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Weights & Strength Training

Strength training is one of the fundamentals in sports rehabilitation and general fitness. By increasing the strength of a muscle and creating a larger amount of muscle mass in the body, the metabolism is naturally raised and the skeletal system becomes better protected against injury. The PhysioRoom strength section contains a variety of muscle building and strength increasing equipment including dumbbells, resistance training aids and strength machines for home and gym usage.

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Gymnic Medicine Ball - Weight & Circuit Training - Core Strength Training
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Neo Hex Dumbbells

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Slam Ball 3kg to 15kg - Medicine Ball - Core & Strength Training

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Adjustable Weight Lifting Belt

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PhysioRoom Ankle and Wrist Weights x2 1 Pound
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Dumbbell Storage Rack

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Kettlebell Rack

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Kettlebell - 4kg

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15kg Weight Vest

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Kettlebell - 6kg

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Increasing the strength of a muscle requires exercise against a resistance. The size of the resistance and the number of times (repetitions) that this resistance is pushed by the body determines the effect that the exercise has with higher repetitions equating to a greater increase in mass and a low number of repetitions with a heavier weight equating to a larger increase in strength. Kettlebells, dumbbells and medicine balls are a home or commercial gym must have. They can be used in a variety of different strength training regimes and classes by allowing the user to isolate muscles for specified growth.

Kettlebells

Kettlebells are said to have been first used by the Russian military and provide a full body workout when used for ballistic movements during which the centre of mass is extended beyond the hand. This replication of swing movements mimics real world activities such as digging and hammer swings.

Dumbells

Dumbbells on the other hand allow the user to perform isolation movements such as bicep curls to stimulate muscle growth in a specific area or can be used to perform full body exercises such as the Turkish Getup.

Medicine Balls

PhysioRoom's medicine balls are training aids which can be weighted with water or sand, that are used for exercises that develop and tone muscle groups within the back and abdomen to increase core strength and stability. Our medicines balls are premium quality textured balls with a rubber surface for excellent grip and stability. They have rubber weighted centres for good balance and are colour coded by size for easy weight identification. These medicine balls are perfect for circuit training, core strength exercises, functional training exercises such as lunge and overhead reach, single hand drills like a medicine ball swing and exercises that require a strong grip such as fast standing rotations.

What's the difference between a medicine ball and a slam ball?

Medicine balls and Slam balls are both types of weighted exercise equipment that can range from 1-20kg. Exercises such as; squats, sit ups, chest presses, lunges or rotational movements can all be enhanced by adding the resistance of a weighted ball. Usually Medicine balls are made from leather, rubber or plastic and designed to be used as a free weight in standard lifting exercises. They often have handles in place to make manoeuvrability easier and can be a great addition to improve functional movements and to help prevent injury risk in sporting activities.

In contrast, Slam balls are better suited to throwing exercises. Made of tough rubber and extra durable materials they allow some bounce from hard surfaces when slammed against them, perfect for explosive, powerful movement. Slam balls can enhance cardiovascular endurance and hand eye coordination due to the more dynamic exercises that can be performed. They also allow exercises to be carried out with a partner by throwing, bouncing or rebounding the ball to each other. Like a medicine ball, these slam balls can be used for a wide number of core and strength training exercises, with the added benefit of extra upper body toning. Used mainly for throwing, the slam ball utilises fast, repetitive motions to increase coordination and balance.

Can you use a kettlebell instead of a medicine ball?

Kettle bells and medicine balls are both pieces of equipment that can be used to add resistance to your workout. Kettle bells are usually made of cast iron or steel, with a handle attached to the top whereas medicine balls are leather, rubber or plastic with or without handles, designed to be used as a free weight. Both items of equipment come in different weights so can be used to add resistance to exercises such as; squats, lunges, overhead press, sit ups and rotational movements.

Often Kettle bells are more suited to swinging or ballistic exercises that involve more momentum and diversity compared to medicine balls which are designed to be held with both hands to enhance core stability strength. Medicine balls are popular in team sports settings as they can be passed between partners during exercises. Kettlebells on the other hand are designed to provide continuous resistance throughout a movement and target improvements in explosive power to help build muscle, improve endurance and increase flexibility.

What is the purpose of a weightlifting belt?

A weightlifting belt can be worn during lifting activities to help stabilise the lower back and pelvis, reducing stress on the spine. They can also help to improve lifting biomechanics and performance by promoting muscle recruitment of the abdominal and core stabilising muscles. Lifting belts can help prevent injuries during weightlifting and power lifting activities, such as; squats, cleans and deadlifts.