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Forearm and Grip Strength training for homerun hitting power
Forearm and Grip Strength training for homerun hitting power.
To get homerun hitting power you need to be able to swing a heavy bat through the zone at a very fast speed. The faster bat speed you have, the more power you are going to have (assuming you can hit the baseball square every time).
So, how do you increase your bat speed? Forearm training to gain grip strength is one great way to gain bat speed and strength through your swing. You can train your forearms and work on grip strength by doing a number of things.
Some of the common forearm training techniques and grip strength exercises are wrist curls, squeezing a gripping exercise tool, and farmers walk (where you are just holding a weight while walking). These are all great forearm training techniques and grip strength exercises but there are many more ways to train your forearms to gain bat speed and homerun hitting power.
One unconventional forearm training and grip strength method is rolling up a weight that is tied with rope to a bar. You roll the bar, holding your arms out in front of you, until the weight gets to the top, then slowly reverse until the weight is fully extended. This is a great forearm training technique and can help increase grip strength and homerun hitting power. It is also very easy to make one of these forearm training tools out of PVC pipe, rope, and a weighted plate.
Another, not so used, forearm training and grip strength exercise (that is kind of like the farmer’s walk) is the plate counter. Holding a small weighted plate in your hand, between your thumb and pointer finger, act as if you were counting, touching your middle finger to your thumb, then your ring finger, you’re your pinky, and then go back through it again. Only have your thumb and one finger at a time holding the weighted plate. This is a great grip strengthen exercise which will pump up your forearms and help you gain homerun hitting power.
One last, unconventional forearm training, grip strength exercise is the weighted bat circles. With either a doughnut on the bat or a weighted sleeve, hold the bat out in front of you, arms extended with a slight bend and then start slowly spinning the bat head in small circles clockwise and then counter clockwise, until you feel a burn. Don’t forget to switch hand position before you start your second set, replacing your top hand with the bottom. If the weighted bat gets too easy for your new meat hooks, you can use a sledge hammer which is more top heavy and will be more of a workout for your forearms.
There are many more things you can do to gain forearm and grip strength. In college we worked out thick handled dumbbells and barbells. We would use the thick grips in all the exercises we did like pull ups, dumbbell bench, rows, etc. To order a customized set of dumbbells would be very expensive but what you can do is just cut out a little square piece of thick rubber and wrap it around the bars of the dumbbells, barbells, etc, that you are using. Adding these grips into your other workouts just puts a little more emphasis on gaining forearm and grip strength.
All of these forearm and grip strength training exercises, from the common ones, to the not so common ones, are good examples of how to train to get homerun hitting power. Because bat speed is the thing that affects the distance and velocity of the ball leaving the bat (power), we should focus on obtaining more bat speed.
With the primary factor for generating bat speed being forearm and grip strength, hitters should take these forearm training tips seriously if they ever want to have homerun hitting power. If you are interested in more forearm training for baseball you have to check out Ultimate Forearm Training for Baseball - the best forearm training program specifically for baseball players.
Good luck in gaining the forearm and grip strength you want, and I wish you much success on your homerun hitting power adventures!