece of advice: exercise with music!
If ever there is an area of my body where I am looking for a quick fix is my abs. Every other body part is easily taken care of with my weekly gym regime except the abs. The main reason for this is that I hate sit ups so any piece of exercise equipment that comes on the market which targets the stomach I tend to buy.
I bought my Tuntari Gym Ball about 8 years ago to use at home instead of the sit up cradle I was previously using. I had seen adverts for these on a lot of shopping channels and the fitness world seemed to be raving about them (like most new fads). I paid about £10 for the ball at the time which was very reasonable seen as my sit up cradle had cost be about £40 a few years prior to this. Upon opening the box I was presented with the exercise ball and a list of various different sit ups and exercises to do on it. Once blown up the ball is about 65cm in size which does not sound a lot but you try finding somewhere to store a ball of that size without it getting in the way and being an eye sore.
The ball itself is easy to use for sit ups simply lay in a normal sit up position on the ball with your feet resting on the floor and knees at a 90 degree angle. It does feel a bit awkward and unsteady at first. You move up and down the ball to target different parts of the abdominal region. Be careful not to go back to far and topple of the back of the ball. Other than conventional sit up you can lie on the floor and rest your legs on the ball for a raised sit up or lay flat and put the ball in-between your feet and lift slightly to hit the troublesome bottom of your abs. The ball can also be used for a side sit up to target the oblique's. I have spoken to a lot of people who use the exercise balls in the gym (my current gym has about 20 of them) and they swear by them, for me though I am afraid it is not my favourite piece of equipment. Doing sit ups on the ball does take strain of your lower back but the sit up itself seems so much easier as you seem to bounce up of the ball. I am a firm believer in no pain no gain and never ached after using the ball so in the end stopped using it.
One exercise I did find good on the ball though was press ups. It is very good to keep your legs raised on the ball and do push ups it really does target the top of the pectoral muscle. I would say on the whole the exercise ball is a pain to store due to its size and does not give any benefit over a traditional sit up that you can do for free. My advice give this one a miss and save your cash. In my oponion the only way to get a six pack is good diet and hard work in the gym.
Over the years I have been known to purchase fitness equipment for the home with all the good intentions in the world of using them but in reality they are usually pushed to the back of a cupboard, given away or sold again with very little use. One product that I did get some good use from though was the Tunturi gym ball that I purchased when I was pregnant with my son.
I purchased my gym ball from amazon back in 2005 and to be honest I cannot remember how much I paid for it back then. However, you can purchase it for around twelve pounds these days should you wish to.
The ball that I bought was a 65cm ball once inflated, and silver. It looks just like any other gym ball to be honest, there is nothing fancy about it but I wasn't expecting there to be.
The ball is very difficult to inflate to be honest and I would advise that you would be best in using a foot pump. Even using a foot pump the ball took me a significant amount of time to blow up to its capacity and I would dread to think how long it would have taken me with a bike pump....i think my arms may have dropped off before the end anyway! Once the ball is inflated that is pretty much it as well, it is very difficult to deflate this ball for some reason which is why in the end when I didn't need mine anymore we just got rid of it rather than trying to store it as obviously they are bulky and can get in the way.
When I was in the later stages of pregnancy I used to sit on the ball and bounce gently for a while whilst watching the television. I was advised to do this by my midwife who suggested that it may help my son to engage. I was also told that it could help me through my labour and so it would be a good idea to take the ball into the hospital with me which I did. In the early stages of labour I bounced on the ball whilst having gas and air but to be honest I began to get annoyed with the bouncing motion when I was in pain and so I soon got rid of the ball! I have to say though, that I felt confident that this ball could support me when I was pregnant and I was not in any danger of it popping!
Gym balls are also useful for doing other kinds of activities at home and in particular was helpful for me when I was trying to do sit ups as there is less pressure on your back using a ball and as I suffer from back problems I was unable to do any kind of sit up exercise before the ball.
If you were looking for a gym ball I think this is a decent option but I do think you should be mindful that it is quite difficult to inflate and it does take up quite a bit of space when you have the ball up. I would also advise there are cheaper options at places such as argos.
Thank you for reading my review!
My first attempt at a sports equipment review eeeek!
When I found out I was expecting a baby, to say I was terrified of labour is a real understatement as I have such a pathetic low pain threshold and I really didn't know how I was going to get through it. When I was about six months gone, and getting more and more worried by the day my friend gave me a gym ball which she had purchased when she was pregnant herself and she said it really helped her. I was chuffed to bits and a couple of days later when speaking to my midwife she told me to start using it straight away, both for exercise purposes and also to get used to it as I was getting bigger.
The gym ball is made my Tunturi which I am told is a big name in sports equipment but I have to admit I had never heard of it prior to recieving this ball! The gym ball is a very high quality ball which is used in many gyms and homes alike as it is a great exercise aid. It is a very versatile aid which means there are a whole range of exercises you can do with it such as:
* basic crunches - for abs
* core crunches - for abs and core muscles
* elevated push ups - for pecs, shoulders, triceps and abs
* balance push ups - for pecs, shoulders, triceps and abs
* weights, back exercises and many many more.
As I suffered from extreme backache while I was expecting my daughter my midwife told me to use the ball to help relieve some of that pain (although no matter what I tried with it nothing helped!!) and she also taught me a pelvic exercise which would help prepare my pelvis for the birth. Also this would help for after the birth and by continuing to use it for some time after it helped my pelvic muscle to stay strong and therefore I have had no problems at all since having my daughter. Thankfully! It was also really comfy to just sit and sort of bounce gently on and it was a nice alternative to just sitting normally!
I took my gym ball to the hospital with me when I was induced and fully planned to use it throughout the labour but in all honesty I wimped out and went for an epidural therefore the ball was acutally pointless at that time!
As I was given the ball from a friend I didn't have to inflate it, but she told me that it came flat in a box and that she basically pumped it using a bicycle pump and that it took her about 10 minutes or so. Of course, with the size of the ball when it is inflated, it does take up quite a lot of space so you may wish to deflate it for easier storage. I personally didn't deflate mine as I have since passed it onto my newly pregnant friend and hope it helps her with both her labour and back pain.
The ball is very durable, and this is due to the anti-burst technology that is in there. I have to say that it did seem pretty indestructible and that was with having a toddler diving all over it!! I would recommend this to absolutely everyone as I think it is a great aid to have, especially for pregnant women but it does take some getting used to as there were many occasions where I fell off! Many times I attempted the elevated push ups or sit ups but I couldn't keep my balance at all! That said I do think it is a good item to have and can offer benefits but I do think it takes time to get used to it. One downside to the ball is that it does need the air just topping up every now and again but that literally takes minutes so I don't really see it as a bad thing.
The cost of the Tunturi Gym Ball seems to be around £12 from looking online but I am sure you would be able to pick one up cheaper on if you shop around, although I think that price isn't too expensive to pay.
Thank you for reading my review :)
I recently booked a holiday to Mexico and I have been buying lots of gym equipment recently as I am trying to tone up for my holiday! I don't want to lose weight or anything, just generally tone up so I thought this gym ball would be great for that.
I paid around £12 for this gymball made by tunturi, I also have other equipment made by them and they are all high quality products. I was going to go for a £3.99 one I saw in tescos but I thought you get what you pay for, and I was worried that it would burst whilst using it! So I went for a bit dearer one and this ball is excellent.
It is a 65cm ball and it is supposed to be anti burst which makes me a little less nervous using it! It does feel really sturdy once inflated. Mine didn't come with a pump though, but we have a foot pump so I just inflated it with that with no problems.
One fault with this ball is that it is too big too store away, you have to keep deflating it to store it away, unless you have the space for this ball to be always inflated, but we don't.
It does feel really firm when using it, and you can do a range of exercises on it, which helps tone you up. It doesn't slip underneath you either while your using it, it stays put so it is really easy to use.
I am happy with this gym ball, I'm glad I went for this one as it sturdy and firm, and it wasn't too expensive either. Highly recommended!
My brother uses these as part of his training programmes for clients and back in the summer I was put through my paces and given a go with one of the Tunturi Gym Balls. The gyms usually house many of these balls if you go into the studio section. They can be used for men, women and children to help perform a range of exercises. I was talked through a series of exercise and given some demonstrations on how the balls can aid your fitness regime.
You can buy the balls online and they cost around ten pounds and come with a pump, so that you can use them at home as well as in a gym environment. The balls usually come in a range of colours and you can get the larger models and a reduced size too. I found them great for helping to improve my posture while performing certain exercises. The ball has a surface that allows a steady grip and will also dispel sweat, which means you do not slip and slide with it as you work. Press ups, the plank and encasing the ball between the knees while performing crunches are just a few of the basic exercises that can be performed with this ball.
Of course, you can further and use the ball for balance exercises. One I liked to try was sitting on the ball, maintaining a neutral spine. This can be great for those who want to build foundations for yoga and better posture. You can also run with the ball and use it in more aerobic based activities. Provided you have a good creative mind, the possibilities are endless.
The ball can be wiped clean afterwards with a cloth and they store neatly too. It is a bit of a pain to keep inflating and deflating, but this aside, they are a fun accessory for gym based workouts.
I recently bought a palates ball - they come in slightly different sized according to your weight and height so make sure you know yours before investing.
Now, I have never taken a palates class in my life, not sure I intend to, but its great for excising in general. If you are like me and have a very bony spine its hurts to lye on the mat when doing toning exercises like sit up, the plank and core movement. Hence the Ball. Its great as they all come with a pump so you can top up the air as it deflates. In my opinion, the best thing to do is sit on it, then lower your back so you are flat on the ball, holding some kind of weight, or just with empty hands, lean back until it pulls your abds then sit up again, keeping your arms straight and I the air. You don't want to bring your arms forward, keep them above your head at all times.. If the ball moves from under you and squeaks, then you are doing it wrong. The ball must remain completely still.
They key to this is don't sit all the way up or lye all the way down, if you do this not only are you over working but you wont see results for a lot longer. If you feel your tummy and upper abs constantly strained then this is good. All the while the palates ball cushions your spine as you move, it moulds to your shape and it does not hurt and all.
You must remember to tone your sides as well as your tummy else you get love handles. To do this you can lean your side on the ball, with your legs straight and your feet on the mat, simply move up and down about 4 inches, I'd recommend doing about three sets of 15 on each side. If you ever want the space the ball is easy to deflate, simply pull the stopper out. A piece of advice I would offer when pumping up your ball is don't be afraid to over fill with air. These are anti pop so don't think it'll burst on you like a balloon. The other reason for over filling it that you can never get the stopper in without losing some air. You'll know when the ball starts to deflate as it wont necessarily look saggy but you'll find exercising harder to do.
If you can bounce the ball like a basket ball then it's the perfect. I would give this product 5 out 5 dooyoo points, am exceedingly happy with my purchase!
This is a very good ball, created by Tunturi it is available for £12.31 via Amazon.
It is only 65cm in diameter, which is perfect as it allows your body or legs to rest on it, but not enough to make it comfortable meaning you really have to move and adapt your body shape to work it properly.
It comes in a small box, with an adaptor to inflate it and a hand pump, this is fairly quick and painless and is over in roughly 5 minutes.
The ball itself is purple and looks good enough it is ridged and has a nice material which doesn't get slippery through sweat.
The ball comes with a set of exercise instructions and some of them are useful others not so useful. I'd suggest trying them for yourself and then downloading some exercises from the net.
I think this is a good buy, its a great piece of gym kit, really useful for working on your legs, bum and stomach especially, using weights doing crunches on it are hard but work you well as all the pressure from the workout is on your body rather than on the ball.
It is a good way to exercise using your own body and I think is easily worth more than a lot of silly little exercise machines, once you create a routine even 20 minutes a day provides a noticeable difference.
It is easy enough to deflate, by just taking the pin out, meaning that you can store it easily as a shrivelled up piece of plastic and reinflate at will. It is anti-burst which is handy as the last thing you want when trusting and placing your entire body weight on a ball is for it to pop.
Overall this is better than cheaper balls i've had as it endures repeated inflations without losing shape, it doesn't hold sweat making it slippy and uncomfortable and it really does help you work out hard in your living room without any false promises, for under £15.
While I was pregnant my lovely personal trainer made lots of suggestions that would supposedly help giving birth easier. One of which was maintaining an exersise regime (damn it!) but another was getting an exercise / birthing ball.
Price and availability
I paid £7 at my local JJB sports as they were having a sale for this product. It comes in two sizes a 65 cm and a larger version. For most women my personal trainer recommended the 65cm version. You can also fine these balls on Amazon , they are priced at around £12 though.
Well this is an exercise ball so it can be used for a massive range of different exercises in the home or at the gym. These include:
Abs work, back work, push ups, sitting on to do weights, even attempting to stand on!
Uses during pregnancy!
It can also be used as a birthing ball or an aid to help sore backs / make baby get into the right position whilst you are pregnant!
I spent an awful long time sitting on my ball at home and at the gym doing pelvic circles, rocking the pelvis back and forwards and from side to side. According to my personal trainer this really helped my pelvic floor muscles stay strong. AND he was right, I have had no problems with my pelvic floor since giving birth.
Later on in pregnancy when baby was facing the wrong way around I spent hours kneeling over the ball on my hands and knees. The midwife said that this would make baby turn around. Yet again it did and it was quite comfortable too.
Then, during labour I sat on the ball and rocked, which really seemed to help relieve the pressure during contractions. When it all got a bit tougher I used the ball to lean on in the all fours position. Again, a bit more comfortable.
How to assemble
One thing with this ball is that it comes in a flat pack with a valve so that you can pump it up with a bicycle pump. I got hubby to do it for me but he said it was fairly tricky to get the ball really firm without either hyperventilating or losing air when you stop for a breath!
What did I think?
THis was a life saver for me. It really saved my back during pregnancy and baby did turn around the right way so think that the ball helped there. DUring labour it was also great. AND since then I have used it a lot to do abs work to get my pre- baby figure back.
one disadvantage is that it does take up quite a lot of room once it is inflated but I just shoved it in the corner of my living room behind the sofa and it is ok. It would be far too much hassle to inflate / deflate it all the time. It does need to be topped up with air periodically but that is my husband's job!
For the price a multi use product which I have found to be brilliant!
Gym balls are extremelly useful for a number of different things when working out. Even though they do just look like an oversized bouncy ball they are actually something which can be used to really show different results. They are mainly used by people who are wanting to tone up and add a bit of definition onto their body. Gym balls when used correctly can put strain onto the muscles in ways other things just can't.
For this gym ball you will be looking at paying around £10 for it, take into consideration that you can get these for cheaper than that it just depends on the place you get it from. Some are designed differently and some have better grip and feel better.
The gym ball is just basically one huge ball, but it offers you so much more in terms of exercises. You will feel little ridges on the ball which provie the ball with more grip so you are not constantly falling off of it. I would recommend using this ball for things like ab exercises. You will have to purchase a pump to go with this as it doesn't come with one for whatever reason. Anyone can use this I think as the ball is just designed for bodyweight exercises, by that I mean you don't have to lift anything other than your on specific weight. It will really work good if you do the right exercises on it, exercises can be found all over the internet if needed.
As a product for toning people up and adding definition I think that this gym ball is very useful for anyone. It will stretch your body and also work your muscles at the same time. Even if you set aside an hour a day to use it you will be feeling the benefits from it. Very highly recommended product for everyone.
I was at the gym in the kinesis room using the computer to discover a range of exercises for different muscle groups. It came to my attention that a lot of exercises could be done with gym balls. From when I was younger, I always thought these were just huge bouncy balls or toys and couldn't wait to get my hands on one. I tried a few exercises at the gym and I found the ball helped pull off some great exercises and gave a bit of variation in exercises too, which I like whilst working out!
I noted down the make of the ball on my iPod and shortly bought my own for home. I don't have my own kinesis room but the ball can be used purely by itself or with the addition of some weights if you have them. It is very supportive being soft and squeezable.
The ball does not come with a pump. Therefore if you don't have a car pump or bicycle pump or any sort of pump with correct attachments, you won't be able to inflate it easily! However with a bit of puffing power, you can inflate it with your own lungs! Due to the durable and thick coating of the ball, this can be quite tricky as I found out.
The ball doesn't have any instructions with it either. However, you can find instructions everywhere including websites all over the internet, videos on places like youtube and forums too. You can use the ball to train your abdominal muscles (which I mostly do), back and legs. It is also good as a physiotherapy tool. If you have them, you can always use weight plates to add some difficulty to your exercises.
The ball has a nice soft touch to it once it's inflated to its potential 65cm diameter. It is purple in colour with a white Tunturi logo on the front. The ball has textured lines across it, which helps by adding grip and preventing you from falling off! It is soft to touch and your body will nicely ease into it. To store the ball, you may want some sort of circular holder that it can fit on.
For £12.34 on Amazon.co.uk where I ordered mine from, it's quite cheap compared to other exercise balls. I'd recommend it as it seems quite durable, can be used for a lot of things and isn't too expensive.
Thanks for reading!
I could easily say I own a small fitness. Well not, but I do own a lot of cheap sports equipment. I'm in luck we have a store that is really cheap, they frequently order some products in bulk and have them at really accessible prices, so I have tons of weights (all different kinds), balls, jumping rope... But to be honest when it comes to sports I do more exercise buying the equipment than using it (a bit overstated but I hope you get me)
I got this ball at a discounted price of around £10 which was more then a fair price. The ball is round (obviously) and blue.
First exercise you will have with this one (especially if you like I are not a proud owner of an air pump) is certainly helpful for you chest capacity since there is no pump included or nozzle of any kind. Happy blowing! I almost collapsed before I finally inflated mine. But at this price this is not something one should complain about. After you are done inflating you have to close the hole with stopper, now the problem with this stopper is that once you get it there you will have difficulties getting it out so if you wish to inflate and deflate the ball on regular basis this one is a no-go. Luckily for me I use mine for sitting so I don't mind it being inflated all the time. On the bright side it seems that it does not deflate itself over time.
I should mention that this ball has a anti burst system, so if you ever had a gym ball that for no obvious reason burst then you should give this one a go. I sadly had not have the luck to experience a ball without anti burst system exploding nor did any of my friends. But anyway this one has an anti burst system.
Exercise instructions that came with the ball are poor but you soon figure out what to do with the ball even without instructions (Google).
ACTUAL BALL USE
I am quite fond on the ball, I use it mainly to sit on it - this way I do passive exercise on balance and some muscles. On an odd occasion I do actual exercises with it. I really like the surface of the ball it is not slippery, it has a grip, you feel safe using it. It also has an odd softness to it although the ball itself is really firm. I can recommend this ball, sure I would like for it to have an included air pump but you can do without.
As for the exercises - since there is a lack of quality instructions with this one you will need to search it elsewhere - one site I found useful is http://www.exerciseballworkouts.net/. There are lots of exercise DVDs on the market if you fancy spending additional money on that, I did not.
I think this is the most useful sports equipment one can have at home and since it is affordable everyone should have (this brand or any other).