TheraGear gym ball
What is a gym ball?
gym balls are large, heavy-duty inflatable balls with a diameter of 45 to 75 cm (18 to 30 inches).
All TheraGear Balls have two weight ratings:
- Burst-proof limit or SecureMax: This will ensure that the gym ball will not explode but deflate slowly if it is accidentally punctured. They are generally rated to hold between 200lb – 500lb
- Weight Limit: Static weight that can be put on the ball, generally between 600lb – 2200lb
The gym ball is also known by a number of different names, including exercise ball, Swiss ball, Pilate’s ball, sports ball, fit or fitness ball, stability ball, therapy ball, yoga ball, balance ball, body ball, or birth ball.
gym balls offer you a fun, safe and highly effective way to exercise. They will last for a very long time and are inexpensive compared to other exercise equipment.
Where did they come from?
gym balls were originally used in rehabilitation. Physical therapist and chiropractors in Switzerland used the exercise or therapy ball 30 years ago. In 1989, a physical therapist named Joanne Posner-Mayer began instructing US therapists on the neurological, orthopedic and fitness applications of the gym ball. Today, athletic trainers, strength coaches, personal trainers and physical therapists use the gym ball in their fitness and rehab programs, which they have designed for their athletes, patients and the general fitness population.
Why should I use a gym ball?
gym balls are one of today's top fitness tools - and for good reason! Using a gym ball will improve the strength of the abs and the lower back. Since the gym ball is unstable you have to constantly adjust your balance, which in turn will improve your balance, proprioception and flexibility. As an extra challenge you can use the exercise ball as a bench using free-weights to target those hard to reach stabilizer muscles.
1. Proper Alignment
Using the gym ball during training will utilize many additional muscles to maintain stability and balance. gym balls are less stable than traditional fitness equipment, which can greatly improve your balance, coordination and core strength. The alignment of your body is also improved when proper balance is maintained.
2. Great Abs
An abdominal crunch on the fitness ball has been scientifically proven to work your abs better than a regular crunch. For people working out to achieve great abs, thegym ball can definitely target the abdominal areas as the abs and back muscles are simultaneously worked.
3. Muscle Strength and Endurance
The gym ball can improve muscle strength and endurance in all of the major muscle groups. Training with the stability ball can help in alleviating back pain and preventing pain in the future. As all the major muscle groups are exercised, tone, strength and endurance are improved as well as flexibility and balance.
4. Core Stability
gym balls are less stable than traditional fitness equipment so you can also greatly improve your balance, coordination and core strength in your abs and back. The major muscles that help stabilize and support all of your body movements are made up of the back and the deep abdominal muscles. With the gym ball no matter how “deep” these muscles are, they are still exercised. This is something only the ball can guarantee.
The gym ball is a great tool for stretching exercises. With this, you can easily move into and move out of different stretching positions. Training with the gym ball will restore or improve your flexibility.
6. Losing Weight
Any exercise that strengthens your muscles will help to reduce body fat. With regular exercise using the stability ball, you will also lose weight
What type of ball should I be using?
We recommend Secure Max System balls because this technology guarantees the highest standard of safety and quality.
TheraGear gym balls are made with a special material that prevents the ball from dangerously exploding if accidentally punctured. Acrylic particles allow air to release gradually so Secure Max System balls deflate slowly - and safely. (Provided Secure Max System limits are not exceeded).
The materials we use are very resistant to wear and tear, even when you use them with heavy weights. Even though Secure Max System balls don't burst, you can increase the life of your ball and reduce your risk of injury by keeping the ball away from sharp objects and surfaces.
|gym ball Type
||Swiss Aero Ball
||Swiss gym ball
||Swiss Pro Ball
||Ideal for Aerobic, Yoga & Stretching. Our softest and bounciest ball
||Great for core, resistance training & rehabilitation. This ball offers firm support
||Ideal for weight training. Extra firm ball endures your toughest workout
|Static Weight Limit
|Secure Max -
How to determine the correct gym ball size:
|TheraGear Exercise Balls
|Up to 4’10”, 145cm
|4’8” to 5’5”, 146-165cm
|5’6” to 6’0”, 166-185cm
|6’0” to 6’5”, 186-195cm