Ah baseball conditioning, a topic of great debate. Lets bust some myths!
Myth #1: In order to increase a baseball players’ stamina, to be able to play the whole game at 100%, the baseball player needs to run long distances.
Myth #2: Running longer distances is able to get the toxins and Lactic Acid out of a baseball players’ body.
Want the FACTS (and the rationale)?! Watch the video, now:
Ok! Want to train and become an unstoppable, powerful, and explosive baseball player? Here’s is ‘ Baseball Conditioning Part 2’
The Solution…As a baseball pitcher you “run” no more than 15-45ft. So our focus for you will be on sprints and lateral agility drills of….15-45ft. Your work-to-rest ratio while pitching is One second of max effort to 20sec of rest before your next pitch. This should form the basis of your work-to-rest cycles when conditioning.
If you’re anything but a pitcher, use what type of base hitter you are to see how far you should run. If you more than occasionally hit doubles, you should run sprints to 180ft. See how long it takes you to do this, and then use the pitcher work-to-rest cycles as your guide for rest breaks, as this is more aggressive than you need anyway. Over time, you can increase the sprint distance, or decrease the rest break to create a better training effect and gain more stamina. Just remember, The GOAL IS to create power and enhance your rate of force development. The goal IS NOT to exhaust your lungs.
To keep it simple:
Don’t sprint or perform max effort movements for more than 30 seconds– After 30 seconds you end up using the aerobic system for energy creation. Rest as long as you need until you feel almost 100% again…then get back to work! Do a drill 10x or 20x…now you’re creating power endurance and STAMINA. The kind a baseball player needs. What questions do you have? Disagree with the rationale? Strike up a conversation with me.