Cricketer Exercises FitNut

Cricket is a religion in our country and there’s no denying that fitness is slowly becoming one. The fitness levels of the 11 best cricket players of our nation are proof of how a proper workout regime can set you apart from the others.

Whether you’re a batsman looking to hit every ball out of the park or a bowler trying to bowl at 160 km/hr, overall body strength and power are essential to accomplishing your goal. Moreover, it is important that you incorporate exercises that mimic the movements you will make on the field.

Here’s our take on what the playing elevens strength training routine must look like:

1. Jump Squats:

Why should you do it?

  • Increased jump height. Ever wondered how our cricketers (well some of them) take those amazing flying catches? Now you know;
  • Improved agility. Presence of mind and quick reaction time are just some of the pre-requisites of being a great cricketer.

2. Lunge with Torso Twist:

Why should you do it?

  • Strengthening of legs, hips and torso;
  • Improved spinal mobility. This will enable you to play the big cricketing shots like the pull with ease.

3. Rotator Cuff:

Why should you do it?

  • Strengthening of shoulders. This is by far the most important of the lot. Whether it’s batting, bowling or fielding, strong shoulders can give you an edge over the opposition and help carry your team to victory.

4. Deadlift

Why should you do it?

  • Strengthening of lower back, hips and thighs. Spending hours on the field can take a toll on your body with these three areas being the main pain points;
  • Improved grip strength, which is essential for every aspect of the game;
  • For overall body strength and power.

5. Squats

Why should you do it?

  • Strengthening of leg and core. Standing and running around for hours at a stretch requires a solid core and a strong pair of legs. It will also help you sneak in a few runs between the wickets by increasing your running speed.

6. Neutral Grip Pull-Ups

Why should you do it?

  • Improved forearm and bicep strength. How else do you expect to hit those big shots? A neutral grip pull up engages the arms more than the back, unlike a regular pull up, which puts more stress on the back. It is also easier on the shoulder joints;
  • Improved grip strength.

7. Push Ups

Why should you do it?

  • Increased upper body strength without being heavy or restricting the movement of your shoulder joints.

8. Alternate Arm Superman

Why should you do it?

  • As a bowler you need excellent coordination between your opposite arm and leg. This exercise helps you achieve just that;
  • Strengthening of lower back.

 

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