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Consumer Warning: Exercise Balls May Explode!

Monday, April 27, 2009 Posted by Peter Janiszewski, PhD

I was fully aiming on posting a thorough discussion on a recent study looking at the effects of liquid calories on weight status, but this morning was too beautiful to pass up the chance to go for a nice morning run. So instead I will echo a recent consumer alert from the Consumer Product Safety Commission regarding inflatable exercise balls.

Exercise balls are a great way to spice up your workout - for example doing weights while sitting on the ball rather than a stable bench can significantly increase the recruitment of your core muscles in the process. Also, they are perfect for basic home workouts on those days you don't feel like heading to the gym.

Unfortunately, some of them have the tendency to explode - especially when overinflated. Apparently, almost 3 million such exercise balls have recently been voluntarily recalled following 47 official complaints from costumers who have been injured while using the balls due to rupture.

The defective balls in question were produced by EB Brands in New York between 2000 and 2009, with names such as Bally Total Fitness, Everlast, Valeo and Body Fit. All sizes of balls were part of the recall.

If you own one of these products, you can contact EB brands for proper inflating instructions to avoid possible injury: Phone at 800-624-5671 or go to the company’s website at

Or just to be safe, put the exercise ball in the closet, and get out there and enjoy the wonderful spring weather.


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