Medicine balls, much like free-weights come in a variety of sizes, weights, and shapes. These simple workout tools help improve strength, flexibility and overall fitness when added to any workout. Exercises like Russian Twists and rotation tosses are exercises that are intentionally designed to be done with medicine balls, but a medicine ball can be simply added to any exercise to maximize results. Before starting a medicine ball workout routine, it’s important to determine the right size to purchase first.
- Decide what type of exercise you’re going to perform with a medicine ball. If you’re hoping to build strength, stick to a heavier ball, more cardio or speed based exercise is best suited for a smaller medicine ball.
- Medicine balls are excellent for use in partner workout sessions. Determine how much weight you partner can handle before buying a medicine ball so two of you can enjoy the benefits of working out with a partner.
- A medicine ball should feel comfortable when held close to your body and heavy when held away. If the ball feels uncomfortable or too heavy when held close, choose a smaller size.
- Men may be able to effectively use a larger weight medicine ball than women. It’s crucial to keep this in mind when using medicine balls for partner workouts.
- If you aren’t ready for the weight of the ball, you run the risk of spine or shoulder injuries. Choose a medicine ball that is comfortable and not overly heavy.