Ever wonder how small baseball players like Seattle Mariners second baseman Dustin Ackley (190 pounds) can smash the ball out of the park? Ackley may not look physically imposing, but he has the perfect balance of strength, power, mobility and speed that is needed to forcefully swing a bat.
Regardless of how "natural" your swing is, you can develop your hitting power with proper training. The TRX Rip Trainer is an ideal tool for this, because you can perform exercises that mirror swinging a bat. Training in a similar movement pattern will increase strength, power, balance, mobility and coordination in the same muscles that you use when you're at the plate.
Working these muscles with the Rip Trainer will also help prevent injury. A baseball swing is a violent movement. Strong muscles on both sides of the body help decelerate the bat and reduce the amount of stress placed on your body.
So, next time you hit the weight room, grab a Rip Trainer and do the following three exercises (demonstrated in the video above). Perform them two to three times each week, 8-12 per side.
This exercise develops a "rock solid" core for enhanced power and durability throughout the season. Developing maximal core strength is an integral part of power production and should not be neglected.
The Rip Rotation is designed to increase mobility in the ankles and hips, while activating the core. Mobility allows for increased range of motion and fluidity through multiple joints. Without proper mobility, speed is diminished and injuries are more likely to occur.
Rip Samurai Strike With Step
The final exercise in this series is a continuation of the Rip Rotation with the addition of a striking motion (a simultaneous push and pull on the bar) to accelerate the bar end and produce greater velocity. The added step is designed to maximize rear hip stability and power. Once this movement is fluid and controlled, start performing it at high speed.
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This workout also appeared on STACK.com and is by Pete Holman, inventor of the TRX Rip Trainer.