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The Davina gym ball was purchased from Argos and cost me £9.99. This includes a 65cm gym ball and 2 way action pump and a band which you can use with the ball. As far as I know this product isn't available to buy anywhere else apart from Argos.
The gym ball comes neatly folded in a green and white box, which also comes with a grey and black pump and a grey band for use with or without the gym ball. The gym ball is a bright green/yellow colour with Davina written on the side in white writing. This is the only colour the gym ball comes in. The gym ball adds great dimension to your workout by enhancing flexibility, vitality and muscle tone. The gym ball can also help to tighten abdominals, tone biceps, chest, triceps and shoulders. Using the gym ball helps to trim and slim thighs, quad, buttocks and helps to stretch the upper and lower body.
I purchased the gym ball because in my fitness book it shows you various exercises using a gym ball and I wanted to give them a go to help tighten and tone up my muscles. I took the gym ball out the bag and read the small leaflet which came with the gym ball. The leaflet tells you how to use the gym ball/band and how to inflate it. It also included a small leaflet of exercises that you can do using the gym ball and band. The pump has a cone shape at the end of it and was easy to push into the valve in the gym ball ready to pump it up. The gym ball was easy to inflate and only took a few minutes. The plug which goes into the valve is long and is easy to push into the ball and pull out again should you need to put more air in or de-flate the gym ball. Because the gym ball was new it did have a slight smell to it, how-ever this didn't both me as it wasn't really strong or over-powering.
The ball itself doesn't feel 100% smooth like I thought it would. It feels textured a little, but also feels very strong. Before I attempted any exercises with the gym ball I sat on it a few different ways to practise how it would feel when using it to help me exercise. You do need to make sure you inflate the ball quite well otherwise it does flatten down a lot when you sit on it, how-ever don't over-inflate the ball. The ball was fairly easy to sit on and balance with my legs straight and off the floor and my arms held out to the side of me. I have used the gym ball for various exercises, with and without the grey band. Some of the exercises provided are quite easy to follow, how-ever other exercises do take a lot of balance and it took me a while to get used to doing a few of these without falling off the ball. When using the gym ball I do feel as though I have to work harder in order to do some of the exercises, how-ever I feel as though the exercises I do with the gym ball are working my muscles a lot more.
The band which comes with the ball is great to use with or without the ball and you can find extra exercises using the band on the internet. The band is very strong and flexible so it great to help with muscle tone and stretching. After using the band for a while, you may find that it's quite easy and you can purchase stronger bands for the internet, in order to help improve your body tone even more.
I have been using the gym ball for over a year now and it although it took me a while to get used to using the gym ball and band I have noticed that my muscles are tighter and toned, especially my abdominal muscles. I have looked on youtube at various exercises using a gym-ball so I can do different exercises now and again and work my way towards harder exercises which will work my muscles more. I don't use the band which came with the ball all the time, as I prefer the exercises where I just used the gym ball. I think this is really good product for anyone who wants to keep fit, tone up and also have a go at using a gym-ball. You may find the item hard to use at first, how-ever you will get used to how to use the ball and you will be working your way to toner muscles in no time. As this ball is quite strong, this is also great for exercising in the garden on the grass. I find this really relaxing and it's nice to have the odd breeze to keep you cool. I give this product 4 out of 5 stars, because it doesn't give you a huge range of exercises with the product.