Top 3 Reasons Why Baseball Players NEED to Strength Train in Season!
Reason #1 - Time management & discipline
Another busy baseball season is upon us and many players are trying to juggle practices, games and schoolwork. Add in-season training to this schedule and a player really has to be disciplined with his/her time. SST athletes maintain a 2 days per week in-season program throughout their busy schedule. How do they manage to do this? Time Management and Discipline!
Stop watching TV, playing video games and reading your favorite Kim Kardashian tweets! All I am asking for is 2 hours per week during the season…really if you can’t afford to spend 2 hours in making yourself better during the season then you should consider licking stamps for a living.
It takes Time Management and Discipline…two skills that you need to continue working on if you truly want to compete at the college or pro levels.
Reason #2 - Peak at the end of the season, not at the beginning
It makes no sense to me why athletes train hard for the beginning of the season and then stop training. When is the most important time for an athlete to peak? Playoffs! SST athletes are stronger, faster and more powerful for a run at the championship season because of their commitment to getting strong in the weight room.
Think about this - you spend 2 hours per week strength training during the season….your strength continues to rise…Your competitor takes the summer off and his strength, power and speed diminish by the end of the season. Think of the sizable difference in strength you will have over your competitors. Can you look yourself in the eye at the end of the season and say I did everything I can to help my team win?
If you want to be the best then how can you justify taking 4 months off and expect to compete at the same level with some of your competitors?
Reason #3 - Continue training FOR BASEBALL
Everyone talks about aerobic conditioning for baseball players, but what about speed development? Last time I looked Baseball is an anaerobic speed and power sport - not AEROBIC!
Why is it that players are still running poles and miles? WASTE of time! Get over it peeps...work on your short term speed and you will see a huge difference in your game!
I have yet to see an award for the best miler in baseball - but I have seen awards given for stolen bases and homeruns - BOTH POWER AND SPEED movements!
Sorry to all of you old school thinkers that have their head in the sand and still have their guys jogging…include a 30 minute speed workout during the season and you will see a huge difference!
Larry Jusdanis is the owner of Sports Specific Training Inc. and www.sstcanada.com
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