MEDICINE BALL WITH GRIP Handles
Medicine Balls with firm grip handles. The range of exercises becomes infinite. Ideal for toning up, for holistic fitness, rehabilitation, and athletic conditioning. Thanks to their versatility, they can be used in the same way as a kettlebell or as ballistic tools. Medicine Balls can be integrated into lots of workout routines. Thanks to their multi-functionality, they can be used as an external overload or as an unstable support base in floor exercises.
cod. 0495 Medical Ball 04 kg / Ø 230 mm
cod. 0496 Medical Ball 06 kg / Ø 260 mm
cod. 0497 Medical Ball 08 kg / Ø 260 mm
cod. 0498 Medical Ball 10 kg / Ø 260 mm
Medicine Balls with Grip Handles: Training applications
The medicine ball boasts ancient origins and is one of the most well-known and widespread tools because of its incredible versatility, owing to its wide range of weights and construction options. Our production is characterized by different models, with weights ranging from two to one hundred kilograms.
Therefore, it is a tool suitable for athletic preparation, fitness, functional rehabilitation, and being a heavy ball used in almost all overloaded exercises, exceptionally if dynamic. The medicine ball is also a training ball because it must be grasped. It is necessary to hold it in your hands with strength and coordination appropriate to the weight, the ball’s features, and the type of exercise.
Therefore, it is not only an overload, but it also represents an overload that cannot be handled, difficult to grip, not very ergonomic. This last aspect constitutes one of the most critical training qualities of the medicine ball and one of its limits. There may be exercises for which a more ergonomic, manageable grip, such as a handle, is preferable. For this reason, the line of medicine balls with double handle (double grip medicine ball) was born, where the handles are obtained from the very structure of the ball.
The tool remains a medicine ball. It loses the ability to perform regular bounces. It can still be grasped with two hands like a standard medicine ball. Thanks to the handles, it can be firmly gripped by tightening it with the hand. Importantly, it can be used with only one hand. From a training standpoint, this possibility, one-handed training, in the manner of a kettlebell, or performing exercises such as rowing, is one of the tool’s main features.
Another advantage, closely related to the grip, is the possibility of obtaining high-performance levels in power training, with particular reference to the speed component, the so-called explosive force. To train explosive force (our neuromuscular system’s ability to express maximum force in the shortest possible time) are necessary extremely dynamic exercises capable of achieving the highest combination of strength and speed. In this, the medicine balls with handles are suitable and especially appropriate in complex exercises, designed according to the reference sports.
The medicine balls with grip handles are also useful for isometric work, static work to develop strength and endurance. The muscles involved are led to deliver force (tension) not sufficient to produce bone heads’ movement. A tool that can be handled and used in an extremely dynamic way stimulates the athlete on the handle’s level, neuromuscular circuits, refining sensitivity, proprioception, coordination, and motor skills.
Exercises: the Plyo Push-Up
Like every medicine ball, also the med ball with handles are an excellent tool for core training. Their use always involves a high commitment of the “body core” and always a global training. Among the exercises, to give some examples, Rocks Up, Push-Up, Plank, Plyo Push-Up.
The latter is particularly widespread in combat sports and can be considered emblematic of med balls’ potential with holds. It is an exercise certainly complex, intended for all those athletes who seek to train at the highest level the explosive force. During the start-up phase, meticulous attention to the grip is required to preserve the hand and wrist’s health. The thumb must be placed in such a way as to avoid the pressure that could be created on the scaphoid. The upper edge of the medicine ball’s handle must coincide with the lower edge of the hand. As a result, the thumb is free to apply pressure above the forefinger so that the handle is firm.
When holding the ball, the athlete must assume the plank position. It is important to remember that the plank is an exercise with maximum activation of the core, allowing an optimal start of the push-up. The push-up must be performed partially and rotating the shoulder blades. Grand dorsal, buttocks, abdominals, and quadriceps contracted. The push-up goal is to train the anterior chain of the upper limbs, mainly the pectoralis. Still, due to the assumed posture and the medicine ball’s instability, the exercise becomes global.
Finally, to effectively train the explosive force, it will be performed expressing an exaggerated eccentric phase so explosive as to determine a small “flight phase” in which the medicine ball impacts on the chest of the athlete and then returns violently to the ground and brings the athlete back to the plank position.
From the standpoint of loads, the 10 kg weight is recommended for advanced level athletes.