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anybody ever try those exercise balls....(13 posts)

anybody ever try those exercise balls....lonebikeroftheapocalypse
Aug 28, 2003 7:45 AM
for strength and flexibility? They look like the latest in fad exercise gear but if they truly do increase flexibility I'd give it a shot. I don't need them for the strength aspect but I could definitely stand to work on my flexibility. Normal stretching bores me to tears. I just can't get over the idea of how goofy I would look rolling around my living room on on of those balls.
re: anybody ever try those exercise balls....No_sprint
Aug 28, 2003 8:13 AM
Yep, cheapest addition you can find for home exercise equipment. They're called Swiss ball or stability ball.
I excersise my balls vigouresly often nmafrican
Aug 28, 2003 8:18 AM
I hesitated to ask this question becauselonebikeroftheapocalypse
Aug 28, 2003 9:05 AM
I knew someone would sink to this level. It was way too easy. ;-) Thanks to the rest of you who've had intelligent input. I just might give it a try.
he said balls...huh huh! (nm)ColnagoFE
Aug 28, 2003 9:52 AM
re: anybody ever try those exercise balls....Mariowannabe
Aug 28, 2003 8:18 AM
Yeah, I use one. Not for flexibility, though. Its great for abs and lower back, while strengthening the entire torso as it "stabilizes" the body on the ball. Its easy on the back and kind of fun.

Putting the ball on a wall behind the small of the back and doing squats while holding a pair of dumbells.... Oh, baby, I can feel the burn!
re: anybody ever try those exercise balls....MichaelM
Aug 28, 2003 8:21 AM
I recently took part in a Swiss Ball class while I was at a Rehab centre (Sports rehab, not celebrity depression rehab).Despite my predjudices against how silly I thought they looked, it was a very effective class for what seems to be the latest buzzword - Core Stability (or core strength etc etc), in that it gets you working a lot of muscles together, helping to improve balance and coordination.

Not sure where the flexibility comes into it though, we had stretching preached at us regarding that, and as for having the motivation to get on a ball in my living room -never ! Maybe in a gym class though.

Strength, not flexibility . . .ms
Aug 28, 2003 8:28 AM
My physical therapist recommended an exercise ball when she was trying to correct the imbalance in strength between my legs (which was causing pain in my right leg because I was "crooked" on the bike). It worked for me (that reminds me, I need to keep doing it -- I have not done it for most of the summer). However, the exercise ball does nothing for stretching. In fact, my PT said that I had to stretch before and after using the ball because it would tighten my muscles. If you want to stretch, try the foam roll. Warning: you will look as ridiculous using the foam roll as you will be using the exercise ball.
We have one..Roger2
Aug 28, 2003 8:44 AM
it's been very useful and helpful in stetching. Haven't really used it for any of the strength exercises tha you can use it for.
Try this outpedalAZ
Aug 28, 2003 8:45 AM
Put your feet up on a bench, with your hands on the Swiss ball, in push up position, your feet and hands at similar elevations. Now try some push ups. If you can do some reps this way, you will get stronger and quicker in a hurry. OMFG is this hard.

For situps/abs, try keeping your elbows closer together and your feet closer together, so that more of the balancing effort is performed by your core instead of your arms and legs.

You work the lower abs, put the Swiss bal a few feet in front of a bench press bar (with the bench removed). Get in bench press position, with your arms extended by placing the bar on a rest, only with your back on the ball instead of a bench. Now, squeeze a medicine ball between your knees and do crunches, drawing your knees all the way up.
you gotta work the core man...get a ballColnagoFE
Aug 28, 2003 9:51 AM
they may look like a fad, but they work. my wife is a master trainer for a company called resist-a-ball. she has shown me many effective exercises on the ball that build core strength. once you get one you'll never do crunches on the floor again.
you gotta work the core man...get a ballJon Billheimer
Aug 28, 2003 12:33 PM
I've been using the Swiss ball for about a year for core work. It works like a damn! Any time you perform a weight bearing or balancing exercise on an unstable surface your deep postural muscles are activated, which will improve your core stability and the effectiveness of any athletic movement. As one poster said, try doing pushups on the ball with your feet up on a bench behind you!!! One of the toughest exercises there is! There's an excellent book by Colleen Craig called Pilates on the Ball. I would highly recommend it to anyone.
they are great with some caveatsColnagoFE
Aug 28, 2003 1:12 PM
My wife has a huge library of ball books and I've seen that one. It is good. Some of the strength training stuff I see (Paul Chek) is kinda scary though. Once you introduce weights on the ball you increase the chance of injury. If you do lift weights with the ball as a platform make sure you aren't going too heavy!