Just when you thought the gym couldn’t get any more high-tech, one of the simplest workout staples has been reimagined: Thanks to Italian wellness company Technogym’s Wellness Ball, the inflatable exercise ball has been upgraded and updated.
The ball is constructed in two different densities, with the lower half heavier than the upper region, giving users more control and turning it into its own weight of sorts. A convenient tab even makes it simple to carry. (Trainer Josh Holland suggests using it as an oversized kettlebell.)
You can access an included QR code for video training programs and a website filled with tips. And though the souped-up model is an improvement on the standard—whether used during workouts for push-ups, planks and other moves or as an alternative seat during the day—you’re still responsible for the ultimate outcomes.
“Just because you are sitting on the ball during the day doesn’t mean you are going to get a six-pack overnight,” says Holland. “It offers an opportunity to make you stronger, but it is really up to the individual to make a difference.” The Wellness Ball is available in 21- and 25-inch sizes, $225 each; 70 Greene St.; 646-578-8001; technogym.com.