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It's harder than you think, and better than you expect.,
This review is from: Powerball Neon Pro (Sports)I, like a good few others here, got my Powerball Pro "Neon" (mine's blue) and was instantly surprised by its tiny size, yet bold claims to health (arm strength) benefits... At first I was sceptical, but after a week or so of using the Powerball every day, in addition to my regular exercise routine, I have definitely seen positive results, and I echo the praise given by the Trumpeter fellow, I play keyboard/organ/piano, and I have noticed a definite improvement in playing-stamina since using the Powerball; my fingers and wrists, they ache no more, even after a good 2 hour ragtime and show-tunes session!
It's also ideal for you sporty types, as you may well have guessed. Apparently it also helps those poor souls with RSIs. Powerball is NOT recommended for those suffering heart conditions however.
Another warning; Powerball is addictive, and taking it to work could result in you getting chastised or fired... or on a plus it may make you seriously popular, and of course get you promoted, depending on whether you let your Boss get the best RPM score!
Starting the Powerball is almost as fun as using it, you get a string provided to pull-start the ball, a little like a petrol Mower, then the trick is to rotate your wrist in such a way as to start the gyroscope accelerating. When up to speed, the LEDs flash, and it looks awesome. The instructions enclosed with the PB Pro are clear and concise, and easy to follow. Apparently there is a method of getting the ball started by a flick of your thumb, but I have yet to master it!
The "Pro" version is worth the little extra cost, as it comes with an LCD display to show the Revolutions per Minute (with a neat "Best Score" function so you can show off) and various other settings for muscle strength (based on RPM over a certain time) etc.
Don't expect glittering results first time; it takes practice to really get the thing going, and your arm may ache after the first few times you use it, especially if you decide to go for 20,000 RPM on your first go. A search on Youtube will show a veritable Powerball League going on, to see who can get theirs spinning the fastest. Why not join in? Get one and be amazed at the simplicity, and enthralled at the benefits and addictiveness.