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The Details Matter

Programming any energy system work has to be built around these 4 basic parameters. Without details on each parameter coaches have no idea what training adaption they’re creating. – As an example we can have the exact same training session with exception to one small detail being the rest interval. – Rest intervals are so vital to determining what adaptation …

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Not All Strength is Created Equal

Increasing strength initially has a large effect on the transfer to speed of movement. After that continually developing more often has no effect. The law of diminishing returns kicks in and we have to decide at what point more strength is not worth h the energy applied to it. – As athletes advance the time allowed for force application becomes …

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Conditioning and Baseball

Conditioning for baseball players has long consisted of LSD, long, slow, distance work. While slow aerobic work has it benefits, I tend to disagree that it is a useful technique for baseball athletes which leads up to the inclusion of tempo runs. Tempo runs tend to fill the gap between speed, aerobic fitness, and recovery. What are tempo runs? Tempo …

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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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Summer Research – Resisted Sprint Training

Our interns recently took on the project of researching various topics.  The most current topic was resisted sled training.  The following studies are breakdowns of what myself as well as part of our summer intern class found.  Resisted sprint training is a hot topic in the field of performance right now and many articles can be found recommending a variety …

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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 …

Speed and Strength

So I came upon an article the other day about speed development. In this article the author states several times that increased strength development always results in increased speed development if their weight and technique remain the same.  So an athlete that only lifts 300 lbs. will be faster if he gets his lift to 400 lbs., and faster at 50o …

Bigger Calves = Bigger Performance???

  I get a lot of athletes who are after the quest of the holy calves.   A large group always in that hunt are baseball pitchers.  I’m not sure what it is but everywhere I’ve been, including the Angels, pitchers have always asked about how to make their calves bigger.  Part of the problem recently was the lower body of Cubs pitcher …

Email Question

A few days back I got a question in an email from student and thought I would tackle the issue on our readers mind.  “How would you best develop speed/power/explosion?” The question is very general when it comes to training.   In this sense I have to answer it very general.  With a more specific question, we can develop a more specific …