There are stories behind this exercise.
1. Slam Balls – While I was on holiday in the U.S, I fell back in love with them, I attended some classes with Core Group Fitness @ Performant Fitness.
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I hadn’t used slam balls since I moved to Lagos (Nigeria) a year ago…. wow, time flies!
Slam balls made a regular occurrence at CGF this time around and although they can be hard work, I LOVED every class we used them.
Once I got back from my holiday, the plan was (and still is) to order some new workout toys, slam balls included, and have them shipped to Lagos. I still haven’t done this and should do so ASAP to keep my group and personal training sessions interesting!
Luckily, I found two 10kg slam balls in a store here in Lagos, I was pleasantly surprised both at seeing them and the cost – very affordable. Of course, I bought them both and the rest as they say, is history. My class members are already raving about them.
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Slam balls are very durable and unlike medicine balls, don’t bounce back with the risk of knocking yourself out!! They are filled with air and sand and have a tough exterior to help withstand high speed impact. NOTE: Make sure the surface you’re slamming the ball is strong or use a pile of mats to cushion the impact and protect non durable flooring.
They can be used for ball slams (see video below) and also as weights e.g. I posted a video with overhead split squats using a slam ball.
Ball slams are high intensity and get your heart rate right up! The trick is to reach overhead and use your upper body and leg strength to drive the ball towards the floor, just like you’re trying to make a hole in the ground.
2. Because BURPEES, of course!
This workout is a good combination of 2 high intensity exercises – ball slams and burpees. Thank me later!
30s of slam ball burpees, 15s rest x 5 sets.
Stick to both the work and rest periods as detailed above to get the most out of this short, effective, fat burning interval workout.
Don’t own a slam ball? Try a tuck jump instead of ball slam… it works, trust me!