Posts by: Tim Rodmaker

Although science weakly (at best) supports snacking for health in the general population, regular snacking by collegiate and professional athletes can improve performance in both sports and academics. The Importance of Snacking for Athletes Collegiate athletes have higher energy needs than nonathletic peers, making...

While bear crawls have been a favorite of football coaches and military drill instructors for decades, they are also excellent for other sports. When done properly, bear crawls will simultaneously develop coordination, stability and functional strength and endurance in the muscles of the chest, shoulders arms, legs...

The top box in the stack is either a 36- or 42-inch plyo box. If you have either one, please put them away. In fact, unless you are training some great athletes, put your 30-inch box away too. I have dubbed the big plyo boxes “Idiot Boxes”. Idiot boxes are jumped on by young men (it is always young men) looking to...

This is a good drill for improving both work capacity and speed-endurance (the ability to make repeated max or near-max efforts without slowing down). It uses a positive pyramid for the first half of the run and a negative pyramid for the second half. Use longer distances (100-200 yards) when working on aerobic...

Check out the latest issue of Performance Baseball/Softball Conditioning Volume 14, Number 7. Performance Baseball/Softball Conditioning Volume 14, Number 7

James Clifford is completing his 18th year of work in professional baseball including the last four (2012-2015) as the Head Major League Strength and Conditioning Coach and Coordinator of Sport Science with the Seattle Mariners. His involvement with the Mariners began in 1988 when they drafted him out of high school...

Morgan Gregory, Cincinnati Reds’ MiLB Strength and Conditioning Coach, describes and demonstrates KettleBell Floor Press.

Katherine Roberts’ Yoga for Baseball series continues with Hip Drives.

The deadlift and power clean are two very popular exercises among athletes for good reason—they are excellent for developing total body strength and power, while simultaneously emphasizing powerful hip extension. The problem is that many athletes have mobility restrictions through the hip, knee, and ankle and...

As you might have heard through stories in the media, the Dodgers have gone “all in” on eating organic foods throughout the organization. When walking around the dining area you can hear a lot of new buzz words being thrown around: “Grass Fed”, “Free Range”, “Locally Grown” and “Organic” to name a...