Remember my softball setup in my back yard? Well, I've devised quite the workout routine to build my skills so that I can be a useful member of a senior softball team. I'm vain! I can't go out there fumbling and bumbling!
I start by batting off the tee and hitting tossed balls into the net on the left. The batting tee in the pic didn't work (too narrow at the top to hold a softball) so I bought this very sturdy tee to replace it. After hitting off the tee both left and right handed, I move over to the rebound net on the right for 25 throws.
I mix the two exercises for about 40 minutes. It's quite a tough workout. In a couple of weeks, I'll move on to include sessions in the commercial softball batting cages at Jeto's amusement park in Kingston in my routine.
My softball workout is surprisingly demanding. Catching the ball on the rebound means jumping, stooping and quick reaction. For decades I sat at a desk in a rigid position. I am somewhat afraid to attempt the quick movements required to play this pseudo game of catch. The movements are random and impossible to anticipate, too. This requires giving up your body in a way I haven't done in decades.
The ball hits the ground and runs away from me, too, which means that I have to bend over to pick the damned this up. With 50 or 60 repetitions, this is itself demanding exercise.
Batting off the tee and hitting tossed balls requires explosive twisting of my entire body. The concepts of balance and spinal chord exercise from yoga come into play. I only have 6 softballs for batting off the tee, so once I've hit all 6 I have to go collect them. More bending and reaching.
After my first session, I hurt like hell, especially in my buttocks! That was an unexpected outcome! It took three sessions over a week for my body to adjust and cease aching. Of course, I also experienced that odd aching in the shoulder and arm from so much throwing.
I'm quite pleased with the depth of exercise that my softball workout provides. My skills are improving daily, too. Not too sure if I'll make it to the senior leagues this summer, but I will begin to hit the sandlot pickup games. I've already found a couple of partners for playing catch at the park.
Let's Play Two!