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It’s been widely theorized for a while now that a runner’s ability to extend his/her hips powerfully is the most important factor in determining sprinting speed. High hip extension velocities have been shown to be correlated with greater running speed, and the force produced by the hip extensors have been shown to increase with higher running speeds, so it stands to reason that training your hip extensors to put MORE force into the ground at a FASTER rate will make you run faster.

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One of the most overlooked factors when it comes to throwing velocity is mobility/range of motion. By increasing mobility in certain areas of the body, you can unlock the ability to throw with higher velocities without even touching a weighted ball or dumbbell. Now, that’s not to say that you shouldn’t train with weights or throw weighted balls if you’re looking to increase your velocity, but if you’re not following a good stretching program that improves range of motion in the RIGHT areas, you’re likely leaving valuable MPHs on the table.

With that said, here’s 5 stretches you can do right now that will help increase your throwing velocity.

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I’m going to start this article with a short rant. There is a point to this, so bear with me. Here we go:

There are a few training cues that are so ubiquitous that every lifter has heard them at one point in their lives. For example, “Drive through the heels,” “Stay tight,” and “Lock it out” are all fairly common phrases that are heard shouted in gyms across the world to the point where they almost become catchphrases. Most of these common cues are fine, but there is one that irritates me beyond rational belief. This cue is “Don’t forget to breathe.”

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I KNEW I was forgetting something

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The start of the spring season for youth baseball is almost upon us, and high school and college baseball have been going strong for a few weeks now, so this seems like an appropriate time to talk about a few common problems that baseball and softball players can run into during the season. These are all fixable problems, but if left unchecked they can lead to injuries down the line, so it’s a good idea to get out in front of these issues and try to prevent them before they start.

Youth baseball players, especially those in their late tweens/early teens, may be at a higher risk of injury due to an increased load placed on their bodies during the season. Around age 12, these athletes start playing longer seasons on bigger fields, with additional demands from fall ball to consider as well. Also, these athletes typically don’t participate in good offseason training programs to prepare their bodies for this kind of load. When you take young, unprepared athletes and subject their bodies to a much heavier load than they’re used to, injuries have a tendency to occur.

However, we know that baseball players tend to suffer similar injuries/lose mobility/lose strength in basically the same areas, which means that we can be proactive and address these potential problems before they start, thereby greatly decreasing the likelihood that a baseball player will suffer an injury. To that end, here are 5 exercises/stretches you can do to keep yourself healthy throughout the season:

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Note: This post is courtesy of NLSP intern Andrew Murcia. Andrew graduated from Penn State with a degree in exercise science and has been with us since December of 2015 assisting with training of all of our athletes, with a little help from DJ Khaled.


DJ Khaled Success


Greetings and salutations everyone,

Andrew Murcia here and I’m channeling my inner DJ Khaled to give you some major keys to more effective and efficient deadlifting.  So read and apply these tips carefully because THEY don’t want you to lift better, so we’re going to lift better.

The theme for today’s article is all about the setup for your deadlift.  The quality of your deadlift pulls is largely determined by your set up.  Compound movements like deadlifts are all about how much leverage you can exert over the bar.  In other words, you must control the weight rather than allowing the weight to control you.  With that said, here are some major keys to remember when we deadlift.


MAJOR KEY’s to Remember:


Occasionally we will see a rounding of lower back from some athletes at varying points of the deadlift.  This results from a lack of proper core bracing. This is one of the more common issues with beginners, and can be one of the more abstract/difficult concepts to understand.

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As a strength coach, I’m constantly inundated with fitness-related YouTube videos sent to me by friends and colleagues on a daily basis. Some of them are informative, some are useless, and some are so mind-bogglingly insane that they inspire me to write an entire post about them.

Here are 3 of those videos, in order from craziest to craziest. (They all tied for 1st.)

1) Literally Anything Involving a Baby

Now, I’m no baby expert. To be honest, I’ve never actually owned a single baby. The only thing I know for sure about them is that when you hold one you have to support the head so it doesn’t flop backwards like a Pez dispenser and fall off, so it’s entirely possible that I don’t know what I’m talking about when it comes to what babies should and should not be used for. With that being said, I’m pretty sure babies weren’t designed to be used as exercise equipment. But that hasn’t stopped dozens of people from designing all kinds of exercise programs both for and featuring babies.

If you look around on the internet, you’ll quickly find that there are a surprising number of fitness programs designed around the concept of mothers bonding with their babies through exercise. These programs seem pretty easy to create, since you basically take a normal exercise that you’d typically use a dumbbell for, then replace that dumbbell with your precious infant.

Here’s my question for those people though: WHY?

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Check Out My Gym’s New Website

Posted: December 12, 2014 in Uncategorized

The facility where I coach has a sweet new website. Check it out at

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