Baseball Players: Throw and Hit Harder With Med Ball Exercises | STACK
Phil Tognetti
- Phil Tognetti, CSCS, is a strength and conditioning coach with Max Performance, a sports performance facility in Colorado Springs, CO. A former college baseball...

Baseball Players: Throw and Hit Harder With Med Ball Exercises

April 5, 2013 | Phil Tognetti

Must See Baseball Videos

Colby Lewis's Long Toss Technique

Derek Jeter's Training Secrets

Cal State Baseball Physioball Push-Up

Old-school baseball workouts called for running poles and long distances to improve fitness and conditioning. However, this type of aerobic training does nothing for a ballplayer looking to improve his hitting and throwing power. To improve these vital skills, you need to develop your rotational power with med ball exercises.

The mechanics of pitching and hitting make baseball a rotational sport. Incorporating a variety of med ball exercises as conditioning drills can help any baseball player develop better rotational power by increasing core strength and coordination. In other words, med ball exercises will help you transfer the strength and power you have in your legs through your torso and into your upper body to enable you to throw harder or swing faster. (See also Top 5 Explosive Med Ball Exercises for Baseball Players.)

Here are five medicine ball exercises that will help you develop rotational power and quickness that translate directly to the baseball diamond. Try them out during your next training session.

Med Ball Rotational Throw

Split-Stance Med Ball Rotational Throw

Med Ball Slam

Med Ball Rotational Slam

The game of baseball demands quick bursts of speed followed by long periods of rest. So, be sure to include appropriate rest periods between sets. You should perform one to three med ball exercises per training session for three to four sets of five to 10 reps per exercise. Rest for 60 seconds or until full recovery between sets. Good luck!

Advertisement
Phil Tognetti
- Phil Tognetti, CSCS, is a strength and conditioning coach with Max Performance, a sports performance facility in Colorado Springs, CO. A former college baseball...

Training Centers

FIND A STACK VELOCITY SPORTS
PERFORMANCE LOCATION NEAR YOU

Connect

Advertisement

Resources

Performance Center

Custom workouts and performance tracking

STACK Fitness

Everything you need to be the fittest you ever

STACK Conditioning

Sport-specific conditioning programs

Coaches and Trainers

Tips and advice for coaches and trainers

Magazine

Latest issues of STACK Magazine

STACK 4W

Women's sports workout, nutrition and lifestyle advice

Gamer

Gaming, entertainment and tech news

Basic Training

Military-style training for athletes

Varsity

High school sports community and content sharing

News

Find the latest news relevant to athletes