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Gym Member Sues Over Burst Exercise Ball
local6 ^ | January 18, 2008

Posted on 01/18/2008 12:41:49 PM PST by stainlessbanner

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A gym member is suing over an inflated exercise ball that he said burst under him, dropping him to the floor.

Pete Royal said he was leaning back on the exercise ball and about to lift a pair of 75-pound dumbbells when the ball burst.

Royal weighs 200 pounds.

He said he needed five surgeries and couldn't use either arm for six months after the 2005 incident.

The 61-year Jacksonville man's lawsuit says the YMCA failed to maintain safe conditions in the gym.

It also claims the manufacturers mislabeled the rubber ball as an "anti-burst" ball. Representatives for the YMCA of Florida's First Coast and TKO Sports Group declined comment.

Royal said he still works out at the YMCA, but he warns other gym members about the exercise balls.

He said they should display weight limits.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Sports
KEYWORDS: ball; exercise; gym; jacksonville; lawsuit

1 posted on 01/18/2008 12:41:58 PM PST by stainlessbanner
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To: stainlessbanner

While I’m sorry he was injured, he can’t blame everything on the gym or the ball. Whatever happened to taking responsibility for one’s own actions?


2 posted on 01/18/2008 12:44:04 PM PST by mtbopfuyn (I think the border is kind of an artificial barrier - San Antonio councilwoman Patti Radle)
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To: stainlessbanner

Lifting weights while using a ball seems insane to me.


3 posted on 01/18/2008 12:58:45 PM PST by Tax-chick ("How inscrutable are His judgments and how unsearchable His ways!")
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To: mtbopfuyn
While I’m sorry he was injured, he can’t blame everything on the gym or the ball. Whatever happened to taking responsibility for one’s own actions?

Maybe he has a legitimate complaint. If the fellow was using the ball in a manner prescribed by the YMCA, and if the ball failed due to some manufacturing defect, then I don't see how you can blame the guy who got hurt.

If, OTOH, the use was non-standard and the ball was OK, then he's got no case.

4 posted on 01/18/2008 1:02:40 PM PST by r9etb
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To: stainlessbanner

Pete Royal? God, that sounds like a porn name.


5 posted on 01/18/2008 1:03:12 PM PST by YourAdHere (Buy My Book, Bradypalooza, from Amazon.Com)
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To: stainlessbanner
Pete Royal said he was...about to lift a pair of 75-pound dumbbells when the ball burst...Royal weighs 200 pounds...The 61-year Jacksonville man...

Anybody that wants to argue with a 61 year old doing curls with 3/4 of his body weight is just plane nuts. Give him the money and don't wizz him off any further then he already is!

I've gone thru physical rehab for two torn rotor cuffs to the tune of about six months in the gym. I've only seen one guy using the 75 pound dumbbells and he worked there as a trainer (he looked like he had no neck!)

Regards,
GtG

6 posted on 01/18/2008 1:25:25 PM PST by Gandalf_The_Gray (I live in my own little world, I like it 'cuz they know me here.)
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To: Gandalf_The_Gray

3/8. The man was 200 pounds.


7 posted on 01/18/2008 1:52:06 PM PST by Jedi Master Pikachu ( What is your take on Acts 15:20 (abstaining from blood) about eating meat? Could you freepmail?)
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To: Jedi Master Pikachu

150lbs is 3/4 of 200 lbs. It was TWO 75lb dumbbells.


8 posted on 01/18/2008 1:57:53 PM PST by L98Fiero (A fool who'll waste his life, God rest his guts.)
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To: YourAdHere

Or a pro wrestler.


9 posted on 01/18/2008 2:11:15 PM PST by Sue Perkick (And I hope that what Iíve done here today doesnít force you to have a negative opinion of meÖ.)
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To: r9etb

If the ball failed because he was over the weight limit, that’s his own fault.

Either way, I don’t see that the Y is responsible for the ball bursting. However, in today’s lawsuti happy mindset, that’s totally irrelevant.


10 posted on 01/18/2008 3:46:23 PM PST by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: Tax-chick
Lifting weights while using a ball seems insane to me.

Sure... what happens if he rolls over instead of the ball bursting? YMCA should have had someone watching to make sure morons don't hurt themselves doing something stupid like this...

11 posted on 01/18/2008 3:48:48 PM PST by John123 ("What good fortune for the governments that the people do not think" -- Adolf Hitler)
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To: stainlessbanner
Pete Royal said he was leaning back on the exercise ball and about to lift a pair of 75-pound dumbbells when the ball burst.

Aren't benches better for that kind of thing? The instability of a round object under you would make anyone with a lick of common sense not want to do it lifting two 75# weights, presumably over his head. He's lucky the ball burst BEFORE he got those weights up instead of after.

Perhaps it hit a sharp object, or maybe something on his clothes punctured it?

12 posted on 01/18/2008 3:49:40 PM PST by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: r9etb

Big *if* there. I can’t see that that’s how the ball is meant to be used.


13 posted on 01/18/2008 3:50:34 PM PST by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: metmom
Some of the manufactures of these balls advertise them in just this way.

http://www.power-systems.com/News/06_29_06.aspx

14 posted on 01/19/2008 4:39:01 AM PST by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: stainlessbanner

A ball buster ?


15 posted on 01/19/2008 4:41:20 AM PST by csvset
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To: thackney

A bench could work that way too. If you’re just looking for support of your shoulders for the torso workout, it would be much more stable and safer.


16 posted on 01/19/2008 7:13:50 AM PST by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: metmom
—— it would be much more stable ——

Without trying to recommend it, but just to explain why other people use them:

The unstable nature of the ball is the reason they are used. It causes you to tighten up many other muscle groups at the same time.

This one is claimed to be burst-resistant up to 2,000 lbs.
http://www.power-systems.com/nav/closeup.aspx?c=21&sc=69&g=2943&Power/VersaBall®

I do not weight lift with a ball but I have used them for simpler exercise.

The one I like best is to replace the chair with the ball. You more naturally move around and lightly exercise many muscle groups while Freeping.

17 posted on 01/19/2008 7:22:28 AM PST by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: stainlessbanner

Well I gotta compliment the 61 year old man lifting two 75 pound weights. Awesome dude. I think the 75 lb. weights might be what killed the ball.


18 posted on 01/19/2008 11:26:09 AM PST by fkabuckeyesrule (34 years ago today Notre Dame beat UCLA to end the 88 game winning streak.)
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To: mtbopfuyn

There is more to this story than reported (as is often the case). He was apparently working out under the supervision of a YMCA personal trainer...


19 posted on 03/08/2008 5:09:52 PM PST by ItisaReligionofPeace
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To: metmom

Did you read the article? What was the weight limit? Where was it posted?


20 posted on 03/08/2008 5:11:00 PM PST by ItisaReligionofPeace
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To: John123

There was someone watching. He was working out with a YMCA personal trainer who he hired.


21 posted on 03/08/2008 5:11:56 PM PST by ItisaReligionofPeace
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To: metmom

It has to do with using the stabilization muscles in addition to the normal pressing muscles.


22 posted on 03/08/2008 5:12:49 PM PST by ItisaReligionofPeace
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To: stainlessbanner
Nope, sorry. You don't sue the gym if their ball goes pop. You sue the gym if your balls go pop.
23 posted on 03/08/2008 5:13:54 PM PST by RichInOC (...William Frank Buckley, Jr., November 24, 1925-February 27, 2008, R.I.P.)
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