All Medicine Balls
Medicine balls are weighted balls that are roughly the size of a basketball that are excellent tools for strength training, crossfit or general fitness training and are ready to use right out of the box. They can be thrown as part of functional training or training with a partner– unlike dumbbells. Medicine balls also require more work from your core than most traditional equipment.
Medicine balls come in a range of styles, including commercial bouncing medicine balls, slam balls and dead balls and a range of different weights, with most beginners being able to handle 1kg. Experienced trainers will often work with weights up to 14kgs. Dead balls or slam balls are available up to 85kg.
Medicine balls can be incorporated into a fitness routine in several ways. For example, instead of placing both hands on the floor to perform push ups, exercisers can place one hand on the ball. This increases the challenge of the exercise because unlike the floor, the ball moves. The stabiliser muscles in the arms, shoulders and core are activated in an effort to maintain proper form. Lying on an exercise ball to get crunches provides the same benefit. Medicine balls come in a range of weights, with most beginners being able to handle 1kg. Experienced trainers will often work with much heavier weights.
Wall balls are a core part of CrossFit training. The balls are weighted, like a normal medicine ball, but oversized and wrapped in leather or PVC and designed to be thrown at a wall – repeatedly.
The main movement involves taking a wall ball in the correct weight and performing a full squat and then launching the ball vertically to make contact with a target on a wall, then repeating. It is either loved or hated, but acknowledged as very effective.
Slam Balls or Dead Balls
Slam balls , also known as dead balls are designed for throwing exercises. They have a hard, durable shell that can handle a high velocity impact but will not bounce. Slam balls are known to be more durable, and softer than standard medicine balls – in essence they’re rubber balls filled with sand that will deform when impacted, with minimal bounce.
Popular movements including the Ball Slam (which essentially involves holding a slam ball overhead and throwing it into the ground with as much power as possible (also making it one of the best stress relievers around) and its variations. It’s important to note that normal medicine balls should not be used ball slams else it’s likely you’ll end up with a broken nose!
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