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Saturday, July 11, 2009

Forearm Strength Training

By Kris Saelen

Hitting is very quick and aggressive job in baseball. A good hitter performs ball reading, body adjustment, and produces accurate and result oriented ball hitting within 0.7 seconds. In this short time, hitter should have to adjust himself against ball velocity and speed.

To perform such a quick and contest winning task, hitter always requires strong and powerful forearm instead of wimpy forearm. This is the place where bat speed depends on forearm strength.

To be successful, the understanding of significance on wrist and forearm strength training is necessary. There are four types of muscles that belong to the forearm. These are wrist flexors, forearm flexors, extensor muscles and barachioradialis.

Some players are more interested in heavy exercises to develop strength. They ignore the forearm. Without forearm the strength training program will absolutely be incomplete. Players and coaches always require speed, consistency in hard hitting, good knowledge of striking area, hitting all around and adjustments as per situation. All depends on the strength of forearm and rotator cuff muscles.

Strength training does not mean heavy exercises like body building and weight lifting. The forearm strength training programs can include light exercises like climbing, rope pulling and other special devices E-Flex forearm bar. Climbing and rope pulling are helpful to strengthen wrist flexors, forearm flexors and extensor muscles. It is an easy and more comfortable exercise. The chances of forearm burn, injuries and pain are minimized, while heavy exercises may result such undesirable situations.

Grip strength is more important for hitters. To swing bat at high speed, velocity and power, bat should be strongly gripped. The flexors and extensors of the fingers should also be exercised and trained for strength.

Forearm strength training should not be separated and neglected from other body parts. It is also important along with upper body strength training. Players and coaches normally ignore forearm and wrist griping from strength training and conditioning programs that is not favorable.

If a player fights and plays with frail forearm and wrist, his ball hitting speed, velocity and distance will be badly affected. A good hitter should hit outside the fence and cover distance of about 400 feet. This will be admirable and enjoyable by the spectators. It also brings fruitful result for both team and player.

The strong, healthy and powerful forearm always makes difference. The recognition and success of hitter, thrower and pitcher always depends on strength, speed, velocity and precision. Get through excellent practice and make a successful game!

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