What is a Swiss ball?
Swiss balls are large, heavy-duty inflatable balls with a diameter of 45 to 75 cm (18 to 30 inches).
The Swiss ball is also known by a number of different names, including exercise ball, gym ball,
Pilate's ball, sports ball, fit or fitness ball, stability ball, therapy ball, yoga ball, balance
ball, body ball, or birth ball.
Swiss balls offer you a fun, safe and highly effective way to exercise. They will last for a very
long time and are inexpensive compared to other exercise equipment.
Where did they come from?
The Swiss ball was used as early as the 1960s. It originally was used by physical therapists and
chiropractors in Switzerland to assist with rehabilitation and became known as the Swiss Ball.
Through seminars and classes the Swiss Ball was introduced into the USA in the early 1980’s. But, the
Swiss Ball is far more versatile and valuable than simply for re-hab use. In the late 1980’s coaches,
athletic trainers and personal trainers realized the effectiveness of the Swiss Ball in developing
balance and core strength. Since then they are reported as being the most effective method for core
How do I recognize an Original Swiss Ball?
Many companies claim to sell a Swiss ball but only the Original Swiss Ball has the URL swissball.com
printed around the valve. Original Swiss Balls are available at
www.theragear.com or specialty fitness stores.
Why should I use a Swiss ball?
Swiss balls are one of today's top fitness tools - and for good reason! Using a Swiss ball will
improve the strength of the abs and the lower back. Since the Swiss ball is unstable you have to
constantly adjust your balance, which in turn will improve your balance, proprioception and
flexibility. As an extra challenge you can use the exercise ball as a bench using free-weights to
target those hard to reach stabilizer muscles.
- Proper Alignment
Using the Swiss ball during training will utilize many additional muscles to maintain stability
and balance. Swiss balls are less stable than traditional fitness equipment, which can greatly
improve your balance, coordination and core strength. The alignment of your body is also
improved when proper balance is maintained.
- Great Abs
An abdominal crunch on the fitness ball has been scientifically proven to work your abs better
than a regular crunch. For people working out to achieve great abs, the Swiss ball can
definitely target the abdominal areas as the abs and back muscles are simultaneously worked.
- Muscle Strength and Endurance
The Swiss ball can improve muscle strength and endurance in all of the major muscle groups.
Training with the stability ball can help in alleviating back pain and preventing pain in the
future. As all the major muscle groups are exercised, tone, strength and endurance are improved
as well as flexibility and balance.
- Core Stability
Swiss balls are less stable than traditional fitness equipment so you can also greatly improve
your balance, coordination and core strength in your abs and back. The major muscles that help
stabilize and support all of your body movements are made up of the back and the deep abdominal
muscles. With the Swiss ball no matter how "deep" these muscles are, they are still exercised.
This is something only the ball can guarantee.
The Swiss ball is a great tool for stretching exercises. With this, you can easily move into and
move out of different stretching positions. Training with the Swiss ball will restore or improve
- Losing Weight
Any exercise that strengthens your muscles will help to reduce body fat. With regular exercise
using the stability ball, you will also lose weight!
What type of ball should I be using?
We recommend TheraGear® Swiss Balls, they are known for their quality and longevity.
All TheraGear® Swiss Balls have two weight ratings:
TheraGear® Swiss Balls with TheraGuard™ ABS System guarantees the highest standard of safety and quality.
Burst-proof or TheraGuard™ ABS limit: This will ensure that the Swiss ball will not explode but
deflate slowly if it is accidentally punctured. They are generally rated to hold between 200
lbs – 500 lbs
Weight Limit: Static weight that can be put on the ball, generally between 600 lbs – 2,200
TheraGear® Swiss balls are made with a special material that prevents the ball from dangerously exploding
if accidentally punctured, instead it will deflate slowly versus non-burst-proof balls, which will
The TheraGear® Swiss Balls are one the sturdiest Swiss Balls you can buy. The materials TheraGear® uses are
very resistant to wear and tear, even when you use them with heavy weights.
Even though TheraGuard™ ABS System balls don't burst, you can increase the life of your ball and reduce
your risk of injury by keeping the ball away from sharp objects and surfaces.
To purchase an Original Swiss Ball please follow this link:
|Swiss Ball Type
||Swiss Aero Ball
||Swiss Exercise Ball
||Swiss Pro Ball
|Description / Use
||Ideal for aerobic, Yoga & stretching;
softest and bounciest ball
||Great for core, resistance training & rehabilitation.
This ball offers firm support
||Ideal for weight training. Extra firm ball endures your
|Static Weight Limit
|Burst Proof Limit