Condition and Recovery

  1. Why We Don’t Run Long Distances by Randy Sullivan

    “Did you throw your bullpen?” “Yessir.” “Good. Now go run your poles while I work with the infielders.” Given the amount of research available on the topic, I am always amazed in a camp when I say, “Raise your hand if part of your practice involves running poles.” Incredibly, approximately 60% of the attendees still raise their hands. Continue reading →
  2. I Don't Know Why Your Arm Hurts! by Randy Sullivan

    Good Afternoon, My name is Randy Sullivan. I am a physical therapist and a baseball coach. They call me “The Arm Pain Assassin.” I am one of the best arm pain specialists on the planet and if you ask me why your arm hurts I will tell you… Continue reading →
  3. Start With The Pain - by Randy Sullivan

    In 2010, Coach Ron Wolforth coined that phrase, and it changed the way I practice physical therapy and forever altered the way I train throwing athletes. It just made sense. You see, in the Ranch System, pain is neither good nor bad. It is simply information  -- a beacon that lights the way toward dysfunction. Continue reading →
  4. Ice: It's Not the Answer

    It’s hard to believe, but ten years ago I was a junior in college. If you would have watched me pitch in college (or when I was in the minor leagues) you would have noticed a routine after each outing. The end of that routine was always the same: I would wrap my arm, from shoulder to forearm, with bags of ice, secured by the clear plastic wrap that athletic trainers seem to have in abundance. Looking back, I have to admit something: My name is Brian Oates, and I had an ice problem. Continue reading →
  5. 5 Reasons Athlete’s Underachieve - by Coach Ron Wolforth

    The 5 Most Common Reasons 95% of ALL Athletes Underachieve and Never Reach Their God Given Potential  More Importantly…What Can You Learn From The Texas Baseball Ranch™ to Overcome Those Obstacles…and Assist You in Transforming Your Career? Skill development is truly NOT rocket science. Why more people don’t ‘get’ this simple concept I truly have no idea but I’m very grateful for it because in all frankness it affords me a very good living. Continue reading →
  6. Running Poles: A Waste of Time

    Long distance running, such as running poles, has been discussed, blogged about, and been the topic of much debate in the baseball community. It seems as though most of the leading minds in baseball have reached a consensus that long distance running does nothing to help a pitcher. Yet here I am, writing a blog about this same topic. But there is a reason why I decided to do it. Long distance running, and running poles specifically, is still used by many coaches throughout the nation as a form of conditioning. Even some coaches I know very well and have frequent discussions with about training athletes for the specific demands of baseball still require their athletes to run long distance. It is really sort of unbelievable, but I suppose old habits die hard. Continue reading →
  7. What's Your Goal?

    One of the most common interactions I have with coaches and players goes something like this: “Brian, I just got home from the Texas Baseball Ranch (or bought Coach Wolforth’s DVDs) and I am at a loss as to what workouts/drills I should implement and, accordingly, what equipment to buy. Coach Wolforth uses almost all of your equipment at the Ranch (or on the DVD), but we only have a limited amount of time to implement some of the workouts/drills and I don’t know what items are best to purchase. What do you think are the most critical pieces of equipment I should get to help myself/my players? What would you buy if you were just starting out? What was most helpful to you when you were playing?” Continue reading →
  8. New Exercises with the Short Length Large Diameter Rope and the Giant Flat Band

    Last week I discussed the exercises that were possible with just the Short Length Large Diameter Rope and the benefits that could be derived from those exercises. This week I am going to talk about the exercises, and benefits, that the Short Rope can have when used in conjunction with the Giant Flat Band Resistance Loop. Continue reading →
  9. Exercises with the Short Length Large Diameter Rope

    As many of you know, we like to constantly add new products to our lineup in order to bring as many unique exercises to our customers' attention as we possibly can. Often, at this time of year, I post blogs about a new piece of equipment we recently started carrying and explain some exercises that can be performed with it. The product I am going to talk about today is not really new, but we recently realized the true benefits that can be obtained from using it. This product, the Short Length Large Diameter Rope, has many different uses and can functionally train several different muscle groups. In order to best show what types of exercises you can perform with it, I am going to let video clips of the product being used do most of the talking in this blog. Continue reading →
  10. Why Crossfit is Not a Good Fit for Baseball Players

    I am not the first person to write an article on this topic and I probably won’t be the last, but I have recently heard of several baseball programs and players who are using Crossfit workouts as a conditioning program and I thought I would share my thoughts on this topic. First of all let me make clear that I am in no way saying that Crossfit is a poor workout methodology. In fact, I have been a member at two Crossfit gyms in the last 3 years and have performed a substantial number of workouts that Crossfit has to offer. And yes, most of them thoroughly kicked my butt and left me gasping for air by the end. But I am also a member of the general public these days. I am no longer a baseball player or pitcher who is trying to improve my specific skill set to help enhance my performance on a baseball diamond. These days I am just trying to stay in shape and find a way to be competitive while working out, which Crossfit is great at. Continue reading →

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