John Cissik
- John M. Cissik is the president of Human Performance Services, LLC, which helps athletics professionals solve their strength and conditioning problems. He has worked with...

In-Season Training Plan for Baseball Players

April 2, 2013 | John Cissik

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Baseball players need to be explosive to repeatedly throw and hit over the course of a season. To do this, you need to train during the season to maintain and even improve your strength, speed and conditioning. (Check out this off-season baseball workout for later in the summer.)

The following in-season training plan takes the demands of the game into account while challenging your strength, speed and conditioning.

Strength Training

Baseball players need to maintain their total-body strength and power during the season. To avoid excessive fatigue and time constraints, use complexes. They maximally recruit the nervous system, increase power and place little stress on the shoulder to prevent overuse.

Below are three sessions. Perform two of them each week and alternate among them to add variety. The volume is not enough to cause fatigue, so they can be done before a game if necessary.

Session 1

Session 2

Session 3

  • Dumbbell Pulls - 3x6+3 + Power Clean - 3x3
  • Front Squats - 3x3-6 at 80-90% + Jump and Clasp Knees - 3x5
  • Lunges - 3x4-8 each leg + Hurdle Hops 3x5 yards
  • Reverse Hypers - 3x15-20
  • Push-Ups - 3xMax
  • Chin-Ups - 3xMax
  • Speed and agility training

Speed Training

The purpose of the following speed sessions is to develop your ability to sprint to the ball or to a base. One session per week should be enough to maintain your speed and agility.

Note: all sprints start either from batting or fielding stance.

Session 1

  • Technique Drills - 10-15 minutes
  • Stride-Length Drills - 3x5 yards
  • Bounds - 3x20 yards
  • Sprints - 5x60 yards
  • Lead Off Drill - 3x

Session 2

  • Technique Drills - 10-15 minutes
  • A-Skips - 3x20 yards
  • Stride-Length Drills - 3x20 yards
  • Sprints - 3x60 yards
  • Double Drill - 3xDrill

Conditioning

Do conditioning work during the season only if it's a weakness. Substitute the following conditioning workout for a speed and agility session. After a thorough warm-up, perform this circuit three times. Jog 120 yards between exercises.

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