Gene Coleman is one of the foremost experts in human performance and a true legend in the field of Strength and Conditioning. In today’s post, Gene was kind enough to sit down and chat with ESS Education Director Jay Dawes and discuss his 30+ years as an MLB Strength Coach. In this interview Dr. Coleman provides valuable insight to both new and more experienced sports performance practitioner, trainers, and coaches, including what separates elite athletes and coaches from their peers.
See the interview in full here, and scroll down below for show notes and key points:
1:00 Building A MLB Baseball Strength Program
Testing, starting, and measuring MLB Strength levels versus general population. In the Beginning, many players had no formal training and were weaker than average college students.
3:00 Starting the First MLB Strength Program with the Houston Astros
There was no information on training for baseball. We used the same tests’ NASA used for astronauts.
7:00 Educating Athletes’ During the Bodybuilding Boom
Drug use and training methods during the “Steroid era” and how to get buy in for correct training methods.
9:15 Interval Training in Baseball
Hone in on the energy systems and performance needed for sport.
11:00 Building an Athlete from the Ground Up
How to build basic movement patterns, strength, and stability to build the high performance athlete. Make training fun to achieve buy-in with your athletes.
15:00 Performance Tests that Indicate Sports Performance
The measurements for power production, and fielding ability with baseball athletes’.
20:30 How to Become an MLB Strength Coach
Why you need certification, experience, creativity, and extreme determination to reach the pinnacle.
22:35 The Most Important Word for Strength Coaches
31:00 What Made Nolan Ryan Great
Genetics, work ethic, and proper mechanics were the key to his long-term success. With any factor missing, you’re sure to fail at the elite level.
35:00 Keys for Core Training in Pitchers
The Transfer of force from lower body to upper body throwing speed is imperative for long-term success.
35:35 Pitch Counts Now versus the Past
Do pitch counts really matter?
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What Others have Said About 52 Week Baseball Training
“Gene Coleman has written a great book with a fantastic year-round plan for becoming a more successful baseball player. Incorporating his training techniques and concepts into my workouts has helped me attain a higher level of conditioning for better play.”
Houston Astros first baseman
Four-time National League All-Star
1994 National League MVP
“As a manager, I recommend careful reading of this book for anyone really interested in learning how to succeed in baseball. It offers a revealing look at the mechanics of maximizing conditioning and describes proper form for the drills and exercises shown in the book. This book teaches young players how to reach their baseball objectives.”
Houston Astros manager
“The year-round conditioning plan Gene Coleman presents between these covers will help athletes improve their game because it works!”
Houston Astros third baseman
1996 National League MVP
“Week by week, in-season and off, 52-Week Baseball Training will show you how to make the most of your natural talent and abilities. Players following this program will be able to compete at a higher level because the book teaches the essential components of fitness and relates everything back to the game.”
Houston Astros second baseman