Medicine Ball

History of Medicine ball training
One of the oldest forms of strength and conditioning training – the first reference to wrestlers training with sand filled bladders appears in Persia nearly 3000 years ago. In ancient Greece the physician Hippocrates had them sewn out of animal skins and stuffed with sand. His patients threw them back and forth for injury prevention and rehabilitation.

In the late nineteenth century and early twentieth century, the words “health” and “medicine” were synonymous. The so-called “Four Horsemen of Fitness” were the dumbbell, the Indian club, the wand and the medicine ball. This is where the beginnings of the modern medicine ball originate.

Medicine ball benefits
It is one of the most effective tools to train all of the muscle groups in your body, especially your stabilizer muscles to work together for functional strength. This is an athletic advantage that isolation lifting does not provide. Over time, your body will learn to become more efficient with full body exercises.

Combined Cardiovascular and Strength Training
You will increase your cardiovascular capacity, build strength, and improve muscle stamina all at once.

They key to a good workout is variety. There are 100s of medicine ball exercises to explore. Because the balls are portable you can workout at home, beach, outdoors, or on the road. Exercises can be tailored for specific sports or to target specific muscle groups.

Unique Load
When a medicine ball is thrown to you or by you, the path it travels is never exactly the same. Therefore, you catch it at a different place every time. You use different muscle groups to balance your body and control the ball for each catch. This trains your body to react faster to catch and control the load.

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