Product Type: Fitness Mad sports equipment
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Fitness Mad Stability Cushion
Member Name: MarcoG
Fitness Mad Stability Cushion
Advantages: Light weight, easy to use
Disadvantages: Not many
I used to go to the gym a lot. Mainly to do classes like Body Attack (there's a review here somewhere). I stopped to going to train for my 2nd 10k run. Since I ran (which was October 2010) my BA routine was never quite at the standard it was. I would go back for classes maybe twice a week if lucky, 5 times a month if that. It was a slippery slope to the world of no decent exercise. Work got super busy, so all exercise took a back burner (you'll get this pun a bit late on) for a while. Last August, I managed to get to some classes once a week, until I started getting painful twinges in my right hip. Followed by a long weekend to Paris, where I spent the trip without the ability to walk! After visiting the doctors and physio, I was told I had Sciatica. If you have it, you will now how incredibly painful it is. Not fun. Its like hitting your funny bone repeatedly up and down your leg. After a long process (mainly involving strong pain killers), I'm getting better - I've got plenty of stretches and exercises to do. My job is quite sedentary, so my physio suggested I get a stability disc to sit on at work.
Some people use stability (or balance) discs as part of an exercise or rehabilitation programme for damaged muscles. They can be used in a variety of ways - for instance, to do press ups on to, which exercise and support the shoulder and upper body muscles. They can also be used to stand and balance on (usually 2 are used for this), strengthening your core muscles. But what I really like to do with it it is to sit on it. It was recommended that I place the disc on my chair at work. Some people also use them to sit on for floor exercises, such as sit ups - using it in this way, the disc really takes your exercises to the next level!
As the air shifts inside the disc, when you sit on it, the disc can be wobbly and therefore difficult to sit on - but it's this wobble that naturally activates your stomach muscles, to prevent yourself from falling, so you get a little abdominal workout from sitting down. When I first started using this, my glutes and upper hamstrings got sore, but the more I used it, the more my body got used to it. I also started to feel an ache in my lower abdominals, this small disc was really doing significant effects on my body. I bought this for just under £20, so I feel that I'm getting a lot of value.
The disc itself is made from a thick, durable and flexible plastic. It came with a pump that allows you to inflate or deflate to suit your needs - I didn't want mine too firm, as I was using it sit on, so it needed to have enough give so that it kept me supported, but not so much that it was like sitting on a very hard cushion! I also couldn't have it too firm, as i was also using it to take pressure off my sciatic nerve from too much sitting. One side of the disc is bobbly, just enough to give you a grip to sit or lean on, with the other side covered in small flexible cone shaped bobbles, that create plenty of grip to cling on to whichever surface the disc is resting on.
If anyone wants a piece of equipment which will make they're muscles work hard whilst exercising, I would recommend this. The very nature of it being able to engage your core muscles to help you balance, prove that this simple apparatus will help everyone, from the novice to the seasoned pro fitness buff. The disc complements my other weekly physio routines well, and I'm definitely starting to notice a significant difference in my back pain and movement.
Thanks for reading :)
© MarcoG 2012
Summary: Simple piece of equipment to help improve your exercises and improve your fitness or muscle mass.