Did you know Hippocrates was a CrossFit Practitioner?
OK, that may not be completely true, but he was said to have stuffed animal skins for patients to toss for medicinal purposes.
The medicine ball has evolved considerably since the days of Hippocrates, and I for one, am thankful that we are not tossing stuffed bunnies and slamming a stuffed Bambi into the wall.
In Fact, we use a rubber ball filled with gel, which is a little more animal friendly.
A lot has changed since the first Medicine ball was created, so here is a quick update.
How to choose a medicine Ball?
Medicine balls vary in stiffness, material, features and weight, based on the exercise they are used for. It makes sense to choose a medicine ball that fits the exercises you perform.
Many home gyms use more than one style, and commercial gyms usually have a variety of weights and styles.
Medicine ball Variations and styles
Slam Ball/ dead ball- Does not bounce, you can throw it really, really hard against the ground or wall and it will not ricochet and hit you.
They are generally heavy for size and have a thick rubber shell.
These balls can be used for lifting, Atlas style, or can be incorporated into planks and pushups, because they are more stable on the ground and do not roll as easy.
Technically you can do your wall balls using a slam ball, but if one lands on your face it has more ouch than a wall ball. But overall, a slam ball is more versatile than a wall ball.
These balls also do not bounce. They are usually made with a vinyl fabric, and some padding.
They are less heavy, for size, than the slam pall. The softer cover and padding make them easier to catch after you throw the against the wall.
Traditional style ball for traditional excersises. This ball will bounce, so don’t throw it against the wall or slam it into the ground, as it can hit you on the way back.
This is the med ball you want for core exercises, and tossing the ball to a partner.
A hard bouncy med ball on a rope. You swing the ball on a rope, like video below.
This is a medicine ball for advanced athletes, because it needs to be used properly or injury can occur.
Killer video demonstrating different types of medicine balls. Bonus: He also explains why 2 lb balls are necessary
Best medicine ball exercises
Best medicine ball workouts for the Core and ab exercises
100 Core Exercises with the Medicine Ball
This video has no speaking and is simple, and effective. Mat demonstrates 100 core exercises you can perform with the med ball so you will never grow bored with your core routine.
There are helpful tips written on the screen. Nice touch, Thanks Mat!
Top 10 Medicine Ball Core Exercises
Zeus himself demos 10 core exercises. This video also has no speaking, and is quite a bit shorter that the previous video, so if you are pressed for time, this is the core video for you.
Best Wall Ball Workout
Top 4 Wall Ball Exercises
Coach Brian demos 4 wall ball exercises done with the softer padded vinyl ball. Includes wall ball toss, Wall ball chest press, wall ball side toss, Underhand toss.
These exercises build upper body power.
How to do Wall Balls
I lie this video because Case explains proper form and give several tips to perform wall balls. Great video for beginners and those new to CrossFit.
Best Slam Ball Dead Ball Workouts
Dead Ball Training with Derek Boyer
These are Dead ball workouts that “Anyone, and I mean anyone” can use. Derek Boyer, Strongman sensation believes Dead balls, aka slam balls are one of the best training tools a CrossFit or Functional Fitness Athlete can use.
Mr. Boyer demonstrates proper form and explains the exercise, including reps and time to complete.
This workout targets legs and core. Highly recommended video for those who want to lift heavy med balls.
10 Minute SLAM Ball Workout
Coach Brian shows us a quick (but not easy) 10 minute slam ball workout. The text on the screen guides you through the sets and reps, which is nice.
The music however is distracting. That’s OK, you can silence the video and still easily follow along.
5 Minute Slam Ball HIIT
Got 5 Min and a slam ball? This quick video by Chelsey Hendrikson, Trainer and gym owner is slamming. Literally. For an intense 5 minutes. Give it a try. Once you catch your breath, let us know what you think.
Best Tornado Ball Workout
Dynamic Core Workouts
If you are an intermediate to advanced athlete, you may want to give a tornado ball workout a try. This video is for advanced athletes, who are new to the tornado ball.
The trainer explains how to get started and emphasizes proper form, as well as the pitfalls and potential injury points. Overall, an excellent video for those who have not used a tornado ball.
Best workout for a Med Ball with handles – dual grip med ball routine
Full Body Workout done with dual or single grip Medicine Ball
This 30 Minute full body workout will give you a well rounded workout using a medicine ball with one or two handles. The workout is fun and pretty easy, depending of course on how heavy your med ball is.
Best Full Body Workout with a traditional Med ball
Total Body Medicine Ball Workout
This 27 min video uses the bouncing style traditional ball, plus a floor mat. It is three rounds of 8 exercises.
This workout is for moderately athletic folks and includes push ups done with one hand on the ball, squats, lunges, and ample core work. But what would a med ball workout be without a lot of ab work, huh?
So on with the show…
TOP 8 Best Medicine Balls Reviewed 2017
Best medicine balls for slamming
Best medicine ball of the Traditional style
Best Wall Balls
Best Tornado Rope Ball
Best Med Ball with handles
That wraps up the Med Ball reviews. Let us know in the comments you favorite med ball workout or exercise.
We look forward to hearing from you!