Cricket is a game that needs you to be fast and strong. If you have been following my pre-season training programme you will have been building up to this workout.
This 'speed-strength' workout is the most cricket specific, and is best to do just before the season begins, with perhaps some carry over into the new season depending how you feel. As always, never begin any exercise programme without knowing and understanding your health history. If you are in any doubt that you can safely perform exercise, contact your doctor before starting.
Weekly Workout Schedule
Monday: Cricket Skills and Interval Running
Thursday: Strength Circuits
Saturday: Cricket Skills and Interval Running
- Always warm up, stretch and cool down.
- You can add an extra interval running session if your fitness allows.
- You may have more skills sessions in your week. If so, simply ensure you do one of the other workouts on the same day.
Although the circuit I have posted is aimed at fast bowlers, it can be used by any player with little or no adaptation.
- Complete the entire circuit twice, each exercise at a time.
- Work for 30s at each exercise station then rest for 30s
- Complete all the exercises at a good pace, focusing on maintaining posture
- Also consider a cricket skills circuit
Complete an SAQ workout balanced across all the 7 phases. For more on the basics of SAQ click here. For the SAQ book on Cricket click here.
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If you want a more comprehensive guide to reducing injury risk and increasing cricket specific fitness, check out county strength coach Rob Ahmun's guide on PitchVision Academy.
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