Happy New Year, everyone! I just released my latest video of 100 of the endless ways to incorporate the medicine ball into your workout for the strongest core you’ve ever had. Plus, having a medicine ball at home will make it really easy to stick to your resolution this year because you can work out at home when you don’t feel like going to the gym! From crunches to cardio to calorie-burning conditioning, this video has it all. So return that ugly sweater you got for Christmas and get a medicine ball instead! Like Clark Griswold’s Jelly of the Month Club, it’s the gift that keeps on giving.
But the medicine ball does not come without caution. Just like any weight you use to work out with, it’s so easy to use it in the wrong way. A lot of videos on YouTube – and a lot of trainers – tend to use the medicine ball for speed and power. You’ve probably seen partner exercises where one person does a sit-up and throws the ball to their partner and then catches it as they go back into a crunch before popping back up again. Or the partner twist where your backs are together and you twist around to pass it to the other. Both of these exercises can be great to help athletes throw farther or hit harder than before. But for the average person who may not be used to moving from their core, the med ball can result in momentum and a loss of control resulting in strain and injury.
Therefore, just like my other 100’s videos (100 Planks, 100 Abs Exercises on the Ball, 100 Push-Ups), this one starts out easy and progressively gets harder, and I’ve included many instructions throughout. If you take your time and stay focused, the medicine ball can upgrade your workout for those elusive strength and bodybuilding gains you’ve been looking for. And of course, Shorty and Kodi make appearances throughout to wonder what the heck I’m up to!