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The lateral sled shuffle is a lower body exercise that challenges the body in the frontal plane. This exercise helps improve lateral movement and increases strength in both the (hip) adductors of the lead leg and abductors of the trail leg. The lateral shuffle is a common movement pattern in baseball and improving...

Jose Vazquez, Texas Rangers Strength and Conditioning Coach, with the Bottoms Up KB Carry.

“The legs feed the wolf”, a quote attributable to Herb Brooks, coach of the US Olympic Hockey team that defeated the Russians for the Gold Medal in 1980, is a testament to the importance of training the legs for successful performance in almost all forms of athletic competition. NHL, NBA and MLB athletes play on...

Strength and conditioning coaches in all sports and at all levels encourage control, proper technique and safety in order to improve performance and prevent injuries. Every professional baseball organization and their strength coaches are unique in that they have their own individual philosophies as to which form of...

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On December 17, 2015, the Atlanta Braves invited the “Top 25” players in their minor league system to attend their first ever Winter Development Camp in Atlanta. It’s unlikely that any of these attendees will play in the majors next year, but the focus for the week was not on baseball activities. Campers...

Sled pulls also known as sled drags, hand over hand sled pulls and rope pulls are an excellent functional exercise for the upper body that targets the core, back, shoulders, arms, forearms and hands. This exercise involves using a rope to pull a weighted sled toward you. If you don’t have a plate loading fitness sled,...

In the past year, my clients have become very curious about coconut oil. “What about coconut oil?” they ask. “Is it good or bad?” My answer is there is not a good or bad food. That is, an apple is a good (healthful) food but a diet of all apples is a bad diet. The same concept applies to coconut oil. A little...

If you want to throw hard and throw accurately you must throw hard and throw repeatedly. However, your shoulder and arm must have time to heal and adapt to the imposed demand. Progression too rapidly in the throwing program will DELAY your recovery and return to sport. Always pay careful attention to your throwing...

During my four decades in MLB, I have had the opportunity to work with and learn from numerous catchers and coaches who were former catchers. Most notably among these were Yogi Berra, Tony Pena, Brad Ausmus, Ivan Rodriguez, Pat Borders, Benji Molina, Bruce Bochy and Scott Servais. A few, Bochy, Ausmus and Servais, are...