Baseball tryouts will be here soon…
And the main skill your coaches will be looking for is speed.
You either have baseball speed or you don’t. If you don’t have it, you can train for it. But you need to have a plan, work hard, and make speed a priority.
That quick burst you put on running to first base trying to beat out the bunt you just laid down? That’s essentially what speed training operates off of. It’s a quick, all-out burst of acceleration lasting less than eight seconds.
First, a few principles to get you started in speed training.
To improve your speed, you must train fast and give yourself enough rest between sets.
For instance, follow a 10-yard sprint that lasts less than two seconds with 10 to 20 seconds of rest (enough time to walk back and reload the drill). At least a 1-to-6 ratio of work to rest activity is a good place to start.
Anything less, and you start to get fatigued and create opportunities for injury.
Baseball is a reaction-based sport.
Whether you are in the field or getting a large lead off first base, you must make a decision to plant your foot in the ground, drive your arms and get moving in a hurry. And sometimes your decision must be based upon what prior event just took place. That’s where reactive training comes in.
Your reactive training could include:
Here’s an example of a push up to sprint:
The more you practice your speed drills, the more you’ll move quickly on the field, because the moves become second nature. Strive to maintain the quality of your reps HIGH! If you’re tired, you can’t run fast which means you’re no longer training for speed…your wasting your time at that point.
Don’t just go through the motions; do each rep with the proper intent and care, so that you’ll naturally sprint.
No thought will be required because it becomes automatic and fluid. Coaches will pick up on that.
Use this 12-Week Baseball speed training workout to get you noticed in tryouts, and on the field.
This post was originally published via Stack Media : http://www.stack.com/2015/02/11/off-season-baseball-speed-workout/
Josh is top-tier Speed, Strength and Performance Coach for Athletes and active individuals. He is known for applying proven and practical training principles with athletes and individuals so they can sprint fast, jump high and compete at their highest potential all while preventing the playing of patty cake, wasting time in the gym with gimmicks, fads and other non-effective “workouts.”