If you are a pitcher, infielder, outfielder or even a catcher who wants to throw a baseball with greater velocity and improved accuracy, you need to do more than just practice throwing to get the improvement you want. In truth, there are specific exercises that you can use to lean “hot to throw a baseball faster.”
The exercises are designed to gradually and effectively help you to build arm and shoulder strength so that you will eventually be able to consistently throw a baseball with surprising speed and power.
It’s worth noting that if you don’t incorporate the right strength-building exercises into your workout routine, you may never be able to achieve the throwing speed you covet.
Here’s what you need to do…
These Easy-To-Do Exercises Can Help You To Throw A Baseball Faster
If you’re a pitcher …you need to work on your “pressing muscles” if you want to increase your throwing speed. The pressing muscles are in your shoulder, your chest and your triceps. Strengthen those muscles and you will definitely be able to throw a baseball faster than you do now.
Many professional baseball players, pitchers and position players, use “bench press” exercises to build muscle strength. But, those exercises can actually be damaging to a young pitcher and lead to a shoulder injury that can delay or destroy a career.
Here Are The Exercises For Pitchers That Can Work For You
Different “pressing” exercises are needed. The best of these include a
- Gripping press that uses a Swiss bar and dumbbell lifts
- Variety of push-ups, including “weighted,” decline and band-assisted movements.
Young pitchers, and even those who are older, will find that these recommended exercises produce the desired results while dramatically reducing the risk of serious injury.
Now… here are exercises that benefit position players and pitchers alike…
These Exercises Help All Baseball Players To Improve Arm Strength And Throwing Speed
There are three things that you need to do to add the arm strength required to throw a ball with great velocity and remarkable accuracy. They are as follows…
Draw power from your hips… the act of throwing a baseball fast puts very little strain on your upper body. However, upper body strength is a vital component for throwing a baseball with velocity. But, you have to generate power from your hips to achieve that velocity.
You can get “hip power” by performing “rotational movements” such as cable wood-chops (pulling cable out from the wall with a downward motion). The actual exercise requires you to set up beside a cable machine, hold the handle over your throwing shoulder and bring it down across your body and to the other side using a chopping motion.
You can also do this exercise using a resistance-band. Which ever device you use, it’s necessary to vary its height and the direction in which you pull in order to generate maximum power on each repetition.
Pulling Exercises Help Build Upper Body Strength
You’ve already learned about the importance of “pushing” exercises through the proper use of your hips. Pulling exercises provide a perfect counter-balance and help develop your upper body strength.
Here is what needs to be done…
- Pull Up Your Socks And Sleeves
Pulling exercises are perfect for “pumping up” and dramatically strengthening the muscles in your upper back. When that happens, you should be able to operate more naturally and with less stress, reducing the risk of a devastating shoulder injury, a problem that affects many professional pitchers.
There is one more thing you can do to build arm strength and throw faster. You need to do the following…
- Develop Core Control
According to wikiHow.com your mid-section plays a key role in helping you generate the power needed to throw a baseball faster. In fact, there are two core exercises you can use for that purpose. Here they are…
- The Bicycle Crunch
The Plank Series is similar to a standard plank, the kind you have probably done in the past. But, there is a difference, one that requires you to lift your limbs, both arms and feet, off the floor in a number of easy-to-do variations.
In order to perform this exercise properly, you need to start from a plank position. You need to extend your left arm out in front of you while kicking your right leg behind you. You then have to “switch sides” and alternate arms and legs as you continue the exercise.
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