When I was offered the chance to read the Therapy Ball Workbook (disclaimer: that means I was given the book), I figured it could be an interesting book. I assumed that it would prescribe specific balls to help with the movements (70 exercises in the book) but was pleasantly surprised that it illustrates ways to use common balls that you may have around home, or would be easy enough to secure with a quick trip to a store. Tennis balls, basketballs, stability balls, golf balls, etc.
The book is cool because it isn’t just for releasing knots, although there are plenty of rehab tips. There are ways to use balls to help stretch out, to relieve tension and build strength.
In addition to just outlining all the exercises, the book takes it one-step further and groups the exercises into 7 routines that target specific purposes:
- Beginner routine, to familiarize yourself with the movements
- Core stability
- Back strength
- Total torso (basically a combo of the core and back
- Total body workout
- Relax and stretch
- Muscle release for active people
The total torso workout is pretty good. I do need to familiarize myself with the moves so I read the workout, then I have to flip to each page for the description of an exercise. Then it is time to flip back to the workout to know what my next move is. I guess in time I will learn all the moves by name and wouldn’t have to flip through the book each time!
It’s a cool resource, just 93 pages so there isn’t a lot of superfluous material in here. It is something that can be worked into anybody’s workout schedule, it’s not just for the injured or those prone to trouble-spots! You can pick it up for $11.55 in paperback on Amazon or grab the kindle version for $9.99.