European Model of Sport Selection – GREAT READ

Posted: June 21, 2010 If you haven’t noticed the World Cup is in full swing right now.  I’m sure the only people who don’t know the Cup is going on are living in cardboard boxes under bridges because we seem to get bombarded with highlights from it every two minutes of the day on all 8 ESPN channels.  Anyway, the …

In Memory of Charlie Francis

Charlie Francis, the world-renowned sprint coach passed away this past week from Mantle Cell Lymphoma.  Charlie’s concepts were and still are a huge influence on the programming of my athlete’s training.  He has given the world of track and field, strength and conditioning, and anything related to sports performance a great deal.  The background on Charlie Francis, for those who …

Cardio for baseball???

Since today is Friday, I thought that I’d share another piece of gold for all the baseball people out there.  The video below is just magic and will turn anyone into a competitive baseball player if you didn’t already know.  I’ve posted on a previous video from this amazing coach HERE  so if you haven’t had the chance feel free to …

Random thoughts on the Speed Ladder

My quick thoughts on the speed ladder; the good and the bad.  Many coaches believe that the speed ladder is an effective way to develop increased foot speed.  I’m not even sure what foot speed is since explosive, quick movement comes from the power of the hips, and stability of the torso to keep energy leaks to a minimum.  The glutes, hamstrings, …

Speed and Strength

So I came upon an article the other day about speed development. In this article the author states several times that increased strength development always results in increased speed development if their weight and technique remain the same.  So an athlete that only lifts 300 lbs. will be faster if he gets his lift to 400 lbs., and faster at 50o …

Feel like a million bucks today!

The foam roller should be every athlete’s best friend.  It is essentially a poor man’s massage.  Not every weekend warrior, or college athlete can afford a deep tissue massage every other day, and the foam roller is the perfect substitute.  It is essentially deep tissue massage that causes relaxation in the muscle.  It still surprises me how many coaches don’t fully know …

Bigger Calves = Bigger Performance???

  I get a lot of athletes who are after the quest of the holy calves.   A large group always in that hunt are baseball pitchers.  I’m not sure what it is but everywhere I’ve been, including the Angels, pitchers have always asked about how to make their calves bigger.  Part of the problem recently was the lower body of Cubs pitcher …

The Beast Arrives!

I didn’t really have anything to talk about tonite, so I thought I would post on the newest member of our strength and conditioning staff.  Today in the weight room we got a delivery that will change our program forever.  Not really, I’m just kidding, but its the PROWLER from Elitefts.  A pushable, pullable sled that weighs in at about 75 …

Strains

Today we’ll stay on with the topic of pain and dysfunction from the day before.  Lets talk soft tissue injuries in the form of strains and pulls instead of the overuse joint pain we discussed earlier.  Again sticking to the concept, the problem isn’t where it always seems.  Let’s talk about soft tissue injuries now such as a quad, or hamstring …

Email Question

A few days back I got a question in an email from student and thought I would tackle the issue on our readers mind.  “How would you best develop speed/power/explosion?” The question is very general when it comes to training.   In this sense I have to answer it very general.  With a more specific question, we can develop a more specific …