Are you a fan?
Well I am now.
But I haven’t always been, that’s for sure.
I have been intrigued by these fitness balls and the various exercises that people do with them for years… I look at the pictures, and read the writeups… and I even had one for a couple of months at one point.
There is a corner in our laundry room at the marina where people leave things that they no longer want or need. Not junk; the items are in good shape or even brand new. There are always books and magazines there, and occasionally household items and even sealed food stuffs. I have left lots of things there over the years and picked up some things, too.
One day I went in and found a colorful new, unopened package that contained a lovely lavender-colored deflated stability ball, a hand pump, and a yoga block.
That particular winter we were spending about 5 months in a lovely little cottage overlooking Admiralty Inlet towards Whidby Island in Washington State. And since we were leaving the boat to drive there the next day, I tossed that package of goodies into the car and took it along with us. I would never have had enough room on the boat for the inflated fitness ball and thought that the large open living area in the cottage would afford me ample space to work with it.
Well, I did try it out a few times, but never got comfortable on it, and our precocious English Spring Spaniel, Scout, decided that she liked it more than I did. She just would not leave it alone, so I deflated it after a few days and when we got back to the marina in the Spring, I replaced the whole package in the laundry room exchange corner. (And I should probably add that I have only very recently become familiar with using a yoga block… who knew how helpful they can be?)
Since then I have been tempted occasionally to get another fitness ball. I certainly have more room in the apartment now than I did on the boat, not only to exercise with one of these large stability balls, but to store it as well. I know that many trainers suggest their clients work with them, and there were a few in different sizes lying around the open exercise area in the gym I recently attended. The Boot Camp I am currently enrolled in makes a lot of use of the stability ball… so imagine my great delight when I was given the opportunity by Empower Fitness to try out one of their Core Balls.
They come in 2 sizes… and you should select one based on your height. I opted for their largest ball. It is 65 cm and a lovely pale green color. I am 5’ 11” tall and their information suggests that if you are under 5’ 6” you should order the 55 cm ball. It’s a pretty grey, by the way.
I was really excited when the ball arrived…. it came in a neat little box…
along with a hand pump, an extra plug, and a follow-along workout guide with illustrations of the exercises, tips and helpful hints, warnings and guidelines, and inflation instructions…
and a DVD.
Of course I opened the box immediately and The Captain offered to inflate the Core Ball with the hand pump that was included. I asked him to put as much air in it as he could. And then I got distracted and didn’t get back to it for a couple of days.
When I decided to give the ball a try, I sat on it and loaded up the DVD that came along in the package.
And I almost fell off of it right on my butt! There was way too much air in the ball, and as I viewed the DVD and watched trainer Gin Miller teaching her student, April, the exercises that they would be doing in the workout, I started letting air out of the ball, just a bit at a time. And I did that several times until I finally was pleased with the soft and bouncy shape beneath me.
Gin (who is a fun and energetic on-screen trainer – years ago I had some of her STEP workouts) suggests that when you sit on the ball with your spine in a neutral position, your butt should be slightly lower than your knees.
I watched the DVD, trying each of the exercises as they were demonstrated, and then did the workout with Gin and April. Honestly, I could not do the whole workout the first time through… but that’s okay cause I have something to work toward now. But I did really enjoy it and could feel that I had given my abs a good workout. (Even more so the next day.)
If you would like to have a look at a clip from that video, it can be found here on the top line, 3rd from the left and it is titled Slim & Trim Exercise Core Ball Workout.
I have used the ball a few more times and am very slowly getting more comfortable on it. I have to say though, that I think they should be called INstability balls… I have started using it in some of my Best Body Boot Camp workouts for things like incline chest flyes and incline chest presses and am starting to master the balance it requires to use the ball properly and effectively. But I have lots of work yet to do…. and I am thoroughly enjoying the challenge.
Would you like to have an Empower Fitness Core Ball of your own? Use the Rafflecopter form below to enter the giveaway.
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This giveaway is open to Canadian and U.S. residents. The winner will have their choice of a 55 cm or 65 cm Core Ball, and it will be shipped directly to them from Empower Fitness.
The giveaway will end on Monday, May 13th at 11:59 p.m. PDT. I will select the winner and attempt to contact them by email on Tuesday, May 14th. If I have not had an reply email claiming the prize by 11:59 p.m. by Thursday, May 16th, I will select another winner.
Empower Fitness supplied me with the Core Ball and accessories, and is sponsoring the giveaway but the opinions expressed are my own.