Partner Training – Week 6
Last week, you learned a variety of partner training exercises you can do with a medicine ball. Today you can add to your repertoire.
Remember when exercising with your partner, be sure to encourage them and avoid judging or criticizing. Make it a fun and enjoyable atmosphere and you’ll both be more likely to stick to the program.
Start by standing tall with perfect posture facing your partner. Lunge forward as you throw the medicine ball to your partner using a chest pass. Your partner will catch the ball while performing a backwards lunge. Repeat lunging forwards and backwards. Always remember to push off the front leg and be sure that while lunging your front knee stays over your front foot. Continue for 30-60 seconds each side.
Stand inside a tennis court or anywhere where you’ve sectioned off an area about the size of a tennis court. Your partner will hold the ball while standing at the top of the court. You’ll stand at the opposite end. Your partner will roll the ball quickly to various spots on the court and it’s your goal to run to the ball, scoop it up and toss it back to your partner before the ball rolls outside of the court. Continue for 60-120 seconds.
Stand upright on one leg side-by-side with your partner. Keep your abdominals contracted throughout the entire drill. You start by holding the medicine ball and slowly bending/squatting and lowering the ball to the floor. Release the ball while your partner picks it up and you both return to the starting position. Repeat for 30-60 seconds on each leg. If the floor is too low, try placing the ball on a bench or chair instead so you don’t have to squat as low.
Stand side-by-side about 2 feet from your partner. Maintain perfect posture and keep your abdominals contracted throughout the entire exercise. Keep your arms straight and swing the ball from the outside of your body to the inside and then toss the ball to your partner. Your outside leg will pivot as you rotate across your body. Your partner catches the ball and repeats the exercise. Continue for 30-90 seconds each side.
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