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

Bucketball Family Fitness Challenge

Bucketball Challenge! Simple rules: do an exercise, get one shot. First one to 6 pts. wins. Except, as you can see, making those shots was the real challenge! In the end, mom missed the game-tying shot to send us into OT, so Morghan got the W! Great job Mo! (and Mom!) Is YOUR fitness this… Continue reading Bucketball Family Fitness Challenge

Squat Lunge Complexes

Barbell Squat-Lunge Complexes are a great way to increase lower-body strength and stability. They also provide a high degree of athletic crossover. They impact vertical leap, both bilateral and unilateral, and improve sprint power, coordination under load, overall strength and athletic durability. Whether you use a Squat to Reverse Lunge, like Jose is doing here… Continue reading Squat Lunge Complexes

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