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  Yousef is in his second year as the Assistant Major League Strength and Conditioning Coordinator for the Detroit Tigers. He also got his first job in baseball with the Tigers in 2006 where he was a seasonal strength coach for the 2006 & 2007 seasons. From there, he got a full-time position with the Los Angeles...

While we are long over the concept of “No pain – No gain”, there are a lot of athletes who aren’t achieving maximal performance or making the progress that they need to because they don’t fully understand the difference between pain and discomfort. Pain is your body’s way of letting us know that there is a...

The obvious answer is to get better. But the real question is, to get better at what? When I ask players “what do you want to improve upon?” Most of them give a generic answer like velocity, or command, or my mechanics. Then I probe a little further and realize that what they all really want is to move better. They want...

Anthony Velazquez, the 2016 and 2017 Minor League Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year, just completed his 6th year in the strength and conditioning field and his 5th season in professional baseball. Anthony is currently the Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Trenton Thunder, the New York Yankees Eastern...

“The Kettlebell is an Ancient Russian Weapon Against Weakness” – Pavel. The father of everything kettlebells has shed a tremendous amount of light on such a great tool that can be used in multiple ways to help positively impact player performance. The Russian Style Kettlebell Swing is one of the most commonly...

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, yet only one-third of us actually make the time to eat it. While working with athletes on a daily basis, I hear all kinds of excuses: “I’m too tired to chew, I can’t eat in the morning, there’s no food around, if I eat before working out I’ll get sick, I don’t...

  Ryan is currently going into his second season as the Arizona Performance Coordinator for the Cleveland Indians baseball organization. Prior to the 2017 season, Ryan worked at his alma mater DeLand High School (DeLand, FL), where he served as the school’s first Director of Strength and Conditioning. Before DHS, Ryan...

Click below to read the latest publication of Performance Conditioning.  Covering topics such as; Healthy Shoulder, Sprint Mechanics, and Recovery. Performance Conditioning Baseball/Softball Volume 16, Number 6

A Philadelphia native, Furey Leva joined the Philadelphia Phillies organization in January of 2017 after four years as a member of the Pittsburgh Pirates player development staff. Furey worked as a strength coach at four minor league stops for the Pirates: Indianapolis (AAA), Altoona (AA), Bradenton (High A) and...

Mini bands are a portable, inexpensive and versatile piece of equipment that should be considered when programming athletic training regimens. Regardless of an athlete’s training experience, mini bands are easy to use, lightweight, easy to transport, and come in a variety of resistances. They can be incorporated in...