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The Reverse Lunge: Building a Foundation for Athletes

Training the lower half of the body usually focuses on the big movements like squats and deadlifts. They dominate the landscape for most athletes, and rightly so. When you look at a pitching motion, the majority of the actual motion from leg pickup to release is performed through an interplay of single leg motion. That interplay could fill a novel, …

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BBA Podcast – All Things Baseball Performance

Michael Zweifel had me on his Building Better Athletes Podcast a while back alongside Dr. Stephen Osterer.  Dr. Osterer is a physical therapist / strength coach developing baseball athletes in Canada under the name baseballdevelopmentgroup.com.  We talked all things baseball and specifically got into some of the what, and why’s when it comes to screening athletes, the bench press, speed …

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ABCA Podcast on Developing Athletes

Strength training for baseball players has certainly evolved over the years and for this week’s podcast, we connect with two of top strength coaches in college baseball in TCU’s Zach Dechant and Coastal Carolina’s Nick White. This episode is packed with tremendous insight as both Dechant and White speak about their growth as strength coaches and detail the specific plans …

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Acute to Chronic Workload Ratios in Baseball

As the season fires up baseball athletes everywhere will be preparing their body for practices and games.  Understanding workloads and what an athlete is prepared for is incredibly important to keeping injuries at bay.  The acute to chronic ratio is nothing more than an athlete being prepared for what they’re about to do.  This article was written for elitebaseballperformance.com. Acute …

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3 Guiding Principles to In-Season Training

Don’t Lose Motion Joint motion often gets overlooked as a part of training programs, especially in-season. Motion, often loses out to strength, and power development in the grand scheme of time but restoring tissue length may be just as important as anything to keep athletes on the field. It’s well known that pitchers can easily lose motion in their throwing …

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Ahead of the Curve PODCAST

Was really fortunate to receive a call several months ago from a high school coach in the metroplex by the name of Jonathan Gelnar @J_Gelnar7.  He runs a great baseball specific podcast called Ahead of the Curve.   If you haven’t checked it out yet make time to do so as he’s put out a wealth of information from a variety of coaches. Ahead …

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5 Reasons Why Pitchers Need to Sprint

I believe strongly in the benefits of speed training for all athletes, including pitchers. Proper speed training helps improve the stretch reflex, enhances coordination, aids in increasing all around hip motion, develops reactivity, and complements strength and power development. It falls directly in line with our overall philosophy of training pitchers to be fast, powerful, and explosive. “Train fast to …

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Active Thoracic Spine Disassociation

The following videos come from my 2016 CSCCa presentation on the thoracic spine.  It is one of our more advanced progressions through our active t-spine rotation.  I say more advanced because of the control it requires from the pelvis, and t-spine.  In the active series, the internal / external obliques control motion versus our lying progressions where we can apply opposite arm …

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The Hip Dominant Front Squat

The front squat has long been a staple in our program but we often differ from others in why we teach the movement the way we do.  The front squat is normally associated with an anteriorly loaded pattern that has a more vertical torso than the back squat.  With the front squat we often see athletes drop straight down into the hole …

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Medball Throw Series

Fall semester intern Colin Feikle gives a brief demo and description of 8 medball throws that we use with rotational sports at different times throughout the year. Generally, we prefer a 6-10# medball with 5-10 reps per side per throw. Side Throw – Focus: Hip rotation Front Throw – Focus: Hip extension into the wall Rebound Throw Focus: Weight transfer …