“ Brand: Argos / Type: Gym Ball „
I am currently at the end of my third pregnancy and the weight of the baby is definitely taking its toll on my poor hips and back. I can remember with my other two loving having a gym ball to sit and gently bounce on so figured it was time to buy one for this pregnancy to help my posture and keep me more comfy.
This argos value ball is the cheapest ball that argos sell, as the name would suggest. It cost me just £4.98 which is an absolute bargain if you ask me and I was more than happy to pay this for it. You can buy in store and online from argos and even reserve it to pick up another day from the website which guarantees it will be there.
The ball is a 55cm ball which is recommended for people of about 5ft4ins but I'm 5ft6 and I can sit perfectly comfortably on it even at 37 weeks pregnant. The ball has a weight limit of 125 kg which a pretty decent weight limit and again even at the latter stages of pregnancy most people will not exceed this.
The ball is pretty plain looking in a metallic white colours with circular ridges running all the way round the ball to help with grip to both you and the floor.
When you buy its obviously in its deflated state but comes with a pump to inflate the ball. The pump easily pushes into the hole at the top of the ball and then you can use your hands or foot to compress the pump to blow up the ball. Its really easy to do and takes around 5 minutes to fully inflate the ball which isn't too bad. I was impressed that the ball came with the pump especially as it was only a cheap ball.
Also in the pack is the white plastic stopper to seal the air inside the ball which fits in really well and does exactly what it should.Also with the ball are 2 a4 sheets containing instructions, warnings and cautions as well as a few different exercises that you can use the ball for which I thought was a nice touch if thats what you were planning to use the ball for. The instructions are easy to understand and pretty obvious really. The same is to be said about the cautions.
The ball can be used for a large number of different exercises, as a yoga ball as well as a birthing ball which is what I bought for it but I will definitely be keeping it to help shift the post baby weight too.
So far I've been really impressed with the ball, it feels sturdy and definitely holds my weight well, I don't feel like its about to burst! I do occasionally have to add a little more air to reinflate it a little but I seem to remember having to do the same with the other balls I had too.
For the price its great value for money although if you are a really tall I would possibly suggest a bigger ball as this may prove too small.I honestly have nothing bad to say about this ball, it was cheap and easy to inflate and use and does exactly what I wanted it to do. 5 out of 5 stars.
I bought this gym ball after I started going to Pregnancy yoga classes, and my instructor recommended a "birthing" ball to help with posture, backache and general aches and pains experienced in pregnancy. I felt a bit stupid when I asked what a birthing ball was and she said it was basically a gym ball used in pregnancy! I opted for the cheapest I could find as I wasn't sure how much use I would get out of it. This Argos value one cost me £4.98, and I've had plenty of use out of it already.
The ball is 55cm in diameter, which is the smallest sized ball you can get. They vary in size, with 55cm being the smallest, and the largest I've seen is 65cm. The size you need depends on your height, so my yoga instructor recommended I got the 55cm one as I'm around 5 ft 3. The ideal sized ball should allow you to place your feet on the floor when you're sitting on it, with your knees bent at right angles. If your knees are higher or lower than your hip level, this can put a strain on your back and hips.
I was quite surprised considering the price, that this gym ball came with a pump to blow it up with. Admittedly, it's not the best pump, being very flimsy, but it does the job if you persevere. It's a plastic foot pump, and I found it tended to move around and flip upside down as I was pumping it up, but I got there in the end and for the price I can't complain. The instruction leaflet shows you how to use the pump, but it's not rocket science and I managed to figure it out myself anyway.
The ball itself is white in colour, so although it isn't the most colourful item in any gym collection, it doesn't stand out too much if you store it in the living room which is what we're doing at the moment as I'm using it to sit on to watch TV. It's fairly inoffensive, but does take up a fair bit of room if you don't have somewhere to store it on a long term basis.
I use this ball for various purposes. Firstly, I find it more comfortable to sit on than the sofa as my bump grows, as it keeps my back straight and doesn't put strain on it. Secondly, I use it to rest my elevated legs over the top, as this drains any water retention from puffy ankles and restless legs which I've been experiencing in pregnancy, and thirdly, I have been using it to do some of the yoga exercises I've learned in class. Although I was paranoid at first that it was going to burst each time I sat on it, it has a maximum weight limit of 125kg (19st 10lb), which is pretty high, pregnant or not!
I only use this ball on a wooden floor, as I always use it in the living room. It doesn't slide around, although I always sit next to the sofa so I can use the arm to help me get on and off it without any falls. I would be wary of using it on carpet as I suspect it might slip around a bit, but we only have carpet on the hall stairs, so if I was doing yoga here I would have bigger things to worry about than the ball sliding! If it does get punctured for any reason, it should deflate slowly rather than bursting, which is comforting as the last thing I fancy at the moment is being thrown to the floor in some kind of noisy bursting drama.
I've been using this ball for several weeks now, making sure I use it in some form or other each evening because the yoga exercises help me to get a better night's sleep. It hasn't deflated at all yet, despite the weather being warm and everyone else in my class saying theirs had started to deflate. The only issue with it I guess is storage, but at the moment that isn't a problem as I'm using it daily. When I stop using it daily, however, I will probably store this in our basement along with the exercise bike and strider (which rarely get used), although the pump does have an option to deflate the ball. There was also an instruction leaflet which came with the ball showing some core-strengthening exercises you can do on it, so when I'm trying to get back into shape post-baby I might try these out as well as the yoga. I'm also hoping it might provide some comfort in labour, but the jury is out on that one.....
I would recommend this ball if you are around 5 ft 4 or below, but if you are taller than this you would probably need a larger ball.
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The day came when I started to wonder what else I could do with my dogs apart from things like agility and flyball and obedience so I had a browse around and came up with a brilliant new sport called Treibball.
Treibball originated in Germany and the object is for the dogs to herd gym balls into a goal. It looked great fun for the dog and Ideal for herding breeds. In the video I watched, the dog had eight gym balls and it had to separate each one from the "herd" and put it in a goal. The dog was brilliant and it looked just as if it could be herding sheep.
I went straight out and bought the Argos value gym ball. The ball came with it's own foot pump and this was a bit of a flimsy affair, however, the whole package was so cheap that I wasn't too fussy. The pump did the job and inflated the ball with a bit of hard footwork.
I was a bit worried that when the dogs saw it they would pounce on it and burst it straight away but luckily they didn't. The ball is actually quite sturdy and when it's inflated it measures 55cm across so it would be quite hard for a dog to sink its teeth into it. My border collie was the most interested and after a fair amount of persistent training she learned to go around the back of the ball (what I call the outrun), and then to sit and wait for the next command which is to, "Push." She will push the ball towards me for quite long way. We haven't got a goal for her to put the ball in but it's just a bit of fun for us.
I only use one gym ball but if you wanted to take up the sport of treibball you would need eight balls for the dogs to herd. You can use a shepherd's crook to direct the ball towards the goal once it comes near you but you wouldn't use it to put the ball in the goal. That's the dog's job.
I bought the gym ball nearly two years ago now and I've used it for treibball on rough grass quite a lot. It stays inflated for a long time but you do have to pump it up every so often. Bear in mind that I'm not putting any weight on the ball so it may needing more pumping up if you use it for exercise.
If you buy this gym ball for exercise and you get fed up with it, you now have an alternative use for it. If you don't have a dog perhaps you can give it to someone who does. My dogs find it great fun and completely different to the other activities we do such as agility and rally obedience.
I have owned my gym ball for roughly a year now, it did live in a box for a while along with every other fad exercise item I have bought and regretted. This however is one of the few things that was not a complete waste of time or money. To start with it cost a little over £5 and I am still using it. I have misplaced the CD I bought with specific exercises on it, but thanks to the joy of the internet I have found more now than there were on the CD anyway.
My ball is a darker shade of grey than the ball in the picture plus it's not shiny. It comes flay which doesnt take up any space at all, deflating the ball doesnt take too long either but I tend to keep mine pumped up and sit on it rather than the sofa or dining chair. The idea of this ball is it works your CORE muscles while you use it, you can do everything with this ball from sit ups to press ups, just sitting on the ball helps with your posture while using your stomach muscles to retain your balance. You can actually feel the muscles you are using getting a work out which I do like. I still have balance issues with the ball but doing press ups while your feet are balancing on the ball has got to be a bit tricky for anyone. I have unfortunately broken the foot pump that came with my ball so need to find a replacement, although at £5 I can afford to buy a completely new ball. Well worth the effort of pumping the ball up.
To all fitness goers out there, a Swiss ball is a swiss ball, no matter how you look at it. I have seen these gym balls cost as much as 150 pounds which is just crazy crazy money. As long as its pumped to the right level and the right size for the particular user, you can't really go wrong.
Now this particular gym ball from argos, may seem to put people off due to cheap pricing, but please dont let this deter you. As an avid gym user and long time personal trainer, I use these in my bootcamps, and there have been no problems what so ever. They may need a good pumping up from time to time but for its designed purpose, I have no problem with them at all.
Comes with everything needed, however I would recommend an electric pump, after a while you can get quite light headed if you're doing it yourself.
All in all a bargain for what you're getting.
WHAT IS IT?
A large inflatable rubber ball designed for exercising and working on your core strength. A hand pump is included but if you have got an electrical pump that is much quicker.
HOW DO YOU USE IT?
You can sit on the ball to help improve your posture or use it for weight bearing exercises. You have to fully inflate it for best use and use it as part of your regular work out. This is not stable enough to use as a birthing ball and if you need one of those you should buy a specialist product.
My gym ball is gray and has got a very cold rubbery texture. The rubber has got thin raised lines all over the surface and those are supposed to help with grip but I think they are for visual effect only. It is a 55cm ball and that is suitable for people of an average height.
WHAT I THINK
This was the cheapest gym ball I could find and cost £4.79 last spring. I have used it a lot and it is still clean and unmarked, it doesn't need pumping up again very often and when it does it doesn't take very long to do.
It is comfortable to sit on and use but the rubbery feel makes it stick to my skin sometimes when I am sweaty and sticky from exercising. When I have finished using it I clean the surface with wet wipes.
The ball is very bulky to store and gets in the way. I keep mine in the conservatory but will need to start storing it in the garage because we have to keep moving it when we sit in there.
I like using this gym ball and feel it is helping me lose my baby weight. It is not a fat burning item but trains my stomach and back muscles so improves my silhouette naturally, my favourite way to use it is to sit astride the ball and use some hand weights to exercise my arms and tone my core muscles at the same time.
4 Dooyoo Stars.
* Comes with pump
* Maximum user weight 125kg
Having worked in gyms before I have used a lot of different gym, or stability, balls. The more you use the more you come to realise that they pretty much all do the same job no matter how much you pay. This is available for about £5 and in my opinion there is no need to spend any more than this. It comes with a pump so all you need is to blow the ball up and it is ready to use.
The pump is easy to use and pumps up the ball with relative ease. It is not the most durable bit of equipment so I would suggest not blowing the ball up and down regularly if you want the pump to last. The instructions say not to pump the ball up too much but I have never known one to burst so I would be impressed if you managed this! The ball inflates to 55cm which is a good size for the majority of people. If you are taller or shorter than average then you may want to look around for a different sized gym ball.
There are 100s of exercises you can perform using the gym ball so as with most types of fitness it is a good idea to get some hints and tips from a professional. The quality of the ball is very good and very durable. It has quite a distinct smell when you first use it but this disappears fairly quickly. The only problem with this type of equipment is that it takes up quite a lot of room due to its shape.
This is a good piece of equipment to add to your home gym.
I'm seeing a Physio at the moment for a bad back and he showed me some exercises on the gym balls. Having read some good reviews of this cheap and cheerful ball from Argos I decided to give it a go. It only costs £4.98 so I figured if I don't like it I haven't lost much!
The gym ball comes squashed flat in cheap plastic bag packaging but hey, it is cheap and the bag it comes in gets chucked in the bin so that doesn't matter in my book.
It comes along with its own little pump. Which looks like a foot pump but I used my hands to squash down on it. Some have mentioned the pump isn't very good. Well, again its cheap plastic but I found it did the job. You just insert the nozzle which is attached to the pump, attach the tube to the blue outlet and push down on the plastic pump which is a bit like a corcertina squeeze box thingy. This is a bit of a work out in itself but it works.
The ball is 55cm in diameter so I followed the instructions to blow it up to the correct size using a measuring tape. The instructions do warn you not to blow it up too much. The mind boggles as to what would happen if you did.
The ball itself has a strong smell which I can only describe as plasticy but it does disappear after a while.
Now after using physical exertion to blow up the ball I wasn't much in the mood to start working out but I did have a bounce which was fun. Its very comfortable to sit on. I have used it to do some spinal mobilisation i.e laying back on the ball and rolling backwards and forwards which gives your back a good stretch and does feel good. You do get a little handout with it that gives you some sample exercises although, you will be able to get ideas from your physio, gym instructor or even you tube.
The ball keeps its shape well and I haven't had to re-inflate it yet. Its silver in colour and for a value product I think it looks pretty good.
It is not the biggest gym ball in the world and is recommended for those on the smaller side 5ft to 5ft 4. Given my diminutive stature its fine for me my partner has decided against using though in case he breaks it.
As its not the biggest gym ball in the world it doesn't take up too much space. It looks attractive and I don't mind it lying around in my bedroom like a big silver balloon :)
I think this is a good product and does the same job as more expensive gym balls for next to nothing. Using the ball will give you a workout without putting too much strain on your poor body I say give it a go and enjoy.
==Argos Value Gym Ball==
I have rather vivid memories of me in the delivery suite at my local hospital bouncing up and down on one of these gym balls trying to encourage Jack into this world without much success to be fair but seeing as I am now over half way through my second pregnancy I thought I would get myself in shape and prepared a lot more than I was the first time round. Thus have had this gym ball since I knew I was pregnant in order to get used to using it and tone up some of the muscles I am going to need during labour.
I have previously owned a few different gym balls but have either got rid of them of lent them out to friends/colleagues who seem to have never returned them. I decided on getting the cheapest gym ball available at Argos which was this Value Range one and nearly half the price of any other ball at £4.98 p. The only real difference between this ball and others that are in Argos is the fact that it is a little smaller by around 10 cm in diameter as this one measures in at 55 cm whereas the others are all around 65 cm.
The ball is a white plastic type of material and comes deflated but included in the pack in a small pump which looks a bit pathetic but does the job to be able to pump the ball up to full capacity quickly and easily. The ball can be wiped clean and is not that type of material that gets too sweaty and uncomfortable when using it.
The slightly smaller size doesn't' seem to make that much difference when I use the ball and although getting up and down off of the sofa is getting more difficult getting on to this gym ball and off again is easily done because it rolls with you and makes it pretty easy really. I guess the 10 cm in size difference between this and the other gym balls I have owned does mean that it doesn't take up as much room when storing it away but seeing as we now have a house rather than a flat I have plenty of room to keep the ball in the garage when not using it.
However the ball is a great item to use most evenings and it is super comfortable to sit on for a good few hours and not only work the core muscles but get this pelvic area in line and the ball seems to keep my back in good posture and far more comfortable than slouching on the sofa.
All in all I am quite grateful that I spent the minimal amount of money on this ball because I am not too sure how much I will use it after I have given birth and already it has been worth every penny and more. I don't' think there is much difference between this and a more expensive one and I think a top score of 5 out of 5 is well deserved for this Argos Value Range Gym Ball and I would certainly recommend it to those who are pregnant and those who are just wanting a gym ball to work their core muscles and improve their stability.
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you
Many thanks for taking the time to read
After shedding my winter clothes and thinking about frolicking at the beach, it came quite a shock to me to see myself in a swimsuit with the added winter weight. I know an easy solution - good exercise. However, there's no much space in my home and I don't really fancy splurging money on big fancy exercise machines. Then I realised that I've got two £5 vouchers for Argos from when they're giving promotions on 'spend £50 or more and get £5 voucher free', so I decided to give Argos exercise range a go. For £5 a ball, these silve bouncy balls are a true steal.
The colour of the ball is greyish silver (not too shiny) and is 55 cm in diameter. It is made of reasonably thick rubber-like material. The surface is quite smooth and it can get a bit slippery when I start to sweat; however, it's rare since my core body temperature is colder than normal and I don't sweat easily. It comes with a pump; from my experience, pumping the ball itself can be a good exercise. After pumping, the ball stays firm for quite some time before it needs to be pumped with air again. I would say the time between the pumps is about a month, and maybe a bit less if you use it quite regularly (which sadly, not really the case with me).
The weight limit for this ball is 125 kg, which I think is reasonable. I'm 5 ft 3 in tall and weigh at 62 kg approximately last time I stepped on a weight scale; and from my experience, I have no trouble doing tummy exercises with this ball. Personally, I think it's the right size for me. However, I would say that this product might be a bit awkward for taller people to use. This comes from watching my dad, who is 5 ft 10 in tall, and the trouble he had while trying to do stomach exercises.
As for the sort of exercises that can be done with this ball, the product comes with a handy suggestion booklet that is very useful to me. Also, internet is a great source for new ideas. I try to work out as much as possible when I have the time, and it is made so much easier by using this ball. Especially, since my flat is on the first floor, I can't do rigorous exercises because I know it'll greatly disturb the people downstairs. The great thing about this ball is that I can work out whenever I feel like it and I don't have to worry about the weather. Also, it's a great alternative to jogging or outdoor exercising.
Since I'm going away on a holiday soon, I hope to trim up before then and this ball would help me along with my goal. For a value product, the quality it offers is very satisfactory. This is my first gym ball and I'm very pleased with my purchase. I would recommend this product to anyone who likes to get in shape for summer.
Thank you so much for reading. :) x
I moved into a new flat recently and have the luxury of a spare room so decided to invest in some home gym equipment. Doing a very demanding job I am unable to get to the gym as often as I like and prefer to work out at home! One item I have bought which has enable me to carry out a whole range of activities is this Argos Value Gym Ball. To be 100% honest I bought this purely for the reason that I had an argos voucher to use and did not shop around for other Gym Balls when I knew I could get this for next to nothing. At £4.99 you cannot really argue.
The ball comes in the standard grey/silver colour and is 55cm. in diameter. That means its fairly big so consider storage space. Ideally you need to leave it inflated as it is not easy to inflate and very time consuming. You need some sort of pump to get it up and using a very basic foot pump and considerable effort I managed to get this up in a few minutes.
Once up it tends to stay inflated for some time. Even after heavy use it will last a week or two before you need to add extra. This surprised me as previous balls I have used needed inflation before every use but this stays solid. Of course it is not a "heavy" ball by any means nor any sport of medicine ball. Its merely to add cushioning and leverage to different exercises.
Its all very well made and feels durable. As I said it requires little inflation and it would take something very sharp to pop it. My youngster has used this as his own football and it does no damage to walls etc haha.!
There are a whole world of activities and exercises you can do with this ball and you get a small guide in the box. Also simply typing gym ball exercise in google will do much the same job and give you a long list of activities yo improve all parts of your fitness.
I would say a gym ball is essential to any home work out providing comfort, cushioning and diversity.....but overall it gives you that extra push you need to expand on exercise at home. And there is no better option that this Argos value ball. A steal at a fiver!
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When I was pregnant with my daughter, the one thing that petrified me (as I am sure it does most women) was labour. At one of my anti-natal classes, the midwife commented that gym balls were quite good to help when the contractions started so we decided to buy one.
The ball is white, has a diameter of around 55cm which is ideal for my height (about 5ft 5inches) there are bigger balls available if you are taller than 5ft 6. The ball has raised lines all the way around which give you that extra grip when sitting on it or holding between your arms or legs.
The ball is part of the Value Range so only available at Argos and retails for £4.99. I found the price was quite reasonable, there are loads of different versions available and prices can go up to around £30. You can buy online or in store, I reserved mine online and then collect from store the following day so save on the delivery charge (normally around £5.95).
Unfortunately, the day I was going to collect the ball from store was the day my waters broke and having quite a quick labour of 25minutes, I never actually got to use this for the purpose I wanted however I brought it a few weeks after Lauren was born in a bid to try and trim my tummy back to pre-pregnancy size. The ball comes with an easy to follow exercise guide, I am not a fan of exercise but I found the exercises were very simple and easy to understand, I found that even just sitting on the ball (whilst watching TV) helped work my core muscles and after a few weeks, I definitely started to notice the difference on my tummy.
When you first buy, I had to inflate the ball but the good thing about this is that it comes with a pump, although the pump is not fantastic quality, it does what it needs to. After initially inflating, the ball stays full for about a month, after that, I just need to top it up a little.
I know this is in no way designed to be a toy however during the summer, my daughter loves to take this out on the back garden and play football or catch with it. The material of the ball doesn't look to thick yet it has never punctured.
It is worth noting that the ball has a maximum user weight of just under 20stone.
Overall, I would recommend, there are more expensive models on the market but for less than £5, this is a great way to strengthen your core muscles and it does what it should.
Thanks for reading.
In my quest to get back down to my 'fighting weight' I have stocked my home with a variety of exercise equipment which over time are slowly but surely being relegated to dust covered room corners and even dustier cupboards. One such item that falls under the soda-stream category of 'good idea at the time, never use' was the Argos Value Range Gym Ball.
What Is It For?
The Gym Ball or Swiss Ball as it sometimes known is designed for two purposes... Three if you want to recreate badly a scene from The Prisoner with Patrick McGoohan. The first use is for exercise and is designed to tone and strengthen core muscles. The second use is for yoga-like exercise designed to improve balance and coordination.
What Is It?
Costing £4.99 from Argos both in-store and online, this exercise ball has a maximum user weight recommendation of 125kg (19st 10lbs) which thankfully I am well within. Coming with the 55cm white inflatable ball is a rather cheap and useless pump which after two pumps was quickly abandoned (story of my life!) in favour of a better pump I already had.
Included are printed instructions for usage with pictures which were particularly helpful. Having had experience of a Swiss Ball at a gym, I was pretty au-fait with what to do but I can see how the instructions would be of great use to a beginner.
After a pumping up session lasting no more than a few minutes (I would imagine using the pump provided would take a great deal longer), the ball was ready for action. As soon as it was fully pumped up I was concerned that the ball would not be large enough for me. I am 5,9, not the tallest tree in the forest but by no means a wee sapling and I really felt the ball was just a tad too small for me. Not so small that it was totally useless, but small enough that it hampered some of the exercises I was doing, limiting its effectiveness.
After the initial use, I had to pump up the ball again to ensure maximum inflation, but I can attribute this to me not pumping it to the max previously as the three or four times I used it after required no further pumping.
I have a few issues with this ball. Firstly, at 55cm in diameter, I would say that this is a little too small for me. The weight restrictions were not a problem and I never felt that it would explode or indeed implode, but for someone of my height this ball was a little too small. I feel for a smaller woman this would be an ideal size. The second issue I have this ball is the pump. The pump is s cheap a pump as I have seen anywhere. Luckily, I have a selection of good pumps that I use for kayaks, bikes and even footballs, but if I was to have to rely on the pump provided, I could see a pumping up of the ball taking a good 10 minutes at least.
Despite all this, for a piece of exercise equipment costing under a fiver this isn't bad at all. This is definitely a product I would recommend for women and the smaller man and I ended up giving this to my better half and spending £7 to get a larger ball (also later to languish in the cupboard keeping the smaller ball company)
Would I recommend it?
Yes and No. Yes to men/women under 5, 6 in possession of a good pump and No to anyone over 5, 6. The ball can be an effective piece of equipment for those wishing to tone muscles and improve balance but for me, a ball at least 65cm was needed to perform the exercises correctly.
You may have seen from some of my reviews that I have been healthy eating and trying to lose weight for several months now, if not more. I have lost a few stone (5 or 6) over the past year or two and I have got back in the swing of it recently in a bid to ensure that I do not put any of the weight back on. I have a gym membership now and I like to try and visit 3 times a week, however, sometimes I just don't have the motivation to leave my lovely home on my day off, other than to go to the park with my nieces and nephews, and so I have lots of items at home that I can use to exercise. This includes free weights, Xbox Kinect, a Wii, and a host of other small items that make it simple for me to exercise at home. My largest, without a doubt, piece of exercise equipment is a gym ball.
I have owned one gym ball before this one, however, when you accidentally run over a large piece of sharp plastic and it punctures a large hole you know its time to get a new one, which I did! I picked up this Argos value gym ball for just £4.99. The colour of this is white which of course isn't the most interesting colour but I was short on cash and didn't want to give up my balancing and strengthening exercises so I took the plunge. Really this ball is very similar to the one I had before in size so there wasn't a problem really with me having to buy another one.
This ball is 55cm in diameter which is perfect for me, as I'm 5 foot 5 inches, but not so ideal for my husband who needs a larger gym ball at over 6 foot. This exercise ball has a maximum user weight recommendation of 125kg (19st 10lbs) which is plenty for me, particularly now I've lost so much weight!
My main purpose for using my gym ball is for doing exercises on. I do sit ups, sometimes squats and then I use it to see how long I can maintain my balance for. I sometimes roll along it on my stomach too and stretch out before doing other exercises.
This ball can also be used to aid people undergoing physiotherapy, however, I have no need to use it for this purpose (fortunately). Well, apart from maintaining good balance and working on it too which I'm sure people undergoing physiotherapy will also work on.
This ball was simple to pump up using the pump supplied, however, the pump was flimsy and cheap and I soon replaced that with something better as I felt like the pump was about to break at any minute and a lot more work was involved when using the original pump than with the one I have now. I find that I need to add some air to this every week or so at the moment but potentially as this gets more worn it may need more frequent additional air but that's not really a problem and is to be expected with gym balls.
Obviously this gym ball takes up quite a lot of space and I actually keep mine inflated most of the time and leave it in a corner of my bedroom. The only time I usually deflate this is if the kids are going to be visiting and I don't want them to be tempted in to mucking around on it and potentially hurting themselves or damaging my gym ball.
In general I would definitely recommend this. I use mine quite frequently, on the days when I can't be bothered to go to the gym, and I would definitely say that this is helping to increase my balance, my strength and help me tone up and look far better than I ever have before. I would say that this is ideal for people around 5 foot to 5 foot 6 inches as any more than that and the ball is just going to be a little too small for you. The price of this is fantastic and it holds my weight with ease. A 5/5 from me!
I have always tried to work out as I feel much better about myself! When at university I had access to the gym 24/7 so I was always in there doing something! I havn't signed up to a gym since then so I have been buying a few things to use at home. I used these gym balls at uni and they were great for working on lots of muslces in the tummy and the back. I saw this in argos by luck and purchased it for its cheap price.
The ball costs only £5 and is 55cm in diameter. Its a decent size and is such a great price, I have seen many for over double this price. The ball looks just as good as more expensive ones and is white. It is very easy to inflate and once inflated it doesn't lose its air like my old one used to. Its the perfect size for men and women, my girlfriend also uses it and you can do work outs together.
I have a work out regime that I do with this ball and it really helps build up my core muscles. I am currently not doing any competative sports so I feel its good to keep myself in some shape as the football season will soon come round. One of my favourite exercies is press ups with my feet resting on the ball. The gym ball is very sturdy and of good quality, you would never know that it was a value product. I will be using this ball for the for seeable future as there have been no problems with it, it is still in the same condition as it was when I bought it and that was nearly 4 months ago. You do need a bit of room in your house to use this as you may cause yourself and your room some damage if you have limited space like I found in my bedroom the other day.
this is a really good value product by argos, it is available in store and online at the same price (excluding delivery). I would recommend this to anyone looking to get into shape! There are so many different exerices to do, I tend to look online and there are so many guides for different workout regimes you can do at home with a gym ball. I have been really happy with this purchase! It gets 5 stars from me, excellent quality product at such a cheap price, will be getting another one soon so me and my girlfriend can exercise at the same time! Thanks for reading my review :) Josh