Medicine ball exercises are used to create strength and power, particularly in sports which require explosive power and involve explosive movements.
What is a med ball?
Med ball is a weighted ball, which is used also in rehabilitation. There are different sizes of med balls; we prefer using the diameter which is approximately the size of a volleyball or basketball.
The material of a med ball should be rubber, soft synthetic or similar; any material that allows the ball to bounce because it will be constantly thrown to the ground or wall. It should not be confused to inflatable much larger Swiss ball.
Med Ball Exercises
We’ll give you information about a more complete routine in the following pages, but here is one example of a great med ball exercise:
“A med ball scoop” is one of the best medicine ball exercises to activate your hip extension (which is an important factor in your vertical jump power).
"Med ball scoop" is also a great exercise to perform back extensions with explosive speed. We believe it is the best of all back workouts, which are often worked out with slow speed.
Exercises - Scoop
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A ball could be thrown and released straight up, forward or even backwards, whatever is your preference. I personally prefer the throw in which the ball is released straight up.
This particular exercise is a good for an athlete of any sport that involves explosive throwing, hitting, swinging, lifting or vertical jumps.Med ball scoop, like many other med ball exercises are widely used among track & field athletes, basketball players, golfers, tennis players, volleyball players etc.
This exercise very closely mirrors the vertical jump what you perform for example when playing volleyball. This particular exercise is one of the very few work outs in which the volleyball player or any other athlete is able to work on the arm lift up.
to Perform Med Ball
The med ball scoop will work out various muscles on your core – it could be a surprise that it will hit your abs hard even if the focus is on extending your hips and back with it.
We have talked quite a bit about hip extension on these strength and vertical jump training methods. We have paid attention to it that athletes and coaches would notice there are other muscles and body parts besides the legs, which contribute to the vertical jump. For a complete routine of medicine ball exercises, click the following link.
Don’t forget to check out the med ball exercises on video clips in the member’s section to give you a better idea about these workouts.