One question I get asked a lot as a Personal Trainer is “how do I get rid of insert body fat area here” but another question more relevant to today’s post is “what should I buy for my home gym?”. Well in the interim of a blog post series I’m working on, let me tell you one of my top 10 pieces of equipment for a home gym is a medicine ball, or two. About four years ago I invested in a 4lb Cap Barbell Medicine Ball for my personal training clients (and as a bonus – I can use them myself) and I haven’t regretted it one single bit!
So what’s a medicine ball and how do you use it? Well like a lot of fitness equipment these date back a long way. Back even before I was born, and I’m practically ancient. Ancient Greeks and gladiators used medicine balls in their training, so I’m pretty sure they are legit. Seriously if it’s good enough for gladiators I’m pretty sure I’m down with it.
In fact I now own a 4lb, 8lb and 12lb Cap Barbell Medicine Ball. Yeah I’m going for the full set. Like Pokemon, gotta catch ’em all! Ok seriously I’d like all of them but alas that would mean finding somewhere to store them, although Cap Barbell also do a nifty rack to store them on, so maybe one day! Initially I bought the purple 4lb medicine ball, and then later bought the 10lb and then the 12lb
Cap Barbell Medicine Ball features
- Nice and clearly numbered. From 2lb to 12lb. Each is clearly printed on the ball, and after 4 years of use I can still see the print on my 4lb ball.
- I love the fact that along with having the weight printed on the ball they are color coded too. Makes it easier for me, to just bring a certain color or ask a client to retrieve a certain color than them hunting for the “x”lb ball.
- I like the texture on the ball. It’s advertised as a “tacky grip” and it really is! Bonus is that the grip texture is all over. This really helps to fell the ball when you’re catching, throwing and generally handling the medicine ball.
- They are solid and bouncy! If you are looking for something to throw against a wall, I can confirm that the CAP Barbell medicine ball does and will bounce. Sand filled ones won’t so be aware of your needs when choosing a medicine ball!
- Evenly distributed weight. When you hold the ball it isn’t going to shift on you as the weight shifts. It’s perfectly round, it’s not going to deflate, and it’s just uniform all over. Great for throwing, catching, grasping, slamming and supporting.
I will state right now that I ordered the Purple 4lb one four years ago purely because it was a fantastic price, BUT then I got sucked in and bought the yellow 8lb a few months later and the 12lb the next year. I gotta tell you that as of this posting (August 2015) the blue 6lb cap barbell medicine ball is under $20 on Amazon (that’s 46% off the regular list price), which is an amazing price. Plus with Amazon Prime free shipping it could be here by the weekend ready for a weekend workout! For the price these are a steal! In fact the yellow 8lb ball is only $2 more than the 6lb ball! That’s just $1 extra per lb.
Sidenote: If you don’t have Amazon Prime, seriously invest!!! So worth it. We’ve had it a long time now and I LOVE it. Great for personal trainers. Want new fitness equipment for your clients? Shop online at your leisure, Prime orders then ship it free in two days. I will tell you some of my things have arrived THE NEXT FREAKIN’ DAY! No minimum orders and you get a ton of other benefits too, but you can read about those on the Amazon prime website.
I would definitely recommend Cap Barbell Medicine Balls to anyone wanting to workout at home, and for personal trainers looking to expand their training equipment. I’d also suggest checking out Cap Barbell’s other equipment. I also bought their barbell and plates, dumbbells, kettlebells and more. Check them out on Amazon too because once you start stocking your home gym you’ll wonder why you ever paid gym fees. Plus you save a ton of travel time.
If you’re looking for workouts featuring Cap Barbell Medicine Ball then check out these two I did last year. Remember I also have more workouts on my Youtube Channel. I’ll be posting more workouts in September!
Disclosure: It’s always my policy to make you aware that links used in this post are affiliate links. This means I earn a small commision on any sales through those links. This means I might be buying a 6lb and 8lb ball sooner than anticipated 😉