While you’re training clients online or in outdoor spaces, it’s great to remind clients how the equipment available to them and that is easy for you to transport can be so versatile when training a range of muscle groups. Here, Gordon Cunningham takes us through a sequence with the popular medicine ball.
This article is taken from our September-October 2019 magazine. In the feature we exploring the idea of the minimalist personal trainer. We reached out to three leading PTs to tell us about a piece of kit they can’t live without and to show how this one piece of equipment can be utilised to work a range of muscle groups.
Why do you choose the Dynamax medicine ball as your preferred tool?
The Dynamax medicine ball isn’t all about slams. It’s a super-versatile piece of equipment that can be used for progression and regression of movement during the rehabilitation process. It’s non-intimidating, easy to hold, and provides comfortable height ratios for floor work.
What makes Dynamax appropriate for rehabilitating your clients?
Clients are instantly comfortable with the product, which allows confidence and focus on the session with no limiting distractions.
How do you scale intensity up or down depending on client needs?
The versatility of Dynamax allows for a quick transition from slow and controlled to dynamic, powerful and athletic movements. Being able to adapt range, speed and weight all add to the scalability of intensity. When relating this to programming, the options become efficient, specific and productive.
Does this tool allow you to fulfil a complete treatment programme for a rehab client?
Yes, having the ability to change up a movement quickly while increasing a client’s confidence is extremely powerful during a session and helps build trust. Add in fun and a performance element and you have an all-round rehabilitation template to work with during the workout.
As the owner of ActivScotland, Gordon Cunningham has learned through experience as a sports therapist and PT that sustainable performance is built upon healthy foundations. His work is informed by examining behaviours and habits, and cultivating better movement, recovery, focus and attention.