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How can I work circuit training into my softball conditioning?

Circuit training is a great way to work both a cardiovascular and strength training session into a short time frame.  Many softball players are trying to build strength, but mainly they want to increase power.  It is optimal for a softball player to work on power and conditioning in the same session, since conditioning is not what most softball players typically focus on.  Circuit training is a good way to get the strength needed while continuing to build on your cardiovascular fitness.  Softball demands both leg and upper-body strength, so the circuit should have a good balance of both.  A lot of the exercises should more power-based, like cable work, medicine ball, and plyometics.  The upper-body exercises should focus on the larger muscle groups with exercises that keep you in good form.  The lower-body workouts will focus more on dynamic movements and quick reactions.  Keep the circuit short with limited rest and high repetitions. 

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