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Ball leaks, pump designed poorly -- definitely not recommended

  • Oct 20, 2008
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This was a very disappointing purchase. I purchased this brand because of its advertised "burst resistance" -- and while it hasn't "burst" it has slowly fizzled.

I bought it for my office, both as a way to fit in ab crunches at work and as an occasional alternative to sitting in a hard office chair. Once inflated it seemed perfect. Unfortunately, after a couple of days it had deflated significatly. I pumped it back up, and made sure that the plug was secure, but when I returned the next day it had once again deflated.

Obviously there is a slow leak somewhere. I am confident that this was not my fault -- since my office floor is clean and carpeted.

Another flaw in the product was highlighted for me when I had to inflate the ball a second time. While it was a pain the first time, I didn't care since I didn't think I'd have to do it again. But the second time reminded me that it is a pretty tedious process, since the pump doesn't pack a lot of air. You have to pump hundreds of times and it takes at least ten minutes working fairly quickly. What's more, the nozzle end of the pump needs to be held tight against the hole in order to prevent air from leaking as you are pumping -- but since the nozzle is smooth it is hard to get a grip on it so you have to hold very tightly, and it still slips out fairly often. Even worse, as I was holding the nozzle in and trying to pump, my hand kept getting pinched. Like another reviewer of this project, I found that the skin between my thumb and forefinger was red and raw by the time I got the ball pumped up.

I would definitely not recommend this product to anyone -- even if I just happened to get a defective ball, the poor design of the pump gives reason enough to select a different brand.

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August 05, 2010
I use these balls as a chair, too! Feeling tempted to just toss my chair altogether :P Bummer about the air leak though. If you're still in the market for a new one, you might want to look into a ball by Bally. I've had mine for YEARS now. About 5+ and I've never had to repump it and it's still going strong. My house is super plush carpeted though, so that probably increased it's longevity.
 
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The Valeo burst-resistant 75-centimeter body ball helps improve your core strength, flexibility, balance, coordination, and muscle tone, making it an ideal addition to your exercise arsenal. Sitting on the body ball forces your body to stay balanced, thereby strengthening your stabilizing muscles and core. As a result, the exercise ball makes a terrific desk chair. As an alternative, you can design an extremely effective workout routine using the ball as a bench for dumbbell flies, shoulder presses, or ab crunches. Packaged with a workout DVD, a dual-action air pump, a wall chart with a step-by-step exercise program, plugs, and a measuring tape, the ball is a terrific choice for users of all exercise levels. The 75 cm body ball is designed for people who stand between 6' 1" and 6' 9". Valeo also makes 55 cm and 65 cm sizes.

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