Swiss Ball Safety in Your Gym

There are many benefits in using unstable surfaces to train on – in particular activation of the deep muscles around the trunk such as TVA, Obliques, Multifidus (and many others). The Swiss Ball, Exercise Ball or Gym Ball has been popularised by many practioners over the last 25 years because it is relatively inexpensive and very effective in stimulating the body to.  However over recent years there have been reports of anti burst and burst resistant Swiss balls exploding during use and injuring users. Not all balls are the same quality despite what their labels may indicate and the use of balls may put the user at risk of serious injury.

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My personal observations over a number of years is that there is very little care taken in inspecting balls in a gym to ensure that they have not been inadvertantly or maliciously damaged – afterall balls are made of elastic plastic and should have tighter controls than conventional gym equipment.

For many years AOK has prided itself in providing the best quality exercise balls for the fitness, sports coaching and rehabilitation markets. Safety in care and use has always been paramount at AOK and we have developed many tools for commercial and home users to help ensure the safety of ball users.

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Bradley Wilson is the Managing Director of the AOK Health Group, established in 1994. The AOK Group is comprised of 3 companies which specialise in the design, manufacture and distribution of health and rehabilitation products, education and services worldwide. Bradley has not just fostered good products but also good business, winning the awards including 2008 Exporter of the Year, 2003 Fastest Growing Hunter Wholesaler and in 2004 Trainer of the Year in Logistics. In 2004, 2006 & 2008 Bradley was elected as a Director of the Hunter Business Chamber by the 1000 member companies of that organisation. He is Senior Vice President, Chair of the Executive, Audit, Business Development and Education Committees. In 2005 fellow board members elected him as a Councillor of NSW Business Chamber (previously Australian Business Ltd) - one of Australia’s largest business lobby groups. Bradley was a Councillor for 3 years. Respected enough to work with other prominent industry professionals throughout the world, he has developed a business model that allows his customers the advantage of the world’s best product and technological information unchallenged by their competitors.

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