Bender Ball Review and Stability Ball Workouts

by Theresa on April 30, 2009 · 8 comments

The Bender Ball infomercial is making its rounds…as well as their promises of AMAZING abs. The infomercial starts out by trying to create emotional appeal. A lady reveals "I LOVE my abdominals...yes I love my belly, I LOVE my abdominals." and another women saying "My husband can't keep his hands off me!" Give me a break! As if we're going to fall for that. This type of ab exercise ball isn't even a new concept. There's similar, MUCH lower priced fitness balls on the market. The difference with this product is that it was developed by a fitness consultant, Leslee Bender and she has created addition ab training DVDs to go with her ball.

Bender Ball - Review and alternatives

Bender Ball Advantages

  • The biggest advantage of Bender Ball is that the ball is smaller and  a perfect size for ab workouts.
  • The plastic is much thinner. It almost feels like a balloon under your back. This allows you to extend further back than you would with a regular crunch.
  • You can also place it on different parts of your back to create deeper or more subtle crunches.
  • Bender Ball users report that you get a good ab workout with it.
  • You can take it with you when you travel.
Bender Ball with Ab Training DVDs

Bender Ball with Ab Training DVDs

Bender Ball Disadvantages

  • It's very expensive for the [tags]bender ball[/tags]product that you get. Anyone who ordered off the Bender Ball site reported that they were charged $40 in total for the extra free ball they were offered as well as the shipping charges.
  • Some customers have complained that when you buy the Bender Ball, they continue to ship and charge you for new DVDs.  If ordering online or over the phone, clearly specify that you don’t want to be enrolled in any DVD subscriptions. After you order the product and you do find yourself enrolled in one, it’s probably best to cancel it right away before additional products are shipped to you.
  • Customer service at this company is terrible is you order online or over the phone. I've heard of one report that you can buy this ball in stores for only $10.
  • For taller women or for guys, the ball may not be big enough for the small of your back. The exercises will be quite useless and even lead to back strain. Please see the video review below.


To be honest, this personal trainer is quick to assume that all people are built the same and have the same results with the ball. There are women who do like this product and find it effective. Because of his size the ball is not supporting him properly.

Bender Ball Exercises

Workout with Bender Ball

You can do regular up and down ab workouts.

Side work out example

You can work your sides. Just do a scooping motion with your arms.

Lower abdominal

You put the bender ball under your butt and raise your legs than alternate slowly raising each leg.

Bender Ball Alternatives

Having various sizes of stability balls serve different purposes. Bender Ball is a smaller size and is great for crunches. The Bender Ball product focuses on having great abs but of course you have to reduce the fat on your stomach before your abs start to show.

Pilates ball and Fitball are very similar to Bender Ball. As I mentioned before, the Bender Ball is a very soft plastic and when you lay on it, it almost feels like a balloon underneath you. But the result is that you can lay back further on it and do deeper crunches. If you like this, than a ball with softer plastic is probably better.

As I was watching the ridiculous Bender Ball infomercial on YouTube, I noticed lots of training videos on how to use stability balls. If you want to go the less expensive route, you can buy one ball and just do your own exercises. I couldn’t find more exercises specifically for Bender Ball, but you can actually get a larger resistance ball that gives you a good a workout. Have a look here...Expert Village did a great job of doing a series of workouts with resistance balls. I've used these many times at the gym and they are very effective for ab workouts. If you're still interested in trying the Bender Ball you can also find them on eBay.


NEW Bender Ball  2 DVDs Advanced Core Training  Pilates Method
NEW Bender Ball 2 DVDs Advanced Core Training Pilates Method
$9.95 (1 Bid)
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Mini Pilates Yoga 9 Ball Fitness over ball bender
Mini Pilates Yoga 9 Ball Fitness over ball bender
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LESLEE BENDER BENDER BALL THE BENDER METHOD OF SELECTIVE CORE TRAINING DVD
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2pcs mini Pilates Yoga 7 red Ball Fitness over ball bender free shipping
2pcs mini Pilates Yoga 7 red Ball Fitness over ball bender free shipping
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Bender Method of Selective Core Training DVD  Ball
Bender Method of Selective Core Training DVD Ball
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10pcs mini Pilates Yoga 7 red Ball Fitness over ball bender free shipping
$46.90
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Exercise Workout Equipment Gofit Resistance Band Bender Ball Glider Pump +
Exercise Workout Equipment Gofit Resistance Band Bender Ball Glider Pump +
$9.95
Time Remaining: 3d 2h 22m

Lot of 5 Workout dvd The Firm and Bender Ball videos
Lot of 5 Workout dvd The Firm and Bender Ball videos
$6.00
Time Remaining: 6d 18h 35m

NEW Bender Ball The Bender Method of Buns  Thighs VHS Leslee Bender
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$4.88
Time Remaining: 29d 15h 49m
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bender ball dvd The Bender Method of Pilates exercise DVD
bender ball dvd The Bender Method of Pilates exercise DVD
$3.99
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Bender Ball The Bender Method Of Core Training DVD FREE SHIPPING IN USA
Bender Ball The Bender Method Of Core Training DVD FREE SHIPPING IN USA
$6.00
Time Remaining: 5d 14h 46m


Amazon has a variety of other exercise balls to choose from


Final Verdict

Bender Ball is actually getting some good reviews only because it does give good ab workouts. I can tell that the the ball is not effective for everyone depending on your body size.  The bad reviews are mostly from the terrible customer service and excess shipping charges and automatic enrollment in the DVD club. Have you had an experience with Bender Ball? Please leave your comment below. I'd really love to hear from you! If you're interested in other home fitness equipment reviews, Today Show tested out four popular ones, the other day. Well the Rock and Go Exerciser was kind of lousy but the other three aren't bad.

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1 Joel B. August 20, 2009

I bought the bender ball at sports authority for 20 bucks. I am a mail weighing 215 and it supports me well so all of the cons are unrealistic,buy it in stores, no regrets.

2 lora December 29, 2009

The product isn’t that revolutionary to begin with but I couldn’t find it at Rite Aid (at the time) and wanted to try it for 19.99. After ordering from the website and tying out the video, I was disappointed, it’s a super short workout with about 5 positions and NOT that great of a workout compared to just going to the gym. So I never really bothered with it after that….but then a month later BenderBall charged my card $35, and when I called to get it refunded it was a HASSLE!!! Long waits, foreign country operators, trying to convince me not to refund, trying to sell me other stuff, and just GROSS!!!! In short they said that they would refund my money if I sent back the crappy product, which I did, for $10 shipping. Then, a MONTH later, they put $23 back into my account. So I’m still out $22, because I had to pay for shipping and they DIDN’T refund my $35 as they said. This is a super SHADY COMPANY. I know they’ve been selling my private info for money too because I’ve had solicitors calling my cell phone since.

3 Theresa December 30, 2009

Sorry to hear that Lora.Wow what a rip off. Totally not worth buying this item from the vendors website!

4 Anita January 6, 2010

I went to a toy store and bought a 10″ playground ball for $1.79…works for me!

5 MARIA March 16, 2010

I PURCHASED THE BENDER BALL ON THEIR SITE AND JUST FOUND OUT THAT THERE IS A ATTACHMENT TO THE BILL THAT YOU AGREE IN BUYING THEIR DVD WITH AUTO PAYMENT TO YOUR CREDIT CARD GIVEN WHEN YOU PURCHASE. THEY DEBIT $ 26.80 IN ON MONTH AND $ 19.99 THE FOLLOWING MONTH, SO SMALL AMOUNTS LIKE THIS YOU DO NOT EVEN NOTICE IN YOUR CREDIT CARD, SO FOR 6 MONTHS I WAS CHARGED A TOTAL OF $ 140.00 FOR THOSE DVDS. I AM NOT FITTING WITH COMPANY TO GET MY $$$ BACK. WHEN I PURCHASED THERE WAS A DVD FOR FREE COMING WITH THE PURCHASE WICH I RECEIVED, AFTER THAT ONLY GOT ANOTHER DELIVERY A WEEK AGO WHEN I TOUGHT IT WAS VERY STRANGE TO RECEIVE THOSE DVDS AGAIN. SO I DECIDED TO CHECK IT OUT!!! JUST READ ALL THE SMALL LINES BEFORE YOU PURCHASE. PERSONALLY I DO NOT RECOMMEND THIS BALL AT ALL, DOES NOT WORK THEY WAY THEY SAY IT SHOULD.

6 Theresa March 20, 2010

Oh that’s really awful Maria! That’s a lot of money to be out. I agree…reading the small print is important. I don’t know if that small print was recently changed on the vendors site. I’m looking at it right now and it now has it printed right out where you can see it before you place your order.

I could see how someone ordering on the phone may not be aware that they will be billed every month for these DVDs. I’m wondering if customer service actually tells you this before you place the order.

7 Evan March 10, 2011

I tried the bender ball, it works my abs to an extent. But going to the gym still works them much better, with better results. I also had many problems with the company and them trying to tell me that I signed up for a 6 month package “deal.” Well when they cost me to overdraft because of their random billing routine, least to say I was beyond mad. They won’t refund my money, and tell me that I need to ship the products back to them to cancel the membership. A very shady company indeed.

8 Tianna M. February 9, 2012

I bought the Bender Ball at Target for $19.99. It came with 3 DVDs and the bender ball. I love it, and have lost over 15 lbs and 10 inchs using it four times a week for a few months. But, I will admit that I looked at their website and saw the pricing and decided to look on Amazon or eBay for the Dvds. After reading what some of the others have posted I am glad I used other sites because I would be very upset to get additional charges when I only wanted a one time order. Overall though I love the program and it really helped me get rid of my belly that I hated!