Mobility Ball vs UBALL Mobility Tool

Working out puts strain on the body and creates tight muscles. This is why many athletes look to mobility tools to release this tension which is important for gaining back lost mobility and movement.  Self-myofascial release is a practice that many athletes look to for help. This is the practice of using mobility tools to help release built up tension in muscles all over the body. If you are not currently using some sort of mobility tool you should definitely consider it, but with so many different mobility tools on the market it’s not always easy to pick the best one for your body. Here is some insight on a few tools available to you.

What is a mobility ball?

Myofascial release can be done using a variety of mobility tools; including a mobility ball. A mobility ball is sometimes preferred over another common tool, the foam roller. This is because the mobility ball can pinpoint a specific muscle, while the foam roller hits large portion of the body at a time.

The mobility ball can be used for a number of different muscle groups. You can place it on the ground and roll it over your foot. For other body parts you can put it on the ground and place the muscle or tissue on it. The amount of weight you place over it, will dictate the type of pressure you get in the massage, whether it’s a light or heavy. Common muscle groups a mobility ball can be used on the calves, hamstrings, glutes, upper and lower back, chest, and shoulders.

Types of Mobility balls

Mobility balls come in a variety of shapes, sizes, hardness, grip, and shape. Depending on the parts of the body you want to use it on, and how your body reacts is how you want to choose the type of mobility ball. When it comes to shape, you want a smooth, round ball. This type of ball will be easier to control, making your massage more precise.

Another important factor to look for in a mobility ball is its grip. You want one that will not slide around easily on the floor or your skin. You want to be able to control the movement and not have the ball slide out from under you. This is why lacrosse balls are often a common choice in mobility balls.

Limits of mobility balls

  1. One of the biggest limits of the mobility ball is the difficulty of controlling the pressure. By lying on the ball you rely on your body weight, which isn’t always easy to control.
  2. As balls tend to roll around when on the ground, they often will move too much and can’t maintain proper pressure in the right muscle groups.
  3. The simple mobility ball lacks the versatility to be used in multiple methods throughout your body.

The UBALL

The UBALL is a new unique tool that helps you break scar tissue apart, gain mobility, and improve your performance. Like the mobility ball, the UBALL can provide you with a precise massage on all your muscles. You can control the pressure and the location much easier with this versatile tool.

The edge of the UBALL is great for scraping and scrubbing away scar tissue. You decide how much pressure you put on your muscles and muscle tissues. Then there is the corners of the UBALL, which are great for getting pinpoint precision on your muscles, to really hit the spots that are bothering you.

Next, it’s the side with the ball, which can be used much like a mobility ball, using your bodyweight to control pressure on the floor, wall, or squat rack/ rig. Lastly, you have the u-shaped side, which can be attached to a standard barbell, which gives you much more ability to apply additional pressure where you need it most. You can even add weight to the barbell, to increase the amount of pressure while using the UBALL..

Benefits of the UBALL

  1. Four unique sides offers you a number of ways to relieve tension.
  2. U-shape is more stable and won’t shoot out from underneath you.
  3. Greater control of pressure over any other kind of mobility tool on the market.
With the UBALL’s unique shape, you get three tools in one. The mobility ball offers you one tool, with precision muscle release. With a mobility ball, you don’t get as much control over the pressure or the grip of the tool, which can cause frustration. You’re only option with the mobility ball is to lie on it and roll over the top of it, while you can do this with the UBALL, you can also grip it with your hand or use a barbell to control the pressure and movement. While both tools are useful in releasing tension in tight muscles, the UBALL is far superior.