Training

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...

Texas Rangers incorporate Low Box Drill for foot work and body control.

This is the first of a two-part series on conditioning catchers. Part I will outline 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...

With the continued growth of yoga in professional baseball, there’s little question that the practice offers many potential benefits to players. However, those benefits can only be realized when yoga is taught correctly within the context of an athlete’s sport, needs and schedule. Otherwise, at best, yoga is only...

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...