Strength and Stability

  1. A Different Type of Core Exercise

    Every athlete has experience with core exercises. We have all sat on a dirty gym floor and hammered out abdominal crunches. But have you ever thought about the usefulness of those crunches? I sure hope so (hint: they are worthless). In fact, studies show they don’t even help burn off fat, but I digress. Continue reading →
  2. TAP Khaos Pivoter

    Last post I introduced our new “Khaos” line of products and the first product in that line, the TAP Khaos Ball. As a refresher, the Oates Specialties Khaos line consists of uneven and/or unstable training products that challenge athletes and transform otherwise routine or ordinary workouts. Today, I want to introduce to you the next product in Khaos line: the TAP Khaos Pivoter. The Pivoter is a training and conditioning tool based on the Asymmetrical Bar Training concept (“ABT”). ABT helps to train an athlete’s balance while simultaneously improving core strength and rotational power. ABT uses a bar with resistance on only one end to create an unbalanced load, which can be used in any number of exercises. The uneven load naturally forces an athlete’s body to rotate/move toward the loaded side. This requires the athlete to engage muscles throughout the shoulders, arms, core, and legs to help maintain a “normal” or “neutral” position. Continue reading →
  3. New Product: TAP Khaos Ball

    Oates Specialties has a number of new products that I plan on featuring in the coming posts.  One of our newest additions is a line of products that will share the name “Khaos.”  Our line of Khaos products are uneven and/or unstable training products designed to challenge athletes during their workouts, often taking routine exercises and making them much more difficult.  And for those of you who know anything about Greek Mythology, Khaos (or Chaos) was the name of one of the Greek gods at the beginning of the universe.  Khaos was the lower atmosphere which surrounded the earth—comprised of invisible air and gloomy mist, which seems apt to name such a line of products. Continue reading →
  4. 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 →
  5. A New Twist on a Great Idea by Randy Sullivan

    Company Logo     Dominic was hurt. He was just finishing his first college baseball season and he could barely lift his arm. The 5'11" lefty was topping out at 76 mph, and although he's a pretty tough guy, he said that every time he threw a ball it felt like he was being stabbed in the back of his shoulder. He had been to several doctors and had had multiple X-rays, a CT scan and an MRI, but no one could find any reason for his pain. Continue reading →
  6. Is Improper Weight Lifting A Problem? - by Randy Sullivan

    Company Logo Hi, Last week, a young man flew into Tampa to train with us for a few days. I’ll call him Cade. A barrel chested Lefty who, at 6’0” and 210 lbs, Cade clearly excelled in the weight room, He was having pain in the lateral upper arm and forearm. He said he had experienced the same symptoms during every high school outing this year.  Each day, when he started his throwing routine here, he could only manage about 10 throws before succumbing to throbbing/radiating pain and weakness in his left arm. 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. Blend Speed Chains into Hitting Drills

    The Speed Chains have many benefits for athletes of all ages and levels. They can train the right energy system, develop more efficient neuromuscular pathways, increase sport specific functional strength, as well as improve an athlete's speed and power. However, most baseball Speed Chain users are doing the chains before or after practice as purely a conditioning tool, which is great, but is not the only way it can be used. The Torso Burner and Bat Speed Chains can both be utilized to specifically improve a baseball players' swing, especially when incorporated into a practice for hitters. Continue reading →

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