Using a medicine ball is a great way to add load to your traditional strength-training routine, in a non-traditional way. With medicine balls, you can add power, strength and variety to your general fitness plan.

First, it’s important to understand the difference between the types of medicine balls available. Traditional medicine balls (MB) are generally soft, covered in leather or vinyl, and do not bounce upon impact. Other medicine balls, which we’ll refer to as slam balls (SB), are generally harder on the outside and bounce with impact like a basketball, depending on how heavy they are.

Here are eight new ways to use medicine balls that will build strength, increase power and keep you from getting bored with your workouts.

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