Conditioning

Proper Conditioning for the Baseball Player By Zach Dechant, CSCS, USAW, SCCS Conditioning with Tempo Runs. Conditioning for baseball players has long consisted of LSD: long, slow, distance work. While slow aerobic work has it benefits, I tend to disagree that it is a useful technique for baseball athletes which leads...

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...

In my position as a strength and conditioning coach in professional baseball, I am often asked for extra work by players looking to achieve an edge. I understand their requests, as baseball history is littered with stories of successful MLB players who ran the extra miles, did the extra reps in the weight room, and...

Speed is a key factor for success in most sports. In baseball, it is the only physical tool that is used on both offense and defense and is an essential quality that can keep a good player from becoming great. The key to improving speed is intensity of effort. Some authorities believe that when you train at speeds...

The 300-yard shuttle run can be used as a maximum effort anaerobic test or training tool for multi-sprint athletes like baseball, football, basketball, soccer, etc. Among baseball players, it is often used as a pre-test during the first week of spring training to measure anaerobic capacity, i.e., the maximal rate of...

Sand running is an effective training tool for improving strength, speed, agility and balance. The unstable surface adds resistance between your feet and the ground, requiring greater proprioception and stabilization with every step. Athletes can benefit from sand training because the added challenge of running with...

Baseball is a strength and power sport in which on the field actions display multi-directional quickness, short bursts of acceleration and occasionally top-end speed with bouts of longer duration recovery. Training programs should be based on the movement and energy requirements of the sport in order to maximize 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...

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...

The primary objective of the sled push is to improve lower-body strength and power so athletes can increase ground reaction force, i.e., the amount of force that they can put into and recover from the ground. Large ground reaction forces are essential for effective performance in activities that require acceleration,...