Posts Tagged ‘training’

It seems in this day and age of keeping up with and surpassing the Jones’, people often believe doing more or having more makes you or the things around you better. That’s not always the case. Actually, more isn’t always better. Sometimes more is just more. Here are a couple of examples in a simplistic...

It might be your son, it might be your daughter. It doesn’t really matter. In any case, you realize that you have a kid that has above average ability. Coaches start to tell you that your child has potential. People start talking about special select teams and year-round dedication to one sport. The big questions...

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...

For years we did sit-ups in an attempt to develop a 6-pack. We now know that a 6-pack has no meaningful place in sports. A 6-pack should be the by-product of an effective total conditioning program, not a primary goal of the training program. Most pro and college athletes don’t do sit-ups anymore. Instead, they do...

I am often witness to coaches carrying out their training sessions and preparatory camps for various sports. The coaches have a practice plan and, invariably, an ambitious schedule for what they want to accomplish in a session, day or week. There are always injuries. It is inevitable. Some are accidental (i.e. getting...

Ropes training, otherwise known as battle ropes, has become an increasingly popular modality in strength and conditioning programs in recent years because of the numerous training benefits it provides. It is an effective tool to enhance strength, power and endurance2. However, the questions are does it fit in the...

Agility is often defined as “the ability to start, stop and change directions under control” and is essential for successful performance in team and individual sports. It is not uncommon for some coaches to have athletes perform a series of agility drills, e.g., pro agility run, T-run, 3-cone run, etc., hoping...

“The legs feed the wolf”, a quote attributable to Herb Brooks, coach of the US Olympic Hockey team that defeated the Russians for the Gold Medal in 1980, is a testament to the importance of training the legs for successful performance in almost all forms of athletic competition. NHL, NBA and MLB athletes play on...

Strength and conditioning coaches in all sports and at all levels encourage control, proper technique and safety in order to improve performance and prevent injuries. Every professional baseball organization and their strength coaches are unique in that they have their own individual philosophies as to which form of...

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...