The Single Leg Overhead MB Throw is a ballistic exercise for professional athletes to improve energy transfer, neural pathways for explosive shot production, body control, balance and coordination.
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Overhead MB Throw Progression
If you use additional weights…make sure you use appropriate weight so you can control the action throughout the entire range of motion. Otherwise you defeat the purpose of the exercise.
Very often, people use too much resistance and they become sloppy. Especially when it comes to maintaining dynamic stability repetitively.
Also, don’t just progress with adding more weight. Instead maximize the speed and don’t look towards the ground while throwing but keep your head up and look forward. All while maintaining perfect form.
If that’s still too easy then keep your head up and track and object/person while throwing.
Here are the progression levels:
- Beginner: look down
- Advanced: look forward
- Professional: alternate stance, look forward & track an object/person
Single Leg Overhead MB Throw Description
- Hold a medicine ball (MB) in both hands behind the head; remain 6-8 feet away from the wall/partner
- Take on single-leg stance position; knee and hip are slightly flexed; non-weight bearing knee is flexed at 90˚; back remains straight; face the wall/partner; maintain neutral head position; keep looking forward
- Extend the hip forward, flex the hip and explosively throw the MB forward towards the wall/partner
- Receive bounce pass from wall/partner; do NOT catch MB in the air
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