Take a modern twist on the old-school medicine ball, add a squish factor to it, and you've got the Ugi ball.
Ugi, or You Got It, was created by Sara Shears, who has a degree in kinesiology, owns a gym in Vancouver, British Columbia, and has been a personal trainer for 15 years to celebrity clients including Salma Hayek.
So Shears was very aware that people want one relatively inexpensive piece of gym equipment that's light enough to be carried to the park for a workout but substantial enough to make you really work.
The best part: The ball comes with material explaining 150 exercises you can do with the ball, so you'll never need to spend another dime on any other piece of equipment or gym membership.
Here are 10 of our favorite Ugi ball moves created by Shears.
Start in a pushup position with your hands on the ball and your legs in a wide V position. Keeping your abs tight, jump both feet forward to straddle the ball. Bring your butt to the ball, lift your chest and then jump back to your starting position. Repeat 10 times.
Bend your left leg under your butt and put it on the ball. Keeping your hands on the ball, extend your right leg straight out sideways while leaving your bent left leg on the ball. Balance as long as possible, and then change legs. Remember to keep your chest up and your butt down throughout the exercise.
Stand with your feet shoulder width apart, knees slightly bent. Your right palm should support the bottom of the ball while your left palm remains on top of the ball. Keep your elbows in tight next to your body, and bend your right elbow to curl the ball up to your right shoulder. Then, extend your elbow to return to start. Do 12 curls and then do the same with the right arm on top.
While your thighs squeeze the ball, squat down and reach your butt back. Hold for 30 seconds.
Hold the Ugi ball directly over your head, while standing with your feet shoulder width apart, knees slightly bent. Keeping your hips square, tilt your upper body from side to side, but don't move your waist or your hips. Repeat 30 times slowly.
Lie on your back with your legs extended, and hold the ball over your head. Raise the ball, along with your upper body to the ceiling and bring your legs up to reach it. Slowly move back to the starting position. Repeat 10 times.
Lie on your back with your knees bent, feet on the floor. With straight arms, hold the ball perpend- icular to the ground so it's directly above your head. Bend your elbows and lower the ball toward your forehead. Return to the starting position. Do 30.
Stand with your feet shoulder width apart, knees slightly bent, and hold the ball over your head. With your arms straight, circle the ball clockwise from your head down to your side, to your feet and back around again. Do this for 30 seconds and then change direction.
Extend the ball over your right shoulder, feet shoulder width apart. Keeping your elbows straight, swing the ball down to the outside of your left knee while you squat. Stand up and return to start position. Do 10 times on each side.
Twist In a seated position with your knees slightly bent, feet off the floor, hold the ball with your bent hands between your chest and your knees. Twist the ball side-to-side for 30 seconds while simultaneously alternating your knees to your chest in a bicycle motion.
Around-the-town workout with Ugi balls
With 150 exercises, the Ugi ball lets you take your workout to the mat, or the park or the hotel . . .
The Ugi ball, 6 pounds