Monday, March 15, 2010

Spring Blitz - Strength Training For Baseball

By Brandon Richey

Strength training exercises for baseball must focus in on the overall development of speed, power, and quickness! As a baseball player you can only be as competitive as the best athlete, so you should focus on training to be the best athlete you can be, right? This makes sense to me, but even as a strength and conditioning professional I am shocked at how many baseball players don't share this same sentiment.

Kettlebell Jerks: Strength Training For Baseball

If you are looking to implement a strength training program in order to get yourself ready for the upcoming baseball season then you can't afford to mess around. If you are wanting to develop a truly functional body for the purpose of playing the sport of baseball then you have got to engage in kettlebell jerks! Read on if I have your attention.

The kettlebell is an ancient strength and conditioning device that has been around for over three centuries and has been used by the world's most gifted athletes. We've established that you should be striving to be a better athlete, right? So this is where you need to start. If this has worked for the world's greatest for over three centuries then it will work for you too!

One great lift for you to engage in with the kettlebell is the push press or jerk. This is done by you first clean lifting the bell to your chest to start out. Make sure that your stance is slightly wider than shoulder width distance apart in length. Next, you will want to execute a "hip pop" by quickly and partially flexing and then extending at both your hips and knees to create momentum to vertically drive the bell up above your head. Once you get the kettlebell pressed above your head make sure to secure it by keeping your shoulder sucked into the socket. This will stabilize the weight and protect your shoulder with the load overhead.

The kettlebell jerk is great for developing the stability of your shoulder, core strength, hip power, and total body control. These are all essential characteristics for your performance in the game of baseball. If you haven't already started to implement the use of kettlebell jerks into your baseball strength and conditioning program then you are missing out. Remember that most any athlete can train hard, but only the champions train smart my friend! Give it a try.

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