Fall brings cooler weather, and that means more indoor training! Whether you’re practicing at an indoor batting cage, in your garage, or some other at-home setup, here are five tips to help you maximize your indoor training.
1. Swing on Both Sides
One thing you can easily work on at home or wherever you’re practicing is training both your left and right sides. This is important even if you only swing one way. Take swings both left-handed and right-handed so you can balance out your movement and rhythm. It will allow your body to self-organize, balance out your core movements, and help with your load.
2. Do Your Drills
Many drills can be done at an indoor batting cage or your at-home setup. No matter where you’re training, you can learn how what you’re feeling when you swing compares to the actual metrics of your swing – a concept called Feel vs. Real. Try the Attack Angle Feel vs. Real Drill below to work on understanding the Feel vs. Real of your barrel’s direction towards the ball.
Ready for another drill? Train to increase your Bat Speed with Overload (heavier bat) and Underload (lighter bat) training. Since you are not seeing the ball travel or playing games during your indoor training, it’s a great way to increase your ability to hit the ball hard.
Tip: If you’ve got some tape and pennies, you can easily create a heavier bat at home!
3. Get Feedback
When you’re training at home, you can still get feedback from your coach! By recording and uploading videos from your practice session, your coach can analyze your swings on Blast Connect and provide feedback for you.
4. Strength Impacts Swings
Strength training with swinging motions can be beneficial for your swing and your metrics, plus it’s simple to do it indoors. Try medicine ball work or drills that improve rotational movements and your core strength/flexibility.
Swing and workout in balancing amounts, especially inside. Throw medicine balls and then take your swings, or vice versa. Have fun with it!
Tip: If you don’t have a medicine ball at home but want a similar workout, try using another item in its place like a weight plate, sandbag, or even a basketball.
5. Share Your Progress
When you’re training alone, set a goal for the number of swings you want to take in a session and hold yourself accountable by sharing a screenshot of your metrics on social media once you’ve met that goal.
Don’t forget to tag us or send us a DM of your best swings to @blast_bsbl or @blast_sftball so we can feature you on our social media!
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