Thursday, September 28


Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow a Journey

Medicine ball training is one of the oldest forms of strength and conditioning training; early reference to wrestlers training with sand filled bladders appears in Persia nearly 3000 years ago. In ancient Greece the physician Hippocrates had balls sewn together out of animal skins and stuffed with sand. His patients threw them back and forth for injury prevention and rehabilitation. In the late nineteenth century and early twentieth century the words health and medicine were synonymous. The Four Horseman of Fitness were the dumbbell, the Indian club, the wand or staff and the medicine ball. These were the beginnings of the modern medicine ball. Such is the tradition our group carries on today with Robert and Bruce working a "Stinger" (6#) and Stephen, Joe and Paul using an Accelerator (8#) or Paul's Purple Ball. The journey never ends; it is only passed on.

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