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Training for Softball
By: Jeff Blair
As a kid growing up, I was undersized and not exactly the most fl eet of foot. I learned early on if I wanted to be successful in sports, I had to work harder than the next guy. When I started playing tournament softball that is exactly the mindset I carried both on and off the field.
My conditioning recipe was strength training in the gym and countless hours of batting practice. When I trained with weights, I had only one goal, and that was to become as strong and explosive as possible. I did not care about developing beach muscles as I felt that muscle size should only be a byproduct of strength (not vice versa). I do not play much any more and my training methods have changed, but I wanted the focus of this article to be about training and preparation for softball. Since there are so many different approaches and methods to accomplishing peak preparation, I decided to showcase the training tactics from a few of police softball’s most talented and accomplished players.
This article was originally published in SoftBall Magazine Issue 2, 2015