Tool 5: The Workout for Power Hitting
"Clearly, hitting for power means lots of extra bases along with home runs,” says Eddins. “Being able to have tremendous bat speed along with overall body strength produces a lot of homeruns, which everyone loves to see.”
While many are quick to look at arm strength, lower body rotation training enables a lot of bat speed, and hence, consistent power.
Squats: 3 sets x 10 reps, adding weight each set
For squats, use a barbell placed on your traps while pinching the scapula together, with your feet shoulder-width apart. Keep your back straight and bend at the hips and knees until parallel to the ground. Drive straight up with heels to the floor.
Medicine ball squat jumps: 3 sets x 10 reps
Follow up with medicine ball squat jumps, with your feet shoulder-width apart, holding the medicine ball with both hands to your chest. Squat parallel and jump straight up, pushing the medicine ball to the ceiling.
Rotational medicine ball throws: 3 sets x 15 reps