6 Reasons Your Pre-teen Athlete is Slow

“He’s slow. Other kids are running by him.” “Her coach says she’d play more, but she’s not fast enough.” “He used to be faster than all the other kids. I’ve done everything I can do, now I need help.” “She needs to be faster. We have the hurdles and ladders, but I can’t get her… Continue reading 6 Reasons Your Pre-teen Athlete is Slow

Core Training for Anti-Rotation, Part 1

  I train a lot of athletes. I also get to see a lot of other people train athletes. One aspect of training that is clearly over-marketed and not well understood is core training. I think the most critical aspect of core training is anti-rotation training. If an athlete, or anyone for that matter, can’t… Continue reading Core Training for Anti-Rotation, Part 1

Arizona Coyotes Cam Dineen on the Four Pillar Fitness Podcast

Today’s Friday Happy Hour episode of the Four Pillar Fitness podcast is up! Cam Dineen joins me for a great discussion about all things hockey, his NHL Draft experience, the awesome support he got from his family and hockey coach dad and a bunch of other fun stuff! Four Pillar Fitness Happy Hour Friday with… Continue reading Arizona Coyotes Cam Dineen on the Four Pillar Fitness Podcast

Get Bulletproof Knees, Vol. 1

This is the first installment in this series about how to make your knees “bulletproof” for sports. Bulletproof in this arena means really, really injury resistant. Here, Cam Dineen (Arizona Coyotes 2017 3rd Round pick) is doing an exercise that gets performed really poorly all too often. Band-resisted Shuffles are a great way to activate… Continue reading Get Bulletproof Knees, Vol. 1

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

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