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McSix
04-16-2001, 05:46 AM
I bought an exercise ball this weekend in an attempt to add some new variety into my routine. I did find that crunchies took much more effort. I'm curious as to anyone's experience with one of these.

Star
04-16-2001, 12:47 PM
My mother got one awhile ago for her back and now I use it too! I love it http://www.cookinglight.com/bbs/smile.gif There is a class at the gym I work out for especially for the ball, and hour working the butt and abs with the ball, it's awsome. Anyways, I love working my abs with it, there are several ways to use it. If you need any suggestions just ask and I'll do my best to describe them by e-mail!
~Diona

Sara Emily
04-16-2001, 12:55 PM
Did you get any of the accompanying video tapes with it? I purchased one not too long ago and also bought 4 of the Suzanne Deason tapes, produced by Living Arts. I wasn't sure I was going to get the hang of it at first, as I looked and felt so awkward doing the moves, but I have come to really like it and am profiting by it. It is definitely not a "wimpy" workout!!

I, like many others, I think, focused whatever precious exercise time I could find, on aerobic and strength training efforts, and never found time for work on flexibility. Now that I am getting older, I can TELL this has been lacking, and the exercise ball give you elements of all three, but especially of the last two. I hope you will come to enjoy yours too!

By the way, those crunches ARE a real challenge with this apparatus!!! http://www.cookinglight.com/bbs/smile.gif

McSix
04-16-2001, 02:28 PM
Thank you for your comments. I just have the sheet of exercises that came with the ball and didn't know there are videos. As I sit here at work after day two of working with it, I can really feel a difference. I'm impressed. Besides, it's fun! Sort of....I will continue collecting exercises for it to vary things a bit.

Natasha
04-19-2001, 03:32 PM
Lots of fitness magazines also have "ball" workout routines, plus if you belong to a gym, a trainer would probably be happy to give you some tips. Good luck and enjoy.

makedah
04-23-2001, 07:14 AM
Where did you get the ball, how much did it cost? I have thought of buying one, but I don't know where to store it. Where do you put yours?

gabbyh
04-23-2001, 07:52 AM
makedah,
Do a search for "physioball" that was posted earlier this year...also...here is where I orderd mine from: www.bodytrends.com (http://www.bodytrends.com)
They had the cheapest shipping!

McSix
04-23-2001, 09:45 AM
I got mine on sale at a local sports store. It normally sells for $29, but I got it for $15. It really is fun, and I've got the hang of balancing on all but one of the exercises. I truly do believe it is great for ab exercises especially!