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    I believe the idea behind it is not just that you stand on them, but that they add to what you are doing by destabilizing you while you do planks, pushups, sidelifts, lunges, squats and so on. I went with her to look at them and there are two kinds which feel quite different from one another. She finds that she is sore the day after using them and feels more alert and finds it easier to breathe. I found they made no difference at all on the two occasions that I used them, other than making me painfully aware of every fat deposit on my body! Some gyms now have them and apparently they are used by some hockey training camps. I don't know of anyone who has personal experience with them and doctors generally wouldn't have much of an opinion on that sort of thing here. I don't trust anything the internet says on it. Personally, I think that she may be investing a lot of money in something not all that useful. She's thinking if it could make a significant difference in the kid's alertness and mood, it would help the kid in school tremendously.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fidelia View Post
    I believe the idea behind it is not just that you stand on them, but that they add to what you are doing by destabilizing you while you do planks, pushups, sidelifts, lunges, squats and so on.
    The theory at work there is that its forcing you to use and build smaller stabilizer muscles. I had this problem when I blew out my shoulder. My arm was really shaky when I held it up for a long time.

    Understanding So-Called Stabilizer Muscles >> Medical Questions, Weight Loss, Pregnancy, Drugs, Health Insurance

    Seriously: balance ball (and bb specific exercises), resistance bands, and maybe some isometric exercises if they're not really the 'get active and sweaty' types.

    This really has become "The Instant Gratification Age". Too many people buying into the '6 pack in 6 weeks', 'lets get a machine that does the work for me' crap. Like all those diet pill ads, 'I lost 2tons in less than 60seconds' and in really small print on the bottom of the tv commercial *Results not typical. Use in conjunction with a steady diet/exercise program* etc, etc. People are really makin' bank off this 'Gotta have it now' society. Makes me throw up a lil' in the back of my throat every time I see people buying into these over-priced gimmicks.

    ....Sorry, watched a couple more videos on those machines and hit my boiling point.

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