Beware of Cheap Swiss Exercise Balls. Are They Anti-Burst?
Exercise balls that come with an Anti-Burst Rating are strongly recommended for maximum safety. Staples, pins or other sharp items may unexpectedly pierce your ball if you roll over them. Anti-Burst rated balls will deflate slowly and safely when punctured, rather than bursting suddenly like a balloon with you landing on your back as occurs with cheap, non Anti-Burst exercise balls.
PhysioWorks recommends only authentic, high-quality Anti-Burst exercise balls for your maximum safety and optimal comfort.
What Anti-burst Rating do we Recommend?
A 500kg anti-burst rating ball is the minimum that we recommend for safety purposes. Most exercise balls available that do not stipulate an anti-burst rating would have an anti-burst rating of between 100 and 200kg. They usually don’t stipulate their anti-burst rating because it is low. A high anti-burst rating is a crucial issue if you consider exercises that involve bouncing or doing weights. Please take a look at our new Physiomed Pro Plus Exercise Ball, with a high anti-burst rating of 550 kg!
Consider Your Safety
As physiotherapists, we strongly suggest you avoid exercise balls that do not have an anti-burst rating. It’s just not worth a few dollars to be potentially injured and out of action for months.
Anti-Burst Balls keep their shape better.
You’ll also find that the higher the AntiBurst rating, the thicker the ball casing. This thickness reduces your likelihood of puncture in the first place from simple objects such as staples. You should consider this if your intended use is as an office chair. A higher anti-burst rated ball will also keep it’s shape better in the longer term. Cheaper, thinner-walled exercise balls have the potential to stretch and become overinflated easier. Please read our page on ball inflation tips before inflating your ball.