In the last post I spoke about High Intensity Interval Training for Strength Athletes and the benefits this way of training can have on the human body.
This week I want to go through a routine in which I highly recommend and a great finisher at the end of your workout. Try this at the end of your next workout and feel the burn:
Medicine Slam Balls – 15 – 30 seconds
Kettlebell Swings – 15 – 30 seconds
Rest – 15- 30 seconds
Perform 3 – 8 Sets depending on you fitness level.
Now to go through the coaching points of how to perform these exercises correctly in order to avoid injury:
How to do Ball Slams
- Stand with your feet shoulder width apart, knees slightly bent and a non-bounce medicine ball held overhead.
- Throw the ball down to the ground in front of your feet with as much force as possible. Exhale during the movement and contract the abs powerully.
- If possible, catch the ball as it bounces from the floor. If there’s no bounce at all, keep the ab muscles engaged and pick the ball from the floor.
- Lift the medicine ball back the the starting position and repeat.
- It’s important that non-bounce medicine balls are used for ball slams else it’s likely you’ll end up with a broken nose! Dead balls are a popular choice as they’re rubber balls filled with sand and will deform when impacted, with minimal bounce.
- Test how bouncy the ball is before starting the exercise!
How to do Kettlebell Swings
Place one kettlebell between your feet. Push back with your butt and bend your knees to get into the starting position. Make sure that your back isflat and look straight ahead. Swing the kettlebell between your legs forcefully. Quickly reverse the direction and drive though with your hipstaking the kettlebell straight out. Let the kettlebell swing back between your legs and repeat. Switch arms with each set.
Below I have posted a video from my youtube channel showing myself implementing the routine myself! So you can be assured it is tried and tested!