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The Hidden Cost of the Wrong Medicine Ball Choice

11.06.2015

 

This broken medicine ball is constructed of a 2 piece foam core and rubber shell. This is an air filled ball. You can see the two foam pieces are breaking the rubber shell along the seam.

These balls are not made for continual slams

Have you had the unfortunate experience of breaking your medicine ball right in the middle of a great workout?

How many medicine balls have your purchased over time?

If you have added medicine balls to your facility in the last couple of years, chances are there have been a problem with their durability!

How valuable is my time? What’s the cost of my frustration?

Has this happened to your organization?

See if this scenario sounds familiar?

  • New medicine ball arrives
  • Within 6 weeks one of the med balls breaks
  • Complaints start to come in, broken med ball goes to that room that hides broken equipment and you have to replace it or do without it.
  • When you investigate you find out that the broken medicine ball was subjected only to general med ball tosses and some slams on the ground. But nothing extreme like continuous slams, big air drops, standing on the balls or shooting them out of cannons against a solid wall.

It seems like, just general wear and tear is breaking these air filled rubber medicine balls.

When your vendor is approached, there is nothing they can do – as the med balls are not warrantied for this type of usage!

All this running around might be ok for somebody with very little to do.

Your organization has people that are too busy to deal with this kind of issue, they wear many hats and fill many roles.

The costs of the wrong choice start to add up.

Adding Up The Costs To Replace A Broken Medicine Ball

Let’s add up what it costs to buy a product that will continually break. Let’s account for 3 trips to the local store to replace:

  • Initial medicine ball purchase
  • Gas to drive to stores
  • Wear and tear on car. (or shipping costs to return old ball to replace with new).
  • Time to drive to the store, wait in line, speak with a manager, wait for a refund receipt, grab a new product off the shelf and then drive back to work. Let’s account your staff losing productivity at the fitness center.
  • Frustration: this not a good use of their/your time.
  • Priceless: Emotional toll of thinking about how broken products disrupt your work flow, eats up any extra time and prevents you from running your business.

So what does it really cost to purchase these products?

Total Cost $Frustration, $Your Precious Time and Patience… and counting …

Medicine Ball Graveyard

There are 3 types of med balls:

  1. For slamming on the floor as hard as possible. These are soft med balls that don’t bounce at all when you slam them. They are used exclusively for slamming hard on the floor. Mega slam ball below (good – no colour, best with coloured numbering)
  2. For target and partner toss – these are bigger and softer – leather – used for target toss (Wall Ball), partner toss, wall throw and some slamming. If slamming more than 10% of the time, get slam balls. Dynamax (good) or Vertball (best) picture below
  3. For standard weighted work – the hard ones that will break if used for use 1 and 2 above. Coloured med balls below
The right med balls are the ones chosen for the type of usage they will get!
To slam- either SLAMBALL (best) or Mega Slam Balls (great value)?

Slamball

For targets and partner work (softer texture – will not lose form over time)?

MedBall

For standard work, weighted work, rotational – no trajectory?

rackmedball

Which ones are the best for your setting?

  • Slamming?
  • Partner toss or wall target?
  • Traditional weighted air filled?

 

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