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Review : NSD Powerball
Written By : Scott Latella

First question you may have is what are NSD Powerballs?? Well the NSD Powerball is a revolutionary new Gyroscope which literally explodes with mind numbing inertial forces once you activate its internal rotor!

Now when I first read about the NSD Powerballs and their promises of everything from joint rehab to building powerful hands and wrist I was a little skeptical. I mean really? As a Professional Armwrestler I found it hard to believe that I was going to feel anything more then a little Sunday afternoon forearm pump, but like many non-mainstream sports athletes I’m game to give almost anything a try if it means sports improvement. So I bought a couple NSD Powerballs and here are my reviews.

I started out with the 250Hz Powerball with the speed counter. The 250Hz is a plastic lightweight gyro that is easy to start with the starter cord or thumb start (once I saw a “how to” video on YouTube). Happy to say the forearm pump was fast and my hands & wrists got a really good workout after just a couple sets. The speed meter (to measure your rpm) attached on top made the workout a lot of fun because I kept on trying to top my high RPM score (some addiction there lol). The 250 Hz is the kind of powerball you can use a lot and almost everyday as it gives you the perfect low impact workout. At $40 it’s a bargain for the kind of workout you’ll get again and again.

Next up is the 350Hz lightweight metal powerball, aka “The Raptor. The raptor shows up in a beautiful protective case, extra parts, and some fun goodies. The Raptor reminds me of the movie Jurassic Park when the old guy says “nothing but the best” because it’s amazing. Gold plated, computer balanced so it runs smooth and is the fastest Gyro on the planet. (The world record is 20,090 rpms by Akis Kritsinelis). Even with my years of hand and wrist training just hitting 15k was a mega workout, burning up my forearms in minutes. At $190 the Raptor is a little pricey so it may not be your first NSD choice but after trying some of the other products you’ll be putting the Raptor on your Christmas list.

I saved the best for last. The 350 Hz Heavy Metal NSD Powerball (pictured above). Flawlessly finished in perfect mirror chrome, this remarkable gyroscope is almost twice as heavy as the other models and offers the serious Powerball enthusiast a spin experience like no other.

I don’t care how strong or well trained your hands are, this gyro will kick your butt. Be ready for an intense workout before you grab on to this metal monster. Once spinning at 8k or more you’ll be lucky to last 60 seconds and the results will be noticed. After just a couple of weeks with the 350Hz the guys at armwrestling practice said my wrist had turned to steel and my fingers are now talons. The 350Hz heavy metal goes for $120 and is well worth it. If you’re only going to get one powerball and you need hand & wrist power this is the one for you.


  • Get an NSD powerball with the speed counter. You can measure your progress, challenge your workout buddies or get on the NSD World Scoreboard (like me).
  • Use both hands. Perfect for building coordination, endurance and power in your dominant and off hand.
  • Take your NSD Powerball with you. At work, on the road stuck in traffic or even watching TV. You can get a great workout any place.

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Written By Scott Latella
Scott Latella has been a professional armwrestler for 20 years, winning 5 New York State Titles, finishing 3rd in the1998 Nationals and forming part of Team USA (who won gold) at the World Championships that same year. He now focuses on sharing fantastic wrist tools with the public.
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