Add a Medicine Ball or Slam Ball to Your Gym Arsenal for Fat Burning Workouts
If you’re looking for a way to increase your speed, body strength, and explosiveness, then Medicine Balls might just be the thing for your Gym Equipment checklist. A Medicine Ball also known as a Slam Ball is one of the most under-utilised tools for developing strength and power. Let's explore how Med Balls are used, what types are available to purchase and the main benefits to your overall fitness and functional training.
Why you need a Medicine ball
Whether you play sports, are a fitness enthusiast, or are ready to start working out, Medicine balls are a vital piece of gym equipment to have in your fitness toolbox. With the correct exercise, a Slam Ball can work various different muscle groups such as legs, core, and arms and enhance cardio sessions. You want to incorporate function into your workouts when you do any type of training, whether it be HIIT, CrossFit, or Strength Training. Med balls are a great way to achieve that.
While it may surprise you when training for explosiveness, it's proven to increase strength in core muscles, maximise speed, and build endurance. Here are some ways why Slam Balls are one of the best ways to improve overall fitness.
Medicine Ball Benefits
When training with a medicine ball, there are four main benefits that you’ll see. The first is you’ll be more explosive in everyday life. Explosiveness, in simple terms, performs the most force in the shortest time.
Your secondary benefit of Slam Ball training is that while you increase the speed, you’ll also increase power. Particularly when warming up, training with a Med Ball promotes speed in accuracy in players' movements. While you may not be training for an athletic competition, a Medicine Ball will better prepare you for a fast-paced lifestyle.
Another benefit of training with a Medicine Ball is that it provides a full-body workout. With the busy modern-day lifestyle, many people don’t have time to spend 2 hours working out to maintain physical fitness. Training with a Medicine Ball for 15 minutes whether you do Russian Twists or Sit Ups using the weight over your core is enough time to get an intense workout in.
Lastly, Medicine Balls are inexpensive. For all the functional training benefits it delivers, purchasing Slam Balls for your Home Gym or commercial space wil not cost the earth. Perfect for HIIT, Interval Training and Bootcamp sessions, they are portable and easy to store.
Medicine Ball Workouts
A Medicine Ball can be a new piece of equipment many people are not used to. Here are a couple of basic exercises that will help start you off.
This exercise is one of the most basic throwing exercises in Medicine Ball training. It has been shown to improve explosiveness and coordination and increase speed. Here's how it works.
Instructions: Stand 2 ft away from the wall and hold the Medicine Ball at chest level. Then sit down in a squat position and throw the ball up against the wall while coming out of the squat. Your goal is to throw the ball as high as you can. Do 3 sets of 10 reps.
This exercise is perfect for developing strength throughout your whole body. This will give you more explosive power, speed, and athletic edge, no matter your lifestyle.
Instructions: Stand feet shoulder-width apart. Extend your arms over your head, and slam the ball down on the ground. Repeat for 3 sets of 10 reps.
Med Ball Types
Medicine Balls can provide an excellent, intense full-body workout, but which type is right for you? There are many different sizes, weights, and materials for Medicine Balls. Here is a list of the best for all workout types.
TRX Rubber Fitness Slam Balls
These Slam Balls are designed for anyone ready to workout aggressively and are designed to handle the toughest training sessions. This ball provides an ultra-durable shell perfectly designed for explosive and powerful workouts with slamming, throwing, wall slamming as well as being able to stand adverse weather conditions. Available in different weights.
Urban Fitness Medicine Ball
This Medicine Ball is perfect for anyone ready to increase coordination skills, speed, and power. It is made from a textured rubber compound designed to enhance your grip and make your workouts more efficient and effective. Colour coded by weight, the balls are easy to distinguish and use in fast-paced, high intensity workout sessions such as HIIT and Crossfit.
Wall Balls are perfect for anyone ready to integrate catching and throwing into their workouts. With a soft exterior shell, this gym ball is perfect for the previous wall ball exercises. Practice coordination exercises with a partner, perform targeted core exercises or use as an accessory in a HIIT workout. Weights range from 6kg to 10kg.
Medicine or Slam Balls are perfect for any home gym, PT studio or busy commercial facility. They are a must-have for anyone looking to work different muscle groups, build strength, or for functional training and conditioning.
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