Training

For years we did sit-ups in an attempt to develop a 6-pack. We now know that a 6-pack has no meaningful place in sports. A 6-pack should be the by-product of an effective total conditioning program, not a primary goal of the training program. Most pro and college athletes don’t do sit-ups anymore. Instead, they do...

I am often witness to coaches carrying out their training sessions and preparatory camps for various sports. The coaches have a practice plan and, invariably, an ambitious schedule for what they want to accomplish in a session, day or week. There are always injuries. It is inevitable. Some are accidental (i.e. getting...

“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...

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...