By Julie Messinger
DHAC Exercise Physiologist
Welcome back to our medicine ball series! This exercise – the wood chop – is more functional: it involves rotation of the body. It will strengthen your core, obliques, arms, shoulders and legs. It’s a great full body exercise. The wood chopper will also help improve athletic performance in certain sports such as golf, tennis and skiing.
As always, prior to trying any new exercise, be sure you have the medical clearance to do so. If you ever need help with form, just let one of the Dedham Health exercise physiologists know and we’d be happy to help!
- Start with your feet hip width apart, knees slightly bent.
- Holding a medicine ball by the right side of your knee, rotate through the torso, bringing the ball up and across the body above your left shoulder. Your knees should be behind the toes while you rotate, with your core engaged.
- Reaching high, bring the ball towards the back of the room as far as you can, making sure to keep your body in control while pivoting slightly on the right foot. Make sure your arms are extended throughout the whole exercise.
- Slowly bring your body back to starting position and repeat.
- After completing 12 reps on your right side, switch to your left.
- Complete 2-3 sets of this exercise.