The invasion of the Gym Ball

The invasion of the Gym Ball

When you go to a gym, you will see all the sophisticated equipment that makes you motivated to go there.  But your eyes will be drawn to a peculiar piece of equipment and wonder “A ball? Why is there ball in here? ”

Yes, a ball. A gym ball. You can’t deny the fact that this ball has been around for over 30 years since this gym phenomenon starts. The history of the gym ball in physiotherapy and its use in rehabilitation is well known.

What’s so special about this ball?

It is the unstable nature of the ball that makes it unique.  The advantage of its instability is that it challenges the following skills necessary for advancement in an exercise program and maintenance of a healthy spine:

  • Joint mobility

  • Flexibility

  • Righting Reflexes

  • Reaction Time

  • Coordination

  • Posture

  • Balance

  • Strength

  • Proprioception

Sports – each sport is unique, but have the same basic requirement listed above

Golf, rugby, hockey, scuba diving, gymnastics, football, netball and boxing – as special as each of these sports is, all of them all have one thing in common. All require an efficient transfer of power between the upper and lower body and a strong core muscles.

Professional athletes now include core strengthening as a fundamental part of their training regime. As an athlete with highly developed core stability, you will jump further, swing harder, run faster, and swim with greater efficiency.

How will the gym ball will help you?

By using gym ball, the body must respond to movement of the ball to remain balanced, engaging many more muscles than doing the same exercise on a stable flat surface.

Whether you are a seasoned athlete or new to the fitness scene, a gym ball will enhance your work out. Gym ball exercises are done with this relatively inexpensive piece of equipment and include exercises for the novice and expert athlete.

Each sport requires special Gym ball exercise. For rehabilitation purposes, you can ask the physiotherapist to prescribe an exercise that suitable for you.

So, Lets start you Gym ball experience today!


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Afiq Muhammad

Afiq Muhammad

Physiotherapist at Physio Savvy
Afiq Graduated with BSc (Hons) in Physiotherapy from MARA University of Technology. His past work experience involves varied cases in various fields, making his patient care hollistic and patient based. He is most interested and experienced in the fields of musculoskeletal conditions and sporting injuries.
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