Lot of Time at the Computer?! You will love this!
I used one of these at my last job. This is a wonderful chair. The first time that I sat on it I fell off, but then once I learned how to sit on it, it was amazing. It kept my back straight, and kept me sitting upright, and I didn't feel so sleepy after 8 hours at the computer. I love this chair. It it worth the price.
I purchased this chair because I have lower back pain. I've had it now for about 6 months and find that at the end of the day my back feels much better. I don't use the ball for working out, I only use it as an office chair.
It definitely takes a little while to get used to it. The first few days, my back was sore and I almost went back to my old chair. It was sore, but it didn't hurt. After about a week, I stopped noticing my back being sore. I'm pretty sure it is because my back had to build up the muscles to support my body. Which is exactly what I was hoping it would do. The chair doesn't allow you to lean on the back of a normal office type chair, therefore forcing you to use your back muscles.
It doesn't force you to have perfect posture, but without the ability to lean on a backrest, it reminds me throughout the day to sit up right. After a couple of months, I do it naturally now.
I realized how much the chair has helped with my back pain last week. One of my co-workers asked to try the chair out for a couple of days. My back hurt at the end of the day significantly more than it has in months. Pretty conclusive proof that this works for me.
Be warned, you'll get a lot of funny looks when people first see it. Even the UPS guy laughed at me while delivering it. I don't care! It makes me feel better.
The bottom line: Be prepared for a week or two of time to get used to it and build up the back muscles. I think afterward you'll thank yourself.
***UPDATE*** Almost 2 years now since I bought this chair and I still sit on it every day. Have not had lower back pain at the end of the day since a few weeks after I bought it. Still 5 stars for me!
meets my expectations, but I wish I'd looked at others
I have been considering this purchase for a while, and decided to spring for it when the price dropped. I am a musician and am very conscious of body alignment -- I do yoga, Pilates and Alexander Technique to maintain my body for playing. My old desk chair was not allowing me to sit truly well, and this product does. Sitting on a ball is great by itself, but the wheeled base allows it to truly function as a desk chair -- for instance, to roll over a few inches towards the printer, or rotate around to the other part of my L-shaped desk. I don't miss the arms at all. I am usually typing or writing when sitting at my desk.
The chair is very comfortable and was very easy to assemble. You should know that the manufacturer cautions against leaning on the back rest, called the "support bar;" it is for "stability during the exercises." There is a booklet included that shows a series of exercises using the ball both on and off its roller base. There are locks on two of the casters for use in doing these exercises.
My caveat, which does not reflect on the quality of the product, is that the ball is too small for me to use off its base. I am 5'8", and use a 55 cm ball. I did not see the FitBall product, which uses the exact ball I like for exercise, and I probably would have purchased that if I had, so I could store my ball on the chair. I may yet; this chair is an acceptable height for my computer keyboard, but rather low for the other part of my desk.
Great office chair
I really like using this chair. I spend a ton of time at the computer and this has helped my posture and the tension in my neck and back.
I do have to say that it took some time to get used to. I get motion sickness and for the first few weeks I felt like I was on a boat! Once my body figured out what was going on, it was smooth sailing from there.
The wheeled contraption holding the ball is a good idea in an office environment if you don't want to humor your co-workers by rolling off.
Great Chair, Great Price
I have peristent lower back pain when I spend too much time sititng at my desk, which is a bad thing for a writer! I've been using it a few days, and I've noticed I don't wake up in the morning with back pain any more. My one fear is that the cats may try to jump on it and puncture it at some point (we lost one exercise ball that way), so this might not be the best chair depending on your household inhabitants. You might want to note that its suitability will depend greatly on your height as well. I'm 5'9".
Great for pregnancy!
Like just about every other office worker, I have dealt with the weak muscles and fatigue that come from sitting at a desk typing away at a keyboard all day long. I began looking at other options pre-pregnancy, with the idea of using a large balance ball as way to support my back and strengthen my core muscles. During my search I found the BalanceBall Chair by gaiam, and it is more than I could have hoped for.
The removable 52cm ball sits perfectly in a wheeled base, which includes a lumbar support bar and locking casters. Rather than having to worry about flipping over, I know that the support for the ball will keep it from sliding under me. In basic black, it blends with other office chairs in color, but not in looks. You will get more than a fair share of comments about your space-age chair. Be prepared to let everyone give it a whirl!
The ball occasionally needs to have a little extra inflation, and a hand pump is included. The chair can occasionally be fatiguing to sit in, especially if you are not used to supporting your core muscles for long stretches. This does, however, get easier over time. The one thing that I have appreciated more and more as I expand through my pregnancy is the little bit of extra give that the ball provides, allowing my hips to rest a little more comfortably. A co-worker borrowed the chair throughout her last trimester. The locking casters allowed her to put her feet up without worrying about sliding away from her keyboard. Also included is a 16-page booklet that guides you through some simple exercises that can be done on the ball at work or at home. Easy to follow and nice to have when you need to get yourself moving at the office.
I would highly recommend this item for anyone that is interested in using a balance ball for long-term sitting, and I would definitely recommend to any other pregnant moms that spend any amount of time sitting at a desk regularly.
I was skeptical about this chair at first. Not much into plastic or gimmicks. But it has been terrific. After about three months of daily use, I don't want to sit in anything else. My back is not fatigued. My legs feel comfortable and relaxed even after long periods of work. Now I really notice the sharp front edge of many other chairs. The balance ball chair is well worth buying. I only wish it came in more interesting colors.
Much relief from back pain
I have always found it difficult to sit at the computer for any length of time due to lower back pain. I tried this chair at a friend's house and loved it and my husband purchased one for me. It keeps my back in a proper posture and enables me to sit for much longer periods of time. Highly recommend it.You can also use the chair to perform some exercises that are detailed in a book contained with the chair. The assembly is easy and the concept is simple.
Great Chair! Nice Ab Workout all day long.
It is nice quality...arrived promptly, required little assembly. It is quite a conversation piece around the office. Everyone wants to try it. I have been using it everyday for several months now. I actually gave up my regular office chair. It has to be a workout, because when I am really tired, I miss my other chair. You really have to sit up straight and use your abdominals all the time. I have noticed a difference in my posture for sure.
I am at my desk on the computer a great deal. I bought this chair hoping my back would stop hurting and I have not been disappointed. I love my balance ball chair and will never go back to a regular office chair. The ball is study and looks pretty "normal" from the opposite side of my desk. I do however find that I have a little trouble maintaining a lady-like pose on days I wear skirts that are a silky fabric since they want to slide off the ball.