Kinetic bands have become very popular in recent years in a variety of sports. They allow athletes to strengthen muscles that are used in motions that are specific to their sports.
There are various different ways the resistance bands can be used in baseball to improve speed, hitting, pitching and hitting. Here are a few drills you can use to improve your baseball muscles:
Drill to Improve Running Speed: Connect your thighs to each other with kinetic bands. Run a series of sprints, concentrating more on technique than on the actual speed of each sprint. Try to lift your legs high while keeping your body straight and upright. This will build up your thigh strength and increase your speed.
Drill to Improve Fielding range: Connect your ankles to each other with kinetic bands. Shuffle to the right and then to the left, side to side. This will increase your quickness in cross-over moves for fielding ground balls.
Drill to Improve Leg Strength for Hitting: Connect your ankles to each other with kinetic bands. Go through your normal swing, striding through the swing, making sure to open your hips and follow through with a full swing. This drill can be done with or without a ball, whether it is thrown or hit from a tee. This drill will strengthen both the lower legs and the thighs and increase the power of your swing.
Drill to Improve Leg Strength for Pitching: Connect your ankles to each other with kinetic bands. Go through your normal full windup and pitch, holding for a couple of seconds at each stage of the throw - leg lift, foot plant, follow through. Perform the same drill from a stretch. This drill can be done with or without a ball. It will strengthen both the lower legs and the thighs and increase your pitch speed.
Experiment with kinetic bands attaching ankles or thighs in everything you do while practicing your game. Increasing the strength of your base will not only help with power and speed, but it will increase your endurance so that you are just as effective during late innings as you are at the beginning of a game.
Pitching Machine Stop Quote of the Day:"To be the best, you need to spend hours and hours and hours running, hitting the speed bag, lifting weights and focusing on training." - Sugar Ray Leonard