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Monday, June 14, 2010

Strength and Conditioning - The Single Best Lift For Baseball Players!

Baseball Strength Training
By Brandon Richey

Having worked with many baseball players and coaches in the past that have all these crazy misconceptions on how a baseball player should train to be a better athlete makes me sick! The fact is that if you have a coach or trainer that tells you that overhead lifts are bad for your baseball career then I feel sorry for you. Now I'm not saying that you should go against your coach because this wouldn't be an extension of professional courtesy on my part, but if you can properly learn how to execute overhead kettlebell snatches in your own time then I strongly encourage you to do so!

Best Lift For Baseball Players, Period!

Now one of the main problems I have experienced with baseball players and coaches in the past is the fear of executing overhead lifts. The last time I checked the game of baseball was played by you having to hit the ball, catch the ball, and to throw the ball! All of these skills are performed by you having to have a strong powerful core, hips, and complete shoulder stability. If any of these areas are weak or unbalanced you are going to end up with an injury, period! If you want to strengthen these areas then you have to have a smart strength and conditioning plan and this is why I want to introduce to you the kettlebell snatch!

The kettlebell snatch lift is the ultimate kettlebell lift for baseball players in my opinion. This lift is executed by you having to pull the bell from either the ground or from between your legs up to above your head in one smooth explosive movement. The key to doing this properly involves you having to engage your hips and knees in a state of forceful flexion and then immediate extension in an attempt to generate the necessary force to elevate the bell to a high pull position lateral to your head. This "high pull" position should mimic you pulling back on a bow, like with a bow and arrow. Once the bell reaches this particular peak of the movement it will stall out or reach a point of what I like to refer to as "zero gravity." Once the bell reaches this point you will then want to vertically punch your palm towards the sky and allow the bell to smoothly roll over the back of your forearm and lock it out overhead. This incorporates tremendous shoulder stability and core strength.

If you haven't already started to implement the overhead kettlebell snatch into your baseball strength and conditioning program then you are failing to meet your body's fullest potential. Take the time to learn more by accessing more of my articles on the subject for free. Remember that most any baseball player can train hard, but only the champions train smart!

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