Category Archive: Power and Speed

Want more velocity? Hurry up and wait!

In this video, I discuss the importance of the passage of time in the growth and development of athletes.

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Gravity: Revisiting an Old Friend

In this video, I explain how gravity and staying relaxed helps the speed and command of the pitch.

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How to Stride Farther

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This is a long overdue request from reader Raquel, who is having trouble finding a pitching coach for her 9-year-old daughter and is ready to push her to the next level.

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Medicine Ball Exercises for Athletes

This week I’m posting a collection of medicine ball exercises that can be used to improve core strength and rotational power for any athlete. You will see a distinct progression from stability toward power emphasis, which I recommend you follow if you are trying these on your own or installing them with your athletes. You …

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How to Incorporate Power Drills

Today’s video answers a question from reader Shelley about how and when to incorporate power drills into pitching practice.

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Preseason Speed, Strength and Conditioning Program

In this week’s post and video, I lay out a preseason fitness program for athletes who need to get in shape FAST for the upcoming season. If you haven’t made it to the gym much this off season, or you’ve been playing another sport, you still have time to get in shape for the spring.

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Another Exercise to Become More Explosive

In this week’s video I introduce a lower body strength training exercise that every athlete and trainer should be incorporating into their program. In the video, I explain the reasons you should be including it, as well as demonstrate alternatives and progressions for every level of athlete.

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Where Does Power Come From: A Follow-Up

In my last post I answered a reader’s question about where power comes from in windmill pitching. As you can see, the answer is not a matter of opinion; there is a right and a wrong answer based on the laws of physics. If that’s the case, why are there so many varying pitching styles out there? I think I can answer that one for you as well.

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Losing Speed Between Outdoors and Indoors

This week reader Ron asked about his daughter’s drop-off in speed when she moves indoors for winter practice. Hear my thoughts in today’s video!

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Advanced Exercises to Improve Speed and Pitching Velocity

In this week’s video, I demonstrate three exercises to improve speed and pitching velocity. These exercises are alternatives to “traditional” speed training exercises like the Olympic lifts, plyometrics and track drills and don’t require much space or equipment.

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