I've recently gotten back into lifting, trudging along for a while and settling on a 1-2x/wk "routine". I just could not get the motivation. I use a Bowflex (yea yea) which I had great success with before and enjoyed. A friend recommended getting a medicine ball, they were on sale, I figured I'd give it a try.
I've used it twice. Pretty intense for 1/2 hour, and about 15 min of slightly easier 'wind down' routines. I swing and twist with it every which way, sometimes slowly, sometimes really fast.. I get a pretty good pump going by the end of the workout. On both occasions, I was ridiculously sore the next day.. my entire upper body, every single muscle had been worked. It wasnt a "I overdid it and hurt myself" sore, but a "that was a crazy workout and I'm still drained" sore.
Aside from leg workouts, I think I'm going to only use the medicine ball for a while, I actually really enjoy it. Anyone have luck with plans like this? Im not really looking to gain mass and strength as I am going for an athletic and toned appearance.
Last edited by codei; 12-08-2004 at 05:54 PM.
lets remember that tone is only achieved through low bodyfat and a decent amount of mass.
I understand, I was just keeping it in typical, non-technical terms.
Woodchoppers are a pretty good medicine ball exercise.
Jump up and slam the ball down as hard as you can, repeat as fast as you can for 3 minute rounds.
medicine balls are great...easier to handle than weights
if you have a partner or just any body.. you can try regular or decline sit up, where you have somebody toss the medicine ball to you catch it on the way down.. arms stretch overhead and use the momentum that you are coming back up to throw it back to your partner. I'm not even sure if i made it clear or not. But anyway.. it worked by abs and obliges very good.
^^^ Those are great. I wish there was one at my gym.
pardon my ignorance but what the hell do you do with a medicine ball? it can't beat dumbells can it?
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