Improve Performance with
Baseball Weight Training

Baseball weight training for pitchers is designed to strengthen and protect the throwing arm and shoulder. Strength training can improve performance by increasing strength, power and endurance.

Pitchers need to strengthen shoulder and arm muscles for endurance and power.

Catchers concentrate on leg exercises and throwing. Hitters workout to gain strength and power.

Weight training can be done at home, at a gym or at a health club. For home workouts, you should have an adjustable weight bench, dumbbells or free weights, a fitness ball and an exercise mat.

Always warm up before exercising and cool down after training. If you are new to strength training, it is recommended to do aerobic exercises for 2-3 month before you do weight exercises. If you are older, get your doctor's permission.

If you are new to strength workouts, start with exercises that will condition your whole body. During the first week, train 3-4 days a week. This will give your body time to recover. During the second week add exercises and rest one day in between. Each week add exercises and increase repetitions. It is best not to work out more than 4-5 days a week.

As you gain experience, set up a program with specific exercises and number of repetitions.

There are special bats available that develop strength and power. For example, the Bratt bat strengthens the hands, wrists and arms. The bat distributes the weight along the barrel. It is a good replacement for a donut weight.

The Swiftstik youth batting aid improves the bat speed and hand-eye coordination. It is a light bat that allows you to take more swings a day than you would with a regular bat.

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