Gear Check: Dynaflex PowerBall

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Gear Check: Dynaflex PowerBall

When you hear the word Powerball what do you think? Hundreds of millions of dollars perhaps? Well, let’s be realistic, you have about a 1 in 175 million chance at hitting the jackpot. So now that you realize you have a better chance at becoming a pro athlete let’s talk about something that can help you with that new goal of yours. If you’re looking to get some strength in your arms but can’t get afford the gym (sorry, you didn’t win the lottery) then look to the Dynaflex Sport and Fitness PowerBall. That’s PowerBall with a capital P and B.

Dynaflex PowerBall

Don’t let the PowerBall’s size fool you. Just because it’s the size of a tennis ball doesn’t mean that it can’t pack a punch. In fact, the rotating gyro inside can yield up to 38lbs of torque. When you get really good at it, you can get the gyro going at speeds of up to 13,000 revolutions per minute (rpm). Now, that’s fast. The nice thing is that you are the one that is controlling this speed. You slow down, the gyro inside slows down, you speed up, so does the gyro. The LEDs inside the ball will flash faster to let you know that you are going faster. This will be good because after a few minutes your arm will start feeling some fatigue and you will need some way to keep track of how you are doing.

All this talk of torque and rpms leads to the four main benefits of using the PowerBall:

Strength – Moving the PowerBall around requires many muscles and ligaments to be working from your fingers up to your shoulder. As you go faster you get more torque. Increasing torque in this case is kind of like increasing weight when lifting weights. The more torque you can generate the stronger you’re getting.

Conditioning – As you increase your strength you are also working on toning your wrist, forearm, and shoulder muscles. You will find at first that you can’t go very long before your arm fatigues. The more you use the PowerBall and practice with it the longer you will be able to go for. Using the PowerBall for extended periods of time will help your muscles maintain their strength.

Coordination – Using the PowerBall on a consistent basis will help improve the dexterity of your hand. Improving your fine motor control will make holding, carrying, and gripping easier. This is especially valuable for climbers and for all of you office workers out there, this will help improve your typing and mouse movements so you can feel better be more productive on the job – a surefire way to make more money that no Powerball ticket can match.

Rehabilitation – If you have had problems with Carpal Tunnel, Repetitive Strain Injury, Tendonitis in your hand, Golfer’s or Tennis Elbow then you can benefit from the non-impact workout that the PowerBall gives you. Holding onto the PowerBall does not put any unwanted stress on your already taxed joints.

PowerBall with PowerStarter docking station

Now that you know the benefits of using the PowerBall you might be wondering how exactly it works. If you have the skills, you might be able to start it on your own. If not, Dynaflex has you covered with a docking station that acts as a PowerStarter. All you have to do is push a button which sets the gyro turning inside the ball. You pick it up and start turning your wrist. Go up, down, left , right, switch hands, it’s up to you.

If this is hard to picture, check out this video of the PowerBall in action:

Physical Therapists and Chiropractors use the PowerBall for rehab. Climbers use it when they can’t get on the wall. Golfers use it to improve their game. Gamers use it to improve their play.

What will you use the PowerBall for?

Amy Parulis

A former Strength and Conditioning Specialist and captain of the University of North Carolina track team, Amy now looks for her next mountain to climb or mud run to take part in to keep in shape. Her favorite hike was to the crater rim of Mt. St. Helens where she witnessed a steaming lava dome and she some day hopes to summit Mt. Rainier. In the meantime she can be found helping customers at the Waterford EMS. You can follow her adventures on Twitter @amyparulis