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Quick Tip: Home Exercises for Teenage Fast Bowlers

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Ashish asked a question I think a lot of young fast bowlers wonder,

"What are some good bowling exercises for teenage fast bowlers to do at home? I heard fast bowlers need a strong core, shoulders, arms and legs."

Ashish has heard right in that bowlers need strong everything!

Don't Make This Mistake in Your Quest for Cricket Fitness

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The new year brings new hopes for getting fit, and for cricketers that means very specific things: run faster, bow faster, hit harder, throw longer, keep up stamina and prevent injuries.

All worthy aims of course, but there is a trap waiting. If you fall in you can forget about your dreams of improved fitness this year.

What is this trap?

Get Fit For Cricket with One Email

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There is no doubt that fitness is crucial to the modern cricketer to improve performance and prevent injury. The benefits are well proven.

But fitness is also a minefield.

There is so much information available yet much of it is at best no benefit and at worst dangerous.

That's why you should get the PitchVision Academy newsletter.

The weekly email cuts through the rubbish and takes you straight to the tips, ideas and programmes that actually work to help you reach your goals for the year.

How 3 Simple Fitness Exercises Improve Spin Bowling Guile

We all understand how important being strong, balanced and powerful is to a fast bowler, yet we are generally "take it or leave it" when we talk fitness to our spinners.

So, how can being strong benefit a spinner?

Fitness for Fast Bowlers Made Simple (Part 2)

This is the 2nd part of John Cook's guest spot on PitchVision Academy. Part 1 talked through the rationale for training and mobility. In this part we complete the picture.

A second attribute of fitness you can work on as a fast bowler is strength.

But where do we need strength and what is the best way to develop this?

Fitness for Fast Bowlers Made Simple (Part 1)

This is a guest article from Strength and Conditioning Coach John Cook

Here is a no brainer: speed is one of the most important factors in bowling. By reducing the decision making time of the batsman, you increase your chances of taking wickets and reduce the chances of conceding runs.

An old school of thought is that simply bowling more will increase both your bowling speed and ‘toughen up’ your body to prevent injury.

But over-bowling is one of the primary predictors for injury.

Cricket Show 186: Weighted Cricket Balls

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Mark Garaway goes into more detail about the latest research into watching the ball and how you can apply it as a coach or player.

And the team discuss weighted balls for bowling faster, left arm wrist spin and cricket badgers.

Quick Tip: Recommended Exercises for Leg Spinners

Abishek emailed in a question:

"I am a 17 old leg spinner. I am 160cm tall and underweight. I have never tried doing any fitness exercises. Can you recommend some to start?"

You could do what the 17 year old lads do in my gym, and walk in, head straight for the bench press and try and lift too much weight without warming up.

But I wouldn't recommend it. You will get injured. And you look silly getting stuck under a bar.

Fact is, there are a load of different and safe ways to exercise.

Quick Tip: Will Boxing Increase Bowling Speed?

Here is a question Regan posted on facebook:

"Do you think boxing will increase bowling speed? I thought because it's training your rotator cuff to fire quickly that it might increase the speed."

The answer to that question is both complex and simple. And as this is a quick tip, I'm going to give you the shortcut first.

Boxing will help with bowling speed a little, but it's not the magic pill to being able to hurl the ball down at 150kph.

Cricket Warm Up is a Ramp

In this video, I discuss how to best spend your time in warm ups for cricket.

The warm up is a ramp from everyday to best performance, and it's important to get it right.

Click here to view the video now