We Tried It: Ugi at Home


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By That's Fit

We often hear about how some celebrity spends two hours at the gym six days a week, or who eats exactly 1,300 calories per day in order to get into killer shape, but the truth is that many working actors are working just as many hours as we are -- and their days are just as busy.

Ugi was created with busy people (famous and anonymous alike) in mind by kinesiologist and celebrity personal trainer Sara Shears. She wanted to provide her clients a system that was portable, straightforward and integrated both diet and exercise.

Here's how the system works. For $189, you get the Ugi at Home system, which includes an Ugi ball in the weight of your choice (the website helps you determine which weight is best for you): 6 lb, 8 lb, 10 lb or 12 lb. With the Ugi ball (which is a bit soft and squishy, like a beanbag), you receive a workout guide book, a DVD showing all 150 exercises from the book, a guide to making good eating choices, access to Ugi's online library of exercises, an interval timer and a free downloadable Ugi interval timer for iPhone (with other smartphone platforms in the works).

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  • 19
    Definitely out of my budget. But if I did not belong to a gym I would consider it. In the long run, it is cheaper than a gym membership. - 4/25/2011   2:52:45 PM
  • 18
    It sure does seem a bit pricey, for what you get. There are a lot of other ways to shape up, and lose weight. - 4/21/2011   5:14:03 PM
  • 17
    Yeah that is costly for a ball & DVD..
    Heck I will stick to what I already have! - 4/21/2011   2:11:23 PM
  • 16
    Holy cow! That is way too expensive. I don't care if it's the best thing in the entire world, I won't spend that much on something. - 4/21/2011   10:03:27 AM
  • -AMCO-
    Almost $200 for a ball and a DVD, no thanks! - 4/20/2011   3:47:39 PM
  • 14
    That's just way too expensive, in my opinion, considering I got a squishy weighted ball from Ross for ten bucks a few years ago. It just sounds like another expensive gimmick to me. And for portable, well, I have exercise bands for that. - 4/20/2011   2:32:18 PM
  • 13
    it cost way to much for me but i would love to try it some time.. - 4/20/2011   12:59:06 PM
  • 12
    It does seem pricey for what you get. The gym I work out at has one and the workout has a different feel from a medicine ball. Because the ball is squishy, it's harder to hold onto and the weight distribution of the ball itself isn't always the same. This gives your muscles a constant workout readjusting to the change in weight distribution. I like using it at the gym with some tips my trainer gave me. I just don't think I'd pay that kind of money to have one at home. - 4/20/2011   12:45:59 PM
  • 11
    the price is absurd! - 4/20/2011   12:31:57 PM
  • 10
    Really! $189 for a sqishy weighted ball? I don't think so.

    - 4/20/2011   12:17:34 PM
  • 9
    I'm sure it's great and possibly after a while the price will come down..for now..I'll keep my flex bands..also portable..and watch a free video here on the site with Coach Nicole taking me through a workout when I need a fast portable and inexpensive workout. - 4/20/2011   11:28:57 AM
    Ok, I see how it can work but think it might end up not really being something I would not stick with. Thanks for showing us this. - 4/20/2011   10:22:47 AM
  • 7
    Seems awfully pricey for what you get! - 4/20/2011   9:55:56 AM
    Isn't this a little bit like an expensive medicine ball? - 4/20/2011   9:48:52 AM
    That price is a killer for me - I keep thinking, "But... it's just a ball..." - 4/20/2011   9:40:47 AM
  • 4
    I saw the infomercial for this, and a medicine ball would do the same thing for a lot cheaper. Price is totally a scam.

    Even a BOSU is cheaper and also similar. - 4/20/2011   8:37:56 AM
  • 3
    Sounds like it would be great for someone who wants a plan that will pay for itself quickly after the initial investment, and who wants structured workouts and demos right there. Beyond that it sounds like using a squishy medicine ball in lieu of weights. When I had a few sessions with a personal trainer, he had me use medicine balls for a lot of exercises and just holding onto it was challenging!
    - 4/20/2011   7:50:54 AM
  • 2
    If someone buys the thing for me or gives me the money to buy it. I would rather buy food than something that expensive. - 4/20/2011   7:38:46 AM
  • 1
    I might try it, it does sound like a great workout that you can really do at home, but I should probably make better use of the home fitness equipment I already have before spending money on something new. - 4/20/2011   7:27:48 AM

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