Brian's Blog

  1. Pronation: The key to a healthy arm

    Last weekend I traveled to Montgomery, Texas to attend an Elite Pitchers Bootcamp at the Texas Baseball Ranch. I had not been to the Ranch in a number of months so I figured there would be some new exercises and thoughts waiting for me. It turns out I was correct as there were a few new things being done by Ron Wolforth with his athletes and I plan to address some of these things in my next few blogs. But the first topic I want to discuss is pronation. Continue reading →
  2. Underload Training

    Now that many of you have read my article about overload training I want to focus this week on the concept of underload training. While overload training has to do with demand or resistance greater than those levels normally encountered in daily life or in competition, underload training is the opposite. Underload training involves demands or resistance lighter than those levels normally encountered. Continue reading →
  3. Overload Training

    My last article focused on weighted balls and the benefits in which they can have for a throwing athlete. Since weighted balls are a type of overload training I thought that my focus this week should involve the overload principle. Continue reading →
  4. Increase Velocity with Weighted Balls

    There always seems to be a whirlwind which accompanies the subject of throwing weighted balls. People are often divided in terms of how they feel about using them. Many coaches dismiss weighted balls with the notion that they can lead to injury. Well if that is the case then these coaches better not let their players throw a baseball either. The truth is that every baseball player throws a weighted ball each day. A baseball is a 5 ounce weighted instrument that has caused more injuries than any other weighted ball in the world. Continue reading →
  5. Visit to Hanover High School in VA

    Last week I had the opportunity to travel to Mechanicsville, VA, a suburb of Richmond, to visit with Coach Hunter Hoy at Hanover High School. Since Hanover High School opened 8 years ago, their baseball program has become a dominant baseball force in Virginia, culminating with an appearance in the State Championship game 2 years ago. Due to the success of his high school program, I was very interested to see the types of workouts and practices Coach Hoy implements for his players. Continue reading →
  6. The Need for an Off-Season

    As I find myself in the middle of the summer I think back to the many baseball games I played throughout past summers. Whether it was Little League All-Stars, select teams in high school, or the summers in college playing in New England, North Carolina, and Cape Cod, I spent a hefty portion of my life playing ball during the summer time. This is far from rare as the common thought in baseball is that if you are serious about the sport you will play year around. Summer ball into fall ball into the regular spring season and so on. Continue reading →
  7. Forearm and Grip Strength Exercises

    It has been a couple of weeks since my last post regarding forearm strength, but there were some other topics which surfaRopeced that I felt like I needed to address first. As for forearm/grip strength, there are many ways to strengthen it and I'm going to tell you of some that I have done as well as seen others do. There are really two different types of forearm strengthen exercises: those that directly target the forearm and those that indirectly work it as the athlete performs other dynamic exercises. I'll talk first about those which indirectly work to strengthen it. Continue reading →
  8. Don't be Afraid to be Different

    Many of you already know UCLA's ace pitcher, Trevor Bauer, has trained at the Texas Baseball Ranch for several years now and uses a number of Oates Specialties products. If you didn't know that you probably do by now after the many clips on ESPN of Trevor doing tubing exercises, final arc drills, and using the Shoulder Tube. Continue reading →
  9. Trevor Bauer "Javelin"

    For those of you who have been watching the College Baseball World Series you have most likely seen a clip of UCLA's ace pitcher Trevor Bauer and what the announcers (namely Nomar Garciaparra) are calling his Javelin. The camera's have been focusing on Bauer using the Javelin during his warm ups before the game and between innings. The "Javelin" is in fact Oates Specialties' Shoulder Tube. Continue reading →
  10. Forearm and Grip Strength

    I figured since last week I wrote about the importance of lower extremity strength I would head to the opposite part of the body and write about forearm and grip strength this week. Much like how important strong feet and ankles are to athletes, forearm and grip strength is similarly crucial. I discussed how the feet are an athletes only connection with the ground and significantly effect performance, well the same is true for grip strength in many athletic activities. There are numerous sports which require specific movements in which the hands are the final connection or link within that movement. Continue reading →

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