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Old 03-14-2006, 11:33 AM   #1
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Hi all-

I was just wondering what the X-Fit community thinks of stability balls. Are they good for anything? Good for nothing? If they are good, what are they good for? What exercises?

My humble opinion: good for a few things but not a lot. Hardly ever use them, but wondering if perhaps I'm missing something...

What do you all think?
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Old 03-14-2006, 12:00 PM   #2
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Old 03-14-2006, 12:29 PM   #3
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"I was just wondering what the X-Fit community thinks of stability balls"

The community doesn't think of them.

However, I make use of one in place of a GHD that I have not yet purchased. Useful for back extensions or sit ups. I hook my feet or ankles under a flat bench, put either my butt or lower abdomen on the ball, and perform the exercise. It works OK (and I've got other items ahead of the GHD on the home gym purchase list).

As far as proprioceptive training, OHS will serve you far better.
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Old 03-14-2006, 12:59 PM   #4
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What are the specific pros and cons? The comment above about OHS being more effective is the first good comment I have seen as to why one might feel strongly against the use of a ball.
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Old 03-14-2006, 02:27 PM   #5
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I think the biggest con is that there's a limit to how much you can do with one of those things. Working with a labile surface does make exercise "trickier", but that's about it. Then where do you go?

On the other hand, you can make gains in your squat, DL, planche/lever/ring progressions for years (or decades in my case). This makes the stability ball, in all due respect, a waste of my time. If I've got an hour to train everyday, and soooooo much stuff to get better at, the ball doesn't make the final cut.
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Old 03-14-2006, 04:10 PM   #6
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I'm pretty much with you. Thanks for the candid response.
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Old 03-14-2006, 05:03 PM   #7
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Old 03-14-2006, 05:57 PM   #8
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I'm mostly with Will on this too.

I used to use one as a mobile bench for bench press and pushups and stuff but it's been deflated in a box since we moved and i don't miss it. We've also got a ton of them at the gym and i don't think i'ev used one once.

The only thing i can think of is if people are having trouble learning to brace their abs and core while doing bench press or pushups then a few sets o a ball will normally give them the right idea.
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Old 03-15-2006, 06:15 AM   #9
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I don't have a GHD so I'm using mine as one, similar to what Will states above. I also use them for warmup exercises at the beginning of a workout. But like I also agree with what he says later about having sooooo much that I could learn (including slacklining - 'bout to make one of those) and practice with that it sits largely idle now.
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Old 03-15-2006, 06:56 AM   #10
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I agree with the author, stability balls can be a good tool along with other items.
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