Professional Baseball Strength & Conditioning

Posts Tagged ‘conditioning’

At first glance, it sounds like an unnecessary question: “Are we running enough?” If we looked at the unprecedented growth in obesity in North America, the obvious answer would be “no”. However, taking that angle would be considered “easy pickins” as societal obesity is a much more complex problem of lack...

In exercise science, the principle of specificity says that “you get what you train for”.  Thus, if you train by doing a lot of long distance, jogging, cycling or other forms of “cardio” work you will improve your aerobic fitness, but you won’t improve your ability to perform on the field. Why? Because the...

Everyone in the game of baseball understands the importance of core strength and stability. Hitting and pitching coaches empirically know that the core is where power comes from. Scientists have shown that core strength and stability are necessary to prevent injuries, improve mobility and optimize performance (1, 2)....

An efficient runner will accelerate without thinking about it. If you try to run harder, you’ll tighten up and slow down. How many times have you tried to move your legs faster in order to beat out an infield hit or tried to “kick it in” after rounding third only to tighten up and slow down? Have you ever tried harder,...

The following two exercises can be used as core drills to work the total body from the ground up. They are baseball-specific because they force you take the forces produced in the lower body and transfer them through the trunk to the upper body where they are applied to the ball. Both drills train the legs to explode,...

Over the years, I have seen a lot of players who have been given well-designed programs by their strength and conditioning staff and then proceeded to do only the exercises that they enjoyed and omit those that they really needed to do. Usually, the ones they liked were a lot easier than those that they needed to. The...

Reverse Sled Drags Reverse sled drags are a very low-tech and versatile lower body exercise. They can be used to rehab an injury, reduce stress on a sore joint, increase strength, improve conditioning and/or as an alternative to traditional strength training exercises. Reverse drags work the quads in a knee-friendly...

INTRODUCTION Starting pitching is the foundation for any successful organization. Whether they came from your minor league developmental system, via a trade or signed through free agency, this collection of five starters has a significant impact on your team’s success or failure. Running programs that are...

Conditioning tests, although common place in today’s world of athletics can vary from sport to sport and even team to team.  Some organizations will use a specific test that has been passed down over the years as a tradition and some may not find the value in doing one at all.   Conducting a conditioning test...