Friday, June 2, 2017

Product Review: SB-50 50lb Slam Ball - Valor Fitness

Product Details
Features/Benefits :  
     • Textured surface for better grip.
     • Dense wall to prevent blow outs while slamming ball to the ground.
     • Large easy to recognize weight value. 

Assembled Dimensions:
     • Construction: Black Rubber Outer / Sand Fill
Ship Dimensions:
     • L:10" x W:10" H:10" / 50lbs. 

The Valor Fitness Slam Ball has a textured surface to provide a better grip during your workouts. The weight values (LBS) are white on a black gloss surface for easy viewing when looking for the size that you need.

My Review:
Slam balls are used to enhance your workout routine by simply holding it while performing exercises. Examples of these include sit-ups, squats, lunges and overhead presses; when working with a partner you can do chest passes, overhead passes, and abdominal work through rotation variations. Slam balls can also be used for athletic training by enhancing cardiovascular endurance, increasing muscle mass and improving hand-eye coordination. Perfect for getting rid of excess energy and pent-up frustration.

Overhead medicine ball slams are great for working the entire body and for releasing some aggression, but they tend to take a toll on the medicine ball itself. Enter the Valor Fitness Slam Ball—specifically designed and tested by myself to withstand an onslaught of abuse!

Available in weight increments from 10 lbs up to 50 lbs, these rubberized, dead-bounce Slam Balls can benefit athletes of any size and skill level or for traditional medicine ball exercises, as well.  I have been working with a 50lb slam ball and as a 185lb 5'11 male it presents a challenge!  I would definitely not use this for wall balls but what I like about this ball is it gives a whole new meaning to Ball Slams (having a much more challenging load picking up with every rep) and long distance carries.

This slam ball is well constructed and just slippery enough (I would prefer a slightly grippier ball) that it forces you to apply additional grip to maintain adequate control. It is an excellent tool for a near complete functional movement total body workout out.  It has very little bounce which forces one back into the squat position to retrieve it for your next rep.

I have been using it now for over a month and its perfect. Plus I feel like this thing will be around for a long time, it feels heavy duty and well built. It's obviously a smaller diameter than the Med-balls when doing Wall Ball workouts which is the only complaint (dead bounce slam balls do not work as well as wall balls for that particular movement) plus you can't beat the price.

My Rating: 9.5/10
Quality: The quality of this product is great. I have used the ball with several clients over the last month and it has been slammed from overhead over 1,000 times easily. The ball shows no sign of wear or leakage whatsoever. The ball is just as good as when it came new.

Price: The price of this ball is excellent. priced around $73 which is about a 25% discount compared to other similar slam balls from brands such as Rogue or Fringe.

Overall any of Valor Fitness' slam balls will compete with any slam ball on the market and I would feel 100% confident using them in a commercial gym, private studio or home gym. I plan on buying more and would recommend them to anyone.  Like mentioned above, my only critique remains that its use as a wall ball is possible, however not ideal.

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