This week's Baseball Exercise of the Week is "Hip Twists".
Topics: fitness tips, agility training, warming up, strength training for baseball, baseball functional training, off-season strength training, rotational power, baseball exercise, speed, speed training, pitching velocity, Motor Skills, hitting rotation, pitching rotation, swing rotation, hip twists
By Rick Boutilier & Mike McCarthy
The Med Ball (or Medicine Ball) Side Toss is a great baseball exercise that helps baseball players develop functional rotational power. We really want to focus on transferring weight from the back foot to the front foot while exploding rotationally through the hips and torso. Just like when we hit, we want to use momentum and make sure our hips are travelling towards the pitcher while remaining balanced and athletic, followed by a rotational release of built up tension through the legs, hips, torso and ultimately arms.
You want to toss the med ball with one hand over and one hand under the ball. Your front shoulder should be tucked in almost starting with your back to the wall and really focus on using your core to generate rotational power. To make sure this is remains a more functional exercise, lead with the lower half, just like when hitting or pitching.
Topics: fitness tips, SST Mississauga, strength training, in-season strength training, baseball strength training, strength training for baseball, rehab, pitching velocity, med ball drills, hitting power, Outdoors, swing rotation
Watch these videos below as our colleague Don Slaught, former 16-year MLB player and Founder of RightView Pro, explains many of the elements of the rotational movement in the baseball swing. Of particular note to us for this blog are the actions of the back feet of the hitters. We so often hear "remember to squish the bug when you are hitting!" from coaches. But should we really be squishing the bugs? Or saving them?