Tuesday Training: The Importance of Variety and a Medicine Ball Flab Fighter, Flat Stomach Workout
I believe one of the successes to my training program is the variety I include in my workouts. One day I’ll go on a long, leisurely bike ride. A few days later, I’m pounding out short sprints. I mix in yoga, kickboxing, kettlebells, rock climbing, pilates, etc. You name it, I do it or at least try it. Variety is also the key to well rounded fitness results so add some variety in your workouts and watch your body reap the benefits.
One way to achieve variety is by switching up the equipment you normally use. Do you usually lift with dumbbells? Switch it up with a kettlebell workout. I love to incorporate the good old medicine ball in my lifting routines every once in awhile for some added challenge and variety.
The medicine ball is a powerful tool for fat burning and getting rock solid, 6 pack abs. Medicine ball exercises use a wide range of motions, which require more muscle fibers being used. More muscle fiber recruitment equals faster fat burning and increased muscle building. Also, because of the high level of trunk rotations, medicine ball workouts are especially good for core strength and stability. When working out with a medicine ball, you will work every area of your core, which is something you cannot achieve through typical crunches.
I’m somewhat of a nerd at heart and found this fact about medicine balls amusing: The medicine ball is actually the oldest known piece of training equipment. A few thousand years ago, they filled animal bladders with sand and sewed them up to create them. You can go ahead and make your own medicine ball with an animal bladder or you can go out and buy one. I opted to buy one 😉
*Four to fifteen pounds are the most common weights for medicine balls and finding one in that weight range is a good guideline for this flab fighter, flat stomach workout. If you cannot complete the 10 reps with your weight medicine ball, you need a lighter one. If 10 reps is easy, you need to go heavier. Remember, it should be a challenge!
Medicine Ball Flab Fighter, Flat Stomach Workout
Do this routine in a circuit which means you do the first exercise and then keep moving on to the next until you’ve reached the end. Then it’s time to repeat!