Weight Vest Training for Softball
Incorporating a Weight Vest into Your Softball Training Program
Softball is a sport that requires many different physical dimensions of the athlete. Jumping, running, throwing, twisting, bending, changing speed and direction are those dimensions softball players are evaluated on. Good softball players have one or two of them. But elite softball players master all the physical aspects of the game. Training for softball in a weighted vest can help these athletes reach a new height in performance.
Paying attention to the little things in your softball training can add up to make a big difference in your performance and productivity. Even with a small increase in power, your game will improve in all areas. A Resistance Wear weight vest will not only help you reach that increase in power, but also in speed, agility and core strength.
Today's female softball players are superior athletes. They can are well trained, fast and strong. No matter if its at the high school, collegiate or amateur/Olympic level, softball has turned into a highly competitive sport, often with athletes playing for scholarships or spots on prestigious teams. To get to this level, a focused, softball-specific training program that incorporates a weight vest can significantly increase the needed bat speed, striking power, throwing velocity, speed and agility.
The key to effective softball training is to focus on correct movement patterns.
Core exercises done in a weighted vest should form the basis of a resistance training program. But when explosive power and strength endurance are more a priority, training for a specific softball movement in a weight vest should incorporate more assistance exercises into your routine. Assistance exercises recruit smaller muscle groups and are usually single joint exercises.
A resistance training program for softball that incorporates a Resistance Wear weight vest should aim to develop balance throughout the body even though softball has an upper and lower body emphasis.
Additional benefits for softball players training in a Resistance Wear weight vest include:
- Accelerated control in the skills of hitting and running by applying strength to movement while practicing.
- Strengthened core muscles and improved rotation, change of direction and compound or multi-directional movement as a result of the up and down movement and lateral movement from fielding balls in the vest.
- Increased speed and explosiveness and a higher percentage of scoring from second on line drives as a result of practicing base running in the weight vest.