Softball Training: How Should it Differ?
Softball is distinct from other sports, so it’s no surprise that you should utilize unique methods when conditioning, whether you are in or out of season. Here at Softball Rampage, we did some research to get you started down the path to the perfect workout routine, because we want you to be at your very best next season.
- Cardio: Having a solid cardiovascular base is important, but because softball plays unfold so quickly, the experts say anaerobic readiness is actually more important. This is why interval training is especially beneficial—you will gain speed, endurance and explosive power.
- Strength: Softball requires you to use a large variety of movements and muscle groups, which is why circuit training is recommended. Choose 10 stations or exercises that all work different muscle groups, for a set amount of time or repetitions, and repeat the whole circuit at least 3 times for the best results. Circuit training will exhaust your muscles and get your heart rate pumping!
- Flexibility: The experts say flexibility training is of the utmost importance in softball to prevent injury, which can be all too common if cold muscles are quickly forced into action. Be sure to warm up before and cool down after all activities. Engage in active flexibility training, mixed with speed drills or circuits, as static stretching may actually decrease your performance.
- Balance: Often overlooked, working on your balance will improve coordination, prevent injury and help build core strength. Stability balls and balance boards will force your muscles to react to unstable conditions, and will take any player to the next level.
Of course each position has their own special considerations and you should tailor your plan accordingly, but hopefully we helped you get started. Find us on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest—we are constantly posting new information about the best techniques and softball training tricks! Or visit our website for top of the line training aids, DVDs and more!