Gaiam introduces the next evolution of the top selling Balance Ball Beginners kit. The Total Body BalanceBall kit is a refreshed kit that includes the Gaiam anti-burst Balance Ball, 2 complete DVD workouts and a resistance band and a pump. The new piece of media is a total body workout desgined by Tanja Delevic and is designed to challenge, sculpt and tone youor entrie body. The total value of this new kit is nearly $60 if purchased seperately. Available in 55cm(small), 65cm(medium) and 75cm(large).
- Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 12 x 4.5 inches ; 4 ounces
- Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds
- Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
- ASIN: B000VDTECQ
- Item model number: 05-51980
Great chair, but definitely get 75 cm
My posture improved instantly. It was relatively easy to use, and by the end of the first week I was totally and completely in love. I sit at my computer 12 hrs. a day, 7 days a week. This thing makes me use my abs, legs, and back muscles all day long, but in a way I just don’t notice. “Active exercise” is the term. I’m secretly hoping that my legs, butt, and abs will slowly but surely become tighter and more toned than ever. (Hey, a girl can dream.) And, as many others say here, I am much less tired at the end of the day. This ball is a great product. Buy Gaiam! Everything I’ve gotten from them has been the top of the line.
Bonus benefit: Weight loss. It’s now 10 days, and I’ve lost a tiny bit of weight every day while on the ball. Makes sense–my back/thighs/abs are getting a real workout. At first, I was tired after a couple hrs. on it. Now I use it all day before I’m tired. Am confident that as I shape up, the tiredness will disappear. And the disappearing weight is FANTASTIC. I feel so light on my feet!
A wonderful product and an awesome work out!
The DVD is also a wonderful tool to have. The main workout dvd focuses on legs, arms and abs. WHOA does it target your muscles! I was amazed at the amount of muscle isolation and how this seemingly “easy” set of moves really targeted my muscles. It was a great workout- wonderfully shot, nicely explained and just fun to do. I can’t wait to add it to my exercise regimen.
4.5 stars for ball and value, 3 stars for dvd
BALANCE BALL ITSELF:
PROS- sturdy, thick material, does not feel like it will pop. Retains air well. I’ve used it for several months now and feel comfortable exercising on it and have not had to refill its air level once.
CONS- As others have mentioned it’s a LITTLE bit small to size. I still think it’s the right size for me, but just barely. My knees are just level with my hips if I’m sitting on it barefoot and I’m 5’7″. If you’re questioning I would go a size up.
PROS- Good introduction to how to workout using the balance ball. 3 20 minute sections for upper body, lower body and abs. The ab workout was moderately difficult while the lower and upper body were fairly easy but still worthwhile. DVD also has “express” options with 10 minute segments of each. Instructor is fairly “normal”… not annoying, overly demanding or overly peppy/cute.
CONS- Biggest issue is that the instructor fails to switch her left/right directions when instructing. She says what she’s doing instead of switching her cues to make it easier for us to follow. For example, she’ll say to turn to the left and then she will turn to her left. But if we want to mirror what she’s doing we have to actually turn to our right. You can still follow along fairly easily but it’s annoying and takes some getting used to as you have to mentally switch each of her directional cues. Also, the two people who she’s working out with don’t always have the best form and sometimes they’re off of her beat or miss a move.
Here’s a mix of a con and a pro for you… my dvd was unplayable when I first opened the package. The intro ran fine but I could not open the exercises on my dvd player. I contacted Gaiam (who I did not even order the product from originally) and they shipped me a replacement dvd overnight, no questions asked, no proof of purchase required, no additional charge. They were VERY easy to work with. The dvd included in the kit is just in a sleeve, i.e. no hard protective case, so I imagine many of their dvds in these kits could end up damaged. But I had no problem getting a replacement.
PROS- Good & appropriate length for the workout dvd included.
CONS- When I first got it I thought the resistance was so light that I would just end up throwing it out and using another band I already have. However, the dvd exercises require a LONG resistance band and it turns out when you use the one included stretched out as long as the dvd requires that it is fairly decent. So I guess the con is that I wouldn’t really see much of a use for it outside of a small set of exercises that require a long band. Also, it’s a slippery material with no grip. It snapped out of my hand several times during the exercises.
AIR PUMP FOR BALL:
PROS- Gets the job done
CONS- Cheap, thin plastic. Not very durable. Requires a decent amount of effort to use (but it is doable).
Overall it’s a worthwhile purchase if you’re new to stability balls and want a quality ball and a decent introduction to some exercises.
Bigger is better
Size details for someone of my own stature.
For reference (which I think is very important when taking all reviews into account, as far as this ball goes), I am:
33″ inseam (crazy that this impacts the “fit,” but it does)
I use this ball as a desk chair
I am lowering the system one star, only because it would be nice to be able to choose the color one wants, rather than color by size. In my instance, it actually worked out, because I wanted the green ball (which is why I ultimately decided to go with my gut and get the ‘correct’ size for my height), but if it were too small, I would have been stuck with the large blue one.
I sincerely hope this helps, because I know how frustrating and confusing the backstory on these balls is.
A fun, low impact work out with great results.
Not only have I learned the right kind of exercises for the ball, but I have seen big results, in a small amount of time and with low impact on my joints, which is a huge plus at my height of 6’2″.
The workouts are fun and done at a comfortable pace. Also, the woman in the first dvd, which focuses on your legs, arms, and abs video, is not annoying and it was nice to see that she and the other people in the video struggled with the ball as well
Long story short, I love doing this and I look forward to challenging myself with some new videos.
The activies on the DVDs are challenging but not impossible for even a beginner like myself to do. Over all, this is a great product and I’ve recommended it to many of my friends and family. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!
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