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Exercise balls for fat people (plus bonus scale talk)

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

I was adding air to my exercise ball and realized that I know something that other people may not. Did you know that most exercise balls have a weight load of 300 lbs or less? A lot of the cheap ones have a limit of 250! Well, I know that the only way I can do crunches is on an exercise ball, and I also know that I weigh more than 300 lbs. And I don't want to sit on a ball that is at risk of popping. Enter the Fitball. Weight capacity of 1250 lbs!! You can bounce away on this puppy with no worries of rupture. http://www.balldynamics.com/fi
tball.php

While I'm on the topic of being big and wanting to be fit, lets talk about scales. If you are as big as me and don't have a high capacity scale and rely on your doctor's visits for weigh-ins, you are just setting yourself up for frustration. Here are some scales that I've owned and recommend:

http://www.amazon.com/Escali
-Digital-Bathroom-Target-M
emory/dp/B000PH2ORU/ref=sr
_1_17?s=bedbath&ie=UTF8&qi
d=1359460577&sr=1-17&keywords=440+scale The good: super accurate, looks pretty, 440 lb capacity. The bad: beeps every damn time you step on it. or bump it. And doesn't take regular batteries, only those little button cell ones.

http://www.amazon.com/My-Wei
gh-XL-550-Talking-Bathroom
/dp/B0013NAZS0/ref=sr_1_3?
s=home-garden&ie=UTF8&qid=
1359460681&sr=1-3&keywords=550+scale The good: 550 lb capacity. Takes AA batteries. The bad: batteries seem to die fast. And maybe once every 20 times, it'll give you a crazy inaccurate reading. So if you suddenly drop 20 lbs in 1 week, be suspicious and step back on.
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MSCHAFER615 10/13/2013 7:48PM

  Can you just sit on the ball and bounce? I seem to get my heart rate up by doing that, and with bad knees and no feeling in my feet, I need something that will jump start "spark" my fitness!

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SQUIRRELLYONE 1/29/2013 8:25AM

    I hadn't checked the weight capacity on the exercise balls! Good to know!

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SCHECK5 1/29/2013 7:55AM

    great info

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DMEYER4 1/29/2013 7:07AM

  thanks for all the info. Have a great day

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