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Viavito Anti-burst Gym Ball View

Viavito Anti-burst Gym Ball

The Viavito anti-burst gym ball can be used for a huge array of exercises that strengthen the core, upper and lower body muscle groups while also toning. It's great for sit-ups, back exercises, stretching, balance and resistance work. You can even use it for free weights exercises as well. Made from tough anti-burst PVC and with a max load of 200kg (31 stone), this versatile gym ball is ideal for users of all shapes and sizes. Featuring a ribbed pattern for additional grip, this gym ball is suitable for use on just about any surface and comes with a hand pump included for hassle free set up.

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Reebok Mens Training 75cm Gym Ball View

Reebok Mens Training 75cm Gym Ball

The Reebok Men’s Training 75cm gym ball is a very useful piece of fitness equipment that allows users to do a number of effective exercises to work on improving core strength, flexibility, balance, posture and general fitness. Possible exercises include tricep dips, lower-ab crunches, the plank, shoulder curls and press and side squats, plus a workout DVD is supplied with the Swiss ball to help you get started. Anti-burst technology means if the exercise ball gets punctured it will deflate in a slow and safe way, and it comes with a pump for inflation. The hi-density rubber ball has a larger 75cm (29.5") diameter and is therefore intended for users who are 188cm (6'2") or taller, and the maximum user weight is a high 110kg (242.5lbs).

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Viavito 500kg Studio Anti-burst 75cm Gym Ball View

Viavito 500kg Studio Anti-burst 75cm Gym Ball

This 75cm Viavito gym ball is suited to those seeking the ultimate in quality! Made from 2100g of high-grade, non-toxic PVC, this heavy-duty gym ball is the right size for users over 178cm (5'10") in height. To ensure the perfect fit, it’s supplied with a hand pump and a specially designed tape measure for correct inflation. Anti-burst rated at 500kg, this gym ball is suitable for use (indoors) in all homes as well as in professional studios.

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ExaFit 150Kg Anti-Burst 65cm Swiss Ball View

ExaFit 150Kg Anti-Burst 65cm Swiss Ball

Improve your balance, cardiovascular system and flexibility and develop good overall muscle tone using the ExaFit 150kg anti-burst 65cm Swiss ball. This functional home fitness accessory will help you strengthen core muscles and has an anti-burst design to prevent explosive deflating and ensure added safety, durability and support. It offers a diameter of 65cm (25.5’’) and burst-resistance of up to 150kg (330lbs). The exercise ball can be used as a chair to force proper spine alignment, increase circulation and target your ab muscles. The ball is supplied in a grey colour.

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Viavito 500kg Studio Anti-burst 65cm Gym Ball View

Viavito 500kg Studio Anti-burst 65cm Gym Ball

This 65cm Viavito gym ball is suited to those seeking the ultimate in quality! Made from 1700g of high-grade, non-toxic PVC, this heavy-duty gym ball is the right size for users between 168cm (5'6") and 178cm (5'10") in height. To ensure the perfect fit, it’s supplied with a hand pump and a specially designed tape measure for correct inflation. Anti-burst rated at 500kg, this gym ball is suitable for use (indoors) in all homes as well as in professional studios.

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Gym Balls

In relative terms the gym ball is a newcomer to the home exercise family. Also called a Swiss ball this versatile piece of kit was first used in Switzerland in the 1960s for infant physiotherapy. Back then manufacturing costs meant it was still a (relatively) pricey piece of equipment but as prices have fallen the gym ball has enjoyed an exponential rise in popularity.

Exercise balls remain a firm favourite in group exercise classes at most health clubs. They’re also a popular training tool for serious sports folk but in recent years there has been an explosion in the number of homes that have one.


CORE STRENGTH

 

The key selling point for a fitness ball is its shape which makes it unstable, so when exercises are performed on it the core muscles in the stomach and back are forced into more vigorous action than they would be based on a stable, firm surface. Many exercises performed on one of these balls are solely about that crucial area in the torso and result in greater strength and improved posture.


When using a gym ball as part of your workout, even when your primary muscles are the focus of an exercise, the core also has to keep working. Try a press up on a mat and then on a ball and you’ll be left in no doubt about the difference it makes!

A better inflated ball will challenge your stability more so if you’re new to a gym ball you can begin with less air and build up as your confidence, control, strength and endurance improve.


POSTURE & SUPPORT

 

When your core muscles are strong, your posture improves and your efficiency while undertaking pretty much all other exercise also is significantly increased. So even if running is your thing, introduce a gym ball to your routine, and you’ll soon be running faster and further.

Having said that, a stability ball can also give you support during certain exercises and stretches and there are various Yoga postures and Pilates exercises that involve the use of a ball to help build up strength. The Yoga pose of ‘The Wheel’ is a great example (AKA the crab). Few people can get into The Wheel pose without intense, consistent practice, but if you lay on your back on an exercise ball with your feet on the floor, the chances are you’ll find the floor with your hands relatively easily.


VARIETY OF EXERCISES

 

Many gym balls come with DVDs while additional DVDs can be purchased. Of course, as ever, the web has a practically limitless number of suggestions too.


SIZE

 

Aside from the quality, the primary factor to consider when buying a ball is the size. Generally speaking the taller you are the bigger the ball. Here are the general parameters:

4’ 11” – 5’7”  a 55cm ball
5’5” – 6’2” a 65cm ball
Over 5’11” a 75cm ball

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