This exercise hits core and legs (with a big emphasis on glutes) at the same time. Lunging from an elevated surface means that you can get deeper than you would standing on the floor. The deeper you go the more gluteus maximus takes over the movement.
Balancing the kettle bell above your head engages your core. Glutes are an important part of the core muscle group, so that makes this move 10/10 effectiveness!
A variation of the Standing Wood Chop, the Kneeling Chop involves less legs and limits twisting of the hips (allowing the waist to dominate the movement).That means that your obliques will be more isolated, forcing them to work more.
Wood chops and oblique exercises are highly recommended for anyone that competes in boxing, kick boxing, baseball, cricket, swimming, golf, tennis, sprinting, and any other sport that involves a lot of torso twisting!
This exercise makes cardio fun and is a great way to deal with stress! Imagine your boss’s face, or a pile of all the problems in your life, on the floor in front of you. Take the medicine ball and smash it to pieces! Repeat. Repeat. Repeat! Haha!
Keep your back straight, so that you are using your legs to pick the ball up. Also, be sure to bend at the hips when slamming the ball through the floor to ensure that you are using your core and entire body rather than just your arms.
Recommended weight for women is 8+kg and for men is 12+kg. If the ball is too light you are less likely to use your whole body.