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Med Ball Exercise Clarification


#1

I feel like an idiot for asking this, but Google seems to be providing conflicting or non-existent results.

From the Hard Body Training for Women program, three types of medicine ball exercises are prescribed:

1) Medicine ball throw, wall slams

2) Overhead medicine ball throws

3) Overhead medicine ball throw, push-press action

Can someone please describe what each of those should look like? All I've done before are wall ball throws (CrossFit type, where it's going straight up) and OH slams where you just slam that sucker straight down into the ground.

Are wall slams the twisting type motion, close to the wall? Or are they where you're throwing it at a downward angle into the wall, like a throw-in for soccer?

How is a push-press action different from a normal OH throw?

Again, my apologies for silly questions, but I can't seem to find universal descriptions for these exercises, and I'd rather get it right than pick something that 'seems about right.'


#2

[quote]RCKeeper wrote:
I feel like an idiot for asking this, but Google seems to be providing conflicting or non-existent results.

From the Hard Body Training for Women program, three types of medicine ball exercises are prescribed:

  1. Medicine ball throw, wall slams

  2. Overhead medicine ball throws

  3. Overhead medicine ball throw, push-press action

Can someone please describe what each of those should look like? All I’ve done before are wall ball throws (CrossFit type, where it’s going straight up) and OH slams where you just slam that sucker straight down into the ground.

Are wall slams the twisting type motion, close to the wall? Or are they where you’re throwing it at a downward angle into the wall, like a throw-in for soccer?

How is a push-press action different from a normal OH throw?

Again, my apologies for silly questions, but I can’t seem to find universal descriptions for these exercises, and I’d rather get it right than pick something that ‘seems about right.’ [/quote]

  1. I’d guess that’s a chest pass rather than an overhead throw but I could be wrong. In any case I’ll assume that this lift will have you facing the wall.

  2. This is like an explosive front raise.

  3. This is like a press, i.e. you start with the ball in a goblet squat position and push it up explosively.


#3

[quote]RCKeeper wrote:

  1. Medicine ball throw, wall slams[/quote]
    Some coaches do teach it differently, unfortunately, but I’ve always associated wall slams with rotational/lateral movement.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fi26fgPgcBg

Like nighthawkz said. Basically the reverse of an overhead slam. Instead of throwing it down to the ground, it’s up overhead. Focus more on throwing “up” instead of “back.”

Think ‘wall ball with a much more shallow squat and minus the wall.’

I’d go close-ish, and yep, with a twist.

The push press version has a little more leg drive. So, quarter squat down, then stand up and press at the same time.


#4

That makes things much clearer, I appreciate the descriptions and video. Much easier to understand.


#5

[quote]RCKeeper wrote:
I feel like an idiot for asking this, but Google seems to be providing conflicting or non-existent results.

From the Hard Body Training for Women program, three types of medicine ball exercises are prescribed:

  1. Medicine ball throw, wall slams

  2. Overhead medicine ball throws

  3. Overhead medicine ball throw, push-press action

Can someone please describe what each of those should look like? All I’ve done before are wall ball throws (CrossFit type, where it’s going straight up) and OH slams where you just slam that sucker straight down into the ground.

Are wall slams the twisting type motion, close to the wall? Or are they where you’re throwing it at a downward angle into the wall, like a throw-in for soccer?

How is a push-press action different from a normal OH throw?

Again, my apologies for silly questions, but I can’t seem to find universal descriptions for these exercises, and I’d rather get it right than pick something that ‘seems about right.’ [/quote]

Thank you for asking this! I was confused too.


#6

@Christian_Thibaudeau can you confirm/elaborate on the answers to this?