Which stability fitness tools are right for you?
October 25, 2010
In this column last week we discussed five different stability fitness tools-the stability ball, the BOSU Balance Trainer, pillow discs, wobble boards and the TRX Suspension Trainer, the difference between the tools and which, if any of these tools you should purchase or use. This week we will suggest locations where these tools might be purchased, the basic cost and how to care for these tools to ensure safety and effectiveness. As always, prior to beginning any exercise program, please consult your physician.
All of the stability tools mentioned and more may be purchased at Power Systems (i.e. http://www.powersystems.com), Perform Better (i.e. http://www.performbetter.com) via mail order and most may be purchased at retail shops such as Sports Authority as well. While there may be other locations which offer these tools for discounted prices, be very cautious about purchasing “knock off” versions. Particularly with stability balls, if the ball is not designed for quality and durability, the integrity of the ball may be compromised which can cause the ball to easily deflate, be punctured or burst, leaving you on the floor rather than on the ball!
Basic Cost of and care for Stability Tools
Below is the list of the five stability tools we featured and the basic cost and care for each.
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The cost is dependent upon the size of the ball and the designed use of the ball. For example there are stability balls designed specifically for in-home use, those designed to be burst resistant up to two thousand pounds when utilizing heavy external resistance during weight training and everything in-between.
55cm-75cm in-home use stability ball – Approximate cost – $45-55.00
55cm-75cm heavy external resistance ball – Approximate cost – $160.00
Read the instructions prior to use (i.e. inflation size is specific for each size of ball), clean regularly per instructions and be certain to keep the balls away from open flames, heat sources, and puncture sources.
BOSU Balance Trainer
The BOSU Balance Trainers come in a variety of styles based upon use. There are those designed for commercial use, for in-home use and specific sport uses which affects the cost.
BOSU Pro Balance Trainer – Approximate cost – $140.00
BOSU Home Balance Trainer – Approximate cost – $100.00
There are dozens of “balance/stability” discs designed for different stability uses.
13″ diameter disc – Approximate cost – $27.00 per disc
24″ diameter disc – Approximate cost – $50.00 per disc
Read the instructions prior to using, clean regularly per instructions and be certain to keep the BOSU and pillow discs away from open flames, heat sources and puncture sources.
There are dozens of shapes and sizes of wobble boards designed for different stability uses.
16″ Wobble Board – Approximate cost – $72.00
20″ Wobble Board – Approximate cost – $82.00
TRX Suspension Trainer
The TRX Suspension Trainer is a bodyweight-based training tool. Make certain you purchase the pro pack with the training dvd, workout guide and read the instructions carefully for use and care prior to use of the TRX and the wobble boards.
TRX Suspension Trainer Pro – Approximate cost – $189.95
Next week, it is time to start training for ski season!
Jackie Wright is the owner/manager of Never Summer Fitness, LLC located in Grand Lake, Colorado. She can be reached at her website at http://www.neversummerfitness.com, her email at NSFGL@comcast.net and her blog at http://www.skyhidailynews.com