Five baseball drills to do on your own

One of America’s most treasured sports, baseball, has been a part of most households since its inception. Since the world is still far from being safe, baseball players should stay in shape while staying out of crowded places. Here are five baseball drills to do at home. John F. Eilermann Jr.

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Quick ladder drills ensure that a baseball player’s feet are quick and their whole body agile when sprinting from the batter’s box or zooming toward fly balls. There is no reason to skip footwork training. Backward lunges with a twist help form and strengthen the back muscles. The exercise effectively reduces back injuries while giving the hip flexors a better range of motion. John F. Eilermann Jr..

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The alternating lateral lunge with overhead reach enhances a player’s stability, correcting any imbalance in their muscles. The workout builds mobility and encourages the better transfer of power while improving one’s catching skill. Prone planks strengthen the back and core muscles. In addition, incorporating prone planks in the workout ensures increased stability and balance, which are two incredibly important qualities in baseball players. John F. Eilermann Jr..

Brush up on proper throwing mechanics by practicing staying on target with every toss. While in different positions, maintain the same target to sharpen the skill of throwing. Be sure to keep the movement flawless and fluid with every throw to increase efficiency and effectiveness. Staying in shape can be a challenge during this season, but there should be no excuse not to improve. John F. Eilermann Jr.


Home workouts for baseball players

In some parts of the world, fitness gyms won’t be opening anytime soon as social distancing and disinfecting measures would be difficult to maintain in such areas. Athletes around the world have turned their living rooms, bedrooms, and lawns into their personal gyms. John Eilermann.

It might take a while before baseball players can train on the diamond again. Nonetheless, training must never stop. Take this time to improve your agility. Footwork drills like sprints, fast feet, and workouts using the agility ladder can help a baseball player’s agility on the diamond. Quick reaction time is incredibly important in baseball, especially in making hard plays look smooth. Drills that teach one to stop, start, and change direction quickly can be done in the living room or the yard. Cone drills improve athleticism and enhance coordination skills. John Eilermann.

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The Shuffle Drop Drill develops footwork, endurance, and change of direction. To do the drill at home, get two buckets or cones, and six baseballs. The space needed for the workout is five to eight feet. If you’re fortunate enough to have a throwing partner, warm up by doing a throwing progression. While at home, focus on establishing a foolproof throwing protocol to get the most out of the workouts. John Eilermann.

Incorporating a few bodyweight exercises can help build muscles and get the heart rate up. Be sure to cool down after every training session at home to prevent muscles from overstretching or tearing. John Eilermann.



Football training: Focusing on stamina

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It’s easy to dismiss soccer as a lazy sport since many times, soccer players can be seen lightly jogging around the pitch.  But this is a misconception.  Soccer players only take it easy if the ball is far from them.  In close proximity, however, players sprint for and after the ball like there’s no tomorrow.  And even when the ball is far, players have to run to make sure they are in position when the ball is passed to their area.

For all you soccer players out there, here are a few drills to help you with your stamina.

Drill #1:  Run as fast as you can while dribbling the ball.  Start first with 20 yards, then gradually increase the sprint.  Leave the ball at the end point, sprint back to where you started, then run back to the ball.  Rest for around 20-25 seconds before repeating in the opposite direction.

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Drill #2:  This is similar to the first drill, except that you have a partner.  Dribble the ball up 20-30 yards and leave it to your partner.  Sprint back to your starting position as your partner dribbles up to you before he sprints back to his starting position.  Modify this drill by increasing the distance between you and your partner.

Drill #3:   Another drill that requires a partner, set up points around the pitch that are more or less 20 yards apart.  Take turns passing to each point.  The one being passed to should sprint to the point where the ball is headed.  Modify this by changing the power of the passes.

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