- Five Tool Baseball Performance Training (FTBPT) is dedicated to sharing its knowledge, ideas and opinions on baseball performance training based upon field tested experiences as player, coach and baseball strength & conditioning coach. Proper exercise technique ( to ensure effective & efficient training programs) and baseball related movement patterns are implemented to maximize on-field performance. Emphasis is placed on movement based training which integrates multiple muscle groups. This approach has a greater transfer to on-field performance and can minimize the incidence and risk of injury. If a game is being played you can be sure Im watching it from home or from the stands. Many of my own workouts involve designing/creating out-of-the-box exercises & programs to enhance performance and movement unique to baseball
Monday, December 1, 2008
Because baseball is a game of quick explosive bursts of power(over relatively short distances) it's rare that top end speed will be achieved. Therefore acceleration and 1st step quickness should be part of your baseball performance training. Along with acceleration, your training needs to include power based baseball movements with a hint of endurance via interval training. And by the way, we're not talking about long slow distance endurance(such as jogging miles and miles) but instead short, quick explosive movements such as running bases,run downs,tracking down fly balls, etc. Although chutes, hill runs, and incline treadmills can be prescribed to train for acceleration and improve baseball "endurance" (when needed), one of my favorite alternative exercises are tire drags. Glutes, hamstrings, quads will get pumped while taking your heart and lungs to new heights (via interval training; max intensity minimal rest) thus enhancing recovery. I know not everyone can get their hands on an old, used tractor tire, but if you can get it a try. It promises to build on-field recovery and stamia - minimizing late game fatigue.
Go hard in the yard--