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5 Step, Full-Body Medicine Ball Workout

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This 5-step full-body workout created by iGnite founder Neissa Springmann uses only a medicine ball.  Complete the 5-exercise series 2-3 times (depending on your fitness level), resting 20-30 seconds between each exercise.  Feel free to use a lower weight medicine ball that is appropriate for your personal strength level.

If you prefer written instructions to watching a video, we’ve written up the entire workout for you here:

First, be sure to warm up for 3-5 minutes. Good warm up options are:

  • brisk power walk
  • jumping jacks
  • march in place

Exercise 1: Overhead Knee Tap

  • Reach high above your head with the medicine ball, engaging the glutes and the core, and lift one knee and bring the medicine ball down to tap the knee.  Then lift the ball back up above your head and place the foot back on the ground.  Stay tall and be sure not to round your back.
  • For those with sensitive shoulders:  hold the medicine ball in front of you and bring your knees up to touch the medicine ball.
  • Continue alternating legs and complete 20 reps.

~ Rest 20-30 seconds ~

Screen Shot 2014-01-10 at 1.40.55 PMExercise 2: Squat to Chest Pass

  • Stand a 4-5 feet away from a wall or column (adjust distance according to your comfort level). Holding the medicine ball, squat down with your weight in your heels so that your glutes and quads are activated, pulling in your belly button.  On your way back up to standing, toss the ball against the wall straight in front of you with power so that it bounces back straight to you.  Absorb the ball as you catch it while squatting back down.
  • Complete 20 reps.

~ Rest 20-30 seconds ~

Exercise 3: Jumping Jack to Military Press

  • Starting with holding the medicine ball at your chest, complete a jumping jack, pressing the ball above your head each time you jump your legs out.
  • Low-impact version: Instead of jumping legs out and in, simply alternate stepping legs out and in while pressing the ball above your head.
  • If you have sensitive shoulders: hold the medicine ball at your chest while completing the jumping jack.
  • Complete 20 reps.

 ~ Rest 20-30 seconds ~

Exercise 4: Sumo Squat to High Toss

  • Step your legs out into a wide “sumo squat,” pointing your toes out away from your body at  a 45 degree angle.  Squat nice and deep, and as you rise back up, toss the ball as high as you can against the wall.  As soon as the ball comes back to you, squat and absorb the catch.   If necessary, slow down the exercise to maintain good form.
  • Complete 20 reps.

 ~ Rest 20-30 seconds ~

Exercise 5: Kneeling Overhead Tricep Toss

  • On your knees and relatively close to a wall, firm your glutes and tighten your core by pulling in your belly button. Lift the ball above your head and bend your elbows to a 90 degree angle, keeping the elbows pulled in close to your ears.  Toss the ball against the wall and catch it, keeping your lower body and core still and activated.
  • Complete 20 reps.

 

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Stay Active While Away: Your Go-To Travel & Vacation Workout

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Who says that staying in shape has to go out the window when you’re traveling? The energizing effects of starting off each day of your vacation with a quick 15-20 minute pick-me-up workout will have you enjoying the escape even more.  Staying active while away requires nothing more than 15 to 20 minutes and two light, inexpensive and easily packable tools: a jump rope and an elastic resistance band.

We’ve made things easy for you! Toss your jump rope and elastic band in your bag (together they weigh less than 7 ounces!), follow this workout created and demonstrated by iGnite founder Neissa Springmann three times per week (resting at least one day between workouts), and you’re good to go.

Repeat Exercises #1-5  three times with 30 seconds of rest between each exercise.  

Total Time: 15-20 minutes

Exercise #1: Jumping Rope
1 minute

  • Form: Stay light and on your toes
  • Benefits: Great cardiovascular exercise that works all muscles
  • Don’t have a jump rope? Jumping jacks are a great alternative.

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Exercise #2: Push-Up
1 Set of 10-15

  • Form: Position arms wide at a 90 degree angle, chest falls between arms, tighten core and firm glutes to protect the lower back and look at the tip of your mat (don’t allow your head to droop).  To decrease difficulty, drop to knees.
  • Benefits: Works chest, arms and core (when tightening the abdominals)

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Exercise #3: Squat to Shoulder Press
1 Set of 20

  • Form: While holding the handles of the resistance band, stand with feet hip width distance apart (6 -12 in.) on your resistance band. Squat, while keeping weight in the heels, eyes forward and chest open.  Come to standing while pressing the resistance bands above the head and firming the glutes. For less resistance, alternate arms.
  • Benefits: Works glutes, quads, hamstrings and shoulders.

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Exercise #4: Plank
30 seconds – 1 minute

  • Form: Position body so shoulders and elbows are in alignment. Look slightly forward while pulling shoulders away from your ears, firming glutes and pulling abdominals up and in.  If lower back bothers you, lift glutes higher or drop to your knees.
  • Benefits: Works all core muscles (abdominals and lower back) and shoulders.

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Exercise #5: Alternating Lunge
1 Set of 20 (10 each leg)

  • Form: Start standing tall and looking forward. Step one leg out in front, making sure the ankle and knee are in alignment, with the back leg bent and the heel lifted up toward the sky. With a strong core and eyes forward, push off the front leg and come to standing again, to then alternate legs.
  • Benefits: Works glutes, hamstrings and quads.

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