Baseball is a difficult game to learn and to play. Even the best professional baseball players rely on coaches and trainers to help them improve their game. Getting a baseball trainer can be a great way to help you pinpoint problems in your mechanics, conditioning, or mental approach that would otherwise hinder you game.
Looking for a trainer should start with visit or a call to your local batting cage or baseball academy. These are found across the country. If you aren’t aware of one near you visit an online batting cage locator (see Sources) to find one in your area. Ignore ones that are attached to a mini golf course or other amusements and focus on those that seem to be centers for baseball instruction. Give them a call and ask if they offer training. Many offer specific training in areas ranging from hitting, to pitching, to fielding, and even base running. The people running these academies are often former Minor League players or high school coaches who know the game quite well and can provide you with good assistance.
The next place to look is with a local gym or fitness center. Many of them offer sport specific training programs. Don’t simply find any trainer, but instead one who has experience training baseball players. Routines should focus on explosiveness and core strength while also seeking to improve flexibility and endurance. Even if none of the on-staff trainers has experience in baseball, the gym may be able to refer you to trainers who use their facilities to train players.
Another place to look is Mike Epstein’s Rotational Hitting website. There you can find an instructor who specializes in teaching rotational hitting, the style used by the majority of pros. With several hundred trainer certified in the program all across the country, you can probably find one in your area.