Whether you’re into fitness or not, at some point you’ve probably come across the main piece of equipment required for Meggaball. In fact, once upon a time, you may have decided it was a good idea to swap your chair at work for one. Yes, I’m talking about those inflatable spheres that suddenly rose to popularity around 10 years ago. And as with most fitness fads, they fell out of favour as quickly as they rose to the top. I donated mine to my mum who currently perches on it while watching the telly.
You sometimes see people using them at the gym. But it’s a rarity. Until now that is. Whether you know them as gym balls, Swiss balls, Yoga balls or Pilates balls, it’s time to revive this useful piece of kit that can really home in on your core muscles. And to help, why not take part in a Meggaball Fitness event?
What is Meggaball?
Well, according to the Facebook page, Meggaball Fitness events are fun packed half days of inspirational and motivational workouts. Which is true. But what made the difference when I went was what you could get out of the Meggaball or Pilates ball session. I have been to classes using specialised equipment such as a Reformer or Megareformer which are excellent. I could never, however, do the same thing at home. Unless, of course, I made a mint, won the lottery and built a house with a dedicated studio and a bunch of fancy equipment. Meggaball was different.
From plank to pikes, bridges, toe taps and more, the exercises are accessible and can be adjusted to suit a variety of abilities. They’re the type of exercises you could do while watching The Handmaid’s Tale on a Sunday night without your husband complaining (too much). What’s more, they focus on that often neglected area of the core. Having to balance on something that moves challenges your body and helps build those obliques, glutes and transversus abdominus (that sheet of muscle that’s is tough to target by simple sit-ups).
And it’s FUN. Well, afterwards, as you can pretend you’re sitting on a Space Hopper.
What are the main moves?
I went to a class put together by Winston Squires Fitness, who has really championed this strength and conditioning workout. You can find out about his next classes here: https://www.facebook.com/pg/MeggaBallFitness/
If you’re not in the area and want to try it at home, take a look at https://www.facebook.com/MeggaBallFitness/videos/779108982262596/
Or as luck would have it Women’s Running online have pulled together four simple exercises you can try at home: http://womensrunninguk.co.uk/training/swiss-ball-exercises-runners/
One of the best things about Meggaball is that anyone can do the exercises. And it’s not harsh on the joints. The class was attended by all abilities and we all pushed it to our personal maximum.
To find out more about Meggaball and the next event go to: https://www.facebook.com/pg/MeggaBallFitness/