Baseball strength training is a double-edged sword. It is important for increasing throwing velocity, but when done incorrectly, it can cause serious shoulder damage. Because of this, many coaches debate what exercises baseball players should be doing and how heavy they should lift on those exercises. One of these often debated baseball strength training exercises is the bench press. Few exercises can match its' development of the upper body, but it can also do a number on the shoulders. For baseball players that want the strength benefits of the bench press, without the achy shoulder, here are three shoulder-friendly alternatives to the bench press.
Summer off-season training is a great opportunity for athletes to pack on a large amount of muscle in a very short period of time. These three months are ideal for training because most athletes have fewer commitments during the summer, allowing them to really focus on improving their strength and size.
However, this will not happen by chance. For athletes to make serious gains in only 12 weeks, they must be spot on with their nutrition and training. This means, eating enough calories and protein to support muscles growth, while also following a proper strength and conditioning program in the weight room.
Core training is one of the most popular terms you will hear thrown around by coaches and athletes, yet many do not fully understand the actual function of the core. Often only thought of as the abdominal muscles, the core actually includes all the muscles from the shoulder to the hip. The function of these muscles are to transfer energy between the legs and the arms. The stronger the core, the more power an athlete can display – whether it be jumping up for a rebound in basketball or swinging a bat in softball.
There are two very important reasons for baseball players to include back training into their strength and conditioning program – injury prevention and improved performance. By strengthening the muscles on the backside of their shoulders, baseball players are able to better decelerate their arm when throwing, reducing the stress placed on the shoulder. The back also plays a large role in creating power in both batting and throwing. With the help of a well-designed training program, that incorporates a healthy amount of back training, a baseball player can expect to hit the ball further, throw the ball harder, and stay healthier in the process.
In the world of sports, they say speed kills. The truth is, acceleration is what really separates elite athletes from the rest of us. In most sports, top speed is rarely reached during competition. So, while speed is definitely important, what matters most for athletes is their ability to explosively accelerate for short distances. Here are three exercises to help you gain a step on your competition.
If you have ever spent a winter driving in Minnesota, you can appreciate the need for traction. When you’re on ice, you can have all the horsepower in the world, but if your tires don’t have traction with the road, you’re going nowhere. The human body is no different. You can have a ton of strength in your hips, but without a strong and stable ankle, much of that power will never reach the ground. And, like a Honda Civic in 12 inches of snow, you’ll be going nowhere quick.
Everyone knows the importance of strength and speed training in the off-season, but when the season finally rolls around, many athletes stop training completely. This is a mistake. Not only do these athletes stop progressing, they actually regress and go backwards with their strength and speed. Within only a few short weeks, noticeable strength and speed drops will occur (1). As the season goes on, performance markers continue on their downward spiral, resulting in an athlete that is weakest and slowest at the most crucial time of the season – playoffs.
All is not lost, though. By simply implementing a well thought-out in-season training program, athletes can maintain and potentially even improve their strength and speed, without sacrificing any practice time.
With the start of fall, we can officially slide back on our Uggs and resume putting pumpkin spice in every food and drink item imaginable. But, what’s pumpkin spice without a little whipped cream – Right?
These drinks might make the inevitability of fall/winter a little more bearable, but how many calories are in them, and how much would you need to exercise to burn them off? Below are four popular pumpkin spice drinks, with their calories listed, and the number of minutes of burpees you would need to perform, to burn them off.