Lies About Your Limits

This is Andrew. He’s been training with me for nearly 2 years. He’s 15. He’s also living proof that fitness & strength training can change a young man’s life. You see, Andrew has some challenges. Some remain (and will continue.) Some are a work in progress. Some have already been crushed. This video is evidence… Continue reading Lies About Your Limits

Skill-based Conditioning for Athletes

Last day of training for Jose Lopez before heading out to Arizona for Spring Training with the Cincinnati Reds organization. This is the first year he’s made the 40-man roster, and I couldn’t be more excited for – or confident in – him! After a solid lower-body dominant session, a little grind for conditioning. But,… Continue reading Skill-based Conditioning for Athletes

Lessons on Shoulder Stability & Strength

This hand has a quick lesson to teach about shoulder strength and stability. Gray Cook and others have researched and written about the relationship between gripping, grip strength and activation of important neuro-muscular activation pathways to and through the gleno-humeral complex. A few weeks ago, I injured my left ring finger tossing a KB around.… Continue reading Lessons on Shoulder Stability & Strength

Another Fitness Foolishness

One of my least favorite training & fitness phtases. Pain is your brain signalling you that SOMETHING IS WRONG! It takes real strength, courage and a commitment to excellence in movement and fitness to step back, listen to the message and change what must.be changed. It’s also this common sense that has been beaten out… Continue reading Another Fitness Foolishness

Core Training for Pitchers, Part 1

One of my favorite core strength and activation exercises for pitchers or other athletes for whom powerful rotation and good anti-rotation stability is important. Brian (rear) is giving us a look at the “Serape Effect,” which describes the muscular actions of an anterior and posterior crossover involving both deep core stabilization muscles and superficial, movement… Continue reading Core Training for Pitchers, Part 1

Join me at the IYCA Summit

Got a call from Jim Kielbaso of the IYCA. Jim asked me to present a “hands-on” seminar at the 2017 IYCA Summit in Michigan April 27-29. My topic? “Metabolic Conditioning for Athletes – A Fresh Look.” Yes, your athletes need metabolic conditioning, too. It’s just one more advantage my athletes have over the “average bear.”… Continue reading Join me at the IYCA Summit

Joints and Dysfunction

Joint mobility is a curious thing. Not enough mobility in a specific joint creates a kinetic “chain reaction” which increases the mobilization requirement of another joint, usually directly above or below the immobile joint. Take hip mobility, for example. When the hips get stiff and immobile, whether from injury, overuse or a massive dose of… Continue reading Joints and Dysfunction