Medicine Ball Workouts
Medicine ball workouts are a traditional martial arts strength and conditioning routine. You often see these medicine ball workouts used in Boxing and Mixed Martial Arts. Medicine ball exercises with throws or passes provide a more natural workout and involve a wide variety of muscles (i.e. arms, chest and core). In contrast, most traditional weight-lifting exercises (i.e. bench press) tend to work on an isolated muscle group. Medicine balls can be added to almost every “regular” exercise (i.e. sit-ups or push-ups) in order to make them more intense.
Other similar “functional” exercises include Hojo Undo (traditional Karate exercises), kettlebell workouts and sandbag training. All stretches and exercises should be supervised by a trained martial arts instructor in order to prevent injuries and to ensure the proper technique is utilized. If you have had an injury or are in pain, please see a doctor before starting any stretching or exercise program. For additional stretches and exercises, please visit the main Martial Arts Physical Fitness section.
Medicine Ball Workouts for Mixed Martial Arts
Medicine Ball Workout Routine