A misfit & her UGI.
Please to enjoy my review of the amazing UgiFit workout ball:
Please to know that the below is an edited version of my ode of love.
Im verbose when smitten. Who knew?
What did I love about my Ugi:
- Everything. Before I break it down into specifics I wanna just lay it out there: I.Love. Sure, the UGI is as conveyed on their website: 30 minutes. 30 exercises 1 piece of equipment but more than that it’s what Id hoped (& whats implied on their site) fun, easy to use, safe, FUN, challenging & enjoyable (see? I do know another word for fun).
- It comes in a variety of weights AND they help you know which to choose. If I had a dollar for all the emails Ive received asking about kettle bells and how to know what weight to choose Id have enough to buy us all UGIs. ‘Nuff said.
- Functional fitness. In my misfit-mind Im still old school. Sets. Reps. Dirty gym filled with rusty dumbbells. Bada** hardcore. In reality what I now need is functional training. A workout which allows me to take what Ive gained (overall fitness. improved core strength) & transfer it to my everyday activities (Hello shoving luggage into overhead bin! Greetings chasing child while she screams: “Be the monster, Mama!!“). Ugi is this workout. It forces me to work my muscles in different ways than Im accustomed to.
- Easy to use DVD. This is crucial for me as Im completely uncoordinated & slow to learn new fitness routines. I adore the UGI DVD. There’s nary a word spoken (!) & simply music with exercises being demonstrated/a cue to switch every minute. Besides the fact this makes it easy to follow I found I preferred the absence of instructor-banter which can be funny initially and annoying after a 50th viewing.
- Easy to use written guide. More companies should follow what UGI has done with this. The UGI comes with easy to understand routine-guide complete with built in stand for propping. In both the DVD & the guide there are 5 different workouts each featuring a warm up, cardio, strength training, balance work and cool down. Additionally, there ways to mix up the routines so boredom is not an option.
- It’s small & safe. Weighted & squishy. The UGI is essentially a malleable medicine ball. It’s easily tucked away when you’re finished (unlike dumbbells) & if your child is not a good listener inquisitive like mine there’s little risk she’ll hurt herself poking at it incessantly while you are trying to write a post.
- It’s more than just the UGI. No, this is not a cheap exercise solution. That said, I was surprised to see my box contained the ball, the workout guide, the DVD, access to additional online UGI exercises & an eating guide. I know I sound a bit like the old infomercials where constantly shouted: And that’s not all!! but with all the exercise options/info provided I really felt as thought the UGI was worth the money they charge.
- It’s travel friendly! Ok this one might just be me, but I lost my MIZmind when I saw that they are coming out with a travel bag for the UGI in the spring. I can definitely see bringing it as a carry on for a fast but intense hotel room workout.
- It resonated with me. Yes this is strikingly close to my first point, but bears repeating. I love the UGI because (brace yourself) it felt more like a lifestyle than a piece of equipment. That in & of itself leads me to believe it wont be gathering dust under my bed in a few months (please to check back with me).
What didn’t I love about UGI?
- They need to hire me to provide some content update their blog more frequently. Yes this is something only a blogger would notice, but I believe it’s important. Brands should have blogs. If they wont have the time to update (as a woman whos owned a small business I get that. Id never have had time for a blog, too!) Id say skip the blog. Not updating sends a message you dont want to send.
- Id love group classes in my area…so much so I may need to offer my misfit-self up as instructor (they do offer training)! Im not a group exercise person (I taught aerobics in the 80’s mainly so I could go & not have to follow an instructor. Im that uncoordinated. I stood in front of the group and just made stuff up as I went along. Every class was different.), but think UGI would be REALLY fun en masse.
- The cost? I went back and forth with this one. Who wouldnt love for this to be $9.99 and an affordable option for everyone. It’s not cheap—yet is definitely worth the money. Sturdy and multi-use. Two important things for me when Im prying open the wallet.
There you have it People.
My love of the UGI as expressed in far far too many words.
I know Ive left many questions unanswered.
Want more photos? Need a MizFit Meets UGI video to be truly convinced? Longing to know how this is changing my core? Wondering the Tornado’s fave Ugi-exercise?
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FTC? The UGI was free. The functional fitness love uncovered is all my own.