Friday, October 17


It Is Our Third "2nd Thursday of October"!

2nd Thursday of October is our anniversary, we are celebrating 3 years of consistently meeting for our medicine ball workouts at Zilker Elementary School in Austin, TX. So, obviously we have had to increase the size or weight of our ball, right? One of the greatest misconceptions about medicine ball training is that you need to work with a heavier ball as you progress in your training. There is a word that Physical Educators put a lot of emphasis on and that word is "efficiency". Sometimes we think of a perpetual energy machine when talking about efficiency. One definition says: Efficiency is the ratio of the effective or useful output to the total input in any system; I like that one. So, efficiency in our medicine ball training can be better understood by relating it to our General Physical Skills development. Moving up to a heavier medicine ball is mainly related to increases in strength; but the measurement of strength or a strength test is generally done from a stationary position, i.e. feet being planted or shoulders secured on a bench. In medicine ball training we are concerned the the integration of our general physical skill from the stand point of moving our bodies both spatially and temporally. Efficiency is more closely related to the general physical skills of Accuracy, Agility, Coordination, Balance, and the synergistic effect created by the integration of those skills upon the others. The other skills being Strength, Power, Speed, Flexibility, Cardio-Respiratory Endurance, and Stamina. Wow, I am really getting out there, so there you go. And, will someone please help that women in the picture with that medicine ball, as miss guided as she may be. She needs a big Wa-Pow!, if you know what I mean.

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