Increase Your Bat Speed with Exercise

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Scientists have spent decades studying the baseball swing – in fact, it’s one of the most studied motions in sports. Nearly every player is looking for a way to add some power to their swing. One of the best ways to increase swing power is to increase your bat speed. There a few key core muscle groups that can be toned and strengthened to help improve bat speed.

Muscles Groups and Exercises:

Legs. Powerful hitters have tremendous leg strength. The legs are responsible for generating the power necessary for a quick swing through the strike zone. Strong legs provide the stabilized foundation that is needed to transfer energy from your trunk to your arms to the bat. Some great exercises to build leg strength include:

  • Squats
  • Leg presses
  • Lunges
  • Deadlifts
  • Leg curls

Core. Having a quick and powerful twist in your core helps create torque behind your swing. The core is the body’s central hub for strength. The core encompasses the muscles of the chest, abdominals and back. Working out these muscles will increase the body’s overall strength. A few great exercises to improve core strength include:

  • Planks
  • Sit ups/crunches
  • Push ups
  • Bench press
  • Medicine ball rotations

Forearms. The grip and forearms are very important areas when it comes to increasing bat speed. Strong forearms and grip provide faster hand speed and control. A baseball swing involves incredibly controlled movements in the forearms, wrists, hands and fingers. It’s important to practice forearm and hand exercises. A few great ones include:

  • Squeezing a tennis ball/racquetball
  • Wrist curls
  • Farmer’s walk
  • Finger curls
  • Reverse wrist curls

The best hitters in the game today have incredible bat speed. Increasing and maintaining strength is a huge part of a great hitter’s routine. Diamond Kinetics is working to create technology to visually present how your hard work is paying off.  We firmly believe that the ability to collect data and analyze motion will help increase bat speed and other desired qualities. We strive to enhance a player’s swing performance through our baseball swing analyzer, which doesn’t just collect the metrics and data, but also makes it easy for anyone to understand them.

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