Medicine balls allow you to do explosive exerises such as slams, granny throws, and throwing the ball backwards over your head. These exercises help develop the posterior chain which is important in everyday tasks like standing up, squatting down to pick something up, as well as other things like deadlifting and squatting hudreds of pounds. Medicine ball training can help athletes such as football, rugby, basketball, and aussy rules players. Medicine balls also allow you to work in different planes of motion. Their are all kinds of things you can do with a medicine ball as a warmup to your actual workout like rotational handoffs, woodchops, swings, and presses. When I was in high school I used to take a 10 pound medicine ball and throw it against my stomach 50 times in a row while doing a leg lift. I do not know if that helped my jumping ability but I did dunk a softball at 5'9. If you want to learn more contact me.
Monday, October 18, 2010
Suspension training is unlike any other training modality. It incorporates all of the 37 core muscles. Because all the core muscles are activated you cannot train one muscle at a time like bodybuilders often try to do. This forces you to train the whole body as one synergistic unit instead of trying to hit individual muscles.
Some of the best suspension training exercises include chest presses, one leg jump squats, atomic push ups, the pendulum, and inverted rows. Suspension straps allow you to train in all three planes of motion transverse, sagital, and frontal.
One of the best things about suspension training is that you can increase or reduce the resistance by increasing or decreasing the angle. An example of this is the inverted row so imagine your feet are up against a tree holding onto straps suspended from a tree branch above you, your feet are horizontal to the ground and you pull yourself up. This is a real inverted row and it is very difficult. Now imagine you are standing and just leaning back at a 30 degree angle now it is a lot easier and you can probably do it without a problem regardless of your current fitness levels. By training in this manner you can progressively increase the angle and improve your physique with each subsequent workout.
TRX suspension straps are by Fitness Anywhere because you really can use them anywhere over a tree branch, pull-up bar, joist, or even on a door frame.
If you want to know more or have a training session let me know,