Conditioning

Off-Season Recommendations for High School Baseball Players from a MLB Strength and Conditioning Coach With the high school baseball and summer seasons, and the importance of an effective off-season strength and conditioning program on future performance and risk of injury, we asked Paul Fournier, Major League...

In Season Conditioning for Starting Pitchers  By Jason Polakowski, CSCS, ATC, USAW  A pitcher possesses the baseball more than any position in baseball. This leads to a high amount of activity each game, especially when it comes down to the starting pitcher. Watching a game, it may not seem like a big deal because...

Jump Rope Routine By Ed Yong, MS, CSCS, RYT There are a several reasons to incorporate jumping rope into your fitness program: It’s a great way to improve speed, agility, quickness, coordination, strength and power. It can help reduce the risk of injury by increasing strength and ankle stability while working in a...

Developing A Year-Round Strength & Conditioning Program for the Professional Baseball Player By Matt Krause The primary purposes of the New York Yankees strength and conditioning program are to 1) reduce the risk of injury and 2) increase potential performance. Strong and flexible muscles are able to produce more...

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...