Exercise Equipment Burlington VT

The proper sized stability ball is a very personal matter as it depends on your height. Read on this article on workout accessories with information on ball sizing.

Olympia Sports Center
(802) 864-9072
20 Church St
Burlington, VT
 
Maven
(802) 859-1510
151 Cherry St
Burlington, VT
 
Bj's Hunting & Shooting Supply
(802) 862-5500
541 Industrial Ave
Williston, VT
 
Middlebury Shop the
(802) 388-3444
38 Main St
Middlebury, VT
 
Olympia Sports
(802) 258-4759
766 Putney Rd
Brattleboro, VT
 
802 Action Sports
(802) 651-4041
67 Main St
Burlington, VT
 
Vermont Dart Specialists
(802) 860-7665
16 Austin Dr
Burlington, VT
 
Olympia Sports
(802) 893-6472
39 Doris Dr
Milton, VT
 
Water 'n Woods
(802) 888-7101
74 Portland St
Morrisville, VT
 
Bogner Factory Outlet
(802) 878-4119
21 Essex Way
Essex Junction, VT
 

Ball Sizing

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Ball Sizing

The first step to incorporating a stability ball into your workout routine is to make sure you purchase the right size of ball.

The proper sized stability ball is a very personal matter as it depends on your height. For example, I would find the proper size for myself by sitting on a ball. When I find the one that's the proper size for my height, my knees and hips will bend at a 90-degree angle.

When sizing stability balls, match your height to the following ball size:

  • 5-foot or less purchase a stability ball that's 45-centemeters high.
  • 5-feet to 5'10 purchase a ball that's 55-centimeters high.
  • 511 or taller purchase a ball that's 65-centemeters high.

A few other things I would recommend when shopping for a stability ball are:

Burst Resistance I'm not joking, some cheap stability balls have been known to burst suddenly, leaving the user nursing a bruised behind. Look for a ball with burst-resistance, which means the ball has a pinhole opening that allows air to leak out slowly if it should suffer a tear or puncture. In general, stability balls are pretty durable. It's best to keep your ball workouts reserved to a carpeted or hardwood surfaces, but if you can't, just keep it away from sand, pins, pebbles and cat litter to prolong its life.

Color It's a common misconception that color has anything to do with your ball's hardness. Stability balls can come in any color mine is red; my friend Kim's is green they feel the same to me.

Inflation The hardness of your ball will be up to the user when they inflate the ball. Just remember that the more the ball is blown up, the harder the ball will be and the more difficult the ball will be to control when doing exercises on it. Beginners or those with bad backs should leave their ball a little soft. This will allow the ball to spread out on a wider surface area on the floor and provide a more supportive surface for your body. You can inflate the ball with more air as ...

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