There is no crying in baseball! Well, there is no “off” season either. Even when you are not playing the game you love, youth baseball players should be working towards bettering themselves, whether this means tee work, fielding drills, conditioning, or exercises designed to Strengthen Your Core.
Strengthen Your Core This Offseason
Baseball, even youth baseball, is an explosive, power-oriented sport. Pitching, throwing, and, of course, hitting all require a strong core. And by strengthening your core this offseason you will be able to increase your power. You will be able to throw harder, hit farther, and perform better. So what are you waiting for?
Medicine Ball Throws – Hitting Power
Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart, holding a medicine ball with both hands. Raise the medicine ball to shoulder level, keeping your arms parallel to the ground. Next, rotate your body to the right, then dynamically turn to the left and throw the ball to your training partner. Have the ball thrown back to you and repeat. Perform an equal number of repetitions for both sides.
This exercise will help strengthen your obliques.
Three-Way Medicine Ball Slams – Throwing Power
Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart, holding a medicine ball with both hands. Lift the medicine ball above your head. Turn and throw the ball towards the ground, outside of your left foot. Then catch the ball as it bounces. Then throw the ball between your feet. Again, catch the ball as it bounces. Then throw the ball towards the ground, outside of your right foot and catch the ball as it bounces. Continue this pattern.
This exercise will help strengthen your rectus abdominis and obliques.
You can never beat the basics: pushups, sit-ups, stairs, ladder runs, and wall squats. These exercises will not only help strengthen your core, but also help prevent injuries in the early season.
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