Ben had just finished up some hitting drills at the YMCA baseball annex last night when Bob texted that we should stay in town until a line of ferocious thunderstorms moved through. A few minutes later, the tornado siren went off.
“I’m scared!” wailed Colleen.
Ben and I assured her we were in one of the safest places we could possibly be: a converted room in a factory building with no windows. To make her feel better, we had her put on a catcher’s mask and step inside the batting cage for added protection.
Meanwhile, I was looking around for something to do — especially since I hadn’t gotten in a workout. Then I remembered Lumberjacks, an abdominal exercise Ben had told us about on a previous trip to the annex. In baseball conditioning they use a 30-pound weight plate, but a medicine ball is a good substitute if you don’t want to hoist that kind of weight.