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Q. How do you decide which weight of Toning Balls™ to use? I want to buy a Toning Ball workout DVD but am not sure of which weight of Toning Balls to buy with it.

If you're already fairly active and healthy, we suggest you start off with the 2lb Toning Balls. This will allow you to challenge yourself with resistance and weight without compromising joint stability and mobility. If you start too heavy too soon, it may compromise your comfort and stability. Also, by choosing a lighter weight, you will be able to effectively activate the smaller stabilizing muscles, particularly in the shoulders. Using a weight that is too heavy will bypass the little muscles and jump right up to firing the larger muscles. Toning the deep musculature is imperative to maintain joint integrity and help prevent injury.

To add challenge to your Matwork routine, when you're ready and feeling stronger, consider increasing your range of movement, decreasing the base of support or try moves that require more endurance or overall coordination instead of simply adding weight.

Sarah Jarvis, Program Coordinator, Education

Sarah Jarvis

Program Coordinator, Education and Lead Instructor Trainer

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