Training

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...

The MD ball has become a staple in almost every functional training program because it is one of the simplest and safest tools for developing total body power from the ground up. Regardless of whether you are performing rotary or overhead movements, the MD ball teaches summation of forces from the ground through the...

Speed Squats, Alternate Lunges, Eagles and Squat Jumps Finisher exercises are designed to kick your butt at the end of the workout. A goal for the off-season, spring training and in-season is to “finish strong”. You want a strong finish for each workout, every practice session, every game and the season. Finishers...

Designing training programs for baseball players can be very simple.  There are, however, a few basic concepts that must be considered before you get started.  Successful programs can be completed with minimal risk of injury. Successful programs help athletes achieve specific goals. Successful programs take into...

A previous post, Jump Rope in Baseball – Back to the Future, outlined the benefits and procedures of jumping rope. But what if you don’t have a rope or if you are working with a relatively large group and don’t have enough ropes to go around? Use line jumps and hops. Line jumps (two feet) and line hops (one...

Ropes training, otherwise known as battle ropes, has become an increasingly popular modality in strength and conditioning programs in recent years because of the numerous training benefits it provides. It is an effective tool to enhance strength, power and endurance2. However, the questions are does it fit in the...

  Regardless of whether you are a believer or non-believer in the practice of long toss for pitchers and/or position players, it appears to be here to stay. Most players use some form of long toss during the off-season, pre-season and/or season. Some organizations are staunch supporters and others permit it with...

The importance of sleep cannot be understated in terms of recovery. Sleep plays a critical role in not only recovery and on-field performance, but in all aspects of daily living. With new technology and recovery tools continuing to surface in recent years, it is important for coaches to help athletes see the big...

The step-up is a basic exercise that sometimes gets pushed to the back of the repertoire, especially when a coach has accessibility to modern equipment and a state-of-the-art facility. Many minor league teams, however, do not have access to a lot of equipment or large training facilities at home or on the road. For...

Face pulls are an exercise that should be added to your upper body lifting routine in order to improve poor shoulder and thoracic positioning.  Both play a large role in posture, making the face pull a beneficial exercise in that it directly contrasts the slumped shoulder position we tend to live in everyday when...