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Ben Loftis is in his second season as a Strength and Conditioning Coach in the Padres organization. He has spent both seasons in the AZL. Prior to joining the Padres, he was a graduate assistant strength and conditioning coach at the University of Sioux Falls (June 2016-January 2018). He oversaw training of baseball,...

Single-Leg Forward Reach By Gene Coleman, Ed. D., RSSC*E The single-leg forward reach is a closed-kinetic, ground-based, unsupported, i.e., only one foot is in contact with the floor, single-leg exercise. It involves the synchronized action of the muscles of the core, hip, knee and ankle joints to increase unilateral,...

Processed Foods: Addressed and Assessed Are they all as bad as we think? by Leslie Bonci, RD Processed foods are shamed as having no nutritional value and blamed for obesity and chronic diseases. It is time for facts over fallacy to clear up the confusion regarding processed foods. What is food processing and how...

How to Use Force Plates in Sports There was a time not too long ago that force plates could be found only in engineering or biomechanics labs on university campuses. Today, however, there are a growing number of MLB organizations that either have installed them in their weight room, training room or performance center...

Scott Weberg, MA, CSCS, RSCC Scott Weberg just completed his 13th year in professional baseball. While the 2019 season is his first as the Head Major League Strength and Conditioning Coordinator for the Toronto Blue Jays, he has served the Blue Jays in several positions including Assistant Major League Strength and...

 Travis Smith is currently entering his ninth season with the Los Angeles Dodgers organization. His current role is Major League Strength and Conditioning Coach. He began his career in professional baseball in 2011 as the AAA Strength Coach for the Miami Marlins organization and was the 2015 MiLB Pacific Coast...

Brittany Wiebe just completed her second season with the Houston Astros organization as a strength and conditioning coach in the Dominican Republic. Prior to joining Houston, Wiebe worked as a graduate assistant for the football and Olympic sports programs at the University of Missouri from 2016-18. During the summer...

Tyler Gniadek, RSSC, Chicago White Sox   Tyler Gniadek just completed his 5th year in strength and conditioning and 4th year in professional baseball. A native of Colorado Spring, CO, Tyler graduated from Coronado High School in Colorado Springs, CO where he earned four letters in baseball and football and was...

Squat and Touch with Rear Leg Extended a Precursor to Single-Leg Squats By Gene Coleman, Ed. D., RSSC*E Most strength and conditioning coaches will agree that, regardless of whether you are using them as a primary or support exercise, the single-leg squat is an effective, closed-chain, ground-based, lower body...

Using Box Jumps to Improve Explosiveness By Jose Vazquez, PT, RSCC – Texas Rangers   One of the essential goals of all strength and conditioning coaches is to improve explosive athletic power. By definition, power is the rate of doing work, and strength is the ability to exert force.  While both have similar...