Coach "Dos" was NSCA's collegiate strength coach of the year this past year.
He has written a great book, Power Training, and is very active and prompt at answering posts on his message board.
I wrote him asking some various questions, he's a big olympic lift guy. I thought everyone could probably benefit from what he had to say.
I am a HS baseball pitcher and had a few training related questions, if I could get even a few answers it would be much appreciated...
What are your thoughts with regards to pitchers and heavy pressing? I am more compelled to squat or deadlift than to benchpress but i almost feel like I'm not pressing enough. I'm pulling twice for every pressing movement.
Do you incorporate the olympic lifts with pitchers? If so do you do any snatch work (I am unsure about heavy overhead work). Also I have been told that the catch part of a clean is very rough on the shoulder and throwers need to avoid it, any thoughts?
How would schedule lifting when pitchers are actively throwing? I am upping my throwing volume and my lifting is starting to take away from my pitching. I am still not at 100% on the mound from a ME lower day in the middle of the week.
What does your inseason lifting look like for pitchers? If I am playing games on Tuesdays and Fridays, what would you do for a lifting week?
How much value due you see in rotational medicine ball work and that sort of thing for pitchers? If you use it, how much volume would you recommend so as it doesn't take away from actual skill work. I have strayed away from most, (I hate this but its an easy term) "core" work, as I felt like it would fatigue me and take away from my skill work.
I've had an awesome offseason thus far (started earlier than most), destroying every goal I set for myself in the weightroom with several weeks to spare. However I am now at the point where I am searching for a more direct translation to on field play. The only goal I haven't achieved is my velocity goal, and well I am starting to get this feeling where it's constantly hanging over my head, and I wonder if I am going to be able to reach it or now.
Sorry for the long post, I've got kind of a running list of questions I haven't found solid answers to throughout my constant reading and research.
By the way, Power Training is one of the best training books I have picked up, its one of few that I will have told peers to invest their money into. And above all, thank you for making it fit into a HS kid's budget, haha.