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

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Twelve Iowa football players in hospital

The following article appeared on January 25, 2011. The take away message is MORE IS NOT BETTER. Train Hard! Train Smart!


Twelve Iowa football players are recovering after being taken to University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics Monday evening with a kidney condition, the Cedar Rapids Gazette reported on its website Tuesday.

The Gazette said the Iowa players have Rhabdomyolysis, which is a breakdown of muscle fibers that releases myoglobin into the bloodstream. This can affect the kidneys and be can be caused by excessive exercise.

This corresponds with a posting on the Facebook page of Iowa linebacker Jim Poggi, who wrote he was hospitalized after his urine turned brown.

The school released a clarification Tuesday night saying the players admitted were all participating in NCAA allowable winter workouts and that the symptoms for which the players were being treated were likely related to those workouts.

The school released a statement earlier Tuesday saying the players had been hospitalized, but were recovering.

"The student-athletes were admitted throughout the course of Monday evening," a University of Iowa staff physician said in a statement. "All of the individuals are responding well to treatment as of Tuesday morning. All are in safe and stable condition."

The school would not confirm the identities of the players or their individual medical conditions, but the staff physician and a football team physician confirmed Tuesday the players were responding well to treatment.

"Coach Kirk Ferentz is out of town recruiting, but he is aware of the situation and is being kept abreast of the progress being made," Gary Barta, Iowa's director of athletics, said in the school-released statement. "Our No. 1 concern is the safety of our student-athletes, so we are pleased with the positive feedback. Our next step is to find out what happened so we can avoid this happening in the future."

The school says it's not clear when the players will be discharged. A school spokesman, Steve Roe, says privacy laws prevent further comment.

Iowa offensive lineman Julian Vandervelde, who recently graduated from the program and was a member of the team's leadership group, defended Iowa's workout practices in an interview with The Associated Press.

"They are nothing if not concerned for the health of the players," Vandervelde said. "That's always the first priority, health and development. I mean workouts are never used to punish. It's always about improvement, and workouts are always well within the capabilities of the athletes asked to perform them."

Tuesday's announcement that a dozen players had been hospitalized was just the latest bad news to hit the program that just wrapped a disappointing 8-5 season.

Senior wide receiver Derrell Johnson-Koulianos was suspended for the Hawkeyes' Insight Bowl win over Missouri after an arrest on drug charges. Johnson-Koulianos pleaded guilty to marijuana possession while other drug charges against him were dismissed.

Running back Adam Robinson was dismissed from the team after being arrested for possession of marijuana in his hometown of Des Moines while on suspension for violating team rules.

Information from's Adam Rittenberg and The Associated Press was used in this report.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Sanchez signs!

For 4 years (2006-2009) Anibal Sanchez spent much of his time on the DL from variety of right shoulder/elbow issues.
The off-season leading into the 2010 season Anibal and I were introduced to each other and thus our 1st off-season strength training program began. It was during this time that Anibal was arbitration eligible and awarded $1.25 million.

Fast forward - 2010 recap: Anibal leads the team in innings pitched (195) and games started (32) while finishing 13-12 with a 3.55 ERA and 1.35 WHIP. Most importantly, he spent ZERO time on the DL for the first time in his MLB career.

Pretty damn good comeback from 4 previous DL plagued seasons. So good that the Marlins avoided arbitration for 2011 by signing Anibal to a one-year $3.7 million contract. This kind of money was clearly performance based from 2010.

And now, we are 4 weeks out from his 2011 spring training report date of Feb 18th. He is well ahead of schedule and ready to bring it in '11.

Best of luck!

Go hard in the yard.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Dynamic Hip Mobility

The following video demonstrates a different approach to hip flexor mobility. As mentioned in previous blogs, if the hip flexors are tight, the glutes become inhibited ( shut off ) causing the hamstring to take on greater and perhaps excessive functional responsibility. When that happens repetitively we can possible be faced with hamstrings pulls.

Go hard n the yard