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The Baseball Zone | Oct 15, 2017 2:38:00 PM

How Do We Achieve Our Goals? Get SMARTT About Setting Them!


Goals are an important component to achieving success in any endeavor but especially for athletes. Goals can help give you clear direction, keep you from getting distracted or off track and keep you motivated when things get tough. But how do you set a goal? Setting SMARTT goals is a great place to start:

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Topics: Hitting plan, baseball strength training, baseball off-season, long term development, LTAD, Long term athletic development, Fat loss nutrition, Weight Loss

Ryan Armstrong | Jun 25, 2017 4:57:44 PM

Why Become a Terrier? There are too many reasons to count!!!

Let’s start with our mission...

To be the defining force in developing student athletes who become successful young men on and off the field.

Now let’s look at a few of those reasons:

  • Over 95% of graduating Terriers have gone on to play college or pro baseball. This doesn’t happen by just “showing up”.
  • Our coaches are the highest level and most experienced in the country – period! They care about your development more than any coaches you have had up to now or will have in a post-secondary environment.

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Topics: ncaa, baseball strength training, baseball coaching, elite baseball mentorship

Courtney Plewes | Feb 15, 2017 11:00:00 AM

3 Reasons Why Bench Press and Baseball Don't Mix

Bench Press and Baseball are like Oil and Water; they do not mix.

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Topics: strength training, baseball strength training, off-season strength training, baseball exercise, shoulder strength, pressing exercises

Courtney Plewes | Oct 5, 2015 5:23:00 PM

8 Baseball Strength Training Lessons From the Cressey Elite Mentorship

On June 14-16th of this year I was fortunate enough to have had the opportunity to attend the Elite Baseball Mentorship program at Eric Cressey’s training center in Hudson, MA. For those of you who don’t know who Eric is you can check out his website here. Basically he is THE go-to-guy in the USA for high school, college and professional baseball players.

For those of you who have been to our facility here at The Baseball Zone you will be happy to know that our facilities were almost identical, only opposite in a way! I mean that Cressey’s gym is 15,000 sq. ft. with the majority of his facility being designated for strength and conditioning with two bullpen lanes; while ours is 15,000 sq. ft. with about 3,500 sq. ft. of that being strength and conditioning and the rest baseball.

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Topics: warming up, strength training, in-season strength training, baseball strength training, strength training for baseball, off-season strength training, baseball exercise, pitching, speed, speed training, baseball speed, med ball drills, throwing skills, prowler training, prehab, baseball warm up, pitching mechanics, shoulder strength, biomechanics, sprinting speed, explosive strength, mobility, sled sprints, performance training, sports performance, strength and conditioning, elite baseball mentorship, cressey sports performance, eric cressey, athlete assessments, squat, pressing exercises, power, cleans

Courtney Plewes | Mar 18, 2015 6:25:00 PM

8 Reasons for an In-Season Baseball Strength & Conditioning Program

Spring training camps are in full swing, which means baseball season is right around the corner! But don't be too hasty to ditch the gym in place for the field. In-season baseball strength and conditioning is an often over-looked and neglected aspect of a player's in-season routine. BIG MISTAKE!!!! Here are 8 reasons why you should make strength and conditioning a priority this in-season:

1. Reduce Your Chance of Injury

The baseball season is long and hard on the body.  Baseball is also, primarily, a one-sided activity (hitting and throwing). This repetitive motion on an athlete’s dominant side can lead to disaster if they are not prepared for the season or do not maintain their strength, mobility, and function throughout the season.  A properly designed in-season baseball training program can take a proactive approach to avoiding common injuries and breakdowns throughout a playing season.

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Topics: in-season strength training, baseball strength training, strength training for baseball, baseball functional training, off-season strength training, baseball speed, injury prevention, mobility, sports performance, myofacial release, flexibility

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