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While strength and conditioning coaches are continually looking for the next cutting edge piece of equipment to give their athletes an advantage over their opponents, most already have a small, inexpensive, old fashioned, simple and effective, training device tucked away in the corner of the weight room or in the...

The standing and kneeling warrior stretches are two of the most popular methods used by athletes to stretch the muscles of the anterior hip, quad and lower leg. The information in the following paragraphs will address the pros and cons of each stretch and explain how to properly perform them in order to achieve...

As the change of seasons is marked by changes in the weather, October marks professional baseball’s changing of seasons. For teams not in the play-offs or World Series, October signals the end of a 6-month competitive season and the start of a 4-5 month off-season depending on the level that you are competing at....

Baseball is an anaerobic sport that relies primarily on the ATP-PC system to provide energy for the short bursts of high-intensity, explosive movements that occur in game situations. Most plays last for 5 seconds or less. The average Major League pitcher, for example, takes 1.3 to 1.5 seconds to get the ball to the...

Brendon Huttmann was named the Pirates Major League Strength and Conditioning Coach on October 24, 2011. He spent the previous four seasons (2008-2011) in the same capacity with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Prior to joining the Dodgers, Huttmann spent five seasons (2003-07) in the Cleveland organization. From 2003 to 2006...

Joe Kessler is in his sixth season as the Major League Strength and Conditioning Coach with the Cleveland Indians after being named to the position on January 8, 2010. Kessler, 33, originally joined the Indians organization in March of 2009. He spent the 2009 season as an Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach in...

Jake Beiting was named Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Houston Astros in November of 2012. He spent the previous 5 seasons (2008-2012) working as the Minor League S&C Coordinator for the Cleveland Indians. Prior to that Jake also worked as a Minor League S&C Coach (2007) and intern (2004-05) for the...

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Babe Ruth

We have all heard it, especially those who were around in the late 1970s and early 1980s when strength and conditioning coaches were as popular in MLB as free agency – “Babe Ruth never lifted weights,” and our only come back was “imagine how much better he could have been if he had worked out.” Now, after...

In the last decade, several new pieces of training equipment have been developed that have been proven to be suitable for training baseball players. Some have elaborate design features and come with complex manuals, computer chips and expensive price tags. Others, despite being simpler and cheaper, are extremely...