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Balls are huge in exercising. Big balls, small balls, light balls, heavy balls. Balls are everywhere. If you’re looking for the best balls, we’ve got them right here.

Alright, getting serious: yoga balls, medicine balls, and balance balls do have a lot of practical exercise applications for calisthenics, stretching, free weights, and other improving fitness techniques. We’ve picked out the best yoga balls for large and size applications, the best weighted medicine ball, the best flat-base balance ball, and the best ball if you’d like to replace your home office chair. Check ’em out below.

The Best Large Yoga Ball: Trideer Exercise Ball ($15-31)

The Trideer exercise ball is burst-resistant and can support more than 2000 pounds.
The Trideer exercise ball is burst-resistant and can support more than 2000 pounds. Trideer

There are more full-sized yoga balls than you can shake an ab roll at, but reviewers consistently rate Trideer’s offerings above the rest. Its plastic has an extra-grippy texture that’s less likely to slip under you or on a hardwood floor, and its extra-thick walls can handle up to 2200 pounds of force before bursting. Balls are offered in multiple colors and sizes, from 45 centimeters to 85 centimeters in diameter. Each one comes with a pump to help get you started.

The Best Small Yoga Ball: URBNFit Mini Pilates Ball ($13)

URBNFit's pilates ball allows for ab, leg, and arm exercises that aren't possible with a larger ball.
URBNFit’s pilates ball allows for ab, leg, and arm exercises that aren’t possible with a larger ball. URBNFit

For some routines, a smaller ball is required for exercising abdominal, back, and leg muscles. This nine-inch ball from URBNFit is perfect for targeting muscle groups, and it’s much easier to fit in your home gym than a full-sized ball. The PVC material is considerably tougher, too, so it’ll last quite a while before needing to be re-inflated.

The Best Medicine Ball: TRX Training Slam Ball ($22-75)

The TRX Slam Ball can handle some serious abuse and comes in various weights.
The TRX Slam Ball can handle some serious abuse and comes in various weights. TRX

Medicine balls, weighted, easy-to-grip balls that are many times heavier than the similar pilates ball above, are a very old method of combining coordination, calisthenics, and freeweight training. This TRX design is a great modern interpretation, with an extra-tough rubberized exterior that won’t slip out of your hands and can handle more intense “slam” exercise sessions. The ball is available in weights that can be incorporated into exercises at any fitness level, from six pounds all the way up to fifty.

The Best Flat-Bottom Balance Ball: DEVOBOR Half Ball Balance Trainer ($90)

This flat-bottom ball can be used for a variety of exercises, and is easy to store.
This flat-bottom ball can be used for a variety of exercises and is easy to store. DEVOBOR

An inflatable flat-bottom ball combines a lot of the exercises you can do with a full-sized yoga ball and a pilates ball, all in a size that’s easy to put away and store. The DEVOBOR version comes with a tough inflatable shell and built-in resistance bands, allowing for a variety of arm and leg repetitions. Both the top and the bottom have anti-slip coating for frustration-free workouts.

The Best Yoga Ball Chair Replacement: LuxFit Ball Chair ($60)

Many people have opted to replace a conventional office chair with a yoga ball, making for an easy, low-intensity workout for your core. The LuxFit Ball Chair offers this workout with a bit of back support and conventional chair rollers, making it fit into a standard home office in a much easier way. The smaller ball and retention cross-beam stay inside the chair at all times, eliminating the annoying rolling that sometimes happens with a standard ball.

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Monday, April 15, 2019 - 11:00am