Check Out This Full Body Workout With A Medicine Ball
OK, summer is almost here! I love summer, but bikinis come along with it. I found this full body workout using a medicine ball from personal trainer Brittany Glass, and I thought I'd share with you guys. Check it out!
Here are the exercises Brittany recommends on her blog:
The Woodchopper – Start with your feet spread approximately shoulder width apart. Hold the ball high over head with both hands. Bring the ball down swinging it like an axe, coming between your legs. Maintain control all through the swing, not allowing yourself to get wildly out of control. Go back to the top position and repeat until you have done 20 reps.
The Squat Press – Hold the ball in front of you at chest level with both hands. Bend deeply at the knees. Now quickly stand to an upright position while extending both arms high about your head. The movement looks very similar to shooting a basketball. Do 20 reps.
Weighted Ab Crunches – Using the medicine ball for weight on your chest, do abdominal crunches lifting your head and shoulders. Do a minimum of 30 reps.
Seated Twist – Sit down on the floor with your legs in front of you. Holding the ball extended directly in front of you twist your body slowly side to side. Go as far as your range of motion allows. Do 30 reps to each side.
Toe Touches – Lying on your back bring your legs up to a 90 degree angle. With the ball held straight out behind you on the floor, lift with your arms and shoulders bringing the ball up to touch your toes. This one will give you a great burn. Do 20 reps.
Push-Up- On the ground in a push up position, place one hand on the ball and the other on the floor (start on your knees instead of feet if you are a beginner). Slowly lower yourself to the floor and bring yourself back up, roll the ball onto the opposite hand and complete the push-up. Do 10-15 reps total.
Circles Swings – One of the most basic of the medicine ball workouts movements is the circle. Stand with your feet shoulder width apart. Hold the ball in both hands, down in front of your. Now with complete control bring the ball in a full circle going to the left. Once you are at the bottom reverse and go to the right. Complete 20 reps in both directions.
Back Lunge with a Front Raise- In a standing position step back with your right leg and as you complete the back lunge raise the medicine ball straight up in front of you over your head. When coming back to a standing position bring the ball back down and repeat with the same leg. Do 20 reps each side.
Medicine Ball Plank- Place the ball on the ground and put both hands on top of the ball legs straight out in a plank position and hold for one minute.
Repeat this circuit 3 times through.
Using this routine, you should be able to tone your body and be ready to bust out your bikini with pride!
Do you have any favorite exercise equipment or routines you've found around the internet?
Let me know!