STABALLIZER - The exercise ball that does it all.
The STABALLIZER is a new versatile and compact exercise system designed to more effectively strengthen your body's stabilizing muscles.
What is the STABALLIZER?
The STABALLIZER is a revolutionary new exercise ball designed to more efficiently and functionally strength train your body. As the name implies, the STABALLIZER was built to maximize the recruitment of the body's deep stabilizing muscles, such as the rotator cuff in the shoulders, the abdominals of the trunk, and the gluteals in the hips. These muscles are essential for providing the underlying support and balance needed for the larger muscles of the body to perform optimally. Having a strong, balanced foundation makes you a better athlete, a more active parent, a safer worker, or simply a better feeling you.
The STABALLIZER is unique in that it not only provides a superior workout, but is versatile, portable, and fun. Transformable into 8 different strength and stability training tools, the STABALLIZER offers variety and works every part of the body. It fits in a standard-sized backpack so it can travel with you to the office, gym, or on vacation. And it can be used with apps on your smart phone or tablet to play balancing games, making your exercising more fun and interactive. The STABALLIZER is literally the one ball that does it all.
What equipment do I get with the STABALLIZER?
With all of the available attachments, the STABALLIZER can be adapted into 8 separate exercise devices that can be varied in weight. Some are more familiar, such as a medicine ball, free-weights, kettlebells (or in our World, kettle"balls"), and the ab roller. Others, like the destabilized push-up handles, planking handles, turtle shells, and footplates, are unique variations to the STABALLIZER that are more challenging than their traditional counterparts. To purchase each of these devices separately, at all the different weight levels, would easily cost over $1000 and take up significant floor space. With the STABALLIZER, you get it all for under $400 and it fits in a backpack.
With just the STABALLIZER ball, the following 4 exercise options are available:
1) Destabilized push-up handles.
2) Medicine ball (adjustable from 8 lbs. to 20 lbs.).
3) Free-weights (adjustable from 4 lbs. to 10 lbs. per dumbbell).
4) Turtle shells.
The STABALLIZER also has 4 attachments, creating 4 additional pieces of exercise equipment. The attachments include:
5) Planking handles (compatible with your smart phone or tablet).
6) Kettleball handle (weight of ball adjustable from 8 lbs. to 20 lbs.).
7) Ab roller handle.
8) Footplates (compatible with your smart phone or tablet).
How is the STABALLIZER superior to the competition?
Besides being versatile, (8 separate exercise tools wrapped into one device) the STABALLIZER is superior to the competition for two main reasons. First, the STABALLIZER was designed around the premise of decreasing the stability of each exercise tool, thus making your stabilizing muscles work harder to replace that loss of stability. By utilizing the round shape of the ball, or off-setting the weights inside, each exercise tool becomes more challenging to stabilize. This creates a more functional and effective strengthening session that can be completed in a shorter period of time. Why is it more functional? Because the real World is not stable: Kids wiggle, groceries shift, ice is slippery, and boats rock. Why is it more effective? Because recruiting and strengthening your stabilizing muscles allows the larger muscles of the body to work more optimally and ultimately become stronger themselves.
Secondly, the STABALLIZER is designed to be used with your smart phone or tablet, making your exercise experience more fun. The gyroscope in your electronic device lets you play thousands of pre-existing apps that require precise tilting control. You can practice rolling marbles in a maze, racing motorcycles, or dodging asteroids. We are also building a custom STABALLIZER app that will allow you to track your progress with various physical therapy stabilization drills and your favorite games. You can also use Bluetooth technology to stream apps to your television and turn the STABALLIZER into an interactive gaming system.
How much does the STABALLIZER weigh?
The STABALLIZER ball is estimated to have a base weight of 8 pounds (4 pounds per half). It is designed to accept 24 weights (12 per half), each weighing 1/2 pound, allowing the ball weight to be adjustable from 8 pounds to 20 pounds (4 pounds to 10 pounds per half). The STABALLIZER will be pre-packaged with a 2 pound expansion pack with an additional 10 pound expansion pack available for purchase. Below is an animated depiction of how the 1/2 pound weights can be added or subtracted from the ball.
How portable is the STABALLIZER?
The STABALLIZER, and all the attachments, fit into a standard-sized backpack, making transport simple and compact. If this project gets funded, the intent is to design a custom bag for the STABALLIZER.
In order to focus our development on the STABALLIZER, we have decided to not to include the bag as a part of the rewards for this Kickstarter campaign, but it will be offered as an accessory in the future, so stay tuned!
How does the STABALLIZER lock together?
A unique aspect of the STABALLIZER concept is a patent pending design for how the locking mechanism joins the two ball halves together. The following video shows how the STABALLIZER is transitioned from the ball configuration to the half ball configuration.
The STABALLIZER was created by Mitch Rost, MSPT, a physical therapist in Central Oregon. His initial goal was to create a better exercise device for stabilizing the rotator cuff muscles for his patients with shoulder injuries. The original design didn't even consider anything other than a pair of push-up handles. The first pair were made out of fiberglass resin in a concrete mold and cost nearly $100 each to make.
The exposed ends of the handles fostered the idea for locking the two halves together and the attachments evolved from there. Eventually, a 3D model was produced and became the painted model used for the photo shoot.
As is the case with most great projects, the idea for how to add and subtract weights came one month after the video was produced. Six months, and several prototypes later, the STABALLIZER was adjustable in weight from 8-20 pounds.
The STABALLIZER project is ready to transition from the conceptual phase of design to the finalization phase. In order to make this transition, the company needs funds to finish the CAD design, build molds for plastic injection, field-test the device, and produce a first run of the product. The 3D printed version of the STABALLIZER you see in the video has proven to be of sound design, but is not as structurally strong as an injection molded version would be - and therefore is not suitable for field testing.
What will the Kickstarter funds be used for?
The cost for finishing the CAD design and mold production is estimated to be approximately $120,000 USD. There are 10 injection molded pieces that cost on average of $11,000 USD each. Field-testing and a first run of 1000 units is estimated at another $100,000 USD. Domestic shipping is included in the rewards with an expected cost of $30 USD per unit shipped ($30K / 1000 units). If we exceed our funding goals, a larger initial run of product will be manufactured to meet the demand.
The company understands that the funds raised through Kickstarter are minimal to get the project off the ground, and further funding, either through a second Kickstarter campaign, or venture capital will be necessary to carry the company into the future.
Where will the STABALLIZER be made?
The molds for making the plastic parts of the STABALLIZER will likely be made overseas as the cost is roughly 1/3 of the cost to produce them domestically. Once the molds are completed, the hope is to injection mold and assemble the product domestically. Ideally, we will create jobs right here in Central Oregon.
Thank you for taking the time to view this project and supporting American innovation. Let's get the ball rolling!
The photos and video depicted in this Kickstarter campaign were created using a 3D printed prototype and metal fabricated attachments. The final product will look similar to the model, but not identical, and will consist of alternate materials. The weight expansion system was designed after the filming of the video and is not depicted other than in the animated form below. All materials are patent pending.
Risks and challenges
The STABALLIZER project is somewhat unique in that we are seeking funds for further development costs, not just fulfillment costs. This means we have more potential pitfalls than a project that is ready to manufacture. Our monetary goal assumes that all the necessary steps, including finishing the CAD design, building molds, field-testing, and production, all go smoothly.
Our biggest concern is production of the molds for the injection molding process. Even with the best CAD designs, fit and function cannot be guaranteed until you get a finalized product and test it thoroughly. If the molds need modification or, heaven forbid, a complete overhaul, the cost could be very expensive and time consuming. We have tried to minimize this risk by spending money on 3D models (which you see in the video). However, the 3D printed version is not the finalized CAD design and is not 100% accurate relative to how the injection molds will turn out.
In the event that project costs exceed our expectations, Innovative Rehab Products, LLC will seek venture capital to complete the tooling phase and meet the fulfillments due to our Kickstarter backers. Unfortunately, this will likely delay our fulfillment time. We would hope our backers would be understanding of this and we will work as hard as possible to limit any delays - without sacrificing quality. We hope you feel the product will be worth the wait.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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