Posts Tagged ‘strength’

If you want to throw hard and throw accurately you must throw hard and throw repeatedly. However, your shoulder and arm must have time to heal and adapt to the imposed demand. Progression too rapidly in the throwing program will DELAY your recovery and return to sport. Always pay careful attention to your throwing...

During my four decades in MLB, I have had the opportunity to work with and learn from numerous catchers and coaches who were former catchers. Most notably among these were Yogi Berra, Tony Pena, Brad Ausmus, Ivan Rodriguez, Pat Borders, Benji Molina, Bruce Bochy and Scott Servais. A few, Bochy, Ausmus and Servais, are...

The Braves off-season resistance training program is a dynamic, total body workout based on five basic movement patterns that were modified by Dan John and others. The program uses a variety of equipment and is designed to improve muscular endurance, strength, power, stability, balance, coordination and muscle...

While bear crawls have been a favorite of football coaches and military drill instructors for decades, they are also excellent for other sports. When done properly, bear crawls will simultaneously develop coordination, stability and functional strength and endurance in the muscles of the chest, shoulders arms, legs...

The deadlift and power clean are two very popular exercises among athletes for good reason—they are excellent for developing total body strength and power, while simultaneously emphasizing powerful hip extension. The problem is that many athletes have mobility restrictions through the hip, knee, and ankle and...

The kettlebell swing is an explosive lift that forces you to use maximum power in the posterior chain (hips, back and legs) to accelerate the KB with proper technique. As a baseball player, you spend a lot of time with your spine, hips, knees and ankles flexed. Regardless of whether you are playing in games, taking...

The off-season is the optimal time to work on things that can improve performance in the coming season. The following is a brief discussion three things that you can do during the off-season to improve your performance in the coming year. Build a strong and powerful lower half. Your hips and legs are your power...

It is common to encounter individuals who experience shoulder pain with certain exercises from time to time. Most coaches and trainers are aware that the rotator cuff is a common culprit. In addition, SLAP tears (superior labral tear from anterior to posterior) can also cause pain for those active in overhead...

The emergence of the professional baseball strength and conditioning profession started in 1993 with three American League strength coaches, Fernando Montes (Cleveland Indians), Steve Odgers (Chicago White Sox) and Bob Alejo (Oakland A’s). Montes, who was a member of the National Strength and Conditioning...

Strength and conditioning emerged as a priority activity among Major League players in the late 1980s and early 1990s. You could see the change in player size and body structure in the clubhouse and on the field. More clubs were hiring strength and conditioning coaches and more clubhouses had weight rooms, some even...