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Track and field coaches divide sprint training into three components; acceleration, maximum velocity, and speed endurance. Acceleration is the process of increasing your velocity. Maximum velocity is running all out. Speed endurance is your ability to maintain your maximum velocity. For a sprinter, all three are...

In exercise science, the principle of specificity says that “you get what you train for”.  Thus, if you train by doing a lot of long distance, jogging, cycling or other forms of “cardio” work you will improve your aerobic fitness, but you won’t improve your ability to perform on the field. Why? Because the...

Everyone in the game of baseball understands the importance of core strength and stability. Hitting and pitching coaches empirically know that the core is where power comes from. Scientists have shown that core strength and stability are necessary to prevent injuries, improve mobility and optimize performance (1, 2)....

The baseball season is a marathon. Major League teams play 162 games in approximately 180 days and minor league teams play 142 games in approximately 160 days. The length of the season, frequency of games, rigors of travel, interruptions of sleep, inconsistencies in quality of nourishment, etc. make it almost...

Coleman served as the strength and conditioning coach for the Houston Astros for over 30 years and is recognized for his work with NASA. July 14, 2013, LAS VEGAS, NV– Strength and conditioning coaches, sports scientists and fitness professionals from around the world converged on the NSCA’s 36th National...

If you are looking for a change of pace from doing traditional split-squats, try doing them of a 2” x 4” beam. Elevating your body as little as 2 to 4 inches and placing your feet in a parallel stride position raises your center of gravity, decreases your base of support, reduces stability, increases...

Research shows that proper nutrition and hydration before competition can improve performance. Try these food and fluid recommendations to find out what works for you! Food • Eat a carbohydrate-rich meal with moderate protein 3 to 4 hours before competition. Examples would be scrambled eggs with oatmeal, peanut...

I can’t tell you how often I hear someone at the end of the workout say something like “I need to do more abs; I want to get a six-pack.” The truth is that passing on a six-pack is a better way to get a six-pack than doing 600 sit-ups. The key to abdominal definition is the visibility of the abdominal musculature, not...

The following exercises are designed with three goals in mind. First, they will teach you different positions in which you can hold your pelvis and low back to minimize strain on damaged tissues. Second, the will teach you balance and control in these positions—a healthy low back and pelvis depends as much on a well...

If you are a pitcher in professional baseball you are in the game because you have a love of the game and you have a gift. You were given a gift. I didn’t do anything to be blessed with the arm that I had. It took me a while to figure out that I was blessed with a God-given gift. Once I figured this this out, I...