You’ve seen it before. One minute, it’s the fitness craze everyone is raving about. The next minute, it’s gone with the wind—just another exercise fad. When you’re working out, you’re looking for more like a fitness aid that’s tried and true, that’s been tested by generations. That’s where the medicine ball comes in. It’s a sure-fire recipe for fitness success. For over 3,000 years, soldiers, athletes, and even gladiators have recognized the superiority of the medicine ball when it comes to strengthening your core. If you’re not already using this fantastic tool, it’s time to start. Read on to learn why medicine ball abdominal workouts should have a place in your routine.
Why Use Medicine Balls?
There’s a reason why medicine balls are some of the oldest fitness tools known to man. From Persian wrestlers to Roman gladiators, athletes have been using the balls to up their fitness game for years. Why? Because they work. Medicine balls, when appropriately used, develop amazing power, especially in the core. By adding extra weight, they force your muscles to work that much harder and get that much stronger. Unlike more cumbersome weights, medicine balls are very safe. Dropping a 20-lb dumbbell on your foot is going to leave a mark. Dropping your medicine ball? No sweat. Plus, these balls are made to be thrown—they open up a wide range of motion, meaning you can twist, pitch, and drop to your heart’s content. To get this variety, though, you need a medicine ball that lives up to the hype—one that won’t easily slip or split. That’s why the HeroStrength difference matters.
What’s the HeroStrength Difference?
So why does it matter what kind of medicine ball you use? In a word: quality. A low-quality medicine ball will limit your range of motion—if you can’t get a good grip on the ball, your workouts will be a frustrating waste of time. That’s why the HeroStrength “Throw” Ball is built with a durable shell and gel bubbles on the sides for effortless traction. Plus, with double-stitched leather construction, you won’t have to worry about your ball ripping in the middle of that high-energy workout. Our “Throw” Balls come with a one-year warranty because we’re confident that they’ll become an indispensable part of your fitness routine. Choose from ten sizes, starting at 4 pounds and topping out at 30.
Exercises to Try
Ready to get started on a medicine ball ab workout? Try these basic exercises:
1. V-Up: Lie down on the floor with your back on the mat, legs, and arms straight. Hold a medicine ball in your hands. Using a crunch-like motion, lift your torso and legs together. Lie back down. Repeat as often as you can for 40 seconds.
2. Situp: This one’s simple. Lay on your back, knees bent and feet on the ground. Holding a medicine ball in your hands, complete a situp. Set a timer and do as many as you can!
3. Ball slam: Just like it sounds! Stand up straight, holding the ball over your head. Bending your knees, slam it down on the ground in front of you. Squat to pick the ball up and repeat.
Whether you’re a weightlifter or just someone who cares about their body, the medicine ball will take your workout to the next level. With our HeroStrength “Throw” Balls, you can train with peace of mind, knowing that our balls will keep up with you in your quest to Live Mighty.