Reasons why you will Love The Medicine Ball
· Can add a stabilization factor to some traditional moves
· GREAT to use with power exercises (like the squat toss in the workout below)
· Reasonably priced piece of equipment for at-home use
· Easy to travel with
· Brings out the kid in you!
Another bonus? Completing a full body weight circuit using just a medicine ball helps make the workout fly by! And it provides a fun new challenge.
Medicine balls are available in varying sizes and weights (some up to 150 pounds!), these weighted spheres can help improve muscular power and sports performance. The balls can be thrown and caught (don’t try that with a dumbbell!) making for explosive medicine ball movements that can improve overall athletic ability.
When choosing a weight, pick a ball that’s heavy enough to slow the motion (slower than if you weren’t using any weight at all), but not so heavy that control, accuracy, or range of motion take a hit (or the poor guy next to you).
Reps and sets will depend on intensity and fitness levels, so for most of these moves, aiming for three sets of 10-20 reps with good form is recommended. For those more focused on power and speed performance, switch it up with 3-5 sets of 3-5 reps(applying max force and max speed into every repetition ). Of utmost importance: Be aware of your surroundings. These balls can be a weapon of sorts, so pay close attention to the people (and pricey equipment) around you. Alright then, let’s go balls to the wall.