A Quick In-Season Ab and Arm Workout for Baseball Players [ARTICLE]

A Quick In-Season Ab and Arm Workout for

Baseball Players

By: Jim Carpentier

Provided by: STACK

As the baseball and softball seasons gear up, it can be hard to find time to hit the weight room to maintain core, lower- and upper-body strength. But building strength in these areas is important to develop a powerful swing and prevent injury.

Using just a few combo superset exercises, the following 15-minute workout is a good option for busy times and it requires very little equipment.

Equipment

• Mat

• Water bottle

• Timer (optional)

• Two moderately heavy dumbbells (70-80% RM)

Guidelines

• Perform an upper- and lower-body dynamic warm-up (e.g., Arm Circles and Lunges).

• Finish with a cool down, upper- and lower-body static stretches for greater range of motion and flexibility.

• Sets/Reps: 2x10

• Rest time between supersets per exercise, 30 seconds; 60 seconds between combo exercise supersets.

• Hydrate before, during and after workouts.

• Perform the workout two or three times per week on non-consecutive days for adequate recovery.

• Change the sequence of combo exercise supersets each workout for variety.

WORKOUT

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Seated Dumbbell Rows/Crabwalks

• Sit on the mat and hold the dumbbells with an underhand (supine) grip.

• Extend your arms at waist-level and keep your legs slightly bent.

• Explosively pull the dumbbells toward your waist, pause one second,and return to start position in three seconds.

• Do nine more reps and immediately put down the dumbbells on the sides of the mat.

• Without resting, do Crabwalks back and forth on the mat from one end to the other, 10 times.

• Rest and repeat.

This is a great combo exercise superset for core, upper- and lower-body strength, and building up the forearms, biceps and triceps.

Alternating Explosive Push-Ups/Squat Thrusts Combination Superset with Prone Planks

Several muscles are involved in this challenging combo of exercises for developing upper- and lower-body power, and core strength.

• Assume a push-up position on the mat. Lower in three seconds and press up in one second with your hands leaving the mat.

• Rapidly follow with a Squat Thrust and continue alternating explosive Push-Ups with Squat Thrusts for 10 reps.

• Superset with Prone Planks.

• Hydrate and repeat each movement.

These movements build up your arms as well as your chest and shoulder muscles (Press-Outs) and strengthen your hips/thighs and core muscles (Side Lunges & Twists).

• Assume an athletic stance and hold one dumbbell horizontally at each end close to your chest.

• Explosively press the dumbbell away from your chest and extend your arms, while laterally lunging with your right leg.

• Pause one second, then rotate your body with the dumbbell to the right in a twisting motion (like swinging a bat).

• Return to start position and do nine more reps.

• Without rest, combine the Press-Outs while laterally lunging left and twisting for 10 reps.

• Hydrate and repeat.

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23 Aug 2016


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