The BEST Forearm Training for Baseball Players You'll Find Anywhere
This is a Swing Smarter treat revealing the best eBook on forearm training known to man. And I'm not exaggerating...you know us at Swing Smarter, we don't push something unless it's got our quality stamp of approval, so check out Jedd Johnson from DeiselCrew.com's intro video to his Definitive Guide to Forearm & Grip Training designed especially for baseball players...
Jedd contacted me about the launch of his new eBook and my involvement as a resell partner; after he sent me a copy, I couldn't stop drooling over my laptop keyboard. The book totally blew away what I've seen or ever known about forearm training for baseball players.
This is another one of those, I wished to have had this when I was in high school playing ball books...I would have:
Had more lower arm strength and power as a hitter,
Better arm control and snap while throwing the ball from the outfield, and not to mention
Achieved a power grip that could crush any man and beat the best in arm wrestling.
Could-a, should-a, would-a, oh well, hopefully this finds you early enough to pass on or put to use right away :P
This book is no joke, and I'm currently using the rich forearm training content, exercises, and programs to train my current baseball clients now! Check out my interview with Jedd in following...
SS.com: Jedd, can you give us a quick rundown of the June 15th launch of the Ultimate Forearm Training Program for Baseball Players and what benefits these particular athletes can come to expect? (hitters in particular)
JJ: Sure thing, Joey. On the 15th, I will be releasing "Ultimate Forearm Training for Baseball." This will be in downloadable ebook format. What’s cool about this ebook is that it is a complete exploration of grip and forearm strength training.
This is going to be great for all baseball players, because we all know how important hand and forearm strength is for baseball. The hands are used in pitching and throwing, hitting, and catching. They are also involved in a lot of contact situations in the game such as sliding into a base, collisions at the plate, and diving for flies and liners. So to have the strongest pair of hands and forearms as possible is important for our numbers at the plate, and out on the field.
SS.com: Now, you’re an ex Div 2 collegiate baseball pitcher, what are the top few (1-3 quick points) things you wished to have known (training wise) then that you know now about grip and forearm strength training?
JJ: First, off, I wish someone would have told me that it is alright for pitchers and hitters to get strong. There is so much miss-information in the game about weight training. Back when I played, it was like every coach and parent was trying to tell you that muscle would make you slow and tight, and that really isn’t true. Now if you go into the gym and hit bench press and curls everyday, yeah, you might hurt your arm, but a well rounded routine is outstanding. Get big, strong and fast.
Another thing I wish someone would have explained to me is the importance of strength training the legs. What I was always told back then was that it was important to run all kinds of miles and ride the bike and all that stuff, but there was almost no strength training of the legs, and if we did anything it was usually leg press and calves.
Finally, I wish someone would have gone over what true "functional" grip and forearm training is. Wrist curls, plate rim holds, and tennis ball squeezes were all we did back then. I swear, it did nothing of benefit for me. My hands still felt weak. I think if I knew anything about hand strength back then I would have had a much better curveball. When I was in high school my coach had us flick the ball up in the air between our thumbs and two first fingers in order to get better curveball action. Pretty pointless if you’re throwing a knuckle curve...
SS.com: In the program, you’ve put together a colossal mouth watering 400 page manual on grip and forearm strength training using different pieces of equipment. What’s your 3 favorite pieces and what benefit do these three pieces have to a hitter? I mean, should players have to spend their money on a $1,000 piece of highly endorsed equipment?
JJ: No way. Grip training can be effective using the equipment that is already at the gym, tools and other items that you can find in the garage and work shed, and even stuff that you can make out of wood and other left over items form past projects. People really tend to over-think grip training.
Hitters should train to have the forearms of a lumberjack. Only instead of swinging an ax all day, they have to get out there and maneuver a sledge hammer. Remember, the forearms, wrists, and fingers are doing a lot of work in the swing, so I stuck like 12 or 15 different sledge hammer movements in the book. They will blow your forearms up, big time!
SS.com: You mention in a video on your blog DieselCrew.com that you did research online for forearm training programs, finding a few with decent content, and a whole lot of others steering players in the wrong direction. How is the Ultimate Forearm Training Program for Baseball Players different from all those "other guys?"
JJ: I lost count of how many articles, blog posts, and videos on youtube had athletes doing just wrist curls. Wrist curls train one movement pattern of the wrist – flexion. There is barely any wrist flexion in the swinging of a bat. What I have done with my manual is separated all of the various movement patterns and postures of the elbow, forearm, wrist, thumbs, and fingers, and shown you to hit them from all these angles.
A good program will stimulate the body in a variety of ways, so I have designed 20 grip training workouts. These workouts train all of the movements patterns effectively while also varying the intensity. There are workouts where you try to perform lifts of big numbers and there are ones where you try to rep out. There are some in between. There are holds for time, and there are explosive and speed-oriented movements as well. This program is VERY well rounded.
SS.com: We at SwingSmarter.com recognize 50% of hitting is proper thinking…what in your strong work ethic and dedication developed from baseball and training do you think is most important in setting the mind right for competition?
JJ: Visualization. You have to see the end result before it happens. We control our destiny. If we see it happening, we can make it happen. Even in Grip training, visualization is important. While you’re squeezing grippers or pinching plates, you want to be thinking, "The next time I face Roberts, I am going to hit the ball hard right back up the box." Or, "this week I am going to take a pitch to make sure my eye is tracking the ball." These kinds of things HAVE TO be reinforced at times other than when we are at the field, in the dugout, or in the on-deck circle. You have to see it happen in your mind hours if not days before it takes place at the park.
It’s kind of like in the movie "Ghost," where the one guy teaches Patrick Swayze about focusing as hard as possible in order to be able to touch things. That kind of focus is very beneficial.
SS.com: I see you’re offering a free 30 minute video on forearm and grip training with tons of great content, in addition to the Ultimate Forearm & Grip Training Program comes 3 supplements designed specifically for hitters and pitchers: Loaded bat forearm training, Tube Ball Forearm Training (pitchers), and Year Round Strength Training Design...realistically how quickly can young athletes start seeing results in strength and performance?
JJ: The bat is going to feel different in your hands after two of my grip workouts, and your hands are not going to get tired out like they used to anymore. These changes take a very short time to happen because the hands respond very quickly to training.
SS.com: Included in the forearm training you’ve put in sample workouts with names like: Beyond the Warning Track, Body Weight Assault Workout, and Ballistic Barage just to name a few...which one is your absolute favorite for hitters?
JJ: Good question. I’m gonna say Wrist Booster. It is filled with wrist movements that will take your power to the next level. I do variations of that routine all the time and it not only blows the forearms up, but I have seen strength increases in my Double Overhand Deadlift since doing it and routines like it. Beyond the Warning Track is another good one.
By the way, the reason for those really cool names is that I tried to name the workouts in a way that matched the workout emphasis for the day.
SS.com: Does this training just fit for baseball players or can the benefits extend beyond for other sports as well?
JJ: This training is important for all sports where the hands are important for performance: Baseball, Softball, Football, Lacrosse, Tennis, Rugby, Wrestling, Boxing: all these sports involve a tremendous amount of hand and forearm activity, and the exercises and recovery methods will apply perfectly to them as well. I mainly targeted baseball with this because I love the sport so much.
SS.com: Where can we go to get to know more about you and the work you’re doing?
JJ: My main website is DieselCrew.com. I run it with my best friend, Jim Smith and we have many articles on Grip Training as well as other strength and power training methods, as well as how to build muscle, lose fat and keep the muscles and joint supple so you can stay strong and healthy the rest of your life.
Here's one of Jedd's videos on a killer forearm training routine that'll leave your forearms blasted, and will start you on the path to getting past the warning track!
To sweeten the deal, Jedd has included a FREE preview of what you'll be getting...in addition to the video above, it's a sample Forearm Training Workout PDF that'll blast your lower arms to smithereens. You can get that HERE.
If you're interested in ordering Jedd's Definitive forearm training masterpiece for baseball players, then you can purchase HERE. Swing Smarter promises, you won't be disappointed.