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While the back squat has been considered for decades to be the “King of Exercises” by many in the profession2, it is not always possible, especially during the season, to have access to a suitable squat rack, bar and/or appropriate amount of weight. Likewise, there is also the possibility that directly loading the...

Check out the newest issue of Performance Conditioning Baseball/Softball to see what keeps the pros ready!   Performance Conditioning Baseball/Softball Volume 16, Issue 1

Sliding within the Atlanta Braves organization is no longer limited to movements at the bases. It’s now an important tool in the Braves’ weight room. Thanks to the continued improvements in slide board technology slide board training has become an integral part of the year-around training program for Braves’...

Tapping into the right movement for your athletes eliminates pain, improves strength, and builds high performance conditioning to take performance to the next level. I’m sure you’re thinking squats; hip extension exercises like cleans, deadlifts, and the like, right? Well, I don’t disagree on their efficacy, but...

For athletes, caffeine is a proven performance enhancer. In their new book Caffeine for Sports Performance, sports dietitians Louise Burke and Ben Desbrow and exercise physiologist Lawrence Spriet address all-things-caffeine that an athlete might want to know. Here are just a few tidbits that I gleaned from this...

The primary objective of the sled push is to improve lower-body strength and power so athletes can increase ground reaction force, i.e., the amount of force that they can put into and recover from the ground. Large ground reaction forces are essential for effective performance in activities that require acceleration,...

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There was a time not too long ago when strength and conditioning coaches were taught that the proper breathing pattern when exercising consisted of two steps; inhale on the way down (eccentric contractions) and exhale on the way up (concentric contractions). Today, however, we know that it’s not as simple as that....

This is a variation of the “traditional” dead bug exercise which is designed to increase strength in the muscles of the core and protect the low back. Adding a stability ball to the exercise allows you to increase spinal stability as you engage your core muscles. Start by lying flat on your back holding a...

Vitamin and mineral supplements, as well as fruit and vegetable replacements, abound in today’s nutrition marketplace.  Their advertising claims are impressive, but can pills really enhance your health and performance?  Are any problems associated with taking nutritional supplements?  Do athletes have a higher...