Ancient drawings allude to the medicine ball being used 3,000 years ago by Persian wrestlers.
That’s what The Huffington Post reported in its 2014 article, “Medicine Balls Are Actually Ancient Fitness Tools.” Although technology has progressed, there’s still a lot to consider when it comes to medicine balls for your Box.
When initially buying medicine balls for her gym, Velvet Minnick, the owner of CrossFit 460 in Blacksburg, Virginia, said she invested in top-notch equipment from Rogue. “After almost two years of being open, I have the same medicine balls and they are in excellent condition. They hold their shape better than any other brand that I have had experience with — mainly in competitions at other Boxes,” she said.
At CrossFit Wylie, owner Chris Coker said when he first opened, he purchased slam balls instead of med balls, going for the more versatile product to save money.
Since those beginning years, he has invested in Get RXd and RAGE Fitness medicine balls, as well as Dynamax and Rogue. Unlike Minnick, however, he said with medicine balls and slam balls — items that are getting thrown around and squatted on — the quality isn’t going to make a huge difference. For Coker, he evaluates the total price of the equipment, including shipping, when it comes to making a purchase.
As for what med ball weights to have, George Keklik, the owner of CrossFit TriTown in Monroe, Connecticut, said a variety of weights is essential. And so is knowing what keeps the equipment lasting. For Keklik, that means avoiding dropping or sitting on them. Plus, when one of his RAGE Fitness medicine balls rips, a member of the Box takes it home and double stitches it back up.
Coker said the biggest thing he has found is having enough weights on the lighter side for those high-rep workouts. “That’s one thing we’re trying to solve at our locations by going out and getting some 2-pound and 4-pound [medicine balls],” he explained. “You have more options, and then we also use them for our CrossFit kids program.”
All in all, Minnick stuck to her advice of buying good equipment. “Having the equipment last year over year is definitely better than having to deal with it in the short term,” she said. “You might save a little money up front with the cheaper equipment, but you end up spending more time dealing with replacing it over the long term.”