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following section pertains to Medicine Ball training and specific use
of restorative circuits. It is applicable to virtually any individual
involved in fitness, health or athletic based training.
Medicine ball training is one of the most effective training mediums
available. It allows for a free range of motion, is easily adaptable to
athletes of all abilities, can be used for explosive power training as
well as general recovery and fitness work, and is highly affordable and
transportable. No training program would be complete without Medicine
As a training medium, Medicine balls are one of the most versatile of
all items. It allows for simple adherence to the
Renegade Concepts of Training™ and one of the few items definitely required within
It is a safe, affordable resistance medium for users with a variety of
goals and athletic abilities. The benefits of medicine ball training
are enormous and extend to every component of the
Renegade Wheel of Conditioning™.
Med ball work equally allows for all three planes of movement in the
body, unlike many other pieces of equipment. With all these factors in
mind, it is an absolute must for Hockey dry-land training.
Med ball training could be loosely categorized within four major areas:
the first two sections are very closely related to one another. My
consideration for distinguishing the two relates to the varying planes
of motion and the concern of dynamic flexibility within the torso,
which is of course a highly important sport-specific function.
With the progression of physical abilities to advanced levels, the concept of being able to
stabilize within destabilized environments is
displayed as the user is able to perform these circuits in imperfect
environments, the most extreme being on an Indo Board, thus displaying
an increased awareness of the body in handling diverse functions
simultaneously and in tactile response.
This is only in
advanced levels where intense harmony of hands to feet, shoulders to
hips, elbows to knees are displayed with the duality of
mind and body unity
and thus limited exclusively to highly advanced athletes. Once this
occurs, the imperfect or chaotic environment has been adapted to and
evolves to a perfectly calm setting. With a heightened level of
intensity, whether in the form of the weight of the ball or the force
of the throw in return similar exercises can be used for point 3,
introductory explosive training.
Renegade Training™ coaching tip
Through the first use of med ball training, the following 2 circuits
are performed to assist in generalized muscular recovery (generally
speaking on Tuesday / Thursday and Saturday, opposite to major "lift"
days of Monday / Wednesday and Friday). Ensure work is done with proper
technique, perfect posture and never reinforce bad habits. Utilize a
light 5-8 lb med ball and err on the side of caution. Each movement is
performed with 5-10 throws per exercise depending on levels of fitness,
generally within 24 hours before and after an intensive day of
exercise. Circuit B is optionally performed in conjunction with other
weighted movements that emphasize core development such as Overhead
Squats and Split Jerks.
note not only should circuit B be done in a manner to assist recovery
and regeneration but in a highly explosive manner to promote vicious
Medicine Ball Circuit A
Please note these are presented as restorative circuits and should be
performed with a modestly light medicine ball, reflective of strength
levels. Typically I suggest a four to eight pound med ball.
Additionally these exercises can be highly explosive and such as in
this case, you'll want to use a heavier med-ball like the one used in
the photos which is 20lbs.