Today's Fitness Play of the Day from the Ripken Playbook will focus on another Fitness Movement: the rotation. Try visualizing the swing of a major league hitter, like Bill Ripken or Cal Ripken, Jr. As you swing, every part of your body moves as one to create the necessary force to hit a major league fastball out of the park. This movement builds upon our previous Fitness Play of the Day -- the plank -- for a strong core is crucial for a powerful rotational movement. For more about Fitness Movements, check out our Healthy Choices, Healthy Children – Fitness edition.
Batter Up! Learn the Torso Rotation
- Stand upright with your feet shoulder width apart.
- Fully extend your arms forward and press your palms together firmly.
- From this position, rotate your entire body as one while pivoting outwardly off one leg.
- Return to starting position, repeat with opposite leg.
Challenge yourself to perform a torso rotation 10 times on each side. Now, take it one step further: show us your best baseball swing. Make sure to incorporate the fundamentals of you just learned!