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Old 07-07-2006, 06:02 PM   #1
Eric Allen Kerr
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Anyone every try out a gel filled medicine ball for things like ball slams and wall ball?

I noticed a couple of sites recommending the 'MediBalls'

http://www.betterfitnessproducts.com/mediball.html

Looks pretty soft and cushy as far as medicine balls go, but how tough are they and how much do they bounce?

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Old 07-10-2006, 02:40 PM   #2
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Eric,

I have one of these. I have used it for four months of CrossFit and it has held up fine, even on asphalt. Works well for wall ball throws and slams; just doesn't keep its form (so you can't use it to measure squats).

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Old 07-10-2006, 05:09 PM   #3
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I had a gell filled one years ago. I used to do slams with it and it worked well. It made a weird metallic sound when you slammed it. It lasted about a year or so and finally broke.

It was fairly bouncy as well.
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Old 07-11-2006, 08:53 PM   #4
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@Matt Shatzkin

>just doesn't keep its form (so you can't use it to measure squats)

Weird, I was under the impression that was supposed to be one of their cool features?

"Their compact and perfectly balanced shape makes them easier to handle"

@Bret Parkhill

>It lasted about a year or so and finally broke.

Hmm, what broke on it since there are no seams? The gel core?

A lifespan of a year doesn't sound that great given the cost of medicine balls!
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Old 07-12-2006, 03:42 PM   #5
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If you want both durable and bouncy, try the Everlast rubber ones:

http://www.track-and-field-equipment-guide.com/catalog/shop/Everlast_Rubber_Medi cine_Balls

(Not sure if this is a particularly good price.)

I have both 12 and 20 pound versions of these . . . both tough as nails. Both have taken a LOT of outdoor abuse for about 2 years now, no sign of fatigue (in them . . . plenty of fatigue in me).

They do bounce like anything, which can be good or bad depending on what you're doing. For slamball/rageball in particular, some people like the D-ball because it goes dead (almost no bounce at all), and you have to squat down to pick it up again after slamming it. The Everlast ones will bounce back better than head-high after a strong slam (watch your face). When I want a dead-ball effect, I slam them onto a gymnastics crash pad.
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