Slam ball. The name may resonate but but probably you’ve never been introduced. Read on to find out more and discover why it deserves your spotlight.
A slam ball is a weighted, rubber-coated ball which can be used in a range of exercises to condition and define your muscles.
Though very similar to medicine (med) balls, slam balls have one crucial difference – they have thicker surfaces, making them ideal for high-impact throwing exercises. Med balls, on the other hand, have much thinner rubber, leather or plastic surfaces, so are impractical for intense workouts.
Slam balls are popular with athletes worldwide, as they’re both simple to train with and can greatly improve your muscle mass. Depending on which exercises you do, a slam ball works your shoulders, triceps, pecs, calves, back and core (especially your abdominals). Even if you’re not looking for Schwarzenegger-style muscles, this has its advantages, as the more powerful your muscles are, the faster your metabolism (resulting in less body fat).
Slam balls can fit perfectly into your gym plan (though are particularly suited to those who do resistance training). Even if you’re operating a jam-packed fitness schedule, slam balls can get involved – used in place of free weights or incorporated into cardio exercises. In addition, they range from 3 kg to 15 kg, supporting a range of muscle strengths and capabilities.
There are a range of ways to work out with a slam ball – here are a few of our favourite examples.
Benefits: Improves your balance while toning your legs and abs.
1. Stand with your feet together in front of the slam ball
2. Push your right foot back, balancing your toes on top of the ball
3. Applying weight to your left heel, lower your body into a lunge, bending your right knee forwards (your left knee should form a 90 degree angle)
4. Straighten both legs until you’re standing in front of the ball again. Repeat.
Benefits: Increases your metabolism while working out plenty of your muscles at once.
Benefits: Refines and works your shoulder muscles.
Start your beautiful slam ball journey by visiting your local club today.