Professional Baseball Strength & Conditioning

Lower Body

RESEARCH Wong, R, et. al. Relationship between lower body extremity power and fastball spin rate and ball velocity in professional baseball pitchers. J Strength Cond Res. 37(4):823-828, April 2023. Lower extremity power has been hypothesized to increase ball spin and velocity during pitching in baseball. Purpose: The...

Reverse Lunge Progressions and Regressions for Strength, Speed and Power By Hasani Torres and Gene Coleman The reverse lunge is a relatively simple exercise that can be used as an alternative when prescribing single leg movements. It could be used to improve the strength, speed, and power of athletes from youth to...

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Box Stepdown for Single-Leg Strength, Stability and Balance By Gene Coleman, Ed. D., RSCC*E This is a simple, single-leg, ground-based exercise that requires minimal equipment. It can be used before and after practice and strength training workouts by baseball and softball players of all ages and levels of play to...

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Goblet Reverse Lunge with Slider By Brian Jordan, RSCC*D The goblet reverse lunge using a slider, is an effective posterior-chain exercise for developing lower body strength. Placing a slider or Val slide under one foot and holding a DB or Kettlebell at chest level, creates instability and applies an external load...

Dumbbells are Smart  By Gene Coleman and Bryan King If you are an athlete performing strength training for baseball, sometimes it’s better to go lighter than heavier to ensure that your technique is proper and that you are training movements that have carryover value to on-field performance. When performing the...

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Research Review Hip Abduction Strength Contributes to Dynamic Control of the Trunk and Legs Simple single-leg step-down test (SLSD test) can help assess hip abduction strength, enhance performance and reduce the risk of injury A recent study by medical personnel at USC and California Angles of 180 minor league...