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Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Weight Training in off-season

Posted by: Jimmy () on Sat Jan 27 18:39:33 2007

> > > > It goes without saying that any top quality athlete should be in shape. And that
> > combines cardio as well as weights. Over time so many players realize too late that
> > should have taken better care of themselves.
> > >
> > > Its true that a certain amount of cardiovascular endurance would benefit an athelete
> > that 1) it would help them stay fresh in the late innings 2) it would help them stay
> > late in the season and 3) it might help them avoid injuries. But as for strength/power,
> > running for endurance does nothing for you. Strength comes from the intensity of a
> > workout, not the volume. Baseball is an anaerobic game that requires mostly short
> > of all-out activity, not sustained submaximal effort (most runs in game situations are
> > than 5 seconds in duration). As a rule, if you can run a mile in 7 minutes your aerobic
> > fitness should be sufficient for baseball. The player would benefit more from a
> > weightlifting routine that focuses on strength and power instead of a program that
> > emphasizes endurance.
> >
> > Tarheel,
> >
> > You couldn't be more wrong. The ability to be consistent is the most wanted
> > that managers and coaches look for and want in a hitter. If a hitter hits 10 home runs
> > first half of the season but hits none the second half because he had no endurance
> > training in his lift routine, he has not reached his power potential for those equally
> > important games later in the season. The last game is just as important if not more
> > important than the first game of a season, so training for just one short burst is not
> > way to go. The season is not a sprint, nor is it a marathon, but it is a marathon of
> > Training like a power lifter will shorten the life of that power in a long baseball
> >
> > Jimmy
> ----------------------------------------------------------------------
> I would also add, that if a player is not in decent shape he can't play the field. People
tend to forget that you have to be able to play a position to stay in the major leagues for
the most part. And everyone can't play first base and third base.


You're absolutely right. Good points. And don't forget about baserunning.



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