Hitting requires an athlete to hinge and load their rear leg. Pitching requires a slight hinge and load in their rear leg prior to delivery. Defensive players need to be able to get into an athletic position to move efficiently and decisively to a ground or fly ball. RDL your athletes!
If you're looking to be strong, improve durability, and look better, quiet technique will get you there with less wear and tear. Here are implications and executions of this technique using a variety of exercises.
Hip thrusts are my go-to exercise for minor league baseball players to improve strength and acceleration. Here's a typical progression I use for my players. And no, we don't load this movement at the start.
Looks easy, but you'll have an entirely different opinion once you or your athletes give it a try. Remember, an athlete is only as strong as the weakest link, especially related to relationships between sprinting and the posterior chain.
You're a big dog now and the good ol' days of TWO heavy pressing days per week won't work anymore. So, what's the answer? My answer is to train shoulders specifically in a predetermined offseason with these weird exercises. They work!
There are a ton of great back exercises to choose from, but what exercises translate to more pulling power? More specifically, what exercises bring up weaknesses found in your erectors, lats, and rhomboids?
You down with GPP? You know, General Physical Preparedness. If not, it's time to get back in shape to dramatically and positively affect your total strength. You can start this process with a medicine ball.
We should not lose sight of the benefits that bodyweight training provides. Take a break from the barbell and machines and try Prison Squats, Nordic Leg Curls, Jump Squats, and Jump Tucks for newfound strength and explosiveness.
If you think having one bar means you can't do max effort variations, you're wrong. It's time to think outside of the box. If you can't, no worries! I already have, and I came up with 230 variations you can use with a straight bar. No specialty bars required!
In this 5-week program, I include training modalities that your biceps respond to by growing. We'll cover peak contraction, isotension, giant sets, extended sets, plus a great bonus finisher to encourage a biceps stretch!
A large amount of blood into the shoulder feels great, and over time will help them to round out. These eight exercises are easy to do anywhere, and they work great for extra workouts. Here are three shoulder workouts to get you started.