Body Composition and Baseball Performance

This special report discusses the relationship between body composition – ratio between muscle mass and body fat – and baseball performance. While the numbers in the report are based on male baseball players, the discussion is interesting and has also implications and applications for female fastpitch softball players too.

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Fitness Calculator – Vertical Jump Test

This test measure your lower body power. More specifically, it measures your jumping power or vertical jump height and can be used by various populations including children (ages 10-17), adults (ages 18-29), and world class athletes. Lower body power is very important in softball.

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Fitness Calculator – Bench Press Test

This calculator provides a rating for the YMCA Bench Press Test. This test measures upper body muscular strength. The bench press is excellent measure of overall upper body strength and is also considered one of the main lifts for strength training.

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Fitness Calculator – Waist-to-Hip Ratio

This calculator will determine your waist-to-hip ratio. This measure is used to assess the body composition of an individual or whether she is overweight or not.  It is a good indicator of health risks.

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Fitness Calculator – Estimated Calorie Requirements

This calculator will estimate how many calories you need each day to meet your energy needs.  Most athletes are actually under eating  and not meeting their energy needs which is having a negative effect on their training and performance. This will help you have an idea of how many calories you should consume on a daily basis.

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Fitness Calculator – Push-Up Test

This calculator gives you a rating for the classic push-up test. This test measures your upper body muscular endurance.

Instructions

  • Simply enter the details and click ‘Calculate’.
  • Your rating and other details will appear.
  • Perform as many repetitions as possible without pausing.
  • Your elbows must always be fully extended.

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Fitness Calculator – Distance Run

This calculator is designed to measure your aerobic endurance or more specifically, your maximum aerobic power. The test is performance on a distance of 1.5 or 2 miles. It’s a maximum effort test where you complete the distance the chosen distance in the fastest time possible.

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Fitness Calculator – Sit-up Test

This test measures the muscular endurance of your hip flexors and abdominal muscles. The calculator will give you a rating for your results.  Good abdominal muscular endurance is important for sports performance, preventing injuries, maintaining good back health and proper posture.

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Fitness Calculator – Body Mass Index

This calculator will determine your body mass index (BMI). The BMI is a very common measure used to determine whether or not an individual has a healthy body composition.  Body composition is what your body is made of or the ratio between muscle mass and body fat.

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Fitness Calculator – Predicting One-Rep Max

This calculator will help you determine what your 1-repetition maximum is or how much your can lift one time on a given exercise. This information is especially useful when working with advanced training protocols to further develop your maximum strength.
Instructions

  • Enter “Weight Lifted” and “Reps Performed”.
  • The repetitions must be between 1 and 10.
  • Press “Calculate” for the weight you may be able to perform for a single repetition.

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