January 26, 2011 by Gary McCoy
Mickey Mantle knew the value of conditioning. Doesn’t mean he always did it, but the Oklahoma Kid with the broad shoulders understood it’s role in preparation and rehabilitation.
Conditioning during spring training should be targeted to the specifics of the game- not a general approach. Curls and Bench press movements will do little during this time to fully engage the muscles required for baseball activities. Training should be respective of the load volumes you are ramping up in spring- with morning workouts- early work- gym time and PM games and outdoor conditioning. You’ll be active- or preparing for activity throughout a 12-hour day. Going from zero to spring training hero is not possible- unless you are still in your teens. Plan accordingly.
“If you fail to plan… you plan to fail” (anonymous)
Maybe the Pressing- Curling and Circle exercises here are all you’ll need. Chances are – you are doing things like this in down times around the cage. Can you see the exercise benefits here? Can you see the muscle recruitment and minimum loads? This could be a good pre-hitting warm-up, if you could add some core rotations.
Plan your needs- know your volumes- assess the exercise (if team prescribed) and keep it simple. That should get you through Spring, and ready for the season to begin.