On Topic/Those exercise/balance balls and riding

On Topic/Those exercise/balance balls and riding

Post by Dana Compto » Tue, 03 Jan 2006 05:19:32


I have heard from several sources that those large exersise balls for
people help with balance and that translates over into balance in the
saddle. The kind you can actually sit on.They aren't very expensive and
I was thinking about trying one. Any comments?

Dana

 
 
 

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Post by RPM1 » Tue, 03 Jan 2006 05:41:19

"Dana Compton"

Quote:
> I have heard from several sources that those large exersise balls for
> people help with balance and that translates over into balance in the
> saddle. The kind you can actually sit on.They aren't very expensive and
> I was thinking about trying one. Any comments?

Along with the balls you might consider an Xerdisc.
I think you can get them at Target for about 30 bucks.

From Nov 26 post:

It might not look like much but it'll test you:

http://SportToday.org/

It's basically an air filled *** disc that you
stand on (or try to) while doing certain exercises.
Great for core strengthening via balance.

I was impressed, yet not surprised, that Patrick
could do a "pistol squat" straight away.

RCM

 
 
 

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Post by jmc » Tue, 03 Jan 2006 07:11:16

Suddenly, without warning, RPM1 exclaimed (01-Jan-06 8:41 PM):
Quote:
> "Dana Compton"

>>I have heard from several sources that those large exersise balls for
>>people help with balance and that translates over into balance in the
>>saddle. The kind you can actually sit on.They aren't very expensive and
>>I was thinking about trying one. Any comments?

> Along with the balls you might consider an Xerdisc.
> I think you can get them at Target for about 30 bucks.

> From Nov 26 post:

> It might not look like much but it'll test you:

> http://SportToday.org/

> It's basically an air filled *** disc that you
> stand on (or try to) while doing certain exercises.
> Great for core strengthening via balance.

> I was impressed, yet not surprised, that Patrick
> could do a "pistol squat" straight away.

> RCM

FYI I noticed that the xerdisc and some competitors are also available
on Amazon.com.

 
 
 

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Post by jmc » Tue, 03 Jan 2006 07:13:14

Suddenly, without warning, Dana Compton exclaimed (01-Jan-06 8:19 PM):
Quote:
> I have heard from several sources that those large exersise balls for
> people help with balance and that translates over into balance in the
> saddle. The kind you can actually sit on.They aren't very expensive and
> I was thinking about trying one. Any comments?

> Dana

I'm also quite interested.  Since I have a slightly crooked back
(scoliosis) I'm having some balance and right-side pain problems when
riding.  I'm wondering if one of these balls might help.

Are there any sites with riding-specific exercises with these balls?
Aside from what I think I just remembered might be in my Mary Wanless book?

::wanders off to check book::

jmc

 
 
 

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Post by RPM1 » Tue, 03 Jan 2006 07:19:47

"jmc"

Quote:
> FYI I noticed that the xerdisc and some competitors are also available
> on Amazon.com.

Ah.  Thanks.  We go to BILs house where he has 2 Xerdiscs.

There's also a rollie board thing, don't know the name of it, that's
all the rage with personal trainers out on the left coast...

RCM

 
 
 

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Post by Ben Turne » Tue, 03 Jan 2006 07:51:03

Quote:


>> I have heard from several sources that those large exersise balls for
>> people help with balance and that translates over into balance in the
>> saddle. The kind you can actually sit on.They aren't very expensive and
>> I was thinking about trying one. Any comments?
>I'm also quite interested.  Since I have a slightly crooked back
>(scoliosis) I'm having some balance and right-side pain problems when
>riding.  I'm wondering if one of these balls might help.

I swear by them.  They are part of my basic back survival kit --
gymnic (aka physio-) balls at home and work both for specific
exercises and stretches as well as alternatives for chairs.
There are various manufacturers and types available.  I use a
slightly burst-resistant variant of the gymnic ball called a
FitBall.  Allegro Medical has 21" balls at $21 and 25" for $26.
<http://www.allegromedical.com/exercise_fitness/exercise_balls_rolls/f...>

Quote:
>Are there any sites with riding-specific exercises with these balls?
>Aside from what I think I just remembered might be in my Mary Wanless book?

Wendy Murdoch was working on a DVD using the balls for equestrians; I
think it's available although the web site isn't clear on that point:
<http://shop.murdochmethod.com/product_info.php?products_id=128>

--
Best,
Ben Turner, Mare's Reach

 
 
 

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Post by Joyce Reynolds-War » Tue, 03 Jan 2006 07:48:58



Quote:
>I have heard from several sources that those large exersise balls for
>people help with balance and that translates over into balance in the
>saddle. The kind you can actually sit on.They aren't very expensive and
>I was thinking about trying one. Any comments?

Look for the ones with a Pilates-based ball workout.  I've found them
to be effective for me.

jrw

 
 
 

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Post by Robin Saunders Rya » Tue, 03 Jan 2006 10:24:02


Quote:


>>> I have heard from several sources that those large exersise balls for
>>> people help with balance and that translates over into balance in the
>>> saddle. The kind you can actually sit on.They aren't very expensive and
>>> I was thinking about trying one. Any comments?

>>I'm also quite interested.  Since I have a slightly crooked back
>>(scoliosis) I'm having some balance and right-side pain problems when
>>riding.  I'm wondering if one of these balls might help.

> I swear by them.  They are part of my basic back survival kit --
> gymnic (aka physio-) balls at home and work both for specific
> exercises and stretches as well as alternatives for chairs.
> There are various manufacturers and types available.  I use a
> slightly burst-resistant variant of the gymnic ball called a
> FitBall.  Allegro Medical has 21" balls at $21 and 25" for $26.
> <http://www.allegromedical.com/exercise_fitness/exercise_balls_rolls/f...>

I'm going to go ahead and shamelessly self-promote here:
http://www.thesaundersgroup.com

That's my company, take a look at this link
http://www.thesaundersgroup.com/index.asp?PageAction=VIEWCATS&Categor...
for the balls and other accessories, including videotape instruction. The
Fitball video is the best all-rounder, and the spinal stabilization is more
core-specific, and is written for more of a professional audience vs. end
user (but still very understandable for the layman).

Any general core strengthening is going to be excellent for riding. Many
people like the ball exercises, it's one way to get the job done, and more
fun than some others.

Robin

 
 
 

On Topic/Those exercise/balance balls and riding

Post by aintlifegr.. » Wed, 04 Jan 2006 09:05:28



Quote:
>I have heard from several sources that those large exersise balls for
>people help with balance and that translates over into balance in the
>saddle. The kind you can actually sit on.They aren't very expensive and
>I was thinking about trying one. Any comments?

Here's an article about them in yesterday's S. FL Sun-Sentinel:

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/features/lifestyle/sfl-outsidetheballjan0...

ttfn,
jan