Start & Spin

It can take a little practice to get your Powerball® or Powerspin® started and to develop a smooth spin technique. These guides will help.

Starting your Powerball®

Starting Autostart Powerball

If you have chosen Powerball® Autostart™, simply use your thumbs to power up the internal rotor without the need for a cord.

  • To begin, place Powerball® Autostart™ in your dominant hand and hold firmly.
  • Examine the rotor and note the arrows printed on its surface.
  • Using BOTH thumbs, wind the rotor forward in the direction of the arrows to a point where it won’t wind any further and simply release.
  • Alternatively, you can wind up the rotor by pulling your Powerball® Autostart™ firmly backward along a smooth, hard surface (such as a flat table) – the two hard rubber tracks built into the rotor are there to help facilitate this option.
  • Upon releasing, the coiled internal mechanism will immediately accelerate the rotor up to between 2,500 and 3,500 revolutions per minute, which is the ideal Powerball® starting spin speed.
  • At this point, turn your hand 180 degrees so that the ball is now facing the ground and begin to rotate your wrist in a slow, smooth ‘stirring’ action.
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Starting Cord-Start Powerball

If you have chosen a cord-start Powerball® model, it may be activated using one of the red starting cords supplied with the product.

  • Holding the ball firmly in your non-dominant hand (ie; place Powerball® into your right hand if you’re naturally left handed and into the left hand if naturally right handed), begin by inserting the tip of the red cord into the hole in the center groove of the rotor.
  • Proceed to wind the rotor forward with the thumb of your non-dominant hand, while maintaining pressure on the cord between the fingers of the other hand to ensure there is no slack as it winds up around the rotor groove (note: this is most easily achieved by pressing the cord down gently but firmly onto the shell surface with the thumb of your free hand).
  • When there are only about 3 inches of cord remaining, stop winding and place Powerball® into your dominant hand, gripping it firmly.
  • Now turn your hand 180 degrees so that the ball and the cord are pointing down toward the floor.
  • Grasping the cord firmly between the fingers in your free hand, give it a quick, sharp tug vertically down towards the ground. *Note: it is very important that the cord is always pulled STRAIGHT down and never at an angle – this will ensure that there is no opportunity for it to snag or jam in the rotor mechanism
  • The rotor will immediately accelerate up to between 2,500 and 3,500 revolutions per minute, which is the ideal Powerball® starting spin speed.
  • At this point begin to rotate your wrist in a slow, smooth ‘stirring’ action.
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Ultimate guide to starting your Autostart Powerball

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Ultimate guide to starting your Cord-Start Powerball

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Developing Spin Technique

Step 1: Developing a smooth spin

Once you’ve started your Powerball®, begin to rotate your wrist in a smooth, slow, circular motion. Wide, lazy wrist movements are preferred initially, whilst waiting for the rotor speed to increase.

Avoid short, fast wrist rotations during the initial 15 – 20 seconds as this will likely put you out of ‘sync’ with the slow spinning rotor and will result in an audible ‘clacking’ noise from your Powerball® as the rotor loses contact with the shell. If you do experience this, simply slow down the rotation speed of your wrist or just widen the diameter of the turning circle and you’ll quickly come back into ‘sync’ with the rotor and feel its internal resistance building once again.

TIP: try to imagine, stirring only the outer circumference area of a large pot of soup with a long wooden spoon while keeping your arm absolutely steady and using only your wrist…

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Step 2: Developing Speed

To increase rotor speed, gradually increase the speed of your wrist rotations while simultaneously reducing the diameter of the turning circle.

You can play around with this; practice slow speeds at first and then gradually build up rotor speed. Also try gradually reducing speed until the rotor is spinning at just 1,500 – 2,000 rpm and then try to keep it spinning in that slow speed range; this will help you develop full control over your Powerball®.

Once you develop the basic spin technique with your dominant hand, we recommend you switch to your less dominant hand. You will definitely find it more difficult to develop a smooth spin technique with this hand initially, but keep in mind that Powerball® helps develop excellent limb co-ordination and we guarantee that with just a little practice you’ll see significant speed increases in this hand as both co-ordination and muscle strength improve.

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Starting your Powerspin®

Starting Powerspin

Step 1: Starting your Powerspin®

A little coordination is required to ensure a smooth spin action and you’ll likely find it’s easier to learn how to start Powerspin® with your dominant hand first before moving on to the other hand.

Powerspin® is activated and operated by the arm and not the wrist; therefore, it is essential that the wrist is kept locked firmly once you begin each exercise and that all rotational movement is done by the arm only.

  1. Firmly grasp the centre handle with your dominant
  2. Extend your arm fully down so that Powerspin® is resting by your hip and completely flat (parallel to the ground).
  3. Orient your hand so that you’re comfortable; some will prefer to have the Powerspin® handle pointing out in front of them; others will prefer to have it pointing in toward their hip; while others will have it diagonal – there is no right or wrong way, just whatever your hand is most relaxed with.
  4. Keeping your wrist firmly locked and Powerspin® flat, begin to rotate your arm in a wide, slow and steady circular motion. If you’re doing this smoothly and correctly, the ball will begin to rotate inside the tube in sync with your movement.
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Step 2: Developing speed

To increase spin speed, gradually increase the speed of your arm rotations and reduce the diameter of your spinning circle; in doing so, you’ll find that the ball begins to accelerate inside the tube, generating more and more resistance as it spins.

Play around with this to develop full control over your Powerspin®.

Once you develop the basic spin technique with your dominant arm, you can switch to your less dominant arm. You might find it harder initially to develop a smooth spin technique and build speed with this arm, but a little practice and you’ll get it.

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