Start with a medicine ball. Make it a bit bigger. Add a little squish and a splash of colour. What do you get? An Ugi exercise ball!
Created by fitness instructor and celebrity trainer Sara Shears, the Ugi ball was designed to provide a high intensity, 30 minute, full body workout using only a single piece of exercise equipment.
The Ugi (pronounced ‘You-ghee’ and short for ‘you got it’) exercise ball is a squishy, weighted medicine ball. It measures 15 inches in diameter and comes in 6, 8, 10 and 12 pound versions. Ugi balls can be purchased a la carte ($129) or as part of an at-home exercise package ($189), complete with instructional DVD’s and a healthy eating guide.
Several weeks ago, Ugi generously sent me a 10 lb ball to review. You may have seen it making a sneak appearance in last week’s #FatblasterFriday workout! And I’ve written before about my love of the ball, in particular for at-home workouts;
- it’s portable (great for taking to the beach, the playground and to my clients’ homes)
- it’s multi-functional (core, strength, cardio and flexibility)
- it’s pretty to look at (when I’m not using it, it makes a great bedroom door stopper)
How do I like to use my Ugi exercise ball?
1. As a functional training tool
2. As a balance trainer
3. To target my abs
4. To elevate my heart rate
5. As a stretching and yoga prop
Although the Ugi exercise ball is designed to be used as a stand-alone tool, I prefer to incorporate it alongside other training tools in my own personal workouts.
- I need more than a single weight when I train. My legs are stronger than my shoulders. By combining the Ugi ball with dumbbells, a stability ball and my TRX trainer, I’m better able to work all of my muscles to fatigue.
- Many of the exercises in the companion DVD require supporting your body weight on your hands. My wrists are a weak point (too much knitting and past pregnancy-related carpal tunnel syndrome) and limit my ability to perform many of the moves for more than 20 or 30 seconds.
If you’re looking for a great addition to your home exercise equipment and enjoy following a DVD-guided workout, you’ll love the Ugi exercise ball.
Be warned though, you may have a hard time persuading your children to let you have a turn!
Have you ever used a Ugi exercise ball?
What’s your favourite workout tool?
Disclaimer: Ugi generously provided me with a 10 lb Ugi ball to use and review, as well as an affiliate promotion code to share with my readers. All opinions and suggestions about its use are entirely my own!