As a little league baseball coach, you know that having strong abdominal
muscles are essential to almost every move in almost every sport. Having
a strong core balances the body during a swing, helps a pitcher throw
faster, and keeps a baseman on his/her feet when stretching out to catch
a ball. Nearly every move involves the abdominal muscles. It is easy to
keep them strong and in shape without using high-priced machinery.
There are several different abdominal work-outs. The exercises that will
be forthcoming over the next few days can be done in isolation or
combined to create an ab routine. Regardless, the important things to
remember with all abdominal work-outs is that slow is better than fast,
and that keeping the muscles tight throughout the entire work-out gets
much better results than contracting and releasing.
As a baseball coach, you must remind your athletes to keep their
abdominals as flat as possible during drills. This means that during
abdominal crunches, if their hands are behind their heads, they must keep
their elbows out straight to the side and their heads facing the ceiling.
This helps them keep their backs straight and avoid curling their
abdominals. Instead of rolling their backs inward, they will keep the
back straight and work on just lifting the shoulders off the ground.
The first abdominal exercise is the basic abdominal crunch. This is done
with athletes lying on their backs with their legs bent to the point that
their feet are flat on the ground. Their hands should be behind their
heads with their elbows out straight. Their heads should be relaxed and
flat. Athletes should use their abdominal muscles to lift their
shoulders off the ground, pausing at the top to work the muscles just a
little bit more. When athletes lower themselves back to the ground, they
should keep the muscles engaged just a bit. This exercise works the
upper abdominals, the ones just below the ribs.