A new toy

I received a new toy in the mail last week from America’s Nutrition.  You know how I love to work my abs.  I thought it was only fitting to make them work HARDER!  The toy I got is this!  The 8 lber.

What do you use a medicine ball for?  All sorts of things.   I told Tony about it and he’s going to incorporate it into my workouts.

Overhead Lateral Flexion

Medicine Ball Exercises: Overhead Lateral Flexion
Overhead Lateral Flexion
Figure 1
  1. Begin by standing with your feet shoulder width apart and the medicine ball held with your arms locked over head (see figure 1).
  2. In a controlled motion, move the ball laterally to the right, bending slightly at your waist.
  3. Return the ball to overhead and repeat to the left side.

Kneel to Push Up

Medicine Ball Exercises: Kneel to Push Up
Kneel to Push Up
Figure 2

 

  1. Start on your knees with your upper body held upright, holding the medicine ball at chest level (see figure 2).
  2. While falling forward, chest pass the medicine ball to your partner or against a wall.
  3. Continue the forward motion, falling to the floor in the push up position (on your knees).
  4. Immediately complete a push up and return to the starting position.

 

  • Variation: Instead of starting with the ball at chest level, start with the ball held overhead.
  • Advanced Technique: Explode back to the starting position while having your partner throw the ball back to you.

 


Diagonal Chop (aka Wood Chopper)

Medicine Ball Exercises: Diagonal Chop
Diagonal Chop
Figure 3

 

  1. Start by standing upright with the medicine ball above and behind your ear.
  2. Make a chopping motion by moving the ball from the starting position across your body diagonally, ending near the opposite knee.
  3. Finish the repetition by returning the ball to the starting position by reversing the motion.
  4. After completing several reps, repeat the exercise on the opposite side.

 

  • For an increased range of motion, rotate your back foot while completing the exercise.
  • Advanced Technique: Lift your back foot off the floor as you move the ball downward to your knee, and lift your front foot off the floor during the upper portion of the exercise

 


Squats

Medicine Ball Exercises: Squats
Squats
Figure 4

 

  1. Begin by standing upright with your feet shoulder width apart.
  2. Hold the medicine ball at chest level with your arms fully extended in front of you.
  3. Squat down, keeping your eyes facing forward, until you thighs are parallel to the floor.
  4. Hold for a second and return to the starting position.

 

  • Variation: Start with the medicine ball at your chest and press either up (above your head) or out (laterally from the body) as you squat down. Return the ball to your chest as you return to the standing position.

One Leg Squat

Medicine Ball Exercises: One-Leg Squat
One-Leg Squat
Figure 5

 

  1. Start by standing upright, holding the ball at chest level in front of you with arms fully extended.
  2. Squat down on one leg, keeping the ball out in front of you and parallel to the floor to act as a counterbalance.
  3. Your free leg should be held rigid out in front of you as you squat (see figure 5).

 

  • Variation: Start with the medicine ball at your chest and press out (laterally from the body) as you squat down. Return the ball to your chest as you return to the standing position.

Lunges

Medicine Ball Exercises: Lunges
Lunges
Figure 6

 

  1. Begin by standing with the medicine ball held at your waist (approximately at belly button height).
  2. Take a step forward with one leg, lowering yourself until the top of your leg is parallel to the floor. Make sure that your knee does not extend past your toes to avoid injury.
  3. Either return to the starting position and repeat the movement with the opposite leg, or perform a “walking” lunge by continuing forward by alternating legs and “walking” across the floor.

 


Slams

Medicine Ball Exercises: Slams
Slams
Figure 7
  1. Begin by standing with your feet slightly wider than shoulder width apart and your knees slightly bent.
  2. Hold the medicine ball above your head.
  3. Throw the ball forcefully down on the ground, making sure to pull down with your abdominals on the downward throwing motion.
  4. Catch the ball and return to the starting position.

 

  • Advanced Technique: For an added challenge, you can perform this exercise with one arm at a time. Catch the ball on the bounce and repeat with the other arm.

Figure Eights

Medicine Ball Exercises: Figure Eights
Figure Eights
Figure 8

 

  1. Start by standing upright, holding the ball above your left shoulder with arms extended (at approximately the same level as your ear).
  2. Move the ball in a figure eight motion by:
    1. Taking the ball from the left ear diagonally across the body toward your right knee (similar to the diagonal chop in figure 3 above),
    2. Up to your right ear,
    3. Diagonally toward your left knee, and finally
    4. Back to the starting position at your left ear.

 

  • Tip: Think of this exercises like a combination of diagonal chops.
  • Advanced Technique: For an added challenge, you can use a ball with a string and handle attached (shown in picture).

 


Push Ups

Medicine Ball Exercises: Push Ups
Push Ups
Figure 9

 

  1. Start in the push up position with the medicine beneath one hand and the other hand on the floor.
  2. Perform a push up.

 

  • Advanced Technique: As you become more powerful (and comfortable with this exercise, attempt to generate enough force on the push up to move the ball between hands during the push up.

 


Crunches

Medicine Ball Exercises: Crunches
Crunches
Figure 10

 

  1. Begin by lying with you back on the floor with your knees bent.
  2. Hold the medicine ball against your chest with both hands.
  3. Perform a standard crunch.
  4. Hold the crunch position for a count of one, squeezing the abdominals tight.
  5. Lower yourself to the starting position, keeping your shoulder blades approximately 1 inch from the floor.

 


Two Arm Wall Pass

Medicine Ball Exercises: Two-Arm Wall Pass
Two-Arm Wall Pass
Figure 11
  1. Begin by standing upright and facing a wall. You should be approximately an arms length away from the wall.
  2. Hold the ball above you head.
  3. Begin by throwing the ball against the wall from this position and catching it on the return bounce.
  4. As you become more comfortable with the move, you can bend your arms back (away from the wall) to throw the ball with more force against the wall.

 

  • Advanced Technique: This medicine ball exercise can also be done with one arm.

Hammer Throw

Medicine Ball Exercises: Hammer Throw
Hammer Throw
Figure 12

 

  1. Start by standing upright with your feet slightly wider than shoulder width.
  2. Hold the ball near your left hip (you will be throwing to the right,initially).
  3. Begin the throwing motion by moving the ball across your body from your left hip to your right shoulder, transfering weight from your left foot to your right foot.
  4. Finish the throw with you weight over your right foot.
  5. Repeat in the opposite direction.

 

  • Variation: Instead of starting the throw at the opposite hip, you can also start it at the opposite shoulder.

 


Sit-Up Pass

Medicine Ball Exercises: Sit-Up Pass
Sit-Up Pass
Figure 13

A partner is recommended for this medicine ball exercise.

  1. Begin by sitting on the ground facing your partner. You should be between 4 and 6 feet apart.
  2. The person holding the ball should lie down while holding the ball overhead.
  3. Perform a sit-up, keeping the ball above your head and throwing it to you partner as you contract your abdominals at the top of your sit-up. You should aim for slightly above your partner’s head on the throw.
  4. Your partner should catch the ball, and repeat steps 2 and 3.

 

  • Variation: If you do not have a partner, you can perform this medicine ball exercise by throwing the ball against a wall, catching it, and repeating the movement.
  • Variation: If you are not yet strong enough to do the move with the ball held over your head, you can hold it at your chest and perform a chest pass to your partner on the sit-up.

 


Standing Oblique Twists

Medicine Ball Exercises: Standing Oblique Twists
Standing Oblique Twists
Figure 14
  1. Start by standing upright with your feet shoulder width apart.
  2. Hold the ball snuggly against your torso.
  3. Twist your upper body in either direction, keeping your feet firmly planted.
  4. Hold the position, flexing the oblique muscle for a count of one.
  5. Repeat the move to the other side.

Standing/Seated Triceps Extension

Medicine Ball Exercises: Standing/Seated Triceps Extension
Standing/Seated Triceps Extension
Figure 15
  1. Begin by standing (or sitting) in an upright position.
  2. Using both hands, hold the ball behind your head.
  3. In a controlled motion, extend your arms upward, keeping your upper arms stationary.
  4. Flex your triceps for a count of one before lowering the medicine ball back to the starting position.

Front Lateral Raises

Medicine Ball Exercises: Front Lateral Raises
Front Lateral Raises
Figure 16
  1. Start by standing in an upright position.
  2. The medicine ball should be held at your naval with you arms straight.
  3. Keeping your arms extended, raise the ball until it is parallel to the ground.
  4. Hold for a count, and return the ball to the starting postion.

Standing Russian Twist

Medicine Ball Exercises: Standing Russian Twist
Standing Russian Twist
Figure 17
  1. Begin by standing with you feet shoulder width apart.
  2. Hold the ball at waist level just behind your right hip.
  3. Swing the ball across your body to the left side.
  4. Repeat the move in the opposite direction.

 

  • Tip: Keep you abdominals tight throughout the movement.
  • Advanced: As you twist, shift your weight to your front leg (the side with the ball) and lift your back leg slightly off the ground.

Medicine ball exercises provide a unique and exciting challenges you your workout plans.

As a result, choosing the best medicine ball exercises can help take you to the next level in achieving your build muscle and burn fat goals!

Of course my FAVORITE is this:

The reviews don’t stop there.  There also might be a GIVEAWAY!

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Thanks Cheryl!  Check out the America’s Nutrition website and see what all they have.  I have something in mind 🙂

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3 Comments

  1. i LOVE medicine balls! that is the only upside of my new gym. medicine balls galore.

  2. FUN! those are the medicine balls we have at my gym.. usually I use them for ab work since they are easy to hold!

  3. Peanut butter, definitely!! I’d go through jars a day.

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