An Amazon search for “exercise equipment” brings up over 60,000 search results! That’s a lot to choose from. At Gravity Ball Health Systems, we’re all about making good use of what we have. With this in mind, we made sure the Gravity Ball™ was able to transition from one exercise to the next easily while offering versatile features that can adapt as our needs change over time.
As shown in our previous post about how to use a Gravity Ball™ we walk you through how to use each of the straps and features. However, what’s implicit is the compact design that all of the straps offer when combined. The possibilities every Gravity Ball™ holds is truly endless.
How A Gravity Ball™ Compares
The Gravity Ball’s versatile design can easily replicate similar exercises that can be done with five of the most time-tested, popular types of exercise equipment including the dumbbell, kettlebell, medicine ball, yoga-stretching strap, and foam roller. Let's see how…
1. Yoga Stretch Strap
Suspending a weight between your hands and feet while stretching encourages you to stabilize and balance the weight so that it doesn't pull to one side. This makes the movement more challenging and effective. Stretches similar to those done with yoga stretch straps can be done using the Gravity Ball's two loop straps or by attaching the removable straps and using those combined with the loop straps.
Kettlebell exercises are effective for developing full body strength and especially for building core strength. Similar exercises can be done with a Gravity Ball™. Attaching the two removable straps can provide a kettlebell-like handle with a larger circumference. Using the adjustable straps will provide a more compact handle. Your hands will thank you as you won't be gripping onto rough metal and instead will be holding soft yet durable nylon straps. Using our heaviest weight can also replicate exercises done with a heavier kettlebell.
3. Foam Roller
In order to foam roll on your Gravity Ball™ to relieve pressure points and massage tight muscles, be sure to unclip any clips and extra straps before rolling. Roll over the smoothest sections of the ball and be sure to try it on the glutes and quads as the round shape helps it to get deep into the tissues. We recommend rolling on the lower body muscle groups only and avoiding the spine and upper body.
You can use the Gravity Ball's adjustable straps to replicate many exercises done with a dumbbell including easy to perform, safer variations of classic exercises such as curls, presses and lifts. The adjustable straps also allow for a safe alternative to dumbbells in adaptive fitness, rehabilitation as well as new applications in sports or yoga.
5. Medicine Ball
Traditional exercises done with the time-tested medicine ball include throws, presses, core rotations and full body functional movements. Many similar exercises can be done with a Gravity Ball™ including presses, twists, lunges, planks and pushups. For pushups, this single hand variation is shown below in which you may opt to use the adjustable straps to secure the ball to your hand.
These are just some of the ways a Gravity Ball™ can serve as a substitute for a medicine ball, kettlebell, dumbbell, yoga or stretching strap and a foam roller. A Gravity Ball™ not only provides a compact, versatile design but also a safe and effective alternative to many traditional pieces of equipment with applications in a variety of fields, making the world of Gravity Ball™ truly limitless.