As you already know, it is very beneficial to train with a piece of equipment like an exercise ball or stability ball. To be honest, I always use the ball to improve my core strength at the end of my workout. However, a common problem is that not everyone knows how to deflate an exercise ball properly. That’s why in this article, I’ll give a step-by-step instruction so you can deflate your ball easily for storage.
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How To Deflate An Exercise Ball
Step 1: Find The Valve Stem Cover
Place your exercise ball on the ground and try to locate the valve stem cover. In general, it is a small disc which is about 1/2 inch diameter and it’s just somewhere on the ball. In fact, the valve stem is a tube that is inserted into the hole of the ball. This tube is to keep the air inside the ball from getting out. That’s why before you deflate the ball, you need to look for the valve stem first to remove it.
Step 2: Lift The Edge Of The Valve Stem
Try to remove the stem slowly. Usually, you can put your finger or fingernail under the edge of the stem and try to wiggle it upward. Ideally, it only takes you a few seconds to pull the stem out of the ball.
However, in reality, it is not always easy to get your finger or fingernail under the edge of the stem. In that case, you should use the dull edge of a butter knife to pull the edge out. Remember to do it gently so you will not dig into the ball.
Step 3: Remove The Valve Stem
Use the tips of your fingers to grasp the stem as firmly as you can and pull it out. If necessary, you can use a back and forth or twisting motion to pull the stem out completely.
Step 4: Get The Air Out Of The Ball
To get the air out of the ball completely, just apply pressure to it. You can squeeze the ball or simply sit on it so that the air can escape quickly. If you’re lazy, then just leave it there without the valve stem and it’ll still deflate itself, but just half the air. Afterward, fold or roll it to expel the remaining air forcefully.
However, depending on the model you buy, you can use the air pump which often comes with the ball. With a pump tip inserted into the intake valve, the ball can automatically release air.
To be honest, as compared to inflating, deflating an exercise ball is much simpler and easier. Therefore, I’m pretty sure that you guys all know how to deflate an exercise ball after reading this article. Hopefully, you guys enjoyed my guide and found it helpful.