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How Muscle Stimulators are Changing the Game for Baseball Players?

You know how life playing baseball means you operate on a rigorous schedule. During preseason and offseason, you likely have workouts six days a week. These probably target resistance training for each muscle group twice weekly. Once season hits, if you play professionally, you’ve got 162 straight games on your schedule. High school teams average 25-40 games between March and June [1] - squaring out to 2-3 games weekly. Late nights and early mornings. Long days and exhausted shoulders. Whether in season or out, you know how extensively you’re hitting the same muscle groups. A lot.

With all this resistance training and continuous impact on muscles in games, baseball players are seeing how imperative intentional recovery is. What may be obvious, is the lack of recovery time the intensive baseball lifestyle allows for. This is where muscle stimulators are changing the game.

Compex Electrostimulation Training Program for Baseball

Offseason / Preseason Prep Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Week 1
Week 1
(static)
[Resistance]
Quads and Calves
[Resistance]
Shoulders and Deltoids
[Resistance]
Forearms
[Resistance]
Quads and Calves
[Resistance]
Shoulders and Deltoids
[Resistance]
Forearms
 
Recovery
Recovery
[Pre warm up or training recovery]
minimum 6 minutes
[Pre warm up or training recovery]
minimum 6 minutes
[Pre warm up or training recovery]
minimum 6 minutes
[Pre warm up or training recovery]
minimum 6 minutes
[Pre warm up or training recovery]
minimum 6 minutes
[Pre warm up or training recovery]
minimum 6 minutes
[Pre warm up or training recovery]
minimum 6 minutes
Week 2
Week 2
(static)
[Resistance]
Quads and Calves
[Resistance]
Shoulders and Deltoids
[Resistance]
Forearms
[Resistance]
Quads and Calves
[Resistance]
Shoulders and Deltoids
[Resistance]
Forearms
 
Recovery
Recovery
[Pre warm up or training recovery]
minimum 6 minutes
[Pre warm up or training recovery]
minimum 6 minutes
[Pre warm up or training recovery]
minimum 6 minutes
[Pre warm up or training recovery]
minimum 6 minutes
[Pre warm up or training recovery]
minimum 6 minutes
[Pre warm up or training recovery]
minimum 6 minutes
[Pre warm up or training recovery]
minimum 6 minutes
Week 3
Week 3
(add dynamic based on how body feels)
[Resistance]
Quads and Calves
[Resistance]
Shoulders and Deltoids
[Resistance]
Forearms
[Resistance]
Quads and Calves
[Resistance]
Shoulders and Deltoids
[Resistance]
Forearms
 
Recovery
Recovery
[Pre warm up or training recovery]
minimum 6 minutes
[Pre warm up or training recovery]
minimum 6 minutes
[Pre warm up or training recovery]
minimum 6 minutes
[Pre warm up or training recovery]
minimum 6 minutes
[Pre warm up or training recovery]
minimum 6 minutes
[Pre warm up or training recovery]
minimum 6 minutes
[Pre warm up or training recovery]
minimum 6 minutes
Week 4
Week 4
(add dynamic based on how body feels)
[Resistance]
Quads and Calves
[Resistance]
Shoulders and Deltoids
[Resistance]
Forearms
[Resistance]
Quads and Calves
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[Resistance]
Shoulders and Deltoids
[Resistance]
Forearms
 
Recovery
Recovery
[Pre warm up or training recovery]
minimum 6 minutes
[Pre warm up or training recovery]
minimum 6 minutes
[Pre warm up or training recovery]
minimum 6 minutes
[Pre warm up or training recovery]
minimum 6 minutes
[Pre warm up or training recovery]
minimum 6 minutes
[Pre warm up or training recovery]
minimum 6 minutes
[Pre warm up or training recovery]
minimum 6 minutes
Week 5
Week 5
(add dynamic based on how body feels)
[Resistance]
Quads and Calves
[Resistance]
Shoulders and Deltoids
[Resistance]
Forearms
[Resistance]
Quads and Calves
[Resistance]
Shoulders and Deltoids
[Resistance]
Forearms
 
Recovery
Recovery
[Pre warm up or training recovery]
minimum 6 minutes
[Pre warm up or training recovery]
minimum 6 minutes
[Pre warm up or training recovery]
minimum 6 minutes
[Pre warm up or training recovery]
minimum 6 minutes
[Pre warm up or training recovery]
minimum 6 minutes
[Pre warm up or training recovery]
minimum 6 minutes
[Pre warm up or training recovery]
minimum 6 minutes
Tips on how to use our baseball training program
  • The above plan is a recommendation, but the overall goal is to use the resistance program on each muscle group twice a week.
  • Static means you are stationary in a comfortable position.
  • Dynamic work (body squats or calf raises) should only be done during the offseason.
  • Remain standing whenever using the resistance program on your calves.
  • Off season workouts should be the full workout period of 12 minutes.
  • As grip strength is very important, we recommend holding a baseball or bat while using the program on your forearms.
  • For in-season recovery, use Pre Warm for pre-game and mid-game sessions. For post-game recovery sessions, use Pre Warm Up or Competition Recovery for a minimum of 6 minutes**. The longer, the better!
  • The plan above is meant for offseason/preseason prep, however, if you continue your workouts in season the recommendation is still 2 times a week per muscle group, but instead of the full 12 minute workout, aim for 8 minutes or less depending on how your body feels.


baseball player using muscle stim

Muscle stimulators serve three primary purposes: relieve pain, increase strength, and speed up recovery. To put it simply, a muscle stimulator sends electrodes from a handheld device through wires to patches on the player’s skin. This signals muscles to contract and relax - stimulating the muscle without fatigue from intensive training or putting stress on tendons and joints. As the muscle stimulator does the work, players get to experience the benefits of keeping muscles active without exhaustion from a workout.

Compex muscle stimulators level up the player experience, offering specific settings you can choose - endurance, active recovery, resistance, and training recovery. With these options, players can maximize their time catering muscle stimulators to what they need. Looking at how a week in a pitcher’s training schedule would lay out, he would likely be recommended to do resistance work for quads and calves on Monday and Thursday, shoulders and delts Tuesday and Friday, and forearms Wednesday and Saturday. With so much time going toward training, Compex muscle stimulators give him that upper hand needed to keep muscles in optimal condition.

baseball player in gym lifting weights

What muscle recovery
tools SHOULD BE USED
IN THE OFFSEASON?

Since the baseball offseason is by no means time ‘off’, you know that recovery is crucial. You’re working muscle groups intensely twice every week, and you want to keep your joints at their best. Players are experiencing major benefits when they combine the use of muscle stimulators alongside gym training and workouts. Muscle stimulators offer baseball players a major advantage, increasing blood flow while flushing out lactic acid.

While more oxygen and nutrients are sent to muscles, players recover faster and prevent delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS). This plays a major role in promoting healthy joints, which we all know is high priority for players. This way, baseball players can focus their time on resistance training for each muscle group twice weekly - while also making recovery possible.

baseball player taking batting practice

HOW ARE PLAYERS USING MUSCLE STIMULATORS WHILE IN SEASON?

Muscle stimulators not only serve as epic recovery tools - they also offer you that extra edge with a packed game schedule. You know how little time for recovery the season allows; this is where muscle stimulators come in clutch. Compex muscle stimulators aid in improving strength while lessening fatigue. They activate fast twitch Type II muscle fibers. Meaning you’ll be building more muscle, and you won’t be overworked on the field. This in turn protects your joints. Happy muscles mean happy joints. Added bonus: they reduce pain intensity while increasing motion and function.

During the 2020 professional season, the overall injury incidence rate per 1,000 exposures was 8.66, with pitchers holding up 55% of those injuries [2]. So when baseball season sees pitchers’ shoulders experiencing overuse and centerfielders pivoting and sprinting repeatedly, muscle stimulators offer the relief and muscle recovery you need, while keeping explosive strength at its highest.

HOW TO STAY IN THE GAME?

With players running back out to the field with such little time for recovery, muscle stimulators pave the way for maximizing your time in the sport. Compex muscle stimulators are simple to use for players of all experience levels. Compex is working to do their part for baseball players of all levels to get the muscle repair they need to make it through those extra innings.


[1] BaseballScouter.com: How Long does a High School Baseball Season Last - https://baseballscouter.com/how-long-does-a-high-school-baseball-season-last/

[2] Sage Journal: Orthopedic Journal of Sports Medicine: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/2325967121999646