MMB – Jen’s Baseball Stretching Video
I hope you are all doing well and are healthy walking into your Monday. Wow! Has January been a tough month?! Raise your hand out there if either you’ve been sick or have known someone who has been sick? Yup, just about everyone raised their hand! The weather is suppose to start warming up this week, so it will be great to enjoy some of that California sunshine and lift our spirits up!
This past Saturday was the 3rd Fit For Change Challenge and you guys worked it hard! For this Challenge, there were six stations that featured whole body resistance and core drills: Bosu squats w/dumb bell over head presses, stair drills carrying sand bags, walking lunges w/tubing flys and burpee combos, Bosu and med ball Russian twists into stand and presses, squats w/tubing bicep curls and tricep kickbacks, and stability ball wall squats followed by stability ball tricep push-ups. After every station, the boot camper had to go through the obstacle course 2 x’s, which of course was a full body work out all on it’s own! Lots of crawling, jumping, leaping, and agility fun! The Boot Campers who showed up on Saturday worked it super hard and made it through with smiles on their faces! LOL! Great work everyone!
Here are the timed rankings from Saturday:
Ken Vieira – 42:00 min.
Lynnda Philbrook – 42:49
Joanne Vieira – 43:10
Kathleen Jacobs – 24:38
Christy Stevens – 24:45
Heather Thompson – 25:05
Erin Campbell – 25:10
Kathy Schalin – 26:00
Announcements and Reminders:
1) Cardio Core at Jen’s Studio Tuesday: There is 1 spot open at 5:45pm. At the moment, the other classes are full, but you are welcome to go on a wait list and check in with me the day of.
2) Fit for Change Challenge – 1/2 way through! If you weighed in, you might want to check the scale again and see how you are doing. If your weigh hasn’t changed, you need to make some adjustments. Here are some things to think about: Portion sizes? Not eating late at night? Too many empty carbs? Skipping breakfast? Not working out hard enough? Not sleeping well?
3) Next Running Boot Camp is Sunday, February 4th at 11am. Meet me at my house for some running fun along with strength and core drills!
Thought for the week: It’s Baseball Season!
If you hang out with me during the baseball season, you may hear me grumbling under my breath as I walk by some of the teams on the field. Why? There are some coaches who believe that just throwing the ball to warm-up and diving right into baseball drills will suffice for preparing the boys’ bodies to play. Well, that’s not the best approach.
The rotator cuff shoulder muscles and tendons in particular, take a while to get blood flow and oxygen into those areas. Due to the nature of baseball, with a ton of overhead power throwing, it’s super important to properly warm-up those young shoulder muscles with dynamic stretches in order to avoid injury.
The other areas that are very important to warm up are the hips. Baseball is also all about the hips! Hips and hip flexors, need to opened up and stretched out in order to avoid injury.
For the past few weeks, I’ve been working on a little league baseball stretching guide and have recently completed it. Also, this past weekend, my husband Bob shot a video of me demonstrating some of these stretches.
If you have a son or daughter, who plays little league or softball, and you’d like to incorporate more stretches at home or with the team, please feel free to share these documents! You can also pass along my info to your coaches and let them know I teach boot camps and strength and core conditioning classes. I hope these guides give you additional ideas about how you can prepare your son or daughter for baseball or soft ball, either at practice or on game days. I’d love any feedback you may have too!
Let’s go play baseball!