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Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Oct 26 2017
Last updated October 30, 2017

UBALL - The Ultimate Mobility Tool (Canceled)

The UBALL is a pain and mobility relief tool that helps athletes recover from the pains and strains of training.

UBALL - The Ultimate Mobility Tool (Canceled)

The UBALL is a pain and mobility relief tool that helps athletes recover from the pains and strains of training.

$2,563
pledged of $40,000pledged of $40,000 goal
117
backers
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Oct 26 2017
Last updated October 30, 2017

About

The UBALL is a mobility and pain relief tool designed to help athletes recover from the pains and strains of training.

The UBALL is the Ultimate Mobility Tool because it is so versatile and feels like the human elbow to release built up tension, pains, and strains from training and injuries.

The UBALL delivers a deep tissue massage, just like the human elbow, in multiple ways including attached to a barbell. The UBALL was designed for Crossfitters, powerlifters, strongmen/women, bodybuilders, MMA, first responders, military personnel, and physical therapists.

The UBALL can be used to apply light or heavy pressure, like getting a deep tissue massage from another person’s elbow. The shape of the UBALL allows you to target different areas throughout the body in multiple ways, for example:   

  

  

  

  

These are just a few ways to use the UBALL those nasty knots. We have a more comprehensive list of the UBALL's uses here.  

While a barbell is not a must have to get the benefits of the UBALL, however, when it’s attached you can apply serious deep pressure! Once you try it you will say to your own UBALL “where have you been all my life”?

  

Mobility and stability form the basis for any functional movement. This is why it is so important to incorporate stability and mobility training in a workout routine. For instance, for an athlete engaging in say a squat, stability is important to keep proper form and balance of the weight over the back and bracing the entire core to create a stable pillar in your spine, back, and legs to lower and raise the weight; while mobility is needed to perform the exercise at a proper range of motion in the ankles and hips while needing properly mobile shoulders and thoracic spine. Lack of mobility can be attributed to factors such as: low levels of physical activity, repetitive movements, side-dominance / imbalance, habitual poor posture (such as lumbar lordosis or kyphosis - various poor spine curvatures), poor exercise technique, imbalanced strength training programs, knots and adhesions throughout the body, and/or sitting too much throughout the day. When joint mobility is lost, movement compensation occurs and consequently potential losses of stability at subsequent joints. So, in other words, stability is of course important but without mobility, proper movement is very difficult. That's why having a mobile body is so important to have solid movement patterns.  

With so many mobility tools on the market these days, their purposes tend to overlap; while all are useful, the can generally do just one thing really well - whatever their main purpose is. Or, other tools don't seem to get the “right spot”. Sometimes you may need a little or a lot of pressure. Or you way want to scrubs away some tension. And, on some occasions, you wish you had someone else dig into a naughty knot with their elbow. Why not be able to do all of these things with just one mobility tool?

Well, the UBALL is different as it is designed to be used in multiple ways throughout the body. The ball allows acute focus on one spot at a time so it can target that problem area. This direct pressure helps you release tension more effectively and efficiently. However, the UBALL functions in so many additional ways. The “U” portion acts as feet, keeping in place and stays where you want and need. The U also acts as a cradle for a barbell when you want to give extra deep pressure. The edges and corners of the U act as a therapist’s IASTM (instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization) tool that helps scrapes away scar tissue. Finally, the U also gives the UBALL a slight lift off the ground to provide additional leverage.    

Other tools tend to focus on moving around, but the UBALL gives a targeted massage and results can often be seen quickly. The UBALL delivers a more focused and deeper massage. The reason why this acute pressure is best described by Rob Wilson, a CrossFit Coach and Massage Therapist, in his Breaking Muscle article, Foam Rollers Don't Work: Understanding Myofascial Release:

  

  

Many of the existing mobility tools are made of soft material, but the UBALL is meant to feel more like the human elbow to work on those really stubborn knots and especially for people with thick muscles. Let’s be honest, is a foam roller (aka a pool noodle) or a lacrosse ball (aka as a...lacrosse ball) going to really penetrate and remove painful knots in those big, strong muscles you work so hard for? Maybe, but probably knot (get it??)!  

That’s why the UBALL is made to be much more firm and get in those nasty, gnarly, naughty knots. The UBALL is the ultimate mobility tool for people who do strength training because it is so versatile and feels like the human elbow to help:

  

  

  

  

  

 NOTE: UBALLS will be delivered once our mold is made, which we estimate and hope will take 2-3 months from the time our Kickstarter campaign is completed. We WILL keep you updated on the status of our mold, our journey and milestones! 

SHIPPING - will be sent by USPS, which will generate a shipping tracking number that will be shared with you.

  

Our Team includes myself (see more about my story below) and the following:  

  • Blue Ring Technologies has been an integral part in our designing and molding process. We first came to him with my homemade craft project that my wife and I made in our kitchen, using the same saucepan we heat water to make tea from! From there, he created all the calculations to make a 3-D model using 3-D printing. With every change, he has been there to guide us on what be in the best structural interest of our product. He has listened, helped, and guided us during the process. Learn more about Blue Ring at: http://blueringtechnologies.com 
  • Edwin from Photos by Jurassic has been essential in bring all of our visuals. From pictures, to videos, to putting our Kickstarter video together, as well as working with influencers has been essential. See his work at:www.instagram.com/photobyjurassic

A necessity that developed over years of various nagging injuries, sitting too much, and wanting to move better. I did a lot of mobility drills and techniques as well as rounds of various physical therapy (primarily for my knees) and becoming knowledgeable about how the body should move. All of this definitely helped, no doubt about it. There are some great resources [Dr. Kelly Starrett - the Mobility King; Ido Portal has some great Youtube videos on simple but effective drills; and many others].  

Sitting less by using a makeshift stand up desk definitely helped me, too.
Sitting less by using a makeshift stand up desk definitely helped me, too.

But, something seemed to be still missing... I was in a bit of a nasty car crash that I thankfully was able to walk away from on my own two feet. But, one of the "benefits" I was able to get from the accident was regular deep tissue massages, primarily around my neck and back from the whiplash of the accident. I noticed the massages felt great as the masseuse really dug in to remove several knots and tight spots I had from the accident. Eventually the therapy ended and I missed those deep tissue massages!!! While a lot of tools existed that helped with mobility, nothing could really replicate that deep, deep feeling of getting a masseuse's arms/elbows, which are really helpful to get rid of some those nasty knots I had.  

That's why I had to create the UBALL. I created it from scratch in my kitchen!

During this prototype process that took several months, I used the different versions on myself and quickly realized how similar it felt to the human elbow. After using it on my neck and back, it took me back to those epic massages that I really needed after my accident. I then began to realize how versatile the UBALL was as it can be used in different ways and also how it could be benefit multiple areas on the body. Although it was a great tool for me, I couldn't keep it to myself as I was sure that others would want and could benefit from this unique tool. I hope the UBALL helps you as much as it has helped me as the Ultimate Mobility Tool.  

  

MANUFACTURING  

One of the reasons we wanted to do this Kickstarter campaign is to obtain a mold to be able to reduce the cost of each UBALL, which in turn will reduce the sales price. Also, we found a manufacturer that can make our product in the USA, which really excites us!  Most mobility tools are not made in the USA. Here is a general timeline of how long we think the manufacturing will take after the completion of the Kickstarter campaign.  

 

The above represents a general breakdown of how we want to use the funds we raise.  

 

Creating the UBALL has been a long winding road with ups and downs. But, through it all I've learned a lot and had a ton of help along the way. I am thankful for all who have helped me and continue to be there to support me through this amazing journey. I can't name everyone, but a special thanks to: My Lord and Savior Jesus Christ; the two ladies who often simultaneous drive me crazy and whom I return the favor and also love so very much - thanks to my wife and mom; my pastor and church; Coach Lo and Nikki and ALL the Liv Up Crossfit Family (awesome, caring athletes & coaches); Jay & Ashley from Blue Ring Technologies (thanks for putting up with all the last minute requests!!); Ilian, Jurassic; Chelsea; Jeff Evans (awesome lifter and cool dude); Nunz & McKinzey & Eric (you all are much better looking than me in all the pictures!!); Billy @ CF Crazy Train; Sue (amazing how a customer can become a friend :-); Andy/Dan, David, Mark, Kane, Pablo, Josh, Hermes, Carly, Johnny, Moe, Geo, Sean, Nick, James, Rich and the Mikes (thanks for always listening to my crazy thoughts along this journey and especially for your friendship); Farhat, our dear friend who is always there for us (she helped us so much with proofreading!); Pat - email dude; thanks to all the first adopters who have tried and supported the UBALL and have given great feedback.  

Risks and challenges

We have done our homework and sold our fully functional prototypes and have received a lot of positive feedback. We tweaked the design a few times based on what our customers have told us. What you are seeing in our videos and pictures are prototypes. The final product will be even better! Additionally, when manufacturing any new type of item there are always unforeseen issues, risks, problems, and delays that can happen. We have been working hard to avoid these type of things and will continue to do so. Another potential problem and risk that could occur is that manufacturing our product will take longer than expected. We have taken our time to avoid this problem, but should it arise, we will make sure to keep our backers up to date.

There are risks with backing a Kickstarter campaign—please carefully read Kickstarter's guidelines about what exactly it means when you back a project.

We're excited to implement our plan immediately after the campaign since w and aim to fulfill on time to each and every backer.
Please feel to reach out to us if you have any questions or concerns (which are not listed in our FAQ or on our Kickstarter page) at info@uball.net or leave a message in Kickstarter for us.

Thanks for your help and support,
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    Includes: 5 UBALLs with 10 UBungee cords, 2 mesh bags to hold your gear (Shipping included for United States orders). Our famous hand written thank you note, both Shoulder and Back Mobility Guides, and your name, gym name and logo posted on a backer page of our website. Also, if you give us a photo of you using your awesome UBALL we will add it to our website.

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    This is a super early bird special. Includes: 1 UBALL with 1 UBungee cord (Free Shipping only for United States orders), our famous hand written thank you note, both Shoulder and Back Mobility Guides, and your name posted on a backer page of our website. Also, if you give us a photo of you using your awesome UBALL we will add it to our website.

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