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Speedball Counting The Beat

Jim Bradley Speedball Company are members of Speed bag forums online (speedbag is what speedballs are called in USA – they always have to be different)

The speedbaggers (and that’s what they are called) are always posting great video. Google and you will see how different it is to our style of hitting. They are a lot slower but can do amazing cool workouts using elbows, rifting the ball back and forwards at different angles (we are more mono directional)

The trend in the US is to workout to music using the rhythm of the speedball to sync with their playlist.

Over the last few years I have adopted this combination of workout and lifestyle hitting and for me it works. Most songs on my playlist are around 3 minutes so I have the same structure as when I use the counter but I find it more enjoyable and relaxing which has inturn improved my performance.

I play my Spotify playlist up loud on random select and its only songs like Don McLeans American Pie that goes for 7 minutes that gets me unstuck.

Each song makes me perform differently on my speedball, some don’t quite work out but mostly Im hitting faster and longer. Currently half way through the Jim Bradley 12 week program (download free online) and its all been to music, so for me it’s worked out and I cant wait to get home each night and do the workout, well mostly.


The reason why I wanted to write this is because we cant get out hands on those terrific counters anymore and unfortunately will be the case until some app is developed.

Im enjoying banging along to Rolling Stones right now (showing my age) but also enjoy British India and love doing the odd slow beat song single handed. Ha, its probably like coming out, admitting to all this,  but all I can say is try it and see if it adds a new dimension to your speedball workout.

In saying that;

If you are more a traditionalist and want me to let you know when we have a counter option please email me sales@jimbradley.com.au

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12 Weeks to Fitness (#12W2F) is a tried and tested weight reduction program by Jim Bradley. For over 55 years it has been used around the world by professional athletes, personal trainers and as part of weight reduction programs.


This 12 week daily program is perfect for cardiovascular training that utilises your own body’s weight. This training not only reduces soft tissue injuries but also means that no expensive or large equipment is required. When people used this training what they saw was incredible reductions in waist, hip and thighs.

The workout will always commences with Speedball, which helps relax the mind and body. This will be followed by a circuit of

  1. Push-ups
  2. Sit-ups
  3. Dips
  4. Squats
  5. Pull-ups

When training it is important to be as relaxed as possible. Straining is of no value. Training should be a form of relaxation- a chosen form of enjoyment, not a sacrifice of any sort. Think of the gains to be had by being physically fit and healthy, and being able to enjoy life to the full.

By joining the Jim Bradley Fitness program we will:

  • supply you with all information on how to do the program through our FREE training book
  • supply you with progress forms to record your performance and improvements
  • provide advice and critique on your performance, when asked
  • provide you with a support team through facebook where you can communicate with others also doing the program


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