Powerful Hips for Power Hitters

Today we’re going to touch on a topic that certainly doesn’t warrant a prolix explanation, yet needs to be addressed regardless, as from time to time as I run into folks in the baseball/softball circles – be they coaches, parents, or players – who have been misguided in this area. How does one improve the power of their swing, in order to make the ball fly farther and faster? Just to clear the air, there are two primary components that must be capitalized upon: technique, and strength+power. One can possess all the strength in the world, so much so that it makes Bane look like a utter weakling, but if they lack technique – timing of the swing, proper sequencing […]

Should Baseball Players Olympic Lift? 5 Reasons Why Ours Don’t

The snatch and the clean and jerk are amongst the most impressive feats a human being can perform.  These two events are so highly regarded that every four years countries from all over the world showcase their best lifters to compete for national pride in the Olympic games. Many of us have seen it on TV or YouTube: An athlete grabs a heavy barbell that’s placed motionless on the ground, then creates enough tension throughout their body to break inertia and throw the barbell overhead with inhuman ease, speed, and fluidity.  This is a breathtaking display of the perfect blend of mobility, explosiveness, technique, and overall stability. These “O-lifters,” when compared to athletes of other sports, are often associated with […]

Intro: Overhead Athlete Basics

Note: Any time I use the phrase “overhead athlete” I’m referring to an athlete who’s sport requires him or her to bring their arm(s) repeatedly overhead. The most common sports falling under this umbrella are baseball, volleyball, softball, swimming, tennis, and, perhaps the most awesome of the bunch, javelin.  In the wake of SAPT’s inception, back in Summer of 2007, arrived the immediate realization that overhead athletes would be the predominant population we’d be coaching and training within the walls of our facility. In fact, you could have nearly fooled me if you told me that the only competitive sports in the Fairfax, Mclean, Tyson’s Corner, Vienna, and Arlington regions were baseball and volleyball! Sure, we had, and still have, […]