Still sitting on the coach and making a million plans for the summer that won’t ever be actualized? Don’t be a couch potato – go out and get that summer body you’ve only dreamed about. This week, we’ll show you the best baseball workouts that’ll get you looking great for the beach. These workouts are not for athletes only – many baseball players perform exercises that’ll get your core into shape. Ready? Batter up!
Baseball players need strong oblique muscles to swing the bat or to make a throw. One of the workouts they perform are cable twists – this workout will get your abs ripped. To perform this workout, you’ll need to either do them at a gym or get your hands on cable towers or resistance bands that you can tie securely to a stationary object. Simply stand shoulder width apart for good stability, grab the handle of the band or cable that is at shoulder height and while keeping the arms straight in front of you, rotate the torso to one side until the cables make contact with the body, then return to the starting position. Do the same for the opposite side for one repetition. Perform 10 reps and 3 to 4 sets.
Another abdominal and oblique workout are the Russian twists. To do this exercise, you’ll need any kind of weights. Just like doing a sit up, sit on the ground and bend the knees 90 degrees. In a sitting position with the back off the ground at a 45 degree angle, grab the weight and extend the arms out. Keeping the arms straight, twist the upper body as far to one side as you can. Do the same for the opposite direction for one repetition. Perform 10 repetitions and 3 sets. As you become stronger, progressively add heavier weights to the abdominal workout.
Don’t be fooled with this next workout. A lot of the movement needed in shooting a lacrosse ball relies upon strong core muscles. It’s also a good reason to get out and enjoy the summer sun, breaking up the mundane gym environment by placing you outdoors with your friends in a playful situation. To do this exercise, you’ll need a lacrosse stick, ball, a friend, or a lacrosse goal. The video below will outline the basics needed but also note how much twisting and often the abdominal muscles are engaged.
To incorporate the lacrosse toss into a full body cardiovascular exercise, increase the intensity by wearing a weighted vest or ankle weights. The added weights will provide exhausting resistance and power.
Be just like your favorite baseball players and train like them. These good core workouts will translate into power movements for any athlete in any sport. For casual trainers, it builds good stability through the core. As always, consult a medical professional prior to starting any exercise regimen.