Softball Training – Don’t Abuse the Bench Press

I was at the gym today doing interval training on the treadmill (very effective method) and I saw two guys doing the famous “Bench Press”. The bench press is considered by many as one of the two king  exercises in weight training with the squat. While the bench press is an excellent upper body strength  … Read more

Softball Conditioning Leads to Major Benefits

I’ve been designing softball conditioning programs for over 10 years. Let me tell you that softball conditioning can really help improve a player’s game. Yet, a lot of softball players don’t take it seriously know. They know that getting in good shape by doing softball conditioning would help their game but somehow they don’t give it enough importance or focus. My … Read more

Softball Pitching – Critical Information You Must Know

I just got my hands on a very interesting article  that deals with overuse injures of softball pitchers. It was published in Training and Conditioning Magazine a few weeks ago. This is the official professional magazines of athletic trainers. These are the people that works with sports teams and take care of injured athletes. Colleagues … Read more

Softball Conditioning Tips – Working Out When Life Gets in the Way

If you are serious about building yourself up for next season, your off-season training involve doing skills training (hitting, pitching, fielding, etc.), sports conditioning and maybe some form of mental/vision training. At times, life gets in the way (vacations, exams or homework, bad weather, general fatigue, sickness, family function, etc.) and we may have weeks … Read more

Softball Conditioning – Quick Workouts Do Work!

Tonight, while driving back from practice, I was listening to my voice messages on my cool new iPhone. One of the messages was from one of the elite members of my Softball Peak Performance Club. Since I had about 30 minutes of driving to do. I decided to call him back right away. Personal phone … Read more

Softball Training – Functional Testing Gives You a Competitive Edge

Today was an interesting experience. I took my entire 16U team  to a sports training  facility in downtown Montreal to be assessed  and screened by certified athletic trainers. It was not your traditional fitness testing. It was what we call a “functional assessment”. They are basically testing and screening the body to see if the … Read more

Softball Injuries – Dynamic Warm-Ups Prevent Long-Term Overuse Injuries

One of the things I am doing with my new 16U team this fall is put all of my athletes through a functional assessment. I hear you: “What the heck is a functional assessment?” Let me give you an analogy. When you intend to buy a used car, before you pay for it, you take … Read more

Softball Training – Are Dynamic Warm-Ups Workouts?

One of the many questions that I get from softball players doing dynamic warm-ups for the first time is: “Is it normal that I’m sweating and feel like I am  working out?” My answer is always: “Yes and No. Yes, because you  aren’t use to the exercises yet and it’s working the  muscles that needs … Read more

Softball Training and Conditioning – The Use of Home Workout Videos – Part 2

Yesterday, I was telling you that I did a phone consultation with the coach of one of the best 18U Gold team in the USA. And during our discussion, we talked about the fact that doing home workout videos isn’t ideal for softball players. Following yesterday’s email, many reacted and sent us comments about the … Read more

Softball Training and Conditioning – Should You Use Home Workout Videos?

Most coaches and athletes recognize that getting in shape plays  a key role in achieving top performances at the elite level. For most, conditioning is conditioning. It doesn’t matter what you do, as long as you sweat a bit and get some muscle burn,  you’re getting in shape and that’s all good! While it’s better … Read more