Dozens of general and sport-specific exercises can be performed with medicine
balls, and they are as much fun to use as they are versatile. Medicine ball training can
form the core of a general strength training program, can be used to improve ball handling
or other sports skills, and can be used for the rehabilitation of physical injuries.
While there are other types of medicine balls on the
market (including those made of stitched leather or molded rubber), none are as easy to
handle as Mediballs. MediBalls always return to their perfectly round shape, but their
compliant surface flexes on impact, which greatly reduces the incidence of jammed fingers.
MediBalls are also built to last, and are more economically priced than most other
The first improvement on the traditional
medicine ball was to make it with a synthetic cover. You can find this type of medicine
ball in many sporting goods stores. Most balls of this type are now made in China. Lower
material and labor costs have made these balls much more affordable than the original
leather ones, but that's their only improvement. This type of medicine ball is still as
difficult to handle, and is even less durable than the original leather ones.
A more recent improvement on the medicine ball is to mold it from solid rubber. This
style of medicine ball is well balanced and considerably more durable and
weather-resistant than the previous versions. The biggest drawback to this type of ball is
that it's surface is hard and unforgiving. Playing catch with a rubber medicine ball is
only slightly safer than playing catch with a bowling ball!
Gel-filled medicine balls combine a tuff but flexible outer shell with a semi-liquid
gel center. This type of medicine ball provides the most benefits for all types of
training. Their compact and perfectly balanced shape makes them easier to handle, their
seamless construction is completely waterproof, and their flexible, forgiving surface
helps prevent jammed fingers.
MediBall originated the gel-filled medicine ball more than 15 years ago, and
manufactures six different sizes, ranging from 2 lbs to 15 lbs. Each ball's weight is
permanently molded into its surface, and its alert red color makes them especially easy to
see during high-speed drills.
When a human training partner isn't available, MediBall's
Adjustable Angle Rebounder is a great stand in. This heavy-duty pitchback is built just
like a high-quality trampoline. It fires even the largest MediBalls right back to you, at
the same velocity that they were thrown.
The MediBall Rebounder is even better than a human training partner for certain
exercises. For example, its quick response makes it possible to do close-proximity,
high-speed push pass drills. You can also do ball dribbling drills with the Rebounder
surface locked in its horizontal position, or you can perform high-repetition throwing ab
crunches with its surface in a steeply inclined position.
The MediBall Rebounder easily adjusts to ten different positions. Its sleek steel frame
is powder coated for lasting durability, and includes an integral ball rack, which stores
a complete set of MediBalls. It works well on any floor that has either a hard surface or
Warning: The MediBall Rebounder is designed for use with MediBall
brand medicine balls. Many other brands of medicine balls are not be as round, and can
return from the Rebounder's surface at unpredictable angles.