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- Joe Lopez, CSCS, works with many different athletes at Pope John XXIII Regional High School in Sparta, N.J. His expertise is in track & field,...

10 Best Baseball Strength Training Exercises

February 24, 2012

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As a baseball athlete, you need to consider two important aspects of your training: total body strength and explosive power.

But first, consider the muscle imbalances caused naturally by the sport. For example, you swing the bat from one side. You run around the bases in one direction. You plant with the same foot over and over to throw. This means strength imbalances in your quads, hamstrings, forearms, chest, shoulders and back—all the key baseball muscles—naturally develop and must be corrected during training.

As for the importance of explosive power, consider that all action in baseball occurs in short bursts. Each athletic movement takes place for less than a second (swinging a bat) to about 10 seconds (catching a fly ball).

Check out the slideshow for 10 baseball strength training exercises that will correct muscle imbalances, address the key baseball muscles and ensure you have the explosive power necessary to dominate your opponents.

Photo:  traininganddevelopmentguru.com.au

Joe Lopez
- Joe Lopez, CSCS, works with many different athletes at Pope John XXIII Regional High School in Sparta, N.J. His expertise is in track & field,...