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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics; 2 edition (November 15, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0736066977
  • ISBN-13: 978-0736066976
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 7 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #431,947 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

You'll never run out of ways to use Swiss (also called stability) balls and medicine balls with this book, which describes and illustrates 69 exercises that can be done with one (or sometimes both) of these balls. Swiss and medicine balls are popular among athletes for conditioning, strength, flexibility, and balance. They provide an unstable platform, challenging balance and core stabilization and helping athletes train for unpredictable situations. You'll progress from basic exercises, like pushups with the feet on the Swiss ball and crunches lying on the ball, to challenges like kneeling on the ball unassisted for three minutes and the one-legged jackknife. Each exercise is described in three stages--setup, movement, and finish--and many also include advanced variations. Illustrations--usually two per exercise--are clear and large, and the book opens flat, so you can do the exercises with the book beside you on the floor. Special training recommendations for football, skiing, tennis, soccer, golf, judo, hockey, baseball, figure skating, volleyball, and basketball are included. Both authors are strength/conditioning coaches, lecturers, and consultants. This book is highly recommended for the serious exerciser, athlete, or trainer looking for innovative ways to use Swiss and/or medicine balls. --Joan Price --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"As a coach I have seen how the exercises in Strength Ball Training have benefited my players. The power, stability, and balance that can be developed are exactly what any athlete needs to succeed in sports."

Jacques Martin
Head coach and general manager, Florida Panthers NHL hockey club


Strength Ball Training has been an important part of my hockey preparation for many years. It gets me ready to play!”

Daniel Alfredsson
Captain, Ottawa Senators hockey club NHL


“Balance, strength, stability and power is what you need on the ice and it's what I get from Strength Ball Training!”

Gary Roberts
Assistant captain Florida Panthers hockey club NHL


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Customer Reviews

If your into ball training.
T West
The first thing that impressed me was the quality, the amount of care that has gone into every aspect of the book and accompanying dvd.
Gretchen Kromer
You really get your money's worth with this book and DVD.
L. Gregg

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47 of 47 people found the following review helpful By W. R. Mulkey on January 28, 2007
Format: Paperback
I'm not a PhD on the subject, but as a lifelong "fitness enthusiast" (read: two points shy of OCD) I've seen dozens of books on diet and exercise and have managed, through judicious culling of available material, to distill a program out of it all that has eased considerably my transition from extended adolescence into midlife crisis.

Lately haven given up running and 80% of my weightlifting activity in favor of dance class, hiking/hill sprinting and bodyweight circuits, the stability ball is the single most important piece of gear I use. The core conditioning I've learned in the course of various rehab cycles relies on it, and having revamped my program based on the ball and related movements I'm always looking for new information about it.

This book is the most comprehensive out of half a dozen or so I've seen on the subject. It contains sections on each body part and a full range of medicine ball movements for explosive conditioning. If I would have known 30 years ago what I know now, I'd have been ten times better off using the programs in this book than the folklore-laden, body builder-based training I was using.

If you want to build the type of conditioning that will not only make you a better athlete but give you survivability throughout your life, this book would be an excellent place to start.
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Mike McD on February 26, 2007
Format: Paperback
I start all of reviews with 5 stars and then take away stars with something that I don't like.

I think this book is a great book. It's a very comprehensive book showing you all of the different exercises available with a stability ball and even some exercises that I didn't know could be performed with a stability ball. Very well put together.

I do have two complaints though. 1) You have to have a partner for several of the exercises listed. I'm not taking away a star for that though, because other people did have it in their reviews and somehow I just skimmed over that part. 2) There's not really a good workout regiment in the book. They give you all of these exercises and then don't really culminate them well. Yes, there are a few "workouts" in the back of the book, but they only seem enough to whet your appetite. I am horrible about coming up with my own workout plan. I guess I'm just not creative enough. Seems like something they could add in a revised edition.

All in all a good book though.
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50 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Neil C. Scelsa on February 22, 2002
Format: Paperback
When I was a kid,I remember seeing the guys who boxed at the YMCA gym using Medicine Balls as part of their training. Medicine Balls went by the wayside because people lost interest in using them. So I find this great book on Amazon, with a lot of great exercises showing how to work the medicine ball into your routine. The book is clear and fun and can be used by both men and women.I tried some of these great exercises with my wife and a friend of hers, we all had a good time, and everybody liked the Medicine Ball Workouts!!! Now we are all going to use these routines on a permanent basis. My only complaint is that they don't tell you what weight medicine ball to get. The website provided showed very expensive balls. I got a 15lb ball... at a Sports Store.( Most stores don't carry the 15lb size so you may have to shop around).
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Empire Builder on February 19, 2008
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This book is worth twice the price. The accompanying DVD is also worth twice the price. It's a lot of information for the money!

Background: until a couple of weeks ago I exclusively lifted weights for strength training. Then I hurt my back, and decided I needed to get some more dynamic training into my regimen. I bought a few medicine balls, and immediately hurt my back again! (In a different spot.) I ordered this book (along with Gambetta's medicine ball book) to teach me the right way to use medicine balls. I was a bit unsure about this book because I really didn't want all those stability ball exercises -- I was just looking for med ball ex's.

In the meantime I went to a few stability ball classes at the Y because I figured that they wouldn't hurt my back. I actually enjoyed them and looked forward to the book's arrival.

The exercises in the sample program look pretty easy, that is until you watch the DVD and learn the *correct* way to do them. For all you macho guys out there who think that stability balls are for sissies, well let's just say that after I completed the beginner workout, I felt like I had been beaten by hammers all over my body. But in a good way! :-)

The DVD is very professionally produced. They film the exercises from multiple camera angles, and use slow- and stop-motion liberally to illustrate the critical parts of each exercise. (My 3 and 6 year-olds were mesmerized!) There is narration during the slow/stop sequences telling you what to watch for.

Short story, I sent Gambetta's book back because it pales in comparison to this one.

By the way, today I went to the Y and it was a beautiful day (60 degrees in February!) so the place was empty. I had my choice of an empty weight room or an empty aerobics studio. I chose the studio and the stability balls! What does that tell you?
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By L. Gregg on January 9, 2007
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You really get your money's worth with this book and DVD. As a personal trainer I already know a lot of balance ball exercises, but this book really taught me some new tricks. There are some very challenging exercises for the core. There are quite a few exercises that require a partner which is great for me as a personal trainer. I highly recommend this book. The DVD is a real bonus.
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