December 17, 2020
Medicine ball is currently a routine fitness tool in gyms for its simplicity, low-cost and versatility. It not only helps develop core strength and mobility, it is also great for cardiorespiratory functions, coordination improvement, rehabilitation. Furthermore, it is a personal workout that requires little and limited space. Hence, there is no wonder that medicine ball becomes more and more prevailing in the general public.
Workouts with a medicine ball engage a lot more muscles in the ABs, glutes and lower body than traditional strength workouts. The following are some medicine ball exercises to develop strength and burn calories and bring more benefits than we even know.
1. Squat with a Medicine Ball
The squat is one of the most common exercises for core training and muscle building through engaging almost all the full-body muscles. To start, stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and hold the medicine ball right in front of your chest. Push back your glutes, brace your abdomen and bend your knees over slightly while keeping your back and spine straight and tight. Reverse the movement and complete 6 reps.
2. Push-ups with a Medicine Ball
Balance training is great to develop and stimulate the deep muscle tissues because the body needs more support from the muscles when off-balance. Thus, Medicine ball push-ups is a good way to push the limits in your strength capacity and balance control. To start, Kneel on a TPE yoga mat and place the medicine ball right in front of you. Hold the medicine ball with both hands and bend forward until your shoulders are right stacked over your hands with fully extended arms and body. Push your hands into the ball as bending your arms over until your chest almost touches the ball. Return to the starting position and repeat.
3. Throw-Ups with Medicine Balls
This move is great for developing the back muscle and improve overall speed and strength. To start, stand with your feet a little bit wider than shoulder-width apart. Lower your upper body until your hips almost reach your knee height. Jump and throw the balls up as fast as possible and let the ball drop and bounce on the floor before catching.
4. Overhead Medicine Ball Rotation
Medicine ball rotation has always been a great exercise for the upper body and core training. To start, stand upright with your feet shoulder-width apart. Hold a medicine ball with both hands with extended arms right over your head. Performing a circular motion slowly while keeping the ball overhead and your body extended straightly.
5. Medicine Ball crunch
Lie down on your back with your knees curved upwards and feet placed together and flat on the floor. Rise up your arms until they are extended and parallel with your body and the floor. Hold the medicine ball. Pull the ball form your overhead to your chest as you brace your abdomen and roll up into a crunch. Reverse the move and complete 10 reps. It is great to start with a light medicine until you get used to this movement.