The medicine ball has been used for fitness for thousands of years. Long before dumbbells, kettlebells and barbells, weighted balls were used by the Persians and the Greeks, some 3000 years ago, as a means to improving fitness and helping injured people regain strength and mobility. Even the Greek physician Hippocrates was a fan — ‘medicine’, in fact, was synonymous with the word health, hence the term ‘medicine ball’ — so why does the average gym-goer give them such a wide berth now?
Used by elite-level athletes, Olympians, CrossFitters and triathletes (to name a few), the humble medicine ball could be the one piece of kit that your home gym arsenal is missing. After all, you can carry, squat, throw, slam and press them — can your dumbbells do the same?
Best Medicine Balls 2021
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8kg Medicine Ball
Available in 4kg, 6kg, 8kg, 10kg, 15kg and 20kg weights, PhysioRoom’s medicine ball — or a slam ball, depending on how you use it — is the ideal starter point if you’re looking to invest in something new. The textured vinyl cover makes it easy to grip and reduces wear over time.
At around the same price point is Everlasts’s 5kg medicine ball, which is ideal for accessory work, high-rep workouts, wall balls and medicine ball slams.
Slam Ball – No Bounce, Heavy Duty Rubber
Filled with sand and available in 5kg, 10kg, 12kg and 15kg weights, JLL’s slam ball is made with high-quality heavy duty rubber that won’t damage the floor or walls.
Rugby Medicine Ball
Made by rugby training specialists RAM, this medicine ball uses an eight-panel construction and a high-grade slip leather material to keep things grippy while you’re working hard.
Pro Fitness 8kg Medicine Ball
Hone core strength and explosive power with Pro Fitness’ medicine ball, made with a durable design and non-slip rubber surface.
No Bounce Textured Medicine Ball
Designed to be thrown thousands (and thousands) of times, this no-bounce medicine ball is ideal for training your explosive power, grip and core strength. The contoured outer shell helps you grip the medicine ball and is versatile enough for any fitness level.
RDX Medicine Ball
On a budget? Available in a choice of 5kg, 8kg, 10kg, and 12kg options, this wallet-friendly RDX medicine ball is made from thick maya hide leather that’ll keep tears and cracks at bay. It’s stuffed with natural and synthetic fibres and sand for balanced weighting.
If you’re looking for something a little more durable, Bulldog Gear’s medicine ball is encased in an anti-bacterial vinyl fabric that is also moisture and scuff resistant. Spanning 14 inches in diameter, it’s available in 3kg, 5kg, 7kg, 9kg, 12kg, and 15kg weights.
MAR Synthetic Leather Medicine Ball
Fresh out of an old-school boxing gym, this faux-leather medicine ball from MAR not only looks and feels the part, but the blister-coated lining will ensure it goes the distance too. Available in 3kg, 4kg, 5kg, 6kg, 7kg, 8kg, 9kg and 10kg weights, there’s a choice for every athlete.
Jordan Medicine Ball
If you’re after studio-quality kit, invest in this slick Jordan medicine ball. The textured rubber surface feels like basketball, and offers the same level of grip. It has a rubber-weighted centre for exceptional balance, and is available in 1kg to 10kg options.
Atreq Trigon Slam Ball
Designed for Crossfit specifically, with weights ranging from 2kg to a bumper 20kg, this Atreq medicine ball is filled with iron dust for exceptional slam-absorption. It benefits from a reinforced air valve and a super-grippy textured surface, so it won’t slip out of your hands.
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