The Best of 2019: Strength and Conditioning Videos
Written on December 25, 2019 at 5:02 am, by Eric Cressey
With my last post, I kicked off the “Best of 2019” series with my top articles of the year. Today, we’ll highlight the top five videos of the year.
1. Glute-Ham Raise with Banded Reach
If you’ve followed this blog for any length of time, you’ll know that I’m a big fan of training the posterior chain and also working on getting serratus anterior firing to improve scapular upward rotation. So, you can imagine how excited I am to present to you a video that hits both. Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard offered a great demo:
2. Subscapularis 101
The subscapularis is the largest of the four rotator cuff muscles, but it might also be the most misunderstood. This excerpt from my Sturdy Shoulder Solutions resource will bring you up to speed on it.
3. 1-leg Dumbbell Pullover – The 1-leg dumbbell pullover is a nice variation on a classic. It’ll add a rotary stability challenge to what is normally considered an upper body and anterior core drill. I’m using this variation a bit more in the late offseason (with throwing volume and intensity ramping up), as you can get a good training effect with less external loading.
4. Half-kneeling Cable Lift with Flexion-Rotation Hold
The half-kneeling cable lift w/flexion-rotation hold is a new variation on an old drill, and we’ve been implementing it quite a bit with athletes this year. It’s a creation of CSP-FL co-founder and pitching coordinator Brian Kaplan.
5. Landmine Squat to 1-arm Press
It’s not secret that I love landmine presses, and this is a great progression. This drill fits well as a first exercise on a full body day and pairs well with horizontal or vertical pulling. I really like it late in the offseason when we’re trying to keep sessions a bit shorter and get extra bang for our training buck. I’d do sets of 3-5 reps per side.
I’ll be back soon with the top guest posts of 2019!
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