Training

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...

Agility is often defined as “the ability to start, stop and change directions under control” and is essential for successful performance in team and individual sports. It is not uncommon for some coaches to have athletes perform a series of agility drills, e.g., pro agility run, T-run, 3-cone run, etc., hoping...

  The use of foam rollers is very common among athletes preparing their bodies for the day. Players utilize foam rollers because they are relatively easy to use and can provide instant relief from tightness and sometimes even pain. It is imperative, however, that players and coaches understand how foam rolling can be...

Introduction. A previous post by Coleman that indicated lifting weights after a MLB game tended to improve offensive performance as measured by batting average in the next game1. Given the fact that the Texas Rangers play outdoors in a hot to very hot and sometimes very humid environment, it’s not prudent to ask...

It has been well-documented in the scientific literature and through years of practical experience that a strong posterior chain is essential for successful, injury free performance in all sports. Research has also shown that there are numerous exercises with which to effectively train the posterior chain, each with a...

Tight hip flexors can cause a number of problems for baseball players. Among these are changes in joint alignments and potential pain in the pelvis, hip, knee, ankle, foot and low back. Hip flexor muscle tightness has also been linked to reciprocal inhibition in the hip extensor muscles (glutes) which can limit the...

Professional and collegiate baseball players spend a lot of time before, during, after and between games with their hip flexors in a shortened position which has been shown to inhibit the actions of the hip extensors (recripocal inhibition) and increase the compensatory stress on the muscles that assist with hip...

A couple of years ago I went on a quick 3-day road trip and left a couple of key items in my traveling weight trunk back at home. My first thought was, “Dammit, Player X needed to get in a lower body workout today and I don’t have much to train him with.” This is Minor League baseball and we don’t always have the...

This is the second of a two-part series on conditioning catchers. Part I outlined specific exercises to help ensure that catchers warm-up properly for safe, effective performance. Part II will outline specific exercises and procedures to help ensure that catchers are able to recover between games, maintain personal...

Exercise to Improve Stabilization and Prepare for the Bear Crawl This bear crawl is a great stability exercise that directly targets the shoulders, hips and core. However, since the traditional bear crawl can be very difficult for some beginners who lack the proper motor control patterning to efficiently create the...