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Swiss Ball Basics

4.5 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews

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Learn the fundamentals of Swiss ball training and experience the incredible benefits with Swiss Ball Basics. Used by physical therapists since the 1960’s, the now popular Swiss ball, also known as the stability or exercise ball, remains one of the best and simplest solutions for developing strong abdominals and a healthy back. The ball allows you to train your abdominals and other core muscles safely through a full range of motion, developing functional strength, flexibility and balance. The dynamic exercises in Swiss Ball Basics are fun, fast and efficient and can be performed almost anywhere without complicated or expensive equipment.

Adam Ford guides you through 10 key exercises and stretches that deliver an amazing whole body workout. Swiss Ball Basics is perfect for men and women who want a simple and effective workout they can do virtually anywhere; and while ideal for beginners several advanced variations and progressions are also provided. Get started, have fun and enjoy your results.

From the instructor: This is the second edition of my DVD Swiss Ball Basics. The second edition has been re-edited and has totally new audio. Changes from the first DVD include, a shorter more efficient whole body workout, 3 quick workouts each with an emphasis on movements in different planes of movement (sagittal, frontal, and transverse), FAQ section and better navigation on the DVD. I appreciate all the reviews and feedback.

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Digital Sound, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Ridgeline Fitness
  • DVD Release Date: June 1, 2006
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000GB6O8A
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #177,364 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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This Swiss Ball DVD is excellent value for money. There are so few DVDs/Videos or even books designed for Men using the Swiss Ball (although it's clear that this video is well suited for women too). The exercises are challenging and thorough and really represent a deep workout for the body. There can be no mistake on exactly how to do the exercises primarily due to constructive camera angles and the sheer definition of Adams physique. It's actually very useful to visually 'see' the muscles involved in each exercise and helps focus the mind on exactly which muscle are supposed to be doing the work.
Having suffered from various back problems (including cyatica and scoliosis), these exercises present a safe way of developing crucial stabilising muscles. Previous to this, gym exercises on classic benches inevitably strained my back and have commonly led to relapses.... so far so good with this DVD.
For men (and women) who are bored of going to the gym, get a Swiss Ball and this DVD (Adam also has one available solely working on Abs and lumbar muscles - which is also worthy of 5 stars). I'd sooner be doing ball exercises than using gym machines which can easily overstress the body. With these exercises it's actually quite difficult to go wrong, as if you do it wrong, you fall off (which is quite a laugh :-) )
This DVD (and Swiss Ball Abs by Adam Ford) is spot on!
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Finally! a fitness dvd that is well presented, thorough, and shows simply and effectively just how to use a Swiss Ball to it's full potential!
Before I found this dvd, I'd been looking for one in the UK for months, but they all seemed to be aimed specifically at women, and were mainly intent on just reducing fat - none of them actually showed you how to use the Swiss Ball to it's full advantage.
If, like myself, you have a swiss ball at home and up to now have only used it as a piece of novelty furniture, then this is the dvd you need to finally make some real use of it!
The presenter takes you though the correct use of the ball and guides you though a series of exercises which look innocent enough until your abs (and other muscles) start to scream at you the next day (a sure sign that it's doing the job!). Just watching the presenter at work is inspiration enough as you can see every muscle the exercise is intended to train flex as as each exercise is perfomed. It sounds daft I know, but for me, this alone is an enormous help as you can see straight away whether or not your doing the exercise properly by comparing which of your muscles are working against those that are flexing on screen!
Music and other distractions are kept to a minimum, and at every stage you're guided along with an informative but unobtrusive commentary. You can even hear the presenter breathing, which soon makes you realise when your own breathing is out of whack (something I'm always getting wrong when exercising!)
I'm a 34 yr old guy who's used gyms and other abs equipment in the past, but I've NEVER found a training programme that's been as effective as this! I've been using it now for a few months on and off, and it soon becomes second nature. It may take me some time to get the sort of abs the presenter has, but at least now I'm doing the RIGHT exercises, the RIGHT way help me achieve this!
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Swiss ball basics is a 50 minute workout , there is only 10 exercises which are performed in 2 sets of about 10 reps , the instructor shows more advanced variations on the second set and does some stretches in between the sets. Though the exercises can be challenging , the workout is pretty slow paced and let you to concentrate in the exercises. The quality of this video is very good and it is filmed on a sanded area , the instruction is very good also and during the exercises there's some animated pointers.

I think if youre in a good shape you'd be better off just buying his "swiss ball abs" it has most of the exercises from swiss ball basics but it has 3x20 minute workouts in different levels (but there all pretty tough).
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I bought this DVD after reading the reviews written on and I have been rewarded beyond my expectations. It has only been few days since I received the DVD and already I can feel the adjustment that my body is going through after each exercise. I feel the pain in my muscles and I can see that the "Swiss Ball Basics" DVD by Adam Ford is a serious workout program.

The picture quality of this DVD is excellent and Mr. Ford gives a clear guidance how each workout should be done. This is the best DVD in its category that I have seen. In the past, I bought many fitness DVDs; including two by John Basedow (Fitness Made Sipmle - Unlock Your Potential and AM-PM Workouts), one called 8 Minute Workouts and another by Gunnar Peterson called "Core Secrets", but non were as good as the Swiss Ball Basics. Either they were amateurish such as John Basedow's DVDs or they were not as well as structured as Adam Ford's DVD.

If you are in the market for a core workout fitness DVD, save your money folks and buy this DVD by Adam Ford. You won't be disappointed. I highly recommend this workout DVD. From now on, when I am in the market for a new fitness workout DVD, I'll make sure that I read the comments of other users first!
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