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The ball by any other name is the same. The ubiquitous large rubber balls that have gained popularity as exercise equipment or as desk chairs are known as Swiss balls, fitness balls, exercise balls, or stability balls. The ball was first used for exercises by a Swiss physical therapist. When shopping for a ball online, remember that the term "Swiss ball" is interchangeable with exercise ball, fitness ball, and stability ball.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|