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Resisted Sprint Training – Creating Profiles

by Coach Andrew Behnam This week in our interns’ curriculum, speed development is the topic they are studying; particularly speed development involving sleds. We make sure to place an emphasis on speed with our guys because when all else is equal, the faster team wins. Because training for speed is such an important topic, I wanted to hop on here …

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What is Vertical Integration

Vertical integration is a training system popularized by Charlie Francis. It is nothing more a way of blending together training components throughout the training plan. The key concept is that a training component never gets removed. It only gets de-emphasized. A thread of that quality always remains in the program. The reason this becomes necessary for team sport athletes is …

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The Details Matter

Programming any energy system work has to be built around these 4 basic parameters. Without details on each parameter coaches have no idea what training adaption they’re creating. – As an example we can have the exact same training session with exception to one small detail being the rest interval. – Rest intervals are so vital to determining what adaptation …

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Not All Strength is Created Equal

Increasing strength initially has a large effect on the transfer to speed of movement. After that continually developing more often has no effect. The law of diminishing returns kicks in and we have to decide at what point more strength is not worth h the energy applied to it. – As athletes advance the time allowed for force application becomes …

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Energy System Development Solutions for Baseball Pitchers

Conditioning for baseball pitchers has long consisted of work that is non-specific to the demands of the game. Often, what you find on baseball fields all over America is a combination of long, slow, distance work or high-intensity interval-type sprints with incomplete recoveries. Not only are these not specific to the energy system needed for the sport, but they compete …

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Conditioning and Baseball

Conditioning for baseball players has long consisted of LSD, long, slow, distance work. While slow aerobic work has it benefits, I tend to disagree that it is a useful technique for baseball athletes which leads up to the inclusion of tempo runs. Tempo runs tend to fill the gap between speed, aerobic fitness, and recovery. What are tempo runs? Tempo …

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BBA Podcast – All Things Baseball Performance

Michael Zweifel had me on his Building Better Athletes Podcast a while back alongside Dr. Stephen Osterer.  Dr. Osterer is a physical therapist / strength coach developing baseball athletes in Canada under the name baseballdevelopmentgroup.com.  We talked all things baseball and specifically got into some of the what, and why’s when it comes to screening athletes, the bench press, speed …

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ABCA Podcast on Developing Athletes

Strength training for baseball players has certainly evolved over the years and for this week’s podcast, we connect with two of top strength coaches in college baseball in TCU’s Zach Dechant and Coastal Carolina’s Nick White. This episode is packed with tremendous insight as both Dechant and White speak about their growth as strength coaches and detail the specific plans …

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Ahead of the Curve PODCAST

Was really fortunate to receive a call several months ago from a high school coach in the metroplex by the name of Jonathan Gelnar @J_Gelnar7.  He runs a great baseball specific podcast called Ahead of the Curve.   If you haven’t checked it out yet make time to do so as he’s put out a wealth of information from a variety of coaches. Ahead …

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5 Reasons Why Pitchers Need to Sprint

I believe strongly in the benefits of speed training for all athletes, including pitchers. Proper speed training helps improve the stretch reflex, enhances coordination, aids in increasing all around hip motion, develops reactivity, and complements strength and power development. It falls directly in line with our overall philosophy of training pitchers to be fast, powerful, and explosive. “Train fast to …