The Alternating Single Leg Overhead MB Pull Over is a balance exercise for pro athletes to improve body control, balance and coordination.
Learn more about why having great dynamic balance is important and take a look at Tennis Champions: What Separates Them From The Rest?
Before you engage in stability training you may want to take a look at Medicine Ball Training: Strengthen Your Core & Enhance Stability for more exercises and a sample medicine ball workout for advanced athletes.
How to Progress
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 core stability repetitively.
Also, don’t just progress with adding more weight. Instead maximize the speed and don’t look towards the ground while reaching 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 reaching.
Here are the progression levels:
Beginner: look down
Advanced: look forward
Professional: look forward & track an object/person
Alternating Single Leg Overhead MB Pull Over Description
- Hold a medicine ball (MB) in both hands behind the head
- Take on athletic stance position; knees and hips are slightly flexed; upper-body is straight
- Side-Step to the left
- Step into a diagonal single leg stance position; knee and hip are slightly flexed; non-weight bearing knee is flexed at 90˚; back remains straight; face the object/partner; maintain neutral head position; keep looking forward
- Maintain neutral pelvic position, flex the shoulders, keep elbows slightly flexed, and pull the MB over the head to chest-level (90˚ of shoulder flexion)
- Extend the shoulder with extended elbows until the MB is over the head, then flex the elbows and return MB to starting position
- Side-step to the right
- Step into diagonal single-leg stance position with left foot and repeat
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