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Health and Wellness Tips for Your Strength Training

Health and Wellness Tips for Your Strength Training Program Build a better you on the diamond with these healthy tips from Allegheny Health Network. Having and practicing proper wellness habits can both be big assets on and off the field. “When we talk about wellness, it’s really nutrition, hydration and rest,” says Frank Velasquez

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(3 days ago) With the help of Mary Lauff, a Health Fitness Specialist of Corporate Fitness Works at the DICK’S Sporting Goods Customer Support Center Health Club, Pro Tips has put together two versions of a home workout plan. One is for fitness newcomers, while the other is for those looking for a more advanced plan.

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(3 days ago) Mary Lauff, a Health Fitness Specialist of Corporate Fitness who works at the DICK’S Sporting Goods Customer Support Center Health Club, recommends performing three sets for each of these exercises. If your goal is muscle gain, she suggests a heavier weight with four to six reps.

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(8 days ago) The gym can be a great place to work on improving your health, confidence and well-being. Like any job worth doing, though, there are tools to the trade. To help your workout run as smooth as a warm-up set, a properly packed gym bag is essential.

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(Just Now) Pro Tips is here to answer your questions with the help of Alyssa Siwik, a Health Fitness Specialist of Corporate Fitness Works at the DICK’S Sporting Goods Customer Support Center Health Club. WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS TO BEACH WORKOUTS? Aside from a fantastic view of the ocean, beach workouts provide an increased resistance from the sand.

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(2 days ago) “Cardiovascular training as a whole is set out to improve your heart health,” Provenzano says. “Your heart rate is going up considerably when you’re doing these workouts, so a lot of the models include this technology so you can track your heart rate and make sure it isn’t jumping to a degree that would be dangerous for you.”

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Developing Your Vision to Help Improve Your Hitting PRO

(1 days ago) Developing your vision can be a vital piece of your hitting-improvement program. Frank Velasquez, director of sports performance for Allegheny Health Network, has a few tips and tricks to help you take an athletic look at your sight this season. For one, Velasquez recommends practicing simple tracking drills while you’re in the batting cage.

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Kickboxing for Beginners

(1 days ago) Looking to burn fat, build muscle and improve heart health? Try stepping into the ring and kickboxing your way to a great cardio and conditioning workout. Kickboxing is a catchall term for a variety of stand-up combat sports. While the level of intensity varies based on your class and skill level, kickboxing is generally a full-body workout

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(3 days ago) Mary Lauff, a Health Fitness Specialist of Corporate Fitness who works at the DICK’S Sporting Goods Customer Support Center Health Club, suggests doing three sets of these moves. For muscle gain, she recommends a heavier weight and four to six reps. However, for muscular endurance she suggests a lighter weight and 12 to 15 reps. MONSTER WALKS

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(9 days ago) This drill for hitters has a straightforward name. To complete it, you’ll need two plates and someone to toss to you. Set up the drill by placing the two plates three feet apart. Your partner should stand behind a pitcher’s screen with a bucket of softballs. Next, your partner will front toss the ball as you alternate hitting from each plate.

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Speed Training Tips to Help Improve Your Hitting PRO

(8 days ago) Use these techniques from Allegheny Health Network to put your best foot forward with every hit. When it comes to having success at the plate, putting the bat on the ball is only half the battle. You have to be able to reach base safely from home, otherwise your powerful swing will be all for naught. So, adding speed training to improve hitting

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Developing Your Throwing Mechanics to Improve Your

(8 days ago) To help ensure that your throwing mechanics are in tip-top shape, Director of Sports Performance for Allegheny Health Network Frank Velasquez recommends finding a sport-specific instructor. These specialists can help you examine your throwing motion and subsequent movements. This kind of instructor, as opposed to a strength coach or athletic

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(Just Now) Yoga devotees practice a variety of different yoga forms. Each type of yoga has its own set of challenges and health benefits. Use this guide to find the yoga class that’s right for you. HATHA YOGA. Hatha is ideal for beginners. This modern form of yoga is the most basic. It refers to any class that teaches general physical postures.

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Using Plyometric Exercises to Help Improve Your Running

(1 days ago) Jumping rope can be a great low-intensity plyometric workout for baseball and softball players. “There’s a lot of benefits to jumping rope,” according to Frank Velasquez, director of sports performance for Allegheny Health Network.

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(7 days ago) Pickleball is played on a smaller version of a tennis court that measures 20 feet wide and 44 feet long. The net is 36 inches high on the ends and 34 inches high in the middle. Both singles and doubles are played within these dimensions. The court has left and right service zones, as well as a 7-foot non-volley zone in front of the net known as

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Training Your Rotational Power to Help Improve Your

(9 days ago) Having strong rotational power can add to your hitting profile. It can help you put more power behind the ball with each swing. Frank Velasquez, director of sports performance for Allegheny Health Network, recommends seven rotational strength exercises for your hitting-improvement training program.

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Grip, Wrist and Forearm Training to Help Improve Your

(Just Now) Use these tips from Allegheny Health Network to build your arms for more success in the batter’s box. Having strong wrists and forearms in baseball and softball can be a blessing in the batter’s box. Developing a stronger grip and wrists can help you put that final push behind the ball at contact. This can get the bat around quicker through

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(Just Now) Softball Drills: The Shuffle Drop Drill. Body control is another skill set you can look to improve with indoor softball drills. The shuffle drop drill can be a fun exercise that promotes quick feet, hand-eye coordination and composure. Grab the necessary gear …

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Anaerobic Exercises to Add to Your Strength Training

(Just Now) A solid strength training program for baseball and softball involves balance. Cardiovascular training to help strengthen your heart and lungs is a great addition. There are two classes of cardiovascular training: aerobic and anaerobic. “The difference is aerobic activity is low intensity, long duration,” says Frank Velasquez, director of

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(3 days ago) Understanding Mental Toughness: Softball Tips with Amanda “Chiddy” Chidester Train your brain and take the field ready to perform with these tips from the softball pro.

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(2 days ago) Tone and enhance your lower abdominals with this simple yet effective workout. These exercises aren’t just for helping to flatten your stomach. They can also help to firm up the muscles that contribute to overall health, posture and balance. You can practice these weight-free movements anywhere – at home, in the gym and even outdoors.

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(1 days ago) Stress relief. Heart health. Increased strength and stamina. There’s no shortage of reasons for athletes to take up yoga. If you’re new to the practice, try getting started with these 12 basic yoga poses. Remember, start slow. And always consult a physician before taking up a new fitness regimen. Namaste! 1. Child’s Pose Or Balasana

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(1 days ago) Grab the foot of your bent leg with your hands. Hold your foot so that it is parallel with your back. Continue to hold this stretch for 10 seconds and switch sides. While these three stretches are great for swimmers, you can use them for a variety of activities. “Remember, stretching is very important to every sport.

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How to Build Your Strength Training Program for Baseball

(9 days ago) Allegheny Health Network Director of Sports Performance Frank Velasquez says many athletes can make the mistake of training only the front of their body in the weight room, “Because they can see the development of these muscles with their pecs and their core and their biceps and their quads.”

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Strength Training Exercises to Help Improve Lower Back

(3 days ago) A loose profile can help you get ready for the day’s training session. A great area to begin with is your lower back. According to Frank Velasquez, director of sports performance for Allegheny Health Network, there are two key movements you can perform to help achieve a looser lower back: cat-cow and the pretzel stretch.

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Dynamic Warmup Routines for Comprehensive Shoulder Care

(5 days ago) Before diving into a comprehensive throwing or training session for baseball or softball, it’s important to get warmed up. “We want to get our body warmed up and moving in those different directions that the game may call for it to move,” says Frank Velasquez, director of sports performance for Allegheny Health Network.

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(2 days ago) Frank Velasquez, director of sports performance for Allegheny Health Network, recommends a few key areas of focus. Beginning with your quads and hip flexors, start in a plank position. The foam roller should be parallel to your waistline. “The front side of our body carries a lot of stress,” Velasquez says. As a result, he recommends

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(6 days ago) Place your left foot on the edge of the bag. Your right foot should be behind and to the side of the base. Lean forward with your right arm bent in front of you and your left arm down by your side. Just as a runner is prepared to go once the start horn blares, this stance will help you be ready to explosively push off the bag in sync with the

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The Importance of Running Mechanics for Baseball and

(1 days ago) Frank Velasquez, director of sports performance for Allegheny Health Network, offers a few considerations to keep in mind when you’re breaking down your fundamentals. The first key component is to make sure that your arms are moving in the same direction as your legs.

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First-Step Quickness Exercises to Help Improve Your

(5 days ago) Training your first-step quickness can be pivotal in your speed-training program. When working with his athletes, Allegheny Health Network Director of Sports Performance Frank Velasquez recommends two exercises: “tall, fall, go,” and the tennis ball drill.

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Shoulder Internal Rotation Stretches to Help Improve

(4 days ago) One vital part of a player’s shoulder motion is the internal rotation. “Baseball (and) softball players generally lose internal rotation over time because they get strong and tight in the back of their shoulder,” says Frank Velasquez, director of sports performance for Allegheny Health Network.

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Constructing a Throwing Program for Baseball and Softball

(6 days ago) Take these throwing program tips from Allegheny Health Network and start building your arm this offseason. Training for baseball and softball is an individual game. Each athlete focuses on what works best for them. A well-developed throwing schedule should be a cornerstone in any training program, however. Frank Velasquez, director of sports

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Shoulder Care Recovery Tips for Baseball and Softball

(1 days ago) Follow these shoulder care tips from Allegheny Health Network and make the best of your rest. Proper shoulder recovery can be just as important as your throwing mechanics, according to Allegheny Health Network Director of Sports Performance Frank Velasquez.

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Softball Hitting Drills: Tennis Ball Bounce Drill PRO

(8 days ago) For the tennis ball bounce drill, you’ll need a partner, a pitcher’s screen and tennis balls. To begin, set up the pitcher’s screen 15 feet away from the plate. Next, your partner will begin front tossing balls. However, unlike traditional hitting drills, the ball should bounce. When the front tosser bounces tennis balls into the hitting

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Agility and Foot Speed Training for Baseball and Softball

(5 days ago) Frank Velasquez, director of sports performance for Allegheny Health Network, has two workout groups for better footspeed: the 6-inch box routine and agility ladder work. SIX-INCH BOX ROUTINE. To begin your 6-inch box workouts, Velasquez says to start with an up-up, down-down step pattern on your box. Your steps should be quick, yet under control.

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(9 days ago) Once you have your instruction: Move your feet and body into fielding position. Keep your hands out in front. Follow the ball in as you secure the catch on the correct hop. This drill can help you read the ball, work hard to get into …

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(3 days ago) While stepping through, make sure your arms are separating. Get into a strong “T” position with the ball facing away from your body. Rotate your core, pulling your glove arm strongly through the zone to deliver the ball on target. “Remember: when throwing, we are using our entire body, not just our shoulders,” Dobbs says.

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The Importance of Leg Strength for Baseball and Softball

(5 days ago) “The better conditioned and the stronger our legs are, the less labor we have to do with our upper body,” says Frank Velasquez, director of sports performance for Allegheny Health Network. “[This] saves arms, shoulders and elbows in the big picture of a full season.” Velasquez notes that you should have a balanced leg training program.

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