Friday Conditioning Tip
Major league player, John Kruk once said, "I'm not an athlete, I am a professional baseball player." That funny line may have had meaning at one time, but now, professional baseball players use baseball conditioning tools to become supremely, fine-tuned athletes. However, there is still some truth to what John Kruk says. Not all the baseball conditioning speed and strength work in the world makes a ball player.
I often tell young players that if strength and speed were what made players, all the major league players would be football players and sprinters. Of course, they are not, because baseball involves the most difficult, fundamental skill development of any sport.
Sure lifting weights and running sprints make players better athletes; essential for reaching full potential, but that is not enough to be a good baseball player, at any level. Baseball success comes from hand eye coordination and fundamental efficiency in the skills of hitting, throwing, and fielding. The faster one can do all those, combined with strength, keeps players advancing up the baseball ladder.
That brings us to the question of what is the best way to increase the speed and strength of doing those skills?
Simply put, there is no better baseball conditioning than performing repetitive actions of baseball skills fundamentally correctly. Of course, it is important to understand the dynamics of strength gain takes time, rest days need to be included and additional cross-training devices to enhance the baseball skills that help to achieve maximum baseball conditioning. As players' bodies naturally mature, jumps in speed and strength follow to reach one's maximum baseball potential.
After playing major league baseball, Jack Perconte has taught baseball and softball since 1988 and offered valuable coaching training too. He has helped numerous youth players reach their potential, as well as having helped parents and coaches navigate their way through the challenging world of youth sports. Jack is one of the leading authorities in the areas of youth baseball training and coaching training advice.All Jack Perconte articles are used with copyright permission.
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