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Individualizing the 5-day Starting Rotation

A pitchers’ weekly schedule is something that should take on a very individualized approach.  What works for one doesn’t necessarily work for all.  Some athletes are very sympathetic dominant and may struggle to recover after outings.  These athletes may require less in the way of high intensity training means throughout the week with more recovery dominant work.  On the flip …

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Specialization of Means

In the beginning stages of athletic development the training allows for improvement of the entire foundation. As the athlete becomes advanced the foundation sharply narrows and must become concentrated. This is why specialization must occur as athletes advance but not prior to a high level of development. Specialization too soon eliminates creating a large motor pool of athletic skills and consequently …

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Bridging over Squats

When injuries occur on the field athletes become limited in the weight room.  Upper body injuries throw squatting out the window unless you have specialized equipment like a PitShark or safety squat bars.  Many high schools, and/ or smaller programs don’t have budgets for said equipment and lower body training is left to the what the imagination can ponder.  Understanding …

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3 Principles for More SPEED

Quality over quantity Charlie Francis has been a great influence to me over the course of my career.  The famed Canadian sprint coach believed that you develop speed with speed.  We train at full intensity when we are trying to develop speed, and acceleration.  All runs are as fast as the body will allows us for that given day which …

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Push-Up Variation for Pitchers

Push-Up w/ Marching Man Entry level progression: This movement can be done as an entry level progression with the hands on the edge of an elevated box, or bench and the feet on the floor.  A notch up on the difficulty is to place a bar on the pins of the rack and place feet on a bench so the body is now parallel. …

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Why we are a 3 day team

Why we opt for 3 day split vs 4 day in the Fall off season: I utilize a High/Low System when designing Fall training plans with our baseball team.  That basically means we train 3 days with high intensity and the other 2 with lower intensity.  Charlie Francis, famous Canadian sprint coach is the one who popularized the High/Low system and …

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Lateral Band Push-Up Walks

We utilize this exercise extensively for our pitchers because of the higher demands on core stabilizers as well as scapular stabilizers. The pecs are often over dominant in athletes yet still require some stimulus due to their importance.  This movement allows our athletes to train the pushup pattern but is secretly just as much of a scapular exercise requiring high …

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Front Squat Warmup Series

We front squat a lot at TCU.  This is a quick 6 min specific warm up that we utilize for the front squat.  We don’t always have the time to do this in its entirety but will do at least one from this series prior to any squat loaded days. We start with the barbell ankle smash side to side for 1 minute each.  …