Rogue vs Dynamax Medicine Ball
I’ve spent twenty years working in weight rooms as a college Strength and Conditioning coach. Over that period of time, I’ve seen countless medicine balls being used by thousands of athletes.
Recently, I bought 10 of the most popular medicine balls on the market for my own garage gym.
Two of those medicine balls were the Rogue Wall Ball and the Dynamax Medicine Ball.
I tested each of the balls over the course of a few months and here is how the Dynamax and Rogue balls compared.
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Why Trust My Reviews? I’ve spent 20 years as a collegiate sports performance coach and have been lifting personally even longer. I’ve bought and used equipment for both 14,000 square foot weight rooms and for my own garage gym. Finally, I only review products I’ve personally tested.
Rogue vs Dynamax: Head to Head
My favorite out of the two medicine balls is the Dynamax.
From a price and durability standpoint they’re about even. They both cost me around $125-$130 including shipping for the 20-pound size ball.
I’ve been using both balls for about 4 months now – throwing, tossing and slamming* – and they have both held up great. No signs of seams coming apart including the main seam across the front of the ball. They’ve both held their shape well and, quite frankly, still look as good as the day they came out of the box.
The difference, for me, has been in the performance. The Dynamax Ball has a much better (and more consistent) bounce back when thrown off the floor or a wall. This makes it much easier to get into a nice rhythm when doing a set.
The bounce you get from the Rogue Ball is half (maybe less) than the Dynamax. If you’re only using the ball for Wall Balls then that’s not a problem, but if you want more versatility from your medicine ball than the Dynamax Ball is the better option, in my opinion.
Dynamax Medicine Ball
Price: C – I paid $127.19 on Amazon
Shipping: A+ (Free with Amazon Prime. Arrived in 2 Days.)
I’m going to admit my personal bias toward Dynamax medicine balls right up front. You have to understand that to me, Dynamax is the OG medicine ball. They’re the first medicine balls I became familiar with when I started coaching at the University of Tennessee and they’ve been in every weight room I’ve worked in since.
They’re extremely durable. I’ve seen Dynamax balls get absolutely abused in weight rooms. Do they tear up occasionally? Sure. But, considering the amount of wear and tear they’re able to withstand with hundreds of athletes day in and day out I have to imagine my personal ball will last me a long time.
I also like the rebound you get off the floor with them. I don’t know if it’s the material used or the way it’s packed, but Dynamax balls seem to have a nice bounce to them. Just enough to make them easy to grab right into the next rep.
Because Dynamax has been around forever and built an amazing reputation, you can purchase them through multiple outlets. They can be bought from Amazon, Rogue and Perform Better. I suggest doing a quick check to find the best price.
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but if you said, “Coach, black and grey really doesn’t make a great-looking medicine ball” I would understand.
However, my personal belief is that this was very intentional to make them easily able to integrate into any college weight room. It didn’t matter what your school colors were (or more importantly your rivals), the Dynamax ball fit in with no issues.
In my opinion, the only real downside to this ball compared to all the others is the price. At almost $130, it was the most expensive ball that I tested (about even with the Rogue Wall Ball).
But, as the old adage goes, “You get what you pay for.” In this instance, that phrase holds very true. Dynamax has been making medicine balls for a long time and they seem to have pretty much perfected it.
From a performance standpoint, I think the PB Extreme and the Dynamax medicine balls were hands down the two best I tested. The only edge is that the PB Extreme cost me about $30 less than the Dynamax.
My full review of the Dynamax Medicine Ball
Rogue Medicine Ball
Price: C+ (I paid $115 plus tax*)
Shipping: B– ($36.76 for all 3 rogue balls. Arrived in 3 days)
The all-black look of the Rogue Medicine Ball is sharp.
The Rogue Wall Ball and the Rogue Rubber Medicine Ball were the second to arrive, behind only the Dynamax ball that came with Amazon Prime shipping.
From a durability standpoint, it’s been one of the best balls of the entire group. I’ve slammed each of these balls over 600 times at the time I’m writing this and the Rogue ball still looks great and has held its shape well.
Almost $37 for shipping for three medicine balls feels a little steep. Especially when the Rogue balls are already some of the most expensive out of all the medicine balls I tested.
For an extra $37 dollars I could have potentially bought a whole extra medicine ball. To their credit though, they did arrive fast. And, if you can catch one of their ‘3 Ships Free’ deals it can be a gamechanger.
The seams on the Rogue ball are more outward than inward. They can help a bit with finding grip on the ball, but overall I really wasn’t a fan of the seams not being smooth.
This ball didn’t have the same bounce from the floor as compared to the PB Extreme and the Dynamax.
Overall, it’s a really good medicine ball. It has a good look and has been very durable. As a Wall Ball, it does an excellent job.
However, it was also one of the most expensive balls and I simply think there are other balls that are overall a better value.
My Rogue Medicine Ball Full Review
*Slamming Your Medicine Ball May Void Your Warranty
I always like to mention this when talking about Medicine Ball Slams. Many medicine ball manufacturers will explicitly state that their ball is not meant to be slammed and doing so may void the warranty on the ball.
For me, I’m not concerned with that and I want a medicine ball that I can do anything with and it still hold up. I’ve seen medicine balls live for years in weight rooms where they were slammed by hundreds of athletes on a weekly basis so I know some balls are built to withstand quite a bit of punishment.
But, if that’s a concern for you, make sure to read the product details closely depending on how you plan to use your ball.
Both the Dynamax and Rogue Medicine Balls are great choices if you’re in the market for a medicine ball.
I believe you can’t really get much better than a Dynamax Med Ball. They perform great and their durability, which I’ve seen first hand over 20 years, is second-to-none.
However, I understand if your partial to Rogue equipment and you like the look of the Rogue ball it’s a great option as well, especially if you plan to use it primarily for Wall Balls.
Either way, I hope this article helped you out and gave you enough insight to be able to make your decision between this two extremely popular medicine balls.
Check out the Dynamax Medicine Ball on Amazon