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Upper Body Strength Matters

  We spend a lot of time focusing on pressing with the strength training for athletes. The bench press is the king of pressing exercises, closely followed by the military press. Now, while it is true that we’ll never perform sports while lying on our backs and pushing something away from us, these are still important exercises because they help to strengthen the upper body and to ensure that this is not a week link in our athlete’s performance.  ...

Pull Ups For Performance And Injury Prevention

Athletes spend a lot of their training time pressing and jerking weights. All of this involves pushing the implement away from the body. This is important because a lot of sporting movements involve extension of the arm. For example, throwing a baseball, shooting a free throw, hitting a softball, etc.   There is another side to this. All that pressing has the potential for creating a strength imbalance at the shoulder because one motion is being focused on. This means...

The Kettlebell Press is Important for Athletic Strength

The standing kettlebell press is one of the best kettlebell exercises for an athlete’s upper body strength. This exercise works the muscles of the shoulder, triceps, and develops a strong core to support the weight overhead. Additionally, as we’ll discuss later, it also allows for a great many variations. In this article we’re going to talk about how to perform the exercise, make some programming recommendations/examples, and talk about modifications.   Who needs to use this exercise: This exercise is...

Thinking Outside The Box For The Throwing Shoulder

Throwing athletes spend a lot of time on shoulder training. Usually this is done with something like resistance bands. The idea being that the loer stress work of the bands allows for the development of the scapular stabilizers and the rotator cuff muscles to prevent injuries related to throwing.   While many of use traditionally use these exercises, it’s unclear if they are the best way to approach this type of training. In the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research,...