Top 6 Exercises for Power Hitting
Looking to take your swing to the next level? Here are some of the best exercises for power hitting that will have you launching bombs like Giancarlo Stanton in no time!
1. Landmine rotations
Place a bar in a landmine or in the corner of your gym and load up your weight. With a strong stance and knees slightly bent, bring the end of the bar from one hip, up and over your head, to the other hip, keeping your arms extended the entire time.
2. Medicine ball lateral tosses
Stand facing parallel to a sturdy, concrete wall. Hold the ball at your outside hip, away from the wall. Rotate your torso, keeping your core and glutes tight, and toss the ball at the wall just above waist height. Catch the ball as it bounces back and repeat.
3. Side lunges
With a barbell resting on your shoulders or holding dumbbells at your side, lunge from side to side while remaining facing the same direction throughout.
4. Plyometric Push-ups
Get into a push-up position on the floor or on two secure platforms. Your arms should be fully extended with your hands around shoulder width. Keep your body straight throughout the movement. Lower yourself by flexing at the elbow and lowering your chest towards the ground. At the bottom, reverse the motion by extending your elbow as explosively as possible. Attempt to push your upper body up until your hands leave the ground. Return to the starting position and repeat the exercise.
5. Trap bar squats
Stand in the center of the apparatus and grasp both handles. Squat down by lowering your hips and bending your knees, look forward with your head and keep your chest up. Begin the movement by driving through the heels and extend your hips and knees. Keep your back straight at all times. Lower the weight back to the ground under control to finish the repetition.
6. Farmer’s walk
Grab two heavy dumbbells or kettlebells, and hold them at your sides with your shoulder blades pulled together and your chest up, facing straight ahead. Hold the dumbbells or kettlebells firmly and walk for a distance until your grip begins to give out for each set.
Incorporate these into your next workout for stronger legs, core, forearms and shoulders to take your swing to the next level!