This work combines two of the most effective ways to train for fitness and sports performance: Swiss balls and medicine balls. Both methods of training can replicate specific sports movements, or create a platform ideally suited to train stabilizing muscles to improve agility and mobility. It shows athletes and fitness enthusiasts how to use Swiss ball and medicine ball exercises to develop greater strength and stability for muscle definition and sports performance. It presents strength exercises that target each of the major muscle groups, and enhance stabilization and flexibility.
You’ll never run out of ways to use Swiss (also called stability) balls and medicine balls with this book, which describes and illustrates 69 exercises that can be done with one (or sometimes both) of these balls. Swiss and medicine balls are popular among athletes for conditioning, strength, flexibility, and balance. They provide an unstable platform, challenging balance and core stabilization and helping athletes train for unpredictable situations. You’ll progress from basic exercises, like pushups with the feet on the Swiss ball and crunches lying on the ball, to challenges like kneeling on the ball unassisted for three minutes and the one-legged jackknife. Each exercise is described in three stages–setup, movement, and finish–and many also include advanced variations. Illustrations–usually two per exercise–are clear and large, and the book opens flat, so you can do the exercises with the book beside you on the floor. Special training recommendations for football, skiing, tennis, soccer, golf, judo, hockey, baseball, figure skating, volleyball, and basketball are included. Both authors are strength/conditioning coaches, lecturers, and consultants. This book is highly recommended for the serious exerciser, athlete, or trainer looking for innovative ways to use Swiss and/or medicine balls. –Joan Price