Medicine Balls, or Med balls for short, are a great accessory for training, especially if you are training for a sport such as Boxing or MMA. Depending on what you have in mind, you can choose either a Med ball or a Slam ball – or both, there really isn’t much difference between the two. I like to use the Slam ball because it doesn’t bounce which tends to help the longevity of the ball. When I bought a Med Ball which bounces, throwing it against the wall or against a mat eventually led to the ball ripping, it did last for over a year but I was only using it with clients a day or two per week so I will be sticking to Slam balls for the foreseeable future.
The ball is great for training explosive power for sports, if you are punching, then exercises such as the med ball slam, or the chest pass are perfect. I currently have two slam balls, at 3kg and 8kg and will be adding a 5kg ball soon after my 5kg Med ball recently ripped down the middle. The Slam balls I currently use are shown below, if you want a piece of equipment which has various uses, doesn’t take up much pass and can provide a good work out then a Med/Slam ball is an essential piece of equipment. It is also great when working in pairs, but if working alone, all you need is a wall or just the floor.
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