About this project
INTRODUCING BALA BANGLES
Bala Bangles are the world's first wearable weights that are both functional and fashionable.
At just one pound a piece they add a constant but comfortable resistance to your workout, helping to burn fat and build muscle.
While Bala Bangles were developed with yoga in mind, they can be additive to any exercise. Use them at the gym, while running, hiking, swimming, you name it. And they're the perfect travel companion to stay fit when you're on the road.
STRENGTHEN YOUR YOGA PRACTICE
For thousands of years, yogic techniques have been used to strengthen the body and calm the mind. Unlike exercises solely focused on brute strength, yoga is not simply about repetition but form and elongation.
While traditional dumbbells are often used in classes, they limit the full expression of your pose and practice. And interrupt your flow each and every time you pick them up or put them down.
Not unlike a ballerina, a skilled yogi has expressive hands.
And complete control of breath and body.
STRENGTHEN YOUR BODY
Use Bala Bangles to add resistance to any workout during which you'd like the use of your hands.
- Circuit training
What's more, you can wear them around the house to reap rewards with minimal effort.
Using light weight while working out has been scientifically proven to increase heart-rate and caloric burn. So you'll gain muscle and lose weight faster.
Enjoy noticeable results with a time-tested approach.
THE AGE-OLD PROBLEM
There's only so much time in the day. For many, it's not easy to fit a workout until your already busy schedule. With only so much time in the day, you want to make the most of your workout.
The weights of old were in need of an upgrade. Traditional dumbbells build strength. But otherwise prevent you from using your hands. While they intensify your workout in some ways, they limit it in others.
Then there's the old-school wrist weights from the 80s. They were quite the fashion statement. The neoprene casing filled with iron filing were clunky and loose. And in desperate need of an upgrade.
The design challenge was twofold. First, we needed to develop a comfortable one-size-fits-all solution that wouldn't slip or slide. But it also had to look great.
THE PERFECT SOLUTION
Just enough weight. Generally speaking, balance is achieved through sustained resistance vs. short bursts of activity. Bala Bangles are just a single pound each, the equivalent of a can of beans. But – over the duration of an hour-long workout – you'll feel their effect. And – over the course of weeks of use – feel stronger as a result.
For casual and avid athletes alike. Men and women. Wear them on your wrists. Wear them on your ankles.
Simple by design. Stylishly so.
THE DEVELOPMENT PROCESS
We enlisted the help of an industrial designer to bring our vision to life, iterating the design and testing a wide range of materials.
From the very first sketch to the final 3D renderings, it was critical that they not pinch, slide, or restrict movement in any way, shape, or form.
With the designs in hand, we sourced a manufacturing partner to develop the first prototype.
Bala Bangles are meticulously designed with high-quality fitness materials.
- Cast-iron. Each bar has a custom-molded cast-iron insert, the same material you'd find in a gym.
- Silicone. The medical-grade silicone skin makes them resistant to sweat and dishwasher safe.
- Elastic. With a one-sized-fits-all elastic binding, they are comfy, ergonomic, and won’t slip. Not even a little.
The result is a comfortable and attractive wearable weight – the world's first.
- The perfect travel companion. Stay fit while traveling. Relatively lightweight and easy to carry.
- More sanitary. The dumbbells at your local studio are handled dozens of times a day. Bala is made of dishwasher-safe medical-grade silicone so they stay fresh all day, every day.
- Time is of the essence. Short on time? Increase the intensity and results of your workout by 2X.
- Not just for yoga. Wear them around the house, while hiking, swimming, or running. Perfect for any occasion.
We developed Bala Bangles on a six-month sabbatical in Asia – the birthplace of yoga – where classes ranged widely from meditative to exhausting.
As certified yoga instructors and daily practitioners, we wanted a way to push ourselves no matter the difficulty of the class or the limited time we had to squeeze in a workout.
We wanted a product we could travel with – that would make us stronger without weighing us down.
Made by yogis, for yogis. In Sanskrit, Bala means strength. We’re passionate about designing products that help you make the most of each and every workout.
Based on feedback from our backers, we're setting a stretch goal of $65,000. If we're successful, we’ll release seven colors – one for each chakra.
Chakras are the centers of spiritual power in the human body, where energy flows. Blocked energy in our seven chakras can often lead to illness, so it's important to understand what each chakra represents and what we can do to keep this energy flowing freely.
In the six months we've been developing Bala Bangles, we've come a long way. But we're only just getting started.
Teamwork makes the dream work. From creative development to product testing, dozens have helped bring Bala Bangles to life.
Remarkably, we've also received unexpected support from Showtime's Billions.
But we need your help. We'd be honored if you considered pledging. But, if Bala's not for you, we'd be grateful if you considered sharing it with folks that might have a genuine interest in the product.
Time is precious. We appreciate you taking yours to consider supporting Bala Bangles.
Risks and challenges
As with any new project, there are some risks associated with manufacturing and/or supply chain logistics. We’re working with experienced and reliable production partners and are planning for each eventuality to avoid preventable issues.
Since we want the product to be perfect, our biggest risk is falling behind schedule. We’re committed to being as transparent and communicative with our backers as possible if that were to happen.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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