How to Throw a Medicine Ball on a Trampoline

Instead of jumping on a trampoline, throw a medicine ball on it.
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If you're bored with your monotonous exercise routine, spice it up by throwing a medicine ball on a trampoline or rebounder and catching it when it bounces back. Although this might sound and look deceptively easy, this upper-body plyometric drill, which is often used during sports conditioning, will have you huffing and puffing in no time. In addition to making you feel like a child on the playground, throw-and-catch exercises can strengthen your bones and muscles and help prevent injuries.

Step 1

Position the trampoline so it's slanted at an angle of about 70 degrees and facing you. Just in case your aim is off, ensure there aren't any people around you or the trampoline during the exercise.

Step 2

Hold a medicine ball in your hands and stand about 2 feet from the trampoline in a split stance, so one foot is about a step-length in front of the other. Alternatively, assume a shoulder-width stance.

Step 3

Tighten your abdominals to stabilize your body, lean slightly forward from your hips and bend your elbows at your sides to bring the medicine ball against your chest.

Step 4

Extend your elbows and forcefully push the ball away from your chest onto the center of the trampoline.

Step 5

Catch the ball with both hands when it bounces back to you and bend your elbows, allowing the resistance to bring the ball about 3 inches in front of your chest. Immediately extend your arms and push the ball back onto the center of the trampoline. Minimize the time that the ball is in your possession -- imagine it's a hot ball of fire that's burning your hands. Complete five to 10 repetitions and three to five sets.

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