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A relatively new concept, the Powerball is essentially a force generating ball designed to work your arm muscles as you try to keep its momentum going with control and precision. There are many different types of this, and some work better than others, but there are a few things I particularly like about this one.
Firstly, there are no secrets here. Others I have tried have colours or are dulled to make it harder to see the internal workings, but the one I have is actually see through, allowing you to look at exactly how it works internally. What you get is a hard plastic exterior to the ball, and it has a small gap where you can put a piece of string in and feed it round a central ball sitting in grooves inside the plastic shell. Once the string has wound round the ball, you pull the string hard and it spins the ball, much like a yoyo would work but this time the momentum it causes is contained within the plastic shell.
The ball then gyrates internally, but the force it generates means that it's never completely balanced. You have to grip the ball and keep your wrist turning so that the force of the ball inside is always to the outside of the motion you make with your hand. When you first start, you're likely to be quite slow until you get the technique right, and then gradually you can build up pace as your technique and strength increase.
It's definitely about power here, which is a combination of strength and speed. You can just use your wrist, although I sometimes find it harder to do this and switching and moving the whole of your forearm sometimes provides a good alternative. The trick is to realise that although the pace is generated without your hand controlling it, the quicker you can match the pace then the quicker you can also control it. The idea is to try and go as quick as possible, and there is a monitor on a small display that can record your speed so you can try to better yourself each time.
The device also has indicators of how well you're doing during the turn, as the display is not visible while you're in motion. Lights and sounds emanate from the Powerball to tell you whether you're doing well or not - simply put, the brighter lights and the louder the noises then the better you are doing. This doesn't escalate to blinding and deafening levels, and has a limit, but it's worth trying to maintain that top limit so you can have something to aim for.
Of the many products out there to develop overall arm strength, I'd certainly rate this. It works your wrists, forearms and upper arms, and does so effectively. It's important to constantly change hands to ensure you're getting an even workout. It can have adverse effects on your upper back if you overuse it with one arm regularly, and of course you'd overdevelop one arm and underdevelop the other. When you do hold it, be gentle. I know it seems the weirdest thing to say, but the grip has to be quite gentle and fingertipped, and the motion steady and consistent. That is the trick. If you grip it tight in your palm and squeeze it with your fingers, trying to shake it as hard as you can, then it won't work - you'll be battling against yourself and find that you'll be going one way and the gyro inside will be going the other. You'll gain nothing from it.
It's all about the technique, and the display will show you your success rate. At around £15 or so, it's not the cheapest of gadgets to aid exercise, but nor is it the most expensive, and you can use this anywhere and anytime you like. It's portable and convenient, and works very well. Recommended.
The Powerball is certainly an interesting idea.
It's simple and easy to use - and is an effective exercise for both wrist and lower/upper arm strength. Useful for sports like Cricket and Golf - if you need to improve strength in the aforementioned areas then consider this.
To start, you place the ball in the palm of your hand, insert the string and spin the inside ball to roll it around. Next, holding the string away from you - pull it out and begin to rotate your wrist (make small circles). The most important thing is to catch the "groove" of the Powerball. Once you're in the groove - you have control. From here you can increase the speed of your rotations to speed up the gyroscope inside of the Powerball - now all you need to do is spin your wrist for as long/little and as fast/slow as you like, depending on if you're looking to build muscle or tone it.
As you get used to the exercise though, you may end up dropping the ball a fair bit!
The ball comes with different settings, you can see your maximum 'speed' aswell as a few other funky things on the screen.
On the whole, if you're looking to improve arm or wrist strength - consider this!
First and foremost what is a Powerball? The best way I can describe it is a mix between a piece of exercise kit / equipment and a very fun toy. This tennis ball sized electronic gadget is a fantastic tool when it comes to strengthening and toning your biceps, lower arms, wrists, hands and shoulders. It looks more like a child's high-tech toy rather than something you would use for exercise but believe me this can be hard work, especially at the beginning.
How does it work, I'm sure you are wondering. Well you're not alone as I wondered the same thing at the beginning. Well the magic lies within. First of all you must rest the Powerball in the palm of your hand with its little screen facing upwards then wrap your fingers around it and hold on tight (you don't want the ball flying out of your hand and through the window once you begin your exercise). Inside this hard plastic ball there is a gyroscope that you must trigger by pulling on a small cord. Once the gyroscope is activated the premise of the Powerball becomes clear. You must quickly find a technique to keep the gyroscope moving at all times (this mechanism is visible through the clear top of the unit). This can be achieved by swivelling, or dipping, or rotating the Powerball, or like me you can do all of these at the same time. These moves alone will make you use muscles in your hand, wrist and arm that otherwise would not see the light of day.
The little screen on the ball will register and display your progress the faster you make the internal gyroscope spin. The ball will also make sounds and flash lights the better you do. This sounds annoying but it is actually encouraging and does help you know that you are doing good and if the gyroscope stops moving all these noises and lights stop informing you that you have failed. The fact that you can't see the little screen if you are concentrating on the movement needed to keep it going means the lights and sounds tell you, you are improving.
There really is a technique to this exercise and a lot of people that have tried it out in my home find it annoying that they can't find the rhythm needed to keep it flashing and making sounds and that can result in them giving up before they have even given it a chance. When they do find their rhythm the noises and lights turn this into a fun game especially if you start competing with each other to beat each others time and speed rating.
Sounds like fun doesn't it? Well it is but the one thing haven't mentioned so far is that the faster you make the gyroscope spin the more force is generated and the heavier the Powerball becomes and the more grip and strength you must apply to keep it in your hand and keep it spinning. Very soon you will feel every muscle in your arm, shoulder, wrist, hand and fingers screaming for you to stop. But the fact that it is competitive even on your own (I always want to beat my previous score) means that you don't give up as easily or quickly as you would with a boring, standard form of exercise. The joke I made earlier about smashing a window is actually quite possible with this, so luckily they provide you with a wrist strap to ensure this doesn't happen and they recommend you use it at all times.
The best thing about the Powerball and there are lots of different models and designs but they all have the one brilliant thing in common is the fact that unlike most exercise equipment you will not need to upgrade to a more advanced model once you begin to improve. This is all down to the internal gyroscope because IT is always working against YOU. By this I mean the better you become at making it spin and making it go faster and faster the harder the exercise becomes. This in turn means the Powerball grows with you as you improve and as your level increases so does the resistance applied by the gyroscope. This means you are always being challenged by the Powerball to go faster and faster and for longer and longer periods of time.
This won't result in huge biceps, bad news for most guys but good news for most most women. What it will result in is stronger arms and toned muscles, both in feeling and in appearance. One of my female friends says this is the answer to her "bingo wing" problem (I had absolutely no idea what she was talking about) she explained that she especially loves how this has tightened and toned her upper arms.
The Powerball can be incorporated into your daily exercise routine as well, just pop in your favourite CD and off you go. You can do lunges, squats, step aerobics all the while trying to keep this crazy ball spinning. Just remember to change hands, in fact that's something worth noting, if you are right handed this will of course be more difficult when you are using it in your left hand as your muscles will be weaker on that arm and visa versa. prepare yourself for the dreaded "dead arm syndrome" as I call it, this ball will result in that sensation sooner rather than later especially at the beginning. But it's so much fun and very enjoyable to use, how often can you say that about exercise?
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When I first saw a "Powerball" I had absolutely no idea what it was, how it worked, what it was for, or why I should have one. However, what I did know is that it looked interesting, so I decided to find out more and read up about them. I read that they were a good aid for sportsmen and women, that they could be used for a 'non-impact' workout, that they could be a generally fun and addictive game, and even that they could provide therapy for sports injuries. So I bought one. But before I talk about it, I'll try to fill in a few knowledge gaps first and explain what it is...
<<< "Powerballs?" >>>
A powerball is about the size of a cricket or tennis ball, and comes in various different designs and colours (I own a white pro signature model). To use the powerball, you have to hold it firmly in the palm of either hand, and grip tightly with your fingers. The ball houses an internal gyroscope, which you start up by pulling a small cord, then the fun starts... The objective is to keep the gyroscope moving, and build up momentum, through simple movements of your wrist and arm. As I mentioned, they were primarily developed as a training aid, working various muscles in your hand, arm, shoulders, etc. but also turned out to be good for rehabilitation from various injuries including carpal tunnel syndrome, and a generally fun 'game' to play alone or challenge friends.
<<< Feel the Force >>>
At this point you are probably wondering how a small plastic ball held in your hand can have these magical properties... well the key is the gyroscope. As it gains momentum and spins faster with the subtle movements of your hand, the gyroscope begins to generate substantial forces, and quickly becomes very difficult to handle.
The stronger the muscles in your wrist and arm are, the faster you will be able to make it spin, and the faster you make it spin, the more force and strength it takes to keep it going - it's a very clever idea. This means that the better you are, the more difficult it becomes. After no time at all, my arm began to ache, and I had to stop - herein lies the benefit of the ball. It works your muscles in an initially subtle way, but has the power to give an intense workout through your whole arm.
If you get carried away, this can result in one or all of the following:
- You feel like your wrist has been crushed by a large boulder
- You don't have the strength to lift your arm
- You drop the ball and damage it (use the wrist-strap to prevent this)
- You lose control of the ball and maim a small child or pet (again, use the wrist strap for safety)
<<< I can't feel the force (sad face) >>>
The powerball requires patience, especially at first! It's very difficult to master the technique required to keep the gyroscope moving, and it's even hard for me to describe it to you. I really struggled the first few times, pulling the cord and getting the rotor started, but quickly getting frustrated when the I couldn't get into a rhythm and the ball ground to a halt. Fortunately, I did eventually get the hang of it, and after consulting some useful videos on youtube, I have the technique pretty much nailed. Don't be defeated at the first hurdle!
<<< See and hear the force! >>>
When you do get the powerball going, you will be rewarded by some nice flashing lights, and a strange whirring sound (it can be quite loud). Now if you're the kind of complex human being who doesn't necessarily feel rewarded by flashing lights and whirring sounds, don't worry - there's more! Most importantly, the display on the top of the ball keeps track of your current speed, so you can begin to track your progress. Now you're ready to start using the powerball 'properly'...
<<< How can it be used? >>>
I've been using the powerball for about 6 weeks, about 4 or 5 days a week. I usually mess around with it most days, but there are a few times when I make a concerted effort to spend 20-30 minutes working hard. I've found it to be of benefit for the following...
@ Strength and muscle toning @
I'm trying to strengthen my upper body at the moment, using the traditional mix of weights, press-ups, and the like, and I've incorporated the powerball into the routine. I try to really push myself to keep the powerball moving at a high speed, and it really causes the arms to ache after quite a short time. As with all training, I have been pushing further each time, increasing the resistance, and found a definite difference in the tone of my arms. The powerball won't do a great deal to help you bulk up, but it does seem effective in building strength.
@ Sports @
I play Squash and Badminton (to quite a low level) and have found that the powerball has really strengthened my wrists and lower arms. I feel that I can generate a bit more power in my shots, and also feel that my arms ache less after a game.
@ Grip and Wrist Strength @
My grip has definitely strengthened - I now feel like I can open almost any jar in the cupboard (including jam!)
@ "Who's the Best" Contest @
As with many things in life, the powerball can quickly become a competition; whenever I have friends or family round I show them the powerball and see if they can keep it going. This quickly descends into a contest of who can get the highest score (fastest spinning speed). Even when I'm just using it alone, I'm competing to beat my best previous speed (which is stored by the on-board counter).
Since I fortunately don't suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome or repetitive strain injury, I can't assess the value of the powerball for therapeutic purposes. However, I can say that it seems to make good on all its other promises when used correctly, so I see no reason why that shouldn't be the case for the rehabilitation uses too.
<<< Power >>>
What puts the 'power' into a powerball? Well there is a battery , but this is only to keep the small LCD display going. The force which you feel in your hand is generated entirely by your own movements and the ingenious design of the gyroscope mechanism. I have heard that the LCD's battery can be difficulty to replace, but I fortunately haven't got to this stage yet.
<<< Summarising >>>
First and foremost, the powerball is fun; once you get past the initial hurdle of getting the correct technique to maintain momentum, it's a unique feeling, and a great novelty. However, most importantly there is longevity - I have been using my powerball for around 6 weeks now, and will continue to use it several times a week, because it works. It's already helped me to build strength and improve my performance in various sports, and I'm genuinely excited about the longer term benefits as I keep progressing.
I may update this review once I've got a better understanding of the long-term effects...
When I first spotted this product at a friends house, I was completely mystified as to what it did, how it worked, and what the purpose of it was, and to be honest I'm still a little confused on a few of those points to this day. However, seeing myself as a bit of a techno-kid at the time, I simply could not pass up on purchasing one of these inexplicable little devices.
The 'Powerball Neon White Pro Signature' plastic ball (and any similar alternative) is a mechanical, digital device which was designed back at the beginning of the century by a little organisation known as NASA. You see, when astronauts are subject to zero gravity, exercise and training becomes extremely difficult to perform. With no resistence, muscles can become weak and deteriorate very quickly. So what can be harnessed in replace of gravity to help a human satallite keep active?
'Centrifugal force' is the driving presence behind this inventive creation. Inside the device is a small metal ball, set inside a plastic, circular shell within the casing of the Powerball. As you rotate the ball in the palm of your hand (critically moving with the correct level of momentum) the metal ball inside will spin around the centre creating an opposing force to the maneuvering of your hand. This makes your body (or more specifically, your wrists, arms and back) exercise in a way gravity cannot interfere. - How very clever of that small North American company!
It can take quite a while to get used to the feel and movability of the device. It's a very strange technique you have to adopt to make the interior ball spin smoothly - almost like your precariously balancing the motion every second of the way. But I have to admit, despite this being quite difficult, and despite it being exercise, it's really really FUN!
Using the ball everyday or on a relatively regular basis doesn't seem to make operation repetative or 'boring'. Infact you become obsessed with beating previous times, challenging yourself relentlessly to improve your new found ability. But how do you keep track of your progress?
Well, the Powerball isn't just about the mechanics of centrifugal force, it also adopts a digital display used to record the number of rotations per minute, length of time of exercise, and much more! You're not only gettting a device which helps you exercise in any environment, but you're getting one which tells you exactly how and to what success you are exercising! Using the digital display, though it is quite small and unimpressive, is very easy. The controls and design have been kept minimalistic and simple - flicking between different data is done at the touch of a button, with the digital display reacting instantaneously.
The aesthetics of the design were kept very simple when it came to the exterior of the product - with a see-through plastic shell, basic digital display screen, two buttons and a logo banner. But, with this device, the mechanics add to the aesthetics. People want to know how it works and what it looks like inside, so keeping the shell transparent and the moving parts visible was the best decision to make. I love the way the Powerball looks, and that's everything to do with how it works!
The device is one solid piece of brilliant engineering. There are no removable or weakly placed parts which might be detached, or detach during use - therefore from my experience there isn't any known hazard to young children or animals/pets which might get the wrong idea.
I would recommend this product as both a toy and a serious piece of exercise equipment. Not only is it fun and interesting to master, it also generates up to 15 kilograms of imaginary weight from a 200 gram rotor (that's 75 times more weight) using the powers of centrifugal force. Due to its difficulty in usage however, I wouldn't advise purchasing this for anyone under the age of 8 years.
A powerball is a hand gyroscope, created in the 1970's this has become quite a faddish fitness accessory which requires concentration to help you relax and build muscle in your arms.
The first time I saw this on Amazon I presumed it was similar to a medicine ball but one of my slightly less gym-phobic friends advised me that it is actually a hand held item which immediately raised its attraction in my eyes.
The powerball is about the size of a tennis ball and is supposed to fit in the palm of your hand, it has a digital monitor to help you assess how well you are doing with it, which is both a real pleasure and a distraction when annoying friends decide they want to beat your high score.
Clear with a silver band across the middle, the ball looks pretty funky and modern and it does appeal visually, it has two main benefits, five minutes use a day should help increase strength in your wrists and arms (most specifically your forearms), for somebody like me who has weak wrists and has to do a lot of carrying shopping and playing squash, this is very appealing. It can also be used to relax your muscles and ease RSI and arthritis.
Since using this ball I have won a few more games of squash and would attribute some of that to my stronger wrists allowing me to serve the ball where I want it to go first time, every time, so it was well worth the £18 I paid for it via Amazon.
When you receive your powerball, follow the instructions to insert the ripcord, which is used to make the ball spin, once you pull the cord the fun begins, once you have mastered getting the ball to spin (An art that takes 4-5 attempts) you then have to keep it moving through using your hand, this is fun and addictive and you can really feel it in your arms after a while, the idea of the meter is that it tells you how much rpm the ball is spinning at, this is very useful and you will want to beat everyone else at having the highest RPM recorded, for those practiced experts it can reach over 16,000 RPM.
The moving ball within the ball spins at incredible speeds and this puts undue pressure on your hands and forearms, it is possible to put up to 40lb of pressure onto your muscles. When you do this whilst watching the television, it really is an easy way to increase your strength and flexibility. I have really noticed a difference and it is one of those things you don't have to motivate yourself to use as you can do it anywhere at anytime, even in the office during lunch.
The ball doesn't need batteries (Except for the meter) and has a lifetime guarantee so is really good value when you consider it doesn't need storage space and can be taken anywhere, it really is an impressive bit of kit which deserves more recognition.
It is fun, addictive, you feel effects and you do want to keep doing it, it doesn't risk undue injury, it looks fine, it can be placed anywhere for storage and it is available in Amazon, Argos and all decent sports shops. This is one version, there are others, so check out which is best for you, it's a great bit of kit that is excellent for anyone over the specified age limit (14 years old) so enjoy it.
It is very difficult to find a piece of exercise equipement that you can use, sitting at your desk and genuinely get a really good workout from, at the same time as having a bit of fun.
I was bought the Powerball as a Christmas present, and am still using it regularly (over a year now). The purpose of the tool is to get the gyroscope in the centre spinning as fast as you can by rotating your wrist, to get it started it has a pull chord, but you can get it started by rolling the gyroscope down your leg.
Getting it started can be a bit tricky, and at the beginning a bit infuriating as you try and get the flippin' thing to start spinning, but once you do you automatically have a stupid grin on your face at this small but significant sense of achievement. Once it is started, keeping it going is easy, as long as your forearms can take the pain, after a couple of minutes your forearms are in immeasurable pain as you battle with the thing. after playing with it for about 10 minutes with both arms, you are well and truly knackered. The next morning is also interesting, the first few times, as it appears you are unable to grip anything. Proving that this really is a great tool for strengthening the forearm.
Regardless of the pain you find yourself coming back for more a couple of days later, trying to beat your score. It is also good fun with friends as well, all competing to get a higher score than the last.
For £20, this is an excellent gift idea, I would even go as far to say an investment.
Tempted and lured in by the promise of unbelievable bargains I recently spent a whole week watching and participating in the madness which turned out to be the Amazon Black Friday Sales. Items such as Wii's and Xbox's were offered for sale on the site at just £50.00 and adopting a 'first come, first served' basis they sold out within milliseconds. There were a whole host of different items offered and I must admit and I did do well out of the sale, one of the items I managed to grab is the subject of this review, the Neon White Signature Series PowerBall and whilst the price I paid wasn't that much cheaper than its usual price - I paid £12.50 rather than £14.99 - it remains one of the best things I bought during the chaos which was that week-long experience.
What is a PowerBall?
For many people a Power Ball and what it does will be something new and even a fleeting glimpse of one on Amazons website wouldn't give you much of an idea of how it operates and what it is actually designed to do so I will briefly explain what one is. Simply put a PowerBall is a hand gyroscope which weighs less than 300 grams, it has an internal rotor built into the body of the ball itself and once set into motion the gyroscope begins to spin. By rotating your wrist in time with the gyroscope itself you can build up the speed of which it spins and as it goes faster the more pressure is put on your wrist and arm to keep it stable and maintain its momentum. This PowerBall's top speed is above 16,000rpm which as you can imagine produces an incredible force on your fingers, wrist and arm, by keeping the gyroscope going you are effectively giving your arm and wrist a work out and increasing the strength of your grip at the same time. The Power Ball is not only a fun thing to pick up and play with but is also designed to be used by sports men and women, especially those who need a firm grip when playing racquet sports and has also been medically proven to be beneficial to those who have suffered injury to their wrists or forearms as a "non impact strengthening device" - please see the end of my review for the link to the official PowerBall website where there are testimonials from medical professionals about the rehabilitation qualities of using one of these.
I neither have an injury nor am I a sportsman, the fun of a Power Ball for me is trying to increase the speed I can get the gyroscope to spin at. Thanks to the inbuilt digital display I can keep track on the speeds I achieve and for me it's one those addictive little things that I can pick up and play with whenever I get the urge although do be aware that mastering the art of a Power Ball will take some time and a little dedication.
It's all in the wrist action...
The most awkward aspect of the Power Ball is getting the gyroscope to actually start spinning. Supplied with this version of the Power Ball are 3 lengths of thin, red cord which are designed to fit into a little hole on the gyroscope itself, presumably you are given 3 cords with the ball itself as the likelihood that they can be lost is quite high so at least you have a couple of back-ups to use should you be like me and tend to put things away in 'safe places' only never to be seen again.
The cord itself is slotted into the hole provided and wound around the gyroscope itself and much like a starter motor on a petrol lawnmower the force of the unravelling of the cord makes the gyroscope start spinning. Once the gyroscope has begun to spin its all down to the wrist action you use to keep it going and as you steadily start to quicken up your wrist movement the Powerball becomes unstable in your hand the faster the internal gyroscope spins. It's a tricky thing to get right I have to admit but after a couple of attempts you start to get a feel of the ball and can hear the gyroscope begin to hum gently. The faster the gyroscope spins the louder the hum gets and the more pressure is applied to your wrist and arm, if you mistime your wrist movement the gyroscope knocks against the outer wall of the ball and loses its momentum and eventually stops. Tricky it is but at the same time strangely addictive and something which takes some time to actually master.
You can, in time and with practice activate the gyroscope without the aid of the cord but as of yet I haven't quite mastered this technique and still rely on the cord to get it spinning, perseverance and practice makes perfect with this though and the more you use one the more instinctive your wrist movements become. Similarly with practice you will find that the speeds you can achieve will increase, my early attempts were pitiful at only a few thousand RPM's, now I'm at 10,000+ but still have a long way to go to reach the maximum speeds of above 16,000. I have noticed that my grip is firmer and that the muscles in my lower arm and wrist do seem to be a lot stronger than before. As I am right handed that is naturally my stronger arm but by using the Powerball in both my left and right hand I have noticed that my left wrist has become stronger over time too and overall for something which passes on a bit of time as a fun thing to do it has produced some noticeable results for me.
The Signature Series
There are a few different variations on offer when it comes to deciding on which Power Ball to purchase, some don't have the counter included and tend to be cheaper and others are available in different colours. Mine is the white "Signature Series" Power Ball as pictured above and features a couple of additional extras:
The digital display has various programmes and functions built into it. To see the speeds you can achieve you can set a counter to count down from 30, 60 or 90 second intervals and then display your results, if, however you want to build stamina you can set the counter as a stopwatch and see how long you can keep the gyroscope in motion for. The ball itself is fashioned from durable transparent plastic and around the trunk has a rubberised textured band which helps you to keep a firm grip and once the gyroscope is in motion and begins to build in speed and intensity it emits a display of flashing white lights which I have to say is pretty cool.
Along with the PowerBall and the supplied cords comes a wrist band which can be slotted into the outer wall of the ball and secured round your wrist. For anyone new to Power Balling I would suggest that you do use this as there is a very real chance that damage could occur to the ball itself if it is dropped. Once you get used to the momentum and know how much force to apply to your grip you don't actually need the wrist band but it is definitely worth using during your first few attempts just to protect the ball and things in immediate and surrounding area. 300 grams may not sound like a huge weight to hold and to be fair it isn't when you pick up the ball itself but I wouldn't want to drop it onto the floor or even onto my toes so my advice would be to use the wrist band until you get comfortable and confident with what it is that you are doing.
Due to the fact that the gyroscope itself is partly exposed the Power Ball is unsuitable for children under 14 years of age, once in motion you are advised to be careful not to put your fingers near the moving motor even though it is made from toughened plastic it can still cause minor injury. Similarly do be careful when attempting to pull out the cord to start up the Power Ball as it can sometimes get caught up in the mechanism itself and as well as being annoying when this happens there is a real chance that the force with which you have to pull the cord can dislodge the ball itself from your hand (hence why I recommend you use the wrist band) Overall though it does come down to common sense and the trial and error aspects are well worth it once you master the technique that is needed.
Conclusion and Rating
For me this is a fun little gadget which has other benefits, it isn't a "workout" in the traditional sense of the word but it does build stamina and strength in your wrists, fingers and forearms. More than anything it appeals to the competitive side of me and I like the challenge of trying to beat my high-speed records and I do find that if I am sat watching TV or notice the ball sitting on my desk that I can't help but pick it up for a few minutes at a time.
For a stocking filler present this Christmas for the older child or just for someone who has everything but loves their gadgets then the Power Ball could be an ideal present. It has the 'replayability' factor as well as the added benefits of increasing strength and if you are looking for something a little bit different then this could well appeal. For its current price tag of a penny under £15.00 it's cheap enough to buy on the off-chance and it's on that basis that I would have no hesitation in recommending the Signature Series Power Ball.
As far as my rating goes I am deducting a star as I appreciate that it will frustrate as much as amuse especially when you first attempt to use it. It does take some time to get used to but once you have mastered the technique and practiced for a while then it does become easier to build up to the high speeds it can reach. 4 stars from me seems to be fair but wholeheartedly recommended all the same.
Thanks for reading my review. Please note that this also appear on ciao under my username.
To see a PowerBall in use check out one of the multiple videos on YouTube, there is even a World Championship tournament scoreboard on the official website where competitors attempt to achieve the highest number of RPM's and it is surprising just how popular these actually are. The facial expressions that get pulled when using a PowerBall are funny in their own right and I cant guarantee that you wont adopt a similar look should you try one out for yourself - you can't say I didn't warn you.
PowerBall website: http://www.powerballs.com/index.php?m=Home
Having already reviewed two out my three-strong Powerball collection, it's time to take a look at the 'Neon White Pro Signature' version which can currently be purchased for £17.99 from amazon.co.uk. First thing's first however, and it's important to explain what a 'Powerball' actually is.
First produced in the 1970's, a Powerball is a training aid designed to exercise various muscles throughout the body. At around the size of a cricket ball, the device is held in the hand and rotated using the wrist. Now, you may think that rotating an object in your hand would have little or no effect on the muscles - but the Powerball contains an internal gyroscope which makes the process much more difficult than you would imagine. Powerballs are really good training aids for those sports which utilise any sort of wrist action, for example, climbing, golf, badminton, tennis, archery, basketball, and squash -because of this, many professional athletes use the Powerball. They are also extremely good for rehabilitation and relief from carpal tunnel syndrome and repetitive strain injury.
To use the Powerball, you first need to start the gyroscope, and this is done by inserting a thin red cord (provided) into a hole in the inner rotating section, and pulling it firmly. Once the internal engine is spinning, its momentum needs to be maintained via the wrist rotation method that I previously mentioned. The technique does take a bit of practice to get used to, but once you've mastered it, the whole process is generally an addictive one. It's an odd feeling when you're using the Powerball for the first time - it really makes your arms start to ache in a fairly short space of time, and the better you are at Powerballing, the harder it gets - genius!
So how does the Neon White Pro Signature edition differ from the other Powerball models? Well, this particular Poweball is constructed from transparent grey plastic, and finished with a white rubberised band around its body. It has a small LCD display on the top (cheaper Powerballs don't have this) which measures various statistics like 'total revolutions during a session', 'real time revolutions (real time speed)', 'highest RPM', 'historical highest RPM', and a 'strength test' mode. Said LCD features an auto power off function to save on battery life. The battery itself is of the button cell variety, and lasts for ages before it needs to be changed - that said, it can be quite tricky to remove it when the time arises - there's a fair bit of levering and prising open involved!
When in motion, the Neon White Pro Signature lights up internally with a white glow, which looks pretty cool - the light is powered by the gyroscopic action rather than the button cell battery, so it's generally an eco-friendly device too. I would describe this particular Powerball as a great starter model, as it's easy to grip, and much easier to use than the two metal 'pro' Powerballs which are available to buy. The only real downside with the Powerball Neon White Pro Signature is the fact that it can easily be damaged - any shaking whilst the device is in use or dropping will severely damage the internal motion of the machine. That said, once you've mastered the correct technique, it's unlikely that you'll do anything which wiil jeopardise the fantastic little training aid.