Omniball FAQ

What is Omniball®?

Omniball® is a 2 or 4 pound OmniDirectional fitness device that attaches to the hands or feet and offers the ability to do both traditional and functional training. This unique patented product will challenge your strength, stability and flexibility like never before. From absolute beginner to seasoned athlete, the tremendous versatility of Omniball provides the ultimate quick and efficient total body workout!

What is OmniDirectional Training?

Omniball® offers an unprecedented balance of both traditional and functional exercises which will carry you to an entirely new dimension of 360° movement. Resistance, range of motion, and difficulty will increase in relation to the user’s own ability. Because Omniball has no linear limitations and can be used on both hands and feet, its options for unique workouts, at all fitness levels, are endless.

Omniball enables any participant to progress at the appropriate pace for their skill level, even for those who may have limitations or are just starting to work out for the first time. On the other hand, for the elite athlete, Omniball can provide the ultimate physical challenge. It offers the intensity needed to keep improving strength and flexibility with exercises that incorporate balance, core strength, stretching, and range of motion.

What are the benefits of training with Omniball®?

The Omniball® enhances bodyweight, functional and stability training, and heightens the sensory experience of the workout.

  • Improves strength, stability, flexibility, and coordination
  • Promotes hand-eye and body coordination
  • Engages the smaller supportive muscles for stability to increase intrinsic joint strength
  • Improves connective tissue tensile strength
  • Increases muscle recruitment to improve balance, stability, coordination and agility
  • Increases kinesthetic and proprioceptive response, when using Omniball dynamically
  • Improves mental acuity
  • Improves cognitive function

How is the Omniball® a different “experience” than other similar “glider” type products?

Experience Omniball Comparative Gliders
Heightened Training Response The designed instability of the Omniball’s housing to smoothly roll around the weighted ball, along with its OmniDirectional capabilities, requires a learned proficiency of controlling the ball, not just your body. Other gliders, even those with balls or casters, stay flat. They allow circumduction movement at the joint (shoulders and hips), but they do not tilt to offer the unstable movement properties of the Omniball.
Neuro-muscular Response The Omniball amplifies instability, requiring more recruitment and constant micro-adjustments to maintain stability on the hands or feet. Gliders do not require constant micro-adjustments in order to stabilize the body with hands or feet on top of the glider.
Grip-free weights Adjustable Velcro straps provide grip-free weights on the hands or feet, allowing you to focus on the muscle work, instead of holding on to the weight. Gliders do not offer grip-free weight capability.
Ergonomic Advantage The housing shape, rounded in front and flat in the back reduces stress on the palm and wrist and facilitates foot flexibility and strength. Gliders are flat, therefore, can place additional stress on extremity joints - wrists, ankles, shoulder.
Edging Advantage Stabilizing the Omniball on its edge can make it easier to maintain shoulder to wrist alignment with less stress or compression to the wrist. When edged on the foot, it can change the dynamics of lower body exercises, adding muscle intensity and diversifying load. Gliders do not have edging capability.
Increased Ankle and Lower Leg Strengthening When the Omniball is foot-attached, it improves the flexibility of the arch and strengthens the ankle, foot and lower leg muscles, particularly with rotational work and the instability of having the foot on the ball. Gliders do not enhance flexibility of the arch of the foot. Flat gliders offer no lower leg/ankle strengthening like that caused by the small balance adjustments required on the Omniball.
Weighted Rolling Action Weight of the Omniball when rolling (even 2 lb. vs. 4 lb.) increases resistance overload, particularly at the end of your limbs. Gliders can be pushed and pulled, but are not weighted, thus the only resistance overload is the distance from the body.
Surface Contact: Small Footprint Because the contact area of the ball is much smaller than a glider, the user must fight the micro-movements due to instability. Omniball use requires more concentration at all times to maintain control. With a flat glider, there are far less micro-movement adjustments.
Multi-surface Use Advantage Omniball maintains fluid rotation, regardless of floor surface. Gliders do not work on all surfaces, e.g., rubber mats.
Myofascial Release The Omniball can be used as a myofascial release device. Gliders do not offer this benefit.

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