Andy Haley
- Andy Haley is an Associate Content Director at STACK Media. A certified strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS), he received his bachelor’s degree in exercise science...

Exercise of the Week: Alternating Single-Arm Med Ball Push-Up

September 7, 2011

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Every Wednesday, STACK features an Exercise of the Week to help you improve your overall sports performance—including strength, speed, conditioning and flexibility. This week we highlight the Alternating Single-Arm Med Ball Push-Up, an upper body exercise that develops chest and core strength.

Who’s Doing It

Muscular Benefits

  • Increases chest, shoulder and arm strength, including the pecs, delts and triceps
  • Improves shoulder and core stability

Sports Performance Benefits

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  • Develops full range of chest strength, necessary for functional movement in sports, such as using hands to block an opponent
  • Fosters equal strength between the left and right sides of the body, which helps eliminate power imbalances that could negatively affect performance
  • Improves shoulder stability during pushing motions to ensure your joint is strong, stable and ready to cope with the stress of competition

Alternating Single-Arm Med Ball Push-Up Description

  • Assume Push-Up position with one hand on med ball
  • Perform Push-Up until both arms are straight
  • Roll med ball to other hand; perform push-up
  • Continue in alternating fashion for specified reps

Sets/Reps: 1x12, 1x10

Coaching Points

  • Keep core and glutes tight
  • Lower until ball touches shoulder area
  • Pass ball to upper hand at top of Push-Up

Do you have an exercise that you want to see featured as an Exercise of the Week? Tweet us at @STACKMedia to let us know.

Andy Haley
- Andy Haley is an Associate Content Director at STACK Media. A certified strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS), he received his bachelor’s degree in exercise science...

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