A home gym is not complete without two fantastic items – exercise posters and medicine balls. Medicine balls are simply much more than just “medicinal”, they are fantastic functional pieces of equipment. When used correctly, medicine balls are very effective for strengthening the core, upper body and lower body, they can provide a full body workout and offer the challenge of functional fitness-fitness for real life movements that you and I both need. Functional fitness is a favorite among personal trainers and athletic coaches because the movements are more than isolating muscles, they movements work multiple muscle groups. The biggest surprise for me was the versatility of the many movements. I always thought the medicine ball was mainly for the core – little did I realize the full spectrum of exercises-offering full body workout with this simple fitness tool. The medicine ball is a great resistance tool that can target tone all parts of the body. How to fully utilize this tool is the question. The answer is exercise posters. Medicine ball exercise posters provide a visual guide not just to remember the various movement and mixed up your routine but also to motivate you to perform the movements on a regular basis. The medicine ball exercise movements are relatively easy and can be done by men and women of all ages.
Medicine balls have evolved over the years. Yes, the original medicine balls looked medicinal and looked exactly like a ball. The advancements in varying the weight, varying the form have increased the functionality of this fantastic fitness tool.
The exercise posters for medicine balls vary greatly as do the medicine balls themselves. Journey with us as we explore the various posters and learn the different types of medicine balls, view the several videos that detail the exercise movements that this fitness tool can offer.
Medicine Ball Workout
Medicine Ball Squat
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Types of Medicine Balls
Medicine balls originally were simply a a perfect circular ball – appearing very similar to the basketball. Nowadays, medicine balls offer the option of handles and are more oval than perfectly round. In addition to the form, the material can range from soft gel to the original leather to air filled.
Most medicine balls are not conducive to bouncing. The Xerball ® by SPRI is unique in that it also bounces in addition to adding resistance weight.
SPRI also makes an Xerball ® with handles and offers a convenient download poster that showcases the many exercises possible with the medicine ball.
I personally own two medicine balls – 12 and 18 lbs, air filled and with handles. The variety of the workout these two pieces of equipment give me is outstanding. Great for the core, exceptional for lunges, and numerous exercises are available readily for the arms, shoulders and upper body.
Medicine Ball Exercises Beyond Therapy
The exercises for the medicine ball are beyond therapy. Functional movements, movements that we need every day is really the mainstay of the medicine ball which explains why the therapy field has embraced this simple and yet sensational fitness tool.
The many exercise movements that the medicine ball offers makes it a favorite tools among personal and athletic trainers.
Take Your Exercise Program to The Next Level
Medicine balls, with or without handles, can take your exercise program to the next level. Challenge yourself and develop your fitness routine with multiple movements that utilize multiple weights.
Medicine Ball Stand
Often seen in elite health clubs, the vertical stand for the medicine ball conveniently places multiple medicine balls within reach.
Most medicine balls will be clearly marked with their weight right on the top of the ball. See the photos for various example.