Baseball Coach Tips – Back Strengthening Exercises

Here are a few more baseball coach tips for helping your baseball

players increase the strength in their lower backs.

Another lower back exercise is similar to the lower back raise,

but it involves raising the legs as well. At the same time,

athletes should engage the lower back muscles to lift the

shoulders and the legs off the ground. Athletes should stay in

this balanced position on their stomachs for 5 second intervals

before lowering the shoulders and the legs back down to the

ground. Athletes should do 10 sets of these 5 second intervals.

During this exercise, the arms can either be kept behind the back

of the athlete or out in front for added difficulty.

The final back exercise begins the same way the lower back raise

begins, with the athlete on the stomach with the palms flat on

the floor near the armpits. Athletes should again roll the

shoulders back to engage the lower muscles and should raise the

shoulders and chest off the floor. Instead of raising and

lowering the body, however, this exercise focuses on a long

contraction of the muscle. Athletes should hold this position as

long as possible, usually around 10 seconds. Athletes should do

no more than 3 sets of these 10 second intervals.

Although athletes may not think they have given themselves a

sufficient work-out, they will certainly feel the effects the

next day!

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