Maximum Strength for Baseball
Written on December 17, 2008 at 6:46 am, by Eric Cressey
As a guy who trains a ton of baseball players – and is a competitive powerlifter (and weight-training author), I get a ton of questions from both baseball coaches/players and folks looking to get stronger (and healthier, for that matter). And, to take it a step further, since the release of Maximum Strength, I’ve gotten a lot of questions about whether or not Maximum Strength is appropriate for baseball players.
My response is “yes” – but only with some important modifications:
1. Substitution of dumbbell bench pressing in place of barbell bench pressing (rep count will have to come up a bit higher, as you aren’t going to be doing heavy dumbbell bench pressing singles)
2. Substitution of clap push-ups in place of speed benching
3. Substitution of front squats in place of back squats
4. Substitution of alternating low incline dumbbell press in place of 1-arm dumbbell push press
5. Really emphasize the sleeper stretch, wall triceps stretch, and elbow flexors stretches – particularly after you throw.
For more information, check out Maximum Strength.
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