A balancing act.

I love my balance ball (also known as a stability ball), working out on it 2-3 times a week. Recently, I added a couple new DVDs to the collection for balance ball workouts. I’ll continue to rotate the use of both of the DVDs despite my reservations about the second one.

On the Ball Pilates Workout for Beginners


  • Lizbeth Garcia is awesome.
  • Well-rounded workout with plenty of time for abs, upper body, and lower body.
  • Highlights breathing awareness.
  • Challenges me and makes me sweat.


  • Cons? There are no cons.

Fat-to-Firm Fitness Ball Workout for Dummies


  • Handweights are used during part of the workout. (A big plus for me given I’m not into heavy-duty weightlifting thanks to recurring elbow tendonitis.)
  • Challenges me and makes me sweat.


  • Music is too fast. I enjoy calm music while I’m working on the balance ball, not cheesy fake bouncy music.
  • Somewhat related…there’s not enough focus on breathing during the exercises.

Note:  I really hope the title “Fat to Firm” means “Fat to Muscle”.   Sigh!

Posted on January 9, 2008, in Fitness, Products. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Scott K. Johnson

    I think those look interesting, and I bet I would enjoy trying it. Thanks for the info!

  2. Scott> They do make balance balls large enough for men, you know. ;)


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