Baseball Speed

Speed is the ultimate catalyst for any sport. It does not mean the faster player will always be the better player, but take every other aspect at equal, the faster player will be the better player.

Speed today is not like yesterday. The notion of you either have it or don’t is not necessarily true anymore due to advancements of diet and training methods.

Age will play a roll, the older yu are, improvement wil be less. Take a younger slower player and put him on a training program tailored for speed and power under supervision from a certified coach and or trainer, the chances of achieving great, sometimes even elite speed will rise dramatically.

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In regards to baseball (since its baseball season), speed is an important aspect of the game- running to 1st base, chasing fly balls, and hitting and pitching.

How does speed play a roll in hitting and pitching? Beside the throwing motion of the arm or swing motion of the bat, speed, particularly running speed shares some similar muscle mechanics.

Most sprinters or speedsters in general, generate a good portion of their force throughout the hips. Any movement in any athletic event whether its football or ping pong, the foundation is centered at the hips. Train the hips to fire rapidly and your overall game will improve.

Exercise to Build Hip Thrust to run Faster

KETTLEBELL SWINGS BUILD HIP THRUST WHICH HELPS AN ATHLETE TO RUN FASTER.

Along with building very important ‘Hip Thrust’, the kettlebell swing is a very simple exercise that simultaneously torches fat, builds strength, and improves cardiovascular fitness.

Key Points of the Kettlebell Swing:

  • Use your hips to drive the kettlebell, not your arms
  • Maintain a tight core
  • Drive your weight on your heels
  • Keep your chest up – don’t let the kettlebell pull your shoulders down
  • The swing finishes with your hips fully extended and kettlebell overhead (over your heels)

The Kettlebell swing is one of many exercises that will help any Athlete achieve greater sprinting speed. Any exercise that stimulates the hips will be very beneficial to any athletic movement - running, throwing, kicking, punching, grabbing etc. This exercise carries over to all Sports

The video below is a good example on how to do a kettlebell swing.

How To Run Faster

How to run faster and improve your sports performance.

All Athletes need speed. This is a fact. True, the best players aren’t always the fastest. But the best player with speed is unstoppable. The average player with speed can compete with the best players.

The old notion is that speedsters are born not made, true to a point. No matter how much training, diet etc. that chances that you will be as fast as Usain Bolt is zero. But this should not discourage you. Unless your goal is to be the fastest man in the world in a straight ahead full out sprint, then I wish you luck in dethroning the fastest man in the world. But if your goal is the be a better and faster player on the court, field, then you have the potential to go beyond your genetic potential.

FOOTBALL SPEED TRAINING

 

Run Faster like Usain Bolt

Some Key Points to Running Faster:

1. Get stronger. This is very important for any Athlete, but especially those who are not gifted runners. Basic strength training is key.

2. Train at your sport and develop skill. If you are a baseball player, train to run the bases etc. a baseball player training to run a basketball court will make progress, but his potential and goal is to run the bases. The more you do it, the faster your brain will send signals to your body in repeating a trained movement as fast as possible. Its like any other skill, more practice, the easier it becomes.

3. Relax.  Keep your upper body loose. Loose, relaxed muscles snap faster. Tight muscles fatigue faster.

4. Plyometrics. Train the body to react faster. Plyometrics such as bounding  hopping train the nervous system to fire quickly transferring this to a quicker muscle response. Combined with strength, the movement will be powerful and the result will be a faster runner.

5. Belief. The most important point. Always believe you will get faster. In order to build your confidence in training, meditation can help.  Spend a few minutes a day meditating in your mind and seeing yourself running faster, skilled at your sport. Don’t day dream it, feel it. Feel the track, the grass, feel your body churning, the legs pushing and pulling, sweating. Try to make it feel real. You will be surprised on how quickly you will progress. Mind over Body.

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