It is important to note that if you do not already work out regularly, and are not in the best shape, you should start slowly. You do not want to rush into these workouts and injure yourself, or you will find yourself sitting out the season. Below, we've outlined some workouts, exercises and moves to help you prepare for the season.
How Can I Build My Core For Baseball?
Core training helps with everything. It helps with balance, with strength, even posture! A baseball player has to have a strong core in order to twist and turn, in order to get a good swing going, in order to keep himself or herself in the game.
To train your core, think of a) keeping it engaged no matter what you are doing (lifting weights, just walking around the house or sitting, etc) and b) working both the abs and the back. Do crunches every other day (sets of 20, start with one or two and work up to three, adding more reps as you can) and planks. Start by holding your planks for a few seconds and work up to a minute.
What Strength Training Moves Are Good For Baseball?
You need to lift weights in order to strengthen your body. Baseball players have strong upper and lower bodies. Compound exercises that help you train a number of body parts are perfect. These include squats and deadlifts for the lower body, and bench presses and rows for the upper body. Start with sets of 10 with lighter weights and then work on adding reps and weight.
Should I Do Sprints and HiiT Workouts?
Baseball players have to be quick! When you go for a run, add in sprints and also work on interval training. Since you will typically be running in short bursts on the field, and then resting, you need your heart in tip top shape, and HiiT workouts will do that for you.
What About Stretching/Yoga?
Make sure to stretch once per day, and always after you workout. Stretching will improve your range of motion. This helps your performance on the field, and will decrease any chance of injury. If you enjoy yoga, work in some yoga several times a week. Hold your stretches for about 30 seconds each, and never bounce. Only perform static stretches. And don’t forget to eat right.
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