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

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

Want Better Sports Skills?

It’s logic…and science! If your movement skills improve, your sports skills will follow. After all, what are all sports skills based on, built on and dependent on? MOVEMENT SKILLS! Better multi-directional movement skills will make athletes better…every time! So, before you spend $80-$100 on another hitting or pitching lesson, or $500 on another soccer, lacrosse… Continue reading Want Better Sports Skills?

Footwork Training for Athletes

Want quicker feet on your football lineman (or any football player?) Give them a soccer ball! Such a simple activity – the “Soccer Tap,” provides great footwork training, as well as some metabolic conditioning. The rules: 1. One foot must be on the ball when the other is on the floor. 2. Don’t lose control… Continue reading Footwork Training for Athletes

Early Sport-Specialization Leads to Higher Injury Risk

Not long ago, the National Federation of High School Associations (NFHS) undertook a study to determine the impact of early-sport specialization on injury rates among high school athletes. While there are a few minor flaws in the study, which I’ll address momentarily, the study sheds a fairly strong negative light on early sport-specialization as it… Continue reading Early Sport-Specialization Leads to Higher Injury Risk

Strongman Spatial Tire Flip Challenge

An “upgrade” to what we’re calling the “Strongman Spatial Challenge.” An 8 yard square, 3 foam rollers and 3 cones as obstacles. The rules: 1. Hit an obstacle, do 10 Rope Slams. 2. Flip the tire outside the square, do 10 Rope Slams. 3. On the last flip, the tire has to be back on… Continue reading Strongman Spatial Tire Flip Challenge