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Strength and Mobility Program

If your goal is to be the best baseball player that you can be, then it is never too early to begin working toward that goal. Success in baseball requires a good conditioning program that focuses on the right areas of the body.

Baseball mechanics primarily involve hitting and throwing and both require explosive movement on a rotational plane. Many youth and high school players are not able to achieve good mechanics because they are not physically fit enough to hit, throw or pitch correctly. Simple weight training is not the answer.

Players that are junior high age that want to play in high school really need this program prior to beginning their freshman year. The earlier they start the better.

Research says that the majority of our strength comes from our core. The body core encompasses the muscles that run the length of the trunk and torso and include the abdominal, pelvic, hip flexors/abductors, oblique, and glutes. Core conditioning exercise programs need to target all these muscle groups to be effective.

Strengthening the core and abdominal area ensures spine stability which leads to balanced power and optimum rotational performance. All of the movements of a baseball player start with the body core. The arms and legs are an extension of the core. If the core is strong, energy can be efficiently transferred from the center of the body out to the limbs producing more effective movement of the arms and legs.

In addition to strengthening the body core, pitchers must also develop lower body strength, especially the hips, legs and glutes, to be successful. Pitching is not an activity involving arm strength. One of the biggest reasons that pitchers have poor mechanics, besides not getting good instruction, is because they have poor lower body conditioning. Pitchers are required to shift their weight toward the plate leading with their hip. They have to create sufficient leg drive and perform the lead leg bracing action that transfers the forces from the lower body to the trunk to whip the arm through and produce the necessary velocity.

A good strength and mobility program should not be considered an off-season program for the experienced athlete concerned with meeting or exceeding their goals. If the goal is to compete at the highest levels through high school and beyond, then year around conditioning is a must. We have all heard the saying, “If you don’t use it, you lose it!” In this case it is very true. In-season training is still required although the intensity level should not be as high. The drop in intensity depends on the condition of the body and the demands that will be imposed on it in the future. For younger athletes (pre-high school) in-season training isn’t as much of a factor once the core has been strengthened.

Don’t wait until just before Spring to get in shape for the upcoming baseball season. Now is the time. Procrastinating will only keep you from competing effectively at the next level. Our program is state-of-the-art and designed specifically for baseball players. Your strength, agility, flexibility and speed will improve substantially as long as you come in with the right attitude and work hard to improve. This program is exactly what you need to help you achieve your goals.