This Article is Part 1 in the Series 'What's That?' Fitness Equipment Explained.
What's an Exercise Ball?
You've probably seen these in the gym, fitness center or on T.V. An Exercise Ball, also known as a Swiss Ball or Physio Ball, is a round, blow up ball that looks similar to something you might find in a kid's playhouse or in a bounce pit.
Why Use an Exercise Ball?
Whatever name you choose to call it, Exercises Balls have the same purpose: Balance and Core Training.
Being round, the ball's unstable surface forces the user to engage her core muscles in order to remain balanced.
How To Use an Exercise Ball:
Just about any exercise and any muscle group can be done on the ball. Just remember that the purpose of using an Exercise Ball is for Balance and Core Training. Not strength, cardio or other modes.
There are 1,000s of exercises to choose from. Visit: www.iBodyFit.com/sampleclasses.php to view free exercises on the ball!
Exercise Ball Sizes:
Exercise Balls come in three popular sizes. 45cm, 55cm and 65cm. Ball sizes are based on user height.
Exercise Ball Prices:
Exercise Balls can be purchased at Sporting Good stores, Target, Amazon and many other retailers. Prices range from $25 - $40.