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2017

Building Your Team’s In-Season Training Plan – Part I

The competitive high school baseball season is nearly upon us. As 2017 has finally arrived, many southern states are merely a handful of weeks away from tryouts, leaving very little time left for planning. Even the northern states who observe a true winter will see their first pitches thrown sooner...

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09
2012

Training to Meet Your Goals: Simple, But Not Easy

Fitness guru Dan John has a famous saying: “I said it was simple. Not easy.” Dan means that it’s not difficult to know what you need to do to succeed in your craft – but it’s not easy. The popular nonfiction books like Outliers and Talent is Overrated talk about the 10,...

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05
2011

3 Must Own Pieces of Training Equipment if You Want to Throw 90 MPH

Assuming that you’re not a genetically gifted freak and can throw 90 MPH as a 14 year old like all those people on YouTube seem to be able to, here are three pieces of equipment you must own (and use, no cheating!) to throw 90 MPH: Squat Rack / Power Cage  Any serious athlete starts with ownin...

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02
2011

A Salute to Two Trainees: Jack and Eli

About two years ago, I started training these two guys in the garage of my townhome in North Seattle. All we had were some crappy Costco-style barbells, Weider plates, and an unused power cage that I bought off bodybuilding.com. The place couldn’t have been more than 14 feet wide, 35 feet long...

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01
2011

3 Great Ways to Increase Shoulder Strength and Flexibility

Shoulder integrity is vitally important for baseball pitchers and batters alike. Sadly, as Eric Cressey pointed out, there’s plenty of athletes out there doing some terrible stretches for their shoulders with the idea that the looser their arms get, the better. We would never advocate the abov...

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31
2011

Doug Fister, Velocity, Strikeouts, and Hard Work

Seattle Mariners’ starting pitcher Doug Fister is well-known for being a soft-tossing righty who gets guys out as a control/command pitcher. Except, in 2011, that’s not necessarily true. Fister’s average fastball velocity is up over 1 MPH in 2011 when compared to 2009 and 2010, and...

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16
2011

Is Grip Strength Important for Hitters?

Everyone loves grip strength from a general physical preparedness (GPP) standpoint, and why not? It’s used on a daily basis by the majority of us. Moving boxes, hoisting furniture, opening jars of peanut butter, opening stuck doors, and so on. But does it matter when it comes to swinging a bat...

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27
2011

DIY Glute-Ham Raise / Back Extension Setup

As anyone who knows me can attest, I love DIY projects in a gym. Commercial equipment is just too expensive for what it is, especially specialized pieces of gear that are useful for assistance/accessory exercises. I have no problem spending a few hundred bucks on a nice barbell or power cage, but st...