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Power Balls: the exercise regimen anyone can get their hands on!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009 Posted by Peter Janiszewski, PhD

You may remember my recent discussion of the Shake Weight , the 2.5 lb vibrating phallus, which is quickly becoming the North American fitness sensation (sort of…). If you have purchased the Shake Weight, you’ve undoubtedly seen phenomenal fitness improvements and more importantly super-fast weight loss.

But wait! There’s more!

To supplement your regular vibrating phallus fitness routine, you can also purchase a set of Power Balls, for a more complete, full body workout!

A vibrator and a set of power balls is an exercise regimen everyone can get their hands on – men, women; young and old!

What is a Power Ball, you ask?

According to the manufacturers,

“Powerball is a revolutionary new Gyroscope which literally explodes with mind numbing inertial forces once you activate its internal rotor!”

Wait, what?

In simplest form, the Power Ball is a tennis ball sized sphere containing a flywheel which revolves freely inside the sphere.

Apparently, “the unique sphere successfully blurs the line between exercise & fun and is suitable for both male and female, young or old.”

Imagine that – exercise that is also fun!

The Power Ball “will make even the fittest and strongest people on the planet burn because it is hitting muscles in the fingers, hands, arms, shoulders and chest that you simply won't have used before with conventional forms of exercise.”

Thus, ensure to always have a fire extinguisher present when exercising with Power Ball, just in case you also start to “burn”.

Also, can you imagine exercise that may target your arms, shoulders, and chest!?

There is literally not one form of exercise in existence that uses these specific muscle groups! Well, aside from bench press, bicep curls, triceps extensions, shoulder press, tennis, squash, badminton, baseball, cricket, rowing, elliptical machine, chest dips, lateral raises, shoulder shrugs, clean and press, pushups, etc.

Further, as per the Power Ball website,

“Most NSD Powerball models have a built in digital speed meter which measures the number of revolutions per minute made during each spin. This translates into a whole pile of fun if you happen to plant one down in front of a group of guys or girls, each of which will be magnetically drawn to bettering their own last score, or that of their friends, even when they feel their arm is about to fall off!”

In other words, due to the magical magnetic properties of Power Ball, anyone with embedded metal objects should remain at least 10 meters away.

Also, if your arm does fall off while you are in a state of delirium playing with your Power Balls, please seek medical attention immediately.

While the statement above indicates that your arms may “fall off” while using the Power Ball, do not worry about potential injuries – especially repetitive strain injuries that could result from vigorous Power Ball handling. In fact, the Power Ball can “rehabilitate sore or damaged limbs affected by Carpal Tunnel, repetitive strain injury or even Arthritis. NSD Powerball is totally non impact and will provide soothing therapeutic rehabilitation for many debilitating conditions.”

It is unknown whether they can also rehabilitate detached limbs caused by vigorous Power Balling.

And it can also improve sexual function and relieve acute bouts of diarrhea (no, I just added that for fun).

To learn more about the Power Ball, you can log onto the manufacturer’s website or you can watch a demonstrational video by clicking here .


Thanks to Obesity Panacea reader, Richard Eis for bringing this gadget to our attention.

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5 Response to "Power Balls: the exercise regimen anyone can get their hands on!"

  1. Anonymous Said,

    I agree that this is a nifty piece of equipment and its sounds like it would be a ton-of-fun to play to play with those balls. However, is it really beneficial for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. I thought that high force static gripping is actually one of the causes of carpal tunnel in the first place. I understand how a perfectly balanced fly wheel will produce little to no vibration, but then they say that it produces ‘silky’ ‘creamy’ 250Hz movement (apart from the +13 000rpms). However, a mass with cyclic movement changing direction at 250Hz must produce some sort of vibration. Vibration of course has independent damaging effects to circulatory and nerve tissue.

    Sure, promote it to get people active, although, I could do this sitting on the couch. But when they start promoting this equipment to individuals who already have damaged tissues, this is concerning, especially when they don’t need a prescription to buy one. It may help people regain motor abilities through dynamic resistance, but the long periods of static gripping with possible vibration could be nightmare for those with other conditions such as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.

    Should this be considered an offense along the same lines in which drug companies have recently been convicted. Pfizer was slapped with the largest corporate fine in US history for marketing a drug to doctors for purposes that had not been approved by the FDA. This is a company promoting “health” material and marketing it to the public without vigorous scientific research or proof. Nonetheless, the concept itself seems dangerous without the research. Some government should slap these “balls”, and their executives with a hefty dose of reality. The common public needs to be protected from potentially dangerous gimmicks such as these.


    Posted on September 23, 2009 at 3:30 PM

  2. smeddley Said,

    I'm not going to say this is a serious piece of exercise equipment, but it does work a fairly unique set of muscles. Only knitting, crocheting, and some other fiddly craft projects have worked out my forearm muscles quite as well! I won't say it works out the upper arms, shoulders, or back. But I've felt the burn between my elbow and wrist. And... yes, it is fun to see who can get the highest 'score'. A lot like competing with those ball and cup toys, to see who can get it in the fewest tries.

    Also, it is good exercise for your wrists. I would disagree with the previous commenter that it is 'dangerous' for people with carpal tunnel syndrome (unlike, oh, say, keyboards and typing...) and say there is very little vibration until you stop spinning the ball. Besides, if we banned everything that could possibly, remotely hurt anyone... I don't know what we'd have left.

    Serious workout equipment? No. Fun toy that requires you to exert more energy than changing the channel on the TV? Yes.

    We've had ours for upwards of five years now, and still occasionally play with it.

    Posted on September 23, 2009 at 8:22 PM

  3. uncdiss Said,

    I have a similar product that I use at my desk and will say it does work pretty well although I'm sure it doesn't do half of what it claims to do. The gyroscope can be surprisingly strong and I have noticed a decrease in shoulder and elbow problems after playing tennis since I've been using this.

    Now if I just buy the phallus I can have a complete set of vibrating, rotating sexual workout tools

    Posted on September 25, 2009 at 12:23 PM

  4. Richard Eis Said,

    I was going to comment that my piano gives me quite the finger/hand workout without the need for a powerball. Then I wondered... hey, has anyone done research into that?
    I know it's an okay energy burner.

    Posted on October 16, 2009 at 11:30 AM

  5. Anonymous Said,

    I agree that the powerball should not be considered a primary excercise tool. You are not going to work up a sweat with this thing. However its an excellent assistance excercise for those who rely heavily on grip strength and arm stability for sports or work. It works your grip and arm stabilizing muscles in a complete range of motion that comparable excercises, such as forearm curls and grippers, do not.

    I don't see the vibration being an issue for those with carpal tunnel as you are stretching and strengthening the wrist and taking pressure off of the compressed nerves. I injured my wrist and forearm some months ago weightlifting and the powerball has been a great rehab tool. I also enjoy climbing and riding motorbikes and the powerball noticeably improves wrist and grip strength, flexibility, and endurance.

    Posted on April 6, 2010 at 3:22 PM


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