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How to Trying Light Medicine Ball Chest Raises

1. Locate a yoga mat and a medicine ball.

You can also use a carpeted area, but a yoga mat is preferable, as you want to be able to keep your body as straight as possible throughout the exercise.

  • Medicine balls vary in both weight (from 2 pounds to 30 pounds) and material (hard plastic, dense rubber or synthetic leather)
  • Choose the type and weight that works best for your level of fitness. It?s better to start with a lighter weight ball and work your way up to a heavier one to avoid injuries.
2. Place the medicine ball in front of the mat

The ball should not be directly in front of the mat, but placed within arms reach on one of the shorter ends of the mat

3. Lie face-down and extend your arms to grab the ball

Your head should be facing the ball. When you extend your arms to grab the ball, keep them as straight as possible

  • Keep your legs extended straight along the mat. You can point your toes or relax them
  • Give yourself enough space to fully extend your body without bumping into anything.
4. Raise your arms and legs at the same time.

While gripping the ball, raise your arms and legs at the same time. Hold the position for a minute or two at the top

  • Its fine if your legs only rise a few inches above the mat. Your back muscles will still get a workout
  • Keep your core tight and make sure to keep breathing!
5. Lower your arms and legs to the ground slowly

Don?t hurry this part of the exercise. Take a deep breath and slowly bring your arms and legs to the ground. Your core should still be tight and you should feel the muscles in both your back and abs being engaged

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