Training Tips

Here are some general guidelines to remember when training baseball players to increase their physical attributes:

  1. Use a variety of weight training methods such as body weight, medicine balls, kettlebells, bands and tubes, sledgehammers tires, and free weights.
  2. The core is the most important part of the body to train for strength, balance, stabilization and speed. The core consists of much more than just the abdominal muscles. It also includes the hips, butt muscles, lower back and mid back.
  3. Strengthen the grippers and pinchers of the hands as well as the forearms. A strong grip will greatly improve bat speed along with other important components of the game.
  4. Take special care to strengthen your rotator cuff muscles using light weights, bands and tubes. If you're using heavy weights, then you're not really working the rotator cuff muscles.
  5. Avoid pressing movements with heavy weights. This will cause more harm than good. Overhead presses and pulls can greatly injure the shoulder.
  6. Train using multi-joint and multi-planar exercises. Stay away from machines. Most of them only work one joint at a time in one plane of motion at a time.
  7. Build functional strength. Train to be able to accelerate and decelerate quickly. You must be explosive in baseball whether you are hitting pitching or fielding, therefore you should train to be explosive. Know that speed strength (producing force in a timely manner) is more important than absolute strength.
  8. Warm up with dynamic exercises before participating in speed, agility, quickness drills.
  9. Do not over emphasize aerobic endurance. Pitchers need aerobic endurance, position players need to focus more on anaerobic conditioning.
  10. Learn basic sprint mechanics, base stealing mechanics, etc... and practice them regularly.

 


 

About Michael Fish

The founder of Confidence Fitness, Michael Fish has been involved in sports and fitness almost his entire life. He is a former Golden Gloves boxer and has competed in several other individual and team sports. He has been working with children for over 20 years coaching children’s soccer, baseball, basketball and boxing. Fish has over 12 years of experience working as a Personal Trainer. He has a Personal Trainer certification through ACE and a Youth Fitness Specialist certification through the International Youth Conditioning Association. He also is a Youth Speed and Agility Specialist. And has a certificate of achievement in Post-Rehab Exercise. Fish has lectured and performed demonstrations in boxing, kettlebell workouts, resistance band training and jump roping on several occasions. He has worked with people of all ages ranging from 4 to 84 years of age. He has also run several bootcamps and group classes for children and adults. Currently, Fish is the strength and speed coach for Renegades summer league baseball in Florida. This baseball club helps high school players reach their fullest potential so they succeed at the next level, whether that is college or pros.

 


 

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