When training the upper body with throwing athletes, the movement is what matters. To that end, Coach Zach Dechant presents the four most common patterns he associates with upper body training for baseball athletes and the errors in motion that limit the full benefits of those movements.
Coach Zach Dechant believes that any talk of baseball and energy systems should start and stop with alactic development. Read on to find out why he says the benefits from other energy systems are small and offer only secondary training effects for pitchers.
Training the lower half of the body usually focuses on the big movements like squats and deadlifts, but each leg plays an important, and separate, role in pitching. Coach Zach Dechant explains why the reverse lunge is a staple in his training program for incoming collegiate pitchers, who master the weighted barbell reverse lunge before squats or deadlifts.
Whether autoregulation is part of a training session or is the program itself, adjusting workloads to the individual athlete can be an important element in overall athletic development. However, autoregulation isn’t ideal for every situation, or every athlete. This article outlines the pros and cons of autoregulated training so coaches can decide what works best for their program.