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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.


1 comment:

Thurman Hendrix said...

Adam... I'm with you. I still can't believe how many collegiate and professional programs I see that incorporate so many old school ab routines (crunches, sit-ups, hanging leg raises, etc, etc, etc). I believe (if done correctly and don't overstress the hip flexors) they should be a small part of the baseball program, but definitely not to the extent that I usually see. Power starts in the legs and works its way through a STABLE core. Crunches might make your stomach look good, but doesn't necessarily help to stabilize it! Plank variations is what I would stress.