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Mark Kolbusz
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USA
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Posted - 06/30/2011 :  18:56:25  Show Profile  Visit Mark Kolbusz's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Does anyone work out with Exerballs? As much as I think the WJF is a complete and total joke I think it would be a good competition to have an Exerball endurance contest. If you use more than 3 or 4 and do different patterns and really stick with it Exerballs give you a pretty good work out. I have been using them for the last several months to get the strength back in the arm/hand that I had crushed and it has been amazing. In the couple months I have progressed from strugging to hit the 2 minute mark with 5 in a basic cascade all the way to my personal best of 24 minutes. Remember, these are EXERballs and weigh 1.5 lbs each. My goal is 30 min

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Joe Salter
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USA
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Posted - 06/30/2011 :  21:48:27  Show Profile  Visit Joe Salter's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Mark, I've looked into buying those in the past, but didn't due to their price (I'm a frugal guy). I made my own with tennis balls filled with coins which weigh about the same as yours. Cut a slit in the tennis ball and fill it with coins all the way.

I've also bought wrist weights in the past.

Currently, I have the following weighted balls:
Soft 2 pound workout balls (kinda like a mini medicine balls that are used with various female-oriented exercises) that I bought from Ross for cheap. Brand is "Sublime Fitness."
Bocce balls bought from a garage sale. They're hard which is a negative, but they're good weight.

To answer your question: no I don't actually use any of these weighted balls, even though I still own them. I would like to try using the 2 pound exercise balls I have though. I just need to get a 5th one. They work pretty good.

I've heard some people mention research that it's bad on your joints or something. Not sure if it's true or not. I used the wrist weights while training to joggle my first marathon. I liked them because they don't have the "impact" of a heavy ball hitting your hand which puts stress on your joints, but it gives you the extra resistance. Have you ever tried wrist weights? They strap on with velcro or slip over your wrist and they vary in their weight (0-2.5lbs usually).


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Mark Kolbusz
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USA
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Posted - 07/01/2011 :  21:31:41  Show Profile  Visit Mark Kolbusz's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Nope, never tried the wrist weights...I kinda like the Exerballs. Now that Im back to full strength in my hand/arm, and also because I have been gradually building up to the endurance I can do now, I really dont feel any effects on my joints from the balls. In fact the only thing I feel is stronger...when I throw up 7 it feels like nothing. I have yet to experiment with long runs of 5,6, and 7 balls...but Im sure they could go on a lot longer now. The endurance runs are all in your head (as long as you have the pattern down). There is no doubt in my mind that if I was fully focused that I could go for at LEAST 3 hours with 5 regular balls.

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Joe Salter
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USA
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Posted - 07/02/2011 :  12:21:44  Show Profile  Visit Joe Salter's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I might experiment with using my weighted 2 pound balls, once I get a 5th one. That's good the exerballs are working for you. I could use a little more endurance with my 7 ball pattern, so I might see what it does for me when I use some of them. Although, I mainly just workout with body weight exercises (pull up variation/push up workouts, etc) to work on my strength. For fun, maybe I'll take those 2 pounders out for a joggle and see what happens. It's pretty dang hard, from what I remember.



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Mark Kolbusz
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USA
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Posted - 07/05/2011 :  15:51:10  Show Profile  Visit Mark Kolbusz's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Joe, I have set a new personal best!!! The 24 minute record has fallen and now stands at 31 minutes! Yes, 31 minutes with five 1.5 lb Exerballs. My wrists ARE killing me now...only going to practice this every other day from now on. Im going to break the 31 min and film it soon

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Joe Salter
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USA
691 Posts

Posted - 07/05/2011 :  21:43:53  Show Profile  Visit Joe Salter's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Nice, Mark. Would like to see your video. I actually got my 2lb balls out of the closet and did some 4 ball flashes in the 5 ball cascade pattern for a while, and also did some 4 ball fountain. Then, went to seven balls with MMX plus balls, and boy did they seem light. I had some good runs with them. I am going to look for a 5th 2lb ball to complete my set this week.



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Mark Kolbusz
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USA
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Posted - 07/08/2011 :  16:48:46  Show Profile  Visit Mark Kolbusz's Homepage  Reply with Quote
New record! 32:49

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Joe Salter
Level 3



USA
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Posted - 07/09/2011 :  09:30:49  Show Profile  Visit Joe Salter's Homepage  Reply with Quote
You're a beast. Did your hands shake for the rest of the day? It seems like your hand is healed, I take it?

Joe S.
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Dave Altman
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Posted - 07/09/2011 :  09:52:18  Show Profile  Visit Dave Altman's Homepage Send Dave Altman a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Joe Salter
I've heard some people mention research that it's bad on your joints or something. Not sure if it's true or not. I used the wrist weights while training to joggle my first marathon. I liked them because they don't have the "impact" of a heavy ball hitting your hand which puts stress on your joints, but it gives you the extra resistance. Have you ever tried wrist weights? They strap on with velcro or slip over your wrist and they vary in their weight (0-2.5lbs usually).

This is my feeling on this too. Wrist weights seem so much safer and would give the same results. Shot-puts, bowling balls, or Exerballs are bound to cause problems in the long run. It might be years and over-use of them before it becomes a problem, though. Awareness of pain is a good indicator. If used correctly, they may even strengthen the wrists and even prevent problems.

I think I'll stay with/switch to juggling as light of objects as I can.


"A successful individual typically sets his next goal somewhat but not too much above his last achievement. In this way he steadily raises his level of aspiration." ~Kurt Lewin
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Joe Salter
Level 3



USA
691 Posts

Posted - 07/09/2011 :  21:14:10  Show Profile  Visit Joe Salter's Homepage  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Dave Altman

[quote]Originally posted by Joe Salter
I've heard some people mention research that it's bad on your joints or something. Not sure if it's true or not. I used the wrist weights while training to joggle my first marathon. I liked them because they don't have the "impact" of a heavy ball hitting your hand which puts stress on your joints, but it gives you the extra resistance. Have you ever tried wrist weights? They strap on with velcro or slip over your wrist and they vary in their weight (0-2.5lbs usually).

This is my feeling on this too. Wrist weights seem so much safer and would give the same results. Shot-puts, bowling balls, or Exerballs are bound to cause problems in the long run. It might be years and over-use of them before it becomes a problem, though. Awareness of pain is a good indicator. If used correctly, they may even strengthen the wrists and even prevent problems.

I think I'll stay with/switch to juggling as light of objects as I can.


Dave, I used to juggle my Dad's 10 lb bowling bowls that he used to juggle in his gig. They are so hard on your wrists and they're tough to keep up. I never kept any consistency with using weighted objects or the wrists weights, it was just experimentation I guess, and some novelty in my training regimen for my first marathon. I remember being proud when I had the idea of getting wrists weights instead of using weighted balls, because I knew it would give me the workout with out the hard pounding force on your joints.

Mark, you'll have to let us know when you're in your old age about whether you have wrist pain or not :)

I mainly stick with my 3" sportco juggling balls for endurance, they're pretty heavy for me.

Joe S.
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