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 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, May 31, 2010

In the news

In his recent Fish Tank blog (posted, May 31, 2010) Palm Beach Post Staff Writer Joe Capozzi had the opportunity to catch up with my client, Marlins starting pitcher, Anibal Sanchez.

Thanks Joe.

Is Florida Marlins pitcher Anibal Sanchez building an All Star case?

by Joe Capozzi

Beautiful weather here on Memorial Day for the Marlins and Brewers. Before we get into today’s game, wanted to get your thoughts on Anibal Sanchez, who’s on quite a roll after beating the Phillies 1-0 yesterday.

Anibal is 4-0 with a 1.93 ERA in six starts this month. (His teammate, Josh Johnson, is 3-1 with an even stingier 1.38 ERA).

If Sanchez can do in June what he did in May, we just might see him at the All Star Game in July, perhaps with JJ.

Of course, Sanchez — 5-2 with a 2.89 ERA — is in uncharted territory now.

Healthy with no shoulder problems for the first time in his major league career, this is the first time in his career he won four straight starts. He finished his rookie season of 2006 with a 5-1 record over his last six starts.

Sanchez gave credit for his strong start to Adam Brush, a trainer at the Institute Of Human Performance in Boca Raton.

During the past off-season, Sanchez said he made the 30-minute drive every day to Boca to work out with Brush. Sanchez met Brush through Reds catcher Ramon Hernandez.

The month of June will be Sanchez’s big test, a chance to prove he belongs among the game’s top starting pitchers.

Another gem...

4 and 0 in the month of May. And an over all ERA that currently stands at 2.89. Yesterday, I battled 90 degree weather, hot florida sun to watch Anibal Sanchez pitch 6 2/3 scoreless innings and take the 1-0 win over the Phillies. It has been so rewarding to see how our off-season training is having such a positive impact; from his conditioning/stamina and power developement to a healthy right shoulder and elbow. I wish Anibal Godspeed.

Go hard in the yard.


Sunday, May 30, 2010

4 for 4 night

May 29th Ramon Hernandez turned in a great performance from the 8th spot. 4 for 4, two dingers, 3 RBIs, 2 runs scored and a pick-off at 3rd base.

Go hard in the yard.


Thursday, May 20, 2010

Training: Old vs. New

The following is a short, and partial list of a few "out of the box", different approaches to baseball training vs. the old school, mainstream approach.


Mainstream Training Approach - Limits core training by emphasizing crunches,sit ups, etc from the floor; nothing to do with throwing, hitting, or running

Out of the Box Training Approach - Incorporates core training by emphasizing the transverse plane(rotation) from standing positions; dominates throwing, hitting and running


Mainstream Training Approach - trains predominately in the sagittal plane(front and back movements)

Out of the Box Training Approach - Incorporates lateral movements and diagonal patterns - opposite hip to opposite shoulder- similar to throwing, hitting, running


Mainstream Training Approach - trains bilaterally - 2 legs/2 arms simultaneous movements/i.e. 2 leg squats

Out of the Box Training Approach - Incorporates unilateral training - 1 leg/1 arm movements/ i.e. 1 leg squat


Mainstream Training Approach - concentrates on bodybuilding methodologies

Out of the Box Training Approach - Incorporates strength, power and functional training methodologies

As ballplayers continue to evolve so should their training.

Go hard in the yard.


Monday, May 17, 2010

Ramon Hernandez - ESPN Top 10

Click on link below. Five Tool Baseball client, Ramon Hernandez, makes an excellent play at the plate; worthy of #7 on ESPN's Top 10 plays from this past weekend (5/15/2010).

Reds right at home on game-ending play | News