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Exercise ball buying guide

Comparison of exercise ball features

We offer a variety of exercise balls.  The following chart clarifies the differences among them, so you can pick one with the features you want. 

Quality is important in an exercise ball.  We don't carry flimsy ones because they pierce too easily.  All our balls are tough and resist piercing.  But even a strong ball can be punctured by something sharp like a staple or nail.  And when that happens, they can burst rather like a balloon.  For this reason, we encourage all users to buy burst-resistant balls; in the unlikely case they are punctured, these deflate slowly and gently.  

Exercise ball features*

  Gymnic Plus Ball Gymnic Plus ARTE Multi  Fitball Plus Exercise Ball MegaBall
Burst resistant





Colors red, blue, yellow & multicolor multicolor swirls pearl  black red, blue, orange
Special features   softer feel; no two alike  exercise chart  
Size range 45cm - 75cm 55cm only 55cm - 75cm 85cm - 180cm

* Our Gymnic balls and Fitballs come in 55, 65, and 75 cm sizes.  The Gymnic Plus also comes in 45 cm.  See our sizing chart for help choosing.

Finding a special needs exercise ball

If you have special needs or requirements, check out the following exercise balls.  Each is unique, and one may be just what you are seeking.

Special exercise balls

  Sit N Gym Ball Activity Physio Roll
How unique same material as Gymnic, but with peg feet smallish - ideal for kids peanut shaped
Why unique peg feet keep ball from rolling when not in use design provides extra sensory stimulation offers greater stability than standard shape
Color pearl white transparent & containing small colored balls red, yellow, blue


Determining what size exercise ball to get

You know what ball you want...but what size?

There are several approaches to sizing exercise balls:

The 90-degree rule: When you are seated on the ball, feet flat on the floor, you want your hips and knees to form a 90 degree angle with one another.

Height: Match the ball to your height - the taller you are, the bigger the exercise ball. Here are some loose guidelines:

Exercise ball sizing

Ball Size User Height
55 cm (21") 4" 11" to 5' 3"
65 cm (25") 5' 4" to 5' 10"
75 cm (29") 5' 11" and up

Sizes based upon height are approximate.  If you are near a division (for instance, you stand between 5' 2" and 5' 5" tall) you could opt to go either way.  Consider your other body characteristics and how you plan to use the ball. 

If you are 5'  3" and weigh 240 pounds, you probably ought to go with a 65 cm ball.  On the other hand, if you are 5' 5", but have very short legs, you might prefer a 55 cm ball.  Similarly, if you intend to exercise while standing or lying on your back, the smaller ball would work better. 

Still undecided?  When in doubt, it is safer to choose the larger size.  You always have the option of inflating the ball less. Five foot three using a 65 cm ball?  No sweat, just fit the exercise ball using the 90 degree rule in sitting.  An under-inflated ball will not be as firm, but it will function just fine. 

  Exercise ball care guide


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