Play Ball

playballI really wanted to love this workout by Patrick Goudeau. Play Ball is described as a “30-minute total body blast [that] is jam-packed with fun” and all you need is a medicine ball. Well, I have 3 medicine balls–2 eight pounders and 1 four pounder that don’t get enough play. And the fact that it is only 30 minutes makes it perfect for a doubles workout. The workout is lead by Patrick, of course, and he has two women with him. Patrick is using a 6 pound medicine ball and the women are using smaller medicine balls–probably 4 pounders like me. So I went with my 4 pound medicine ball the first time I did it. And I found this workout to be a low intensity workout for the most part. Due to the moves, I am afraid my 8 pound medicine ball might be too heavy. A 6 pound one like Patrick has would probably be perfect, but alas, I don’t own one. In fact, I am reconsidering whether to actually post this review until I do it again with the 8 pound medicine ball. It only seems fair. But the truth is, I am not motivated to try it again any time soon. I just didn’t feel like I got a great workout. I will try it again at some point with an 8 pound medicine ball and I will post an update when I do. But with the 4 pound medicine ball, I found the workout unimpressive.

In essence it is a little metabolic workout. Was it fun? Eh. Was it intense? With a 4 pound medicine ball, no.

Play Ball is 30 minutes; there isn’t really a warm up, 2:30 minute stretch. Keep in mind that even if the medicine ball isn’t mentioned, it is used in every move.

Step touch, lunge side-to-side while pushing ball side-to-side, then push ball forward
Squat setting ball on ground, tap foot in (over ball, while in squat), pick up ball and reach it overhead
Jumping jacks
Next is a really tough move–get into lunge then never straighten! But change your legs to squat, then lunging on the other side–then just keep doing it, squat to lunge, side-to-side
Place ball on the ground while lunging back, step back with other leg (both hands on ball in plank) then jump both legs in/add basketball drills around legs at top of move
1, 2, 3 side steps (1-2-3 Heismans)
Knee to balance on a single leg
Plie and reach to side; elbow to knee (at side of body)
Squat and reach
Lunge side-to-side while pushing ball side-to-side
Lunge with overhead oblique rotation at top of move
Passing the ball hand-to-hand overhead
Leg kick with ball hold followed by overhead triceps extensions
Biceps curl with squat
Shuffle side-to-side, with throw (simulated throw)
Circle around and overhead
Bowling ball lunge (balance move)
Shoulder press on one leg
Rocking horse

Grab mat
Pushups pushing ball from hand-to-hand (one hand will be on the ball when doing push ups)
Planks with both hands on ball; bring knee in then lift leg behind you; end with mountain climbers with both hands on ball

Sit ups with push and reach
Sit ups with single leg reach

Back extension (hands on ball, rolling in and out)

Stretch

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2 thoughts on “Play Ball

  1. I too really wanted to like this one. I think in the 2 years or so that I’ve owned this DVD, I’ve only played it about 3 times. I’m not real comfortable with some of his moves either.

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