Exercise Profile
  • Target Muscle Group
  • Exercise TypePlyometrics
  • Equipment RequiredMedicine Ball
  • MechanicsCompound
  • Force TypePull (Bilateral)
  • Experience LevelBeginner
  • Secondary Muscles
    Abs, Triceps, Upper Back
Target Muscle Group


Lats Muscle Anatomy Diagram

Standing Overhead Medicine Ball Throw Overview

The standing overhead medicine ball throw exercise is a plyometric exercise used to build explosive strength in the core, lats, and shoulders.

The standing overhead medicine ball throw will primarily target the muscles of the shoulders and is an excellent exercise for anyone looking to build powerful strength, especially athletes looking to improve their performance in their field of competition.

Standing Overhead Medicine Ball Throw Instructions

  1. Setup in an athletic base position while holding a medicine ball at your chest with a soft bend in your knees.
  2. Rise up and extend the arms overhead with the medicine ball.
  3. Exhale, pull the arms forward towards the wall, and aggressively throw the med ball into wall directly in front of you.
  4. Catch the med ball as it returns from the wall and repeat step #2 for the desired number of repetitions.

Standing Overhead Medicine Ball Throw Tips

  1. With med ball drills, the goal is speed throughout the movement. There are only a few rare instances where one might want to move slowly through a weighted plyometric drill with a medicine ball.
    • A good rule of thumb - if the weight is so excessive that it affects the technical execution of the movement then it is too much.
  2. You can use these drills as “fillers” in between your large compound movements or you can implement them within your warm up as a method of potentiating your central nervous system for heavier strength based work in your accompanying training session.
  3. Keep the torso rigid and ensure some tension through the core to help transmit force out through the extremities.
  4. Initially you may want to focus on pausing in between reps to ensure proper positioning but over time you can eventually progress to more rhythmic (i.e. back to back) repetitions.
  5. If you are using a denser medicine ball which will react with “an equal and opposite reaction” then you may want to stand a little ways back from the wall to allow yourself time to react.
    • However, if you’re using a more absorptive ball then you can stand closer and catch the ball as it comes directly off the wall.