Training

In 2014, USA Baseball and MLB teamed up to establish Pitch Smart, a series of practical, age-appropriate guidelines to help parents, players and coaches avoid overuse injuries and foster long, healthy careers for pitchers.  A primary goal of the Pitch Smart program was to help young players reduce arm injuries by...

Too often I see players that have an unrealistic view on how a true development process works.  Instead, they are looking for a shortcut, a hack, or the easy button. They think there is always a quick, fast or simple way to get better. This thought process is not all their fault, it is how our society works these...

RDLs (Romanian Deadlifts), in every form and variation, are a staple in most strength and conditioning programs in high school, collegiate and professional baseball. They are designed to improve tri-planar strength, stability and athletic performance. RDLs are an excellent posterior chain, hip hinge exercise for the...

From 2002 until 2010 my off-season revolved around an indoor track, and a loud, windowless sweat cave that we called a weight room. Next to game day, this was my favorite part of being an athlete, and probably what lead me, and possibly most strength and conditioning coaches into our profession. The idea of finding...

A large portion of our time as strength and conditioning coaches is spent considering the various factors that go into the creation of an athlete’s workout program. The types of exercises, the number of sets and reps and the length of rest periods are all things that we spend hours considering and fine tuning for...

Agility is probably one of the most difficult things to coach and it’s one of the things most susceptible to hype and guruisms. This post is going to present some thoughts about agility training and sports. At the end of the day, the most difficult thing about coaching agility is that you have to understand the...

The following is a summary of some of the facts that leaders in the field of sports nutrition have presented concerning the effects of alcohol on performance. Even moderate alcohol consumption can affect performance for up to 48 hours after drinking, and the effects will last longer with higher levels of...

If you find your team on the road in a gym that doesn’t carry heavy dumbbells (DBs) or just looking for an effective alternative to standard rowing exercises, try the one arm landmine row. It’s an effective single-arm exercise performed from the ground up that will strengthen the upper back, work the biceps and...

The Prowler sled is a valuable training device that can be used for in-season total body training. The sled can be used to help increase strength, improve power, enhance conditioning, increase hypertrophy and burn excess body fat. Newton’s Third Law of Motion states that “For every action there is an equal and...

I read the following quote from Justin Su’a (@justinsua) on twitter, “Every day recommit to the things that matter most. You empower yourself when your priorities are in line. If you really want it, you’ll make time for it. If you don’t make time for it, you really don’t want it. Actions reveal...