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In-Season Development a Priority

The in-sesaon period for a youth or teen athlete can be as important, if not more so, than the off-season when it comes to building their body. A major problem at the high school level are athletes who train hard in the off-season but stop completely when the in-season arrives. The only reason an athlete trains to build his physical …

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6 Lessons in Building Team Culture

Culture is not about building a great team.  Culture is what creates great teams.  It’s fostering an environment where the program becomes greater than the team.  Everyone knows the values, expectations, and roles amid and amongst each other in an atmosphere where leaders lead by example.  Here’s 6 quick concepts to fostering culture in the team setting. Team first The team …

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What the Soviets Can Teach Us – Recovery

Here are a few studies out of the old Soviet Sports Review on the recovery process in weightlifters.  I have broken it down to expedite the message but the results speak for themselves.  The back issues of the SSR are filled with gold.  You just have to do the digging. Recovery Soviet Sport Review September 1980 by Talyshev What they did Highly …

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Knowledge is Power

Here’s a couple of quick interviews from two very knowledgeable coaches in the field of performance training.  Both are well worth the time. Adam Feit A very interesting interview I came across earlier this week was with Adam Feit on the Just Fly Performance Podcast.  Adam delves into the methods they use at RYPT (Reach Your Potential Training) with the training of youth …

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Individualizing the 5-day Starting Rotation

A pitchers’ weekly schedule is something that should take on a very individualized approach.  What works for one doesn’t necessarily work for all.  Some athletes are very sympathetic dominant and may struggle to recover after outings.  These athletes may require less in the way of high intensity training means throughout the week with more recovery dominant work.  On the flip …

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7 Advantages of Total Body Splits

Total body training days have their advantages and disadvantages as do every program any athlete has ever done.  Many coaches will tell you the best program is the one you’re not on right now.  There is always a time and place for a variety of programs a coach may design in an athlete’s long term development. One of the more common constructs …

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Specialization of Means

In the beginning stages of athletic development the training allows for improvement of the entire foundation. As the athlete becomes advanced the foundation sharply narrows and must become concentrated. This is why specialization must occur as athletes advance but not prior to a high level of development. Specialization too soon eliminates creating a large motor pool of athletic skills and consequently …

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Bridging over Squats

When injuries occur on the field athletes become limited in the weight room.  Upper body injuries throw squatting out the window unless you have specialized equipment like a PitShark or safety squat bars.  Many high schools, and/ or smaller programs don’t have budgets for said equipment and lower body training is left to the what the imagination can ponder.  Understanding …

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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 …

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Push-Up Variation for Pitchers

Push-Up w/ Marching Man Entry level progression: This movement can be done as an entry level progression with the hands on the edge of an elevated box, or bench and the feet on the floor.  A notch up on the difficulty is to place a bar on the pins of the rack and place feet on a bench so the body is now parallel. …