Frontal Plane Compensation in Baseball

Frontal Plane Compensation in Baseball

This off-season, I noticed an interesting little “cheat” that my baseball players had.

In this post, I’m going to

  • Show you the fault they were making
  • Describe why I think it is faulty
  • Talk through the biomechanics
  • Give you some exercises to fix this fault if you’re seeing it in your baseball players

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Lanterns, Hats, and Self-Care

Lanterns, Hats, and Self-Care

As the old saying goes,

An empty lantern provides no light.

As entrepreneurs, we wear so many hats (and look downright fabulous in all of them), but for many of us, the more hats we add to our collection, that self-care hat falls to the back of our closets.

As your business grows, what do you do to keep your balance? Here are some tips and tools to help you in your quest to keep your lantern lit.

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Freeze!: A cue for fixing your client's positional faults quickly and effectively


Do you ever have athletes or clients who struggle with exercises? Of course you do. That’s called having job security for us coaches.

One of my favorite coaching tools in my toolbox is one that I think is underutilized. It’s called, “Freeze!” In this article, we will discuss:

  • Why “freeze” is my most used coaching tool
  • Where and how to use this tool
  • Example cases

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Movement: How the nervous system produces it, and how that should change your coaching


The nervous system is involved in everything from our vision, taste, emotion, and memory. But, the biggest task it takes on is producing movement! Get ready to go DEEP into how the brain and spinal cord work together to make us move, and why coaches should have a basic understanding of this.

For example, Ty teaches his kids to be faster by teaching them a few smaller skills, then bringing these skills together into more complex movement. Rehearsal progresses to chaos.

The order of this is important! In this video, I’m going to explain why. Plus, we’ll go through:

  • Brain organization
  • Spinal cord organization
  • Central Pattern Generators
  • How the environment impacts these circuits
  • How this should change your coaching

If nothing else, check out the comment at the expense of Mike Robertson’s hairline @ 21:18.

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How Do You Know You Are Benefiting Your Athletes?: How to avoid being delusional about your coaching knowledge (it's harder than you think)

How Do You Know You Are Benefiting Your Athletes?

We are prone to lying to ourselves.

This makes coaching difficult. How do you know you are benefiting your athletes?

The human mind is easily fooled, ESPECIALLY by itself, and it gets confused through a ton of different “cognitive biases”.

In this article, we’re going to hone in your critical thinking skills and discuss…

  • Why it’s hard to know if you’re actually benefiting your athletes
  • The novice effect
  • The self-selection effect
  • Why coaching science is particularly difficult
  • My new favorite motto for IFAST
  • What you can do to be delusional less often

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Upper Limb Anatomy

Upper Limb Anatomy

We here at IFAST love some anatomy.

Well, at least I do. That’s why I decided to help lead a discussion on upper extremity anatomy. You can never know enough anatomy.

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Plyo Physio: The science of jumping

Plyo Physio

If you’re making your athletes more explosive, plyometrics should be a staple in your programming. Knowing what adaptations plyometrics are causing will make your programming even better. In this video we lay to rest a common misconception among coaches about plyometrics and explain the following:

  • Muscle structure influences
  • Functional influences
  • The stretch reflex

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Force-Velocity Curve 101

Force-Velocity Curve 101

The force-velocity curve is a cornerstone of training science. This presentation gets you started on your journey into the training science world.

  • What is the force velocity curve?
  • Why is it important to understand?
  • How is one made?
  • What does it even mean?

These questions are answered for you so you can be on your way to understanding the neuromuscular nature of training.

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2017 IFAST Reading List

2017 IFAST Reading List

Vera Nazarian once said, “Whenever you read a good book, somewhere in the world a door opens to allow in more light.” As such, there’s one simple way to turn up the light when you’re peeking through the IFAST door: see what the guys are reading. Take a gander at this collection of books that Bill and Mike have given to staff or colleagues over the last few years.

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How Much Do You Really Need?: Cutting back the programming workload

How Much Do You Really Need?

I recently had one of our longer-term clients come in for a training session with me. She’s been MIA for a couple months and looking to get back after it.

One of our other coaches saw her for an intake assessment just to get a sense of where she is now and where she wants to head. He wrote her a program to accomplish these goals.

But she was not a fan.

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Aeroponics and Nutrition: Use NASA technology to improve blood health

Aeroponics and Nutrition

If you could help your clients get 30% better results 3X faster, you would. When it comes to nutrition, you can with the help of a tower garden. The tower garden, a vertical, aeroponic growing system, grows up to 20 vegetables, herbs, fruits, and flowers in less than three square feet, indoors or out, and typically produces 30% more produce in a third of the time.

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Stop Choking Your Clients: Are your cues making your athletes better?

Stop Choking Your Clients!

Ever use the same cue on two different clients and get completely different results? Knowing your clients, their personalities, and the way they think should change the way you coach them. In this video, we go through how to be more successful as a coach by cuing each of your clients differently. Topics covered in this monster of a video include:

  • The difference between flow states and choking
  • How internally focused cues can drive micro-choking
  • How externally focused cues can drive flow states

If you want some extra reading we suggest the following:

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Chronic Adaptations to Resistance Training: How the body changes through weightlifting

Chronic Adaptations To Resistance Training

We all get stronger through weightlifting and resistance training. But what is changing inside the body that causes these gains? Understanding how the body adapts to resistance training over time will make your training plans and programming more effective than ever.

In this video we will go through:

  • How the brain adapts to resistance training
  • How nerve receptors in the muscle change
  • How muscle grow and adapt

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Change of Direction

Do you know what your athlete should look like when changing directions?

Knowing the difference between a correct and incorrect direction change, and how to fix it is a game changer when it comes to speed and agility. This presentation explains what a directional step is and what it should look like. We have also included are our top 5 exercise progressions to fix faults in the directional step.

  1. Supine Arm Bar
  2. Mountain Climber Breathing
  3. Cable Lift
  4. Reverse Lunge to Knee Drive
  5. Step-up Medicine Ball Scoop

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