Medicine ball overhead reach
This is an excerpt from Strength Training 2nd Edition by NSCA -National Strength & Conditioning Association.
- Sit slightly to the front of the top of a stability ball, with the torso at about a 45-degree angle.
- Hold a medicine ball directly in front of the torso with the arms straight.
- Keeping the arms straight and the spine neutral, slowly raise the medicine ball upward until it is directly overhead or until it reaches a level just before the torso position cannot be maintained.
- Slowly return to the starting position following the same path used for the upward movement.
- Avoid using a medicine ball that is too heavy.
- Keep the abdominal muscles tight.
- Although this movement actively uses the shoulders, the muscles of the torso are extremely involved in an effort to stabilize the body and control the movement.
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