Strength and conditioning coach, Dustin Hammett, takes us through a few athletic training exercises.
Baseball is in full swing (cough) and as it just so happens, La Jolla Day at Petco Park is this Saturday (May 21) where the Padres take on the Giants. Check La Jolla Merchant’s Society Facebook page for details–tickets still available!
Which got me to thinking, How are these athletes training and what can I incorporate into my own sports conditioning? So I reached out to our own La Jolla Sports Club personal trainer, Dustin Hammett, CSCS, who specializes in Sports Conditioning / Nutrition and coaches high school teams around the area (I just learned he’s also a professional golf coach). I picked his brain and the following are some of Dustin’s favorite athletic training exercises, with a quick rundown on each.
MedBall Hip Toss
Start with one knee on the Airex pad (if throwing to the left, left knee up; right, right knee up). The first movement comes from the hips, then the body rotates, releasing the ball at shoulder height. This core training is an excellent explosive, rotational movement for baseball, golf, tennis and lacrosse, among others.
Standing Explosive Single-Arm Rotational Lat Pull
Start with the cable attachment at your side. Then lift your knee and as soon as it comes down, rotate and explosively pull. The movement mechanics should resemble throwing a baseball or football. This move targets the synergist movement of your non-throwing arm.
Lateral Slider Lunge
Start standing with one dumbbell on the same side as the slider. The first movement comes from the hip of the non-slider leg. Keep your chest up and your knee in line with your chest and shoulder. The slider-leg stays straight. This is a great lateral movement for all athletes.
Think the opposite movement of throwing a baseball, football, or paddling or surfing. Start in a standing position with attachment chest-height.
- Pull elbow back at 90 degrees
- Scarecrow (keep elbow at 90 degrees)
- Vertical press
- Slowly resist the negative / downward movement
Have fun at La Jolla Day at Petco, grab Dustin with your athletic training questions and see you next week!
// Your La Jolla Sports Club team