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1 Medicine/ Exercise Ball Overhead Lateral Flexion 1. Begin by standing with your feet shoulder width apart and the medicine ball held with your arms locked over head (see figure 1). 2. In a controlled motion, move the ball laterally to the right, bending slightly at your waist. 3. Return the ball to overhead and repeat to the left side. Overhead Lateral Flexion Figure 1 Kneel to Push Up 1. Start on your knees with your upper body held upright, holding the medicine ball at chest level (see figure 2). 2. While falling forward, chest pass the medicine ball to your partner or against a wall. 3. Continue the forward motion, falling to the floor in the push up position (on your knees). Kneel to Push Up Figure 2 4. Immediately complete a push up and return to the starting Variation: Instead of starting with the ball at chest level, start with the ball held overhead. Advanced Technique: Explode back to the starting position while having your partner throw the ball back to you

2 Diagonal Chop (aka Wood Chopper) 1. Start by standing upright with the medicine ball above and behind your ear. 2. Make a chopping motion by moving the ball from the starting position across your body diagonally, ending near the opposite knee. 3. Finish the repetition by returning the ball to the starting position by reversing the motion. 4. After completing several reps, repeat the exercise on the opposite side. For an increased range of motion, rotate your back foot while completing the exercise. Diagonal Chop Figure 3 Advanced Technique: Lift your back foot off the floor as you move the ball downward to your knee, and lift your front foot off the floor during the upper portion of the exercise Squats 1. Begin by standing upright with your feet shoulder width apart. 2. Hold the medicine ball at chest level with your arms fully extended in front of you. 3. Squat down, keeping your eyes facing forward, until you thighs are parallel to the floor. 4. Hold for a second and return to the starting Squats Figure 4 Variation: Start with the medicine ball at your chest and press either up (above your head) or out (laterally from the body) as you squat down. Return the ball to your chest as you return to the standing

3 One Leg Squat 1. Start by standing upright, holding the ball at chest level in front of you with arms fully extended. 2. Squat down on one leg, keeping the ball out in front of you and parallel to the floor to act as a counterbalance. 3. Your free leg should be held rigid out in front of you as you squat (see figure 5). One-Leg Squat Figure 5 Variation: Start with the medicine ball at your chest and press out (laterally from the body) as you squat down. Return the ball to your chest as you return to the standing Lunges 1. Begin by standing with the medicine ball held at your waist (approximately at belly button height). 2. Take a step forward with one leg, lowering yourself until the top of your leg is parallel to the floor. Make sure that your knee does not extend past your toes to avoid injury. 3. Either return to the starting position and repeat the movement with the opposite leg, or perform a "walking" lunge by continuing forward by alternating legs and "walking" across the floor. Lunges Figure 6

4 Figure Eights 1. Start by standing upright, holding the ball above your left shoulder with arms extended (at approximately the same level as your ear). 2. Move the ball in a figure eight motion by: 1. Taking the ball from the left ear diagonally across the body toward your right knee (similar to the diagonal chop in figure 3 above), 2. Up to your right ear, 3. Diagonally toward your left knee, and finally 4. Back to the starting position at your left ear. Figure Eights Figure 8 Tip: Think of this exercises like a combination of diagonal chops. Advanced Technique: For an added challenge, you can use a ball with a string and handle attached (shown in picture). Push Ups 1. Start in the push up position with the medicine beneath one hand and the other hand on the floor. 2. Perform a push up. Advanced Technique: As you become more powerful (and comfortable with this exercise, Push Ups Figure 9 attempt to generate enough force on the push up to move the ball between hands during the push up.

5 Crunches 1. Begin by lying with you back on the floor with your knees bent. 2. Hold the medicine ball against your chest with both hands. 3. Perform a standard crunch. 4. Hold the crunch position for a count of one, squeezing the abdominals tight. Crunches Figure Lower yourself to the starting position, keeping your shoulder blades approximately 1 inch from the floor. Sit-Up Pass A partner is recommended for this medicine ball exercise. 1. Begin by sitting on the ground facing your partner. You should be between 4 and 6 feet apart. Sit-Up Pass Figure The person holding the ball should lie down while holding the ball overhead. 3. Perform a sit-up, keeping the ball above your head and throwing it to you partner as you contract your abdominals at the top of your sit-up. You should aim for slightly above your partner's head on the throw. 4. Your partner should catch the ball, and repeat steps 2 and 3. Variation: If you do not have a partner, you can perform this medicine ball exercise by throwing the ball against a wall, catching it, and repeating the movement. Variation: If you are not yet strong enough to do the move with the ball held over your head, you can hold it at your chest and perform a chest pass to your partner on the sit-up

6 Standing Oblique Twists 1. Start by standing upright with your feet shoulder width apart. 2. Hold the ball snuggly against your torso. 3. Twist your upper body in either direction, keeping your feet firmly planted. 4. Hold the position, flexing the oblique muscle for a count of one. 5. Repeat the move to the other side. Standing Oblique Twists Figure 14 Standing/Seated Triceps Extension 1. Begin by standing (or sitting) in an upright 2. Using both hands, hold the ball behind your head. 3. In a controlled motion, extend your arms upward, keeping your upper arms stationary. 4. Flex your triceps for a count of one before lowering the medicine ball back to the starting Standing/Seated Triceps Extension Figure 15

7 Front Lateral Raises 1. Start by standing in an upright 2. The medicine ball should be held at your naval with you arms straight. 3. Keeping your arms extended, raise the ball until it is parallel to the ground. 4. Hold for a count, and return the ball to the starting Front Lateral Raises Figure 16 Standing Russian Twist 1. Begin by standing with you feet shoulder width apart. 2. Hold the ball at waist level just behind your right hip. 3. Swing the ball across your body to the left side. 4. Repeat the move in the opposite direction. Tip: Keep you abdominals tight throughout the movement. Advanced: As you twist, shift your weight to your Standing Russian Twist Figure 17 front leg (the side with the ball) and lift your back leg slightly off the ground.

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