As an update to a previous post, we’d like to go through the Gravity Ball’s core features and describe why it’s such a unique piece of equipment rather than explain its many applications in sports, yoga or rehabilitation which we love doing in so many other posts!
The Gravity Ball Makes Grip-Free Resistance Exercise Possible
First of all, The Gravity Ball is designed to do grip-free resistance exercise™ a unique method of exercise which we call The Gravity Ball Method™. The magic lies in the Gravity Ball's strap system and is what gives it the unique ability to do this new type of exercise.
The Gravity Ball’s adjustable straps secure the weight to your hands which allows you to do weighted exercise safely without having to worry about gripping or holding onto the weight. 83 million people in the U.S. alone have grip-strength limitations due to causes such as stroke, arthritis, nerve damage, overuse injuries and various neurological conditions (i.e., MS, Parkinson’s) (1-5).
The grip-free feature is not only beneficial for this group but also for athletes or individuals who don't have grip strength limitations because it does not require use of your gripping or flexion muscles allowing you to use underused muscles in your wrists, forearms and arms.
The Gravity Ball Is An Ideal All-In-One Tool
The Gravity Ball is a highly versatile piece of exercise equipment. Its patented design utilizes a three strap system which can replicate the same 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, foam roller. Let's see how the Gravity Ball can imitate an exercise popularized by each type of equipment.
Yoga Stretch Strap
The Gravity Ball's two loop straps are soft yet strong enough to make possible mobility movements and stretches similar to those done by a yoga or stretching strap. The added weight encourages you to stabilize and balance the weight so that it doesn't fall to one side which makes the movements more challenging and effective.
The two removable straps (when looped through each other to create one long strap with clips on each end) can be attached to opposite sides of the Gravity Ball’s attachment anchors using the included carabiners. Now it’s a kettlebell! A benefit is that you won't be gripping onto a rough metal surface and instead will be holding onto soft yet durable nylon straps.
Be sure the carabiners and removable straps are taken off before foam rolling with a Gravity Ball. Roll over the smoothest sessions 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.
The Gravity Ball's adjustable straps make it fun and easy to perform grip-free variations of classic dumbbell exercises such as the bicep curl. Other dumbbell-inspired exercises include front shoulder raises (photo below) and chest flies.
These are just some of the ways a Gravity Ball can serve as a substitution for the medicine ball, kettlebell, dumbbell, yoga or stretching strap and a foam roller.
With the Gravity Ball's ability to do grip-free exericse which adds novelty to an athlete’s regime and allows those with grip-strength limitations a way to use equipment, along with its high versatility, we’re sure you can find a way that works best for you to gain the benefits of daily resistance with the Gravity Ball!
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