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Bodybuilding Training And Dieting For Improved Performance In Baseball!

Bodybuilding is an activity that not only can be used for bigger musculature and less fat, but also for increased performance in sports. In this case … baseball. Use this detailed strength training program to improve your game!

By: Hugo Rivera

Bodybuilding is an activity that not only can be used for bigger musculature and less fat, but also for increased performance in sports. In the case of baseball, bodybuilding training can be used as a means to increase strength and prevent injuries.

Strengthening the rotator cuff muscles as well as the core muscles, for instance, can not only prevent injuries but also allow for more overall strength that will allow for a faster pitch or for a stronger batting ability. In addition, increasing leg strength can contribute to a faster sprint from base to base.

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Strengthening The Rotator Cuff
Can Allow For A Stronger Batting Ability.

The program that will be presented here will be the weight training component of your overall training program provided by your coach, which may consist of various isometric, isotonic and isokinetic exercises, sprints, stretching, plyometrics and many other drills.

Depending on the position you play, your coach may instruct you to emphasize different elements of your program and to specialize in certain body parts.

For example, catchers, infielders and outfielders need to emphasize wrist, hand and core abdominal strength as well as general flexibility (especially in the legs). Pitchers however need general strength, flexibility and endurance with emphasis on the rotator cuff muscles and shoulders.

The goal of this weight training program is to increase the overall strength of all major muscle groups. There are two components to the program:

  1. Off-Season/Pre-Season
  2. In-Season Training

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Off-Season/Pre-Season Baseball Weight Training Program
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Goal: Program Goal Is To Gain Strength & Balance Out Weaknesses

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TERMS YOU'LL NEED TO KNOW
Superset - Two exercises are performed consecutively without any rest.
Triset - Three exercises are performed consecutively without any rest.

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In-Season Baseball Weight Training Program
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Goal: The Goal Of This Program Is To Maintain The Gains Of The Off-Season And Pre-Season Training Program.

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Diet Program
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A key component for increasing performance in any sport is nutrition. Nutrition gives us the raw materials for recuperation, energy and growth. Without a good diet, it is impossible to get any results from the training required for any sport.

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Without A Good Diet, It Is Impossible
To Get Any Results From The Training.

Your nutrition program needs to provide your body with quality nutrients in the form of carbohydrates (which serve to provide energy), proteins (which provide the amino acids to repair muscle tissue and other tissues in the body), good fats (which support healthy hormonal production) and finally water (most of your body is made up of water).

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    Good Examples Of Protein Are:

    • Egg whites (10 egg whites)
    • Chicken breast (cooked, skinless and boneless: 6 oz)
    • Turkey (cooked, skinless and boneless: 6 oz)
    • White fish (6 oz).

    • Each serving size equals approximately 35-40 grams of protein.

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Sample Diet For Teenage Males With A Normal Metabolism
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WATER CALCULATOR
Weight
Results
Water

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Sample Diet For Teenage Males With A Fast Metabolism
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Supplements
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Supplements are actually a subcomponent of nutrition.

When it comes to gaining lean muscle mass, strength, or increasing sports performance most people think that bodybuilding supplements are the most important part of the equation. However, this could not be any farther from the truth. Supplements are just additions to an already good nutrition and training program. Only when training and nutrition are maximized, then you can start thinking of adding supplements to your program.

Please understand that supplements do not make up for improper training, or lack thereof, or a low quality diet. Supplements only work when your diet and your training program are optimal.

I would focus my supplements program on:

  1. A good set of multiple vitamins and minerals to avoid any nutritional deficiencies.
  2. A good protein powder to take in between real meals so that it is easier and more convenient for you to increase your protein to the levels that you need. A good tub of high quality protein like Pro V60 will do the trick.

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    If you need to gain weight, because you are a hardgainer (a person with a fast metabolism who has issues gaining weight) then I would go for a high quality weight gainer that is low in sugars and that has a variety of fast released and slow released proteins like Lean Body Mass 60.

  1. A couple of tablespoons of good fats such as flax oil in order to cover your essential fatty acids needs. You can add these to your shakes.

I would save the creatine, and other more advanced supplements, for later on in your career, once you have turned 18 and have achieved some pretty solid gains already. Believe it or not, I did not use supplements such as creatine until I turned 25.

Definitely, stay away from any testosterone boosting supplementation. Right now (since you are a teenager) your body produces a ton of anabolic steroids (testosterone and growth hormone mainly) that will greatly help you in your quest to build muscle rapidly while losing body fat.

Anything that you do trying to further boost your testosterone production may do the exact opposite. Save testosterone boosters for when your body starts to slowly decline in testosterone production, which is around 25-years old. However, research shows that 1,000 mg of Vitamin C at breakfast, lunch and dinner will actually help you in your quest to a more muscular body.

The supplementation program above, in conjunction with a good diet (see the sample bodybuilding diet above), a good training program based off basic exercises (see the sample bodybuilding routine above), rest (yes, you need at least 8 hours of sleep each night) and the determination to execute your program day in and day out will take you to where you want to go.

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    If budget allows instead of a 5-lb protein tub, you can opt for easier-to-carry and more convenient items like Protein Bars, Meal Replacement Powders or Ready To Drink Shakes. Labrada Nutrition offers several top-notch bars, meal replacement powders and ready-to-drink shakes that not only offer great nutrition but have a taste to match as well.

    However, convenience comes with an added cost, so if budget is tight, simply carry the servings you will need of your protein powder individually sealed on a Ziploc bag in your cooler and mix them with water or milk when it is time to consume. You will need a shaker bottle for this but all high quality proteins these days are instantized and therefore mix rather easily.

About The Author:

Hugo Rivera is an ISSA Certified Fitness Trainer and best-selling fitness author of over 8 books on bodybuilding, weight loss and fitness, including "The Body Sculpting Bible for Men," "The Body Sculpting Bible for Women," "The Hardgainer's Bodybuilding Handbook," and his successful, self published e-book system, "Body Re-Engineering." You can visit Hugo Rivera at www.bodybuilding.about.com, www.HRFit.net, and his new site www.losefatandgainmuscle.com.

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Way too much weight training! !^ 6 days a week is insane! This is a workout for drug users. How do you expect someone to recover from these workouts w/o drugs?

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