I think it's best to start off by briefly defining what the term "athleticism" really means, and how you can attain more of it as a baseball player specifically. In the simplest sense of the word, athleticism is simply a collection of unique and individual skills or abilities that when put together help form greater athleticism. Athleticism consists of strength, conditioning, agility/change of direction, power, acceleration, and top speed as a general norm. Fortunately, science and real world evidence has routinely shown time and time again that each of the athletic measures I just mentioned can be improved upon in literally everyone regardless of genetics, age, experience, or what have you, through very specific, proven, and proper training methods that the sport of baseball cannot and will not ever offer, unfortunately. Thus, making athletic training essential if you truly want to get the most out of training and be the best baseball player you can be. Furthermore, when you improve athletic ability there will be a simultaneous increase in your baseball specific skill set potential. For example, improving power levels through specific exercises will automatically improve you or your athlete’s ability to crush the ball, track down flyballs, steal bases, and much more. Below is some of what our program can offer specifically if you or your athlete is competing in baseball, followed by a brief presentation of past and present athletes that have gone through our system over the years and made serious progress, allowing them to take their game to the next level!
Benefit #1-Better first step and start explosiveness (home to first test, flyball tracking, and base stealing!)
Benefit #2-Improved change of direction and cutting ability (infielders)
Benefit #3-Improved lateral movement (basestealing and infielding)
Benefit #4-Shoulder and Elbow care treatment plans
Benefit #5-Improved linear acceleration and “breakaway” speed (flyball tracking for outfielders and baserunning and stealing)
Benefit #6-Higher pitching and exit throwing velocity
Benefit #7-Improved “pop times” for catchers
Benefit #8-Extreme hitting power!
ATHLETE #1-Scott Underwood, Division 1 standout at Jacksonville State University
When Scott first started training he was struggling to dominate at the JuCo level. Fast forward a year later and both he and his brother received full ride scholarships to Jacksonville State, where they would go on to become standout players at the division 1 level. After college, Scott recorded a 6.4 and 6.5 60 yard dash while be being timed by a Baltimore Orioles scout! When he first began training Scott would run in the 7.0-7.1 range consistently. By training his ass for 4 years he was able to shave off more than a half second off of his 60 yard dash. Here are some more of his accomplishments on our training program:
Fully Electronic 40-yard dash:
Before: 5.0 seconds After-4.69 seconds
Before: 30” After-35”
Before: 300 lbs. After: 415 lbs.
Before: 225 lbs. After: 315 lbs.
Before: 155 lbs. After: 205 lbs.
Exit Velocity (outfield to home):
Before: 88 mph. After: 95 mph.
ATHLETE #2-Erik Underwood, Division 1 standout at Jacksonville State University
Like his brother Scott, Erik was struggling to make a name for himself at the college level. After I got him to buy into our training system his performance also went through the roof since he was so hungry for success athletically. Here are his improvements that he made on the program. It’s also worth mentioning that Erik was one of the leading hitters in the entire Ohio Valley Conference!
60 yard dash:
Before: 7.2 seconds After: 6.6 seconds
Fully Electronic 40-yard dash:
Before: 4.9 seconds After-4.69 seconds!
Before: 27” After-32”
Exit Velocity (outfield to home):
Before: 83 mph. After: 88 mph.
ATHLETE #3-Garrett Grenert, Sierra College, CA.
Garrett spent over 2 years following our training system and amassed spectacular results! He improved his 60 yard dash by a half second going from 7 seconds flat to 6.5 seconds at a baseball showcase he attended. He gained 15-20 lbs. of raw muscle mass. His fully electronic 40 yard dash went from 5.1 seconds to 4.69 seconds. And he was also able to put a half of foot on his vertical jump as well!
ATHLETE #4-Alex Smagala, Oregon State University
Alex trained alongside Garrett and another athlete you will witness momentarily. Alex’s progress and tenacity were second to none! He put 13mph on his fastball (75-88mph), and put on 35 lbs. in over two years following our program. Moreover, he took his fully electronic 40 yard dash from 5.6 seconds to 4.87 seconds. You don’t need to be familiar with what these times mean exactly, but all that is important here is that Alex was one of the slowest kids on the field when he started training and ended up being very competitive with the fastest athletes when all was said and done. Last but not least, his 60 yard dash went from 7.5 seconds to 6.73 seconds!
ATHLETE #5-Drew McCombs, Galena High School Baseball
Like the two athletes before him, Drew acquired considerable performance and size gains on the program. He packed on 15 lbs. of muscle, put 8 inches on his vertical jump, and shaved over a half second off of his 60 yard dash time. Originally, he would run 7.5 seconds regularly when timed by coaches, and afterwards he hit 6.9 seconds!
ATHLETE #6-Nate Nolan, Chicago White Sox Organization
I was fortunate to meet Nate when he was a scrawny kid at 155 lbs. soaking wet, but Nate was someone who had an insatiable appetite to get better and maximize his god given genetic potential. Look at him now! Nate packed on 60 lbs. in 4 years on our program, increased his vertical jump by 9 inches (27-36”), improved his pop time from 2.2 seconds to 1.79 seconds, and he also improved his 40 yard dash by a half of a second like the rest!
ATHLETE #7-Matt Farman, McQueen High school Baseball
Matt trained hard and dropped his 60 yard dash time from 7.0 seconds when he started to 6.69 seconds which he recorded at a baseball showcase down in California. He was also able to increase his vertical jump by 5" and add 15 lbs. of muscle.
Napoleon Pichardo - Texas Rangers Head Strength and Conditioning Coach
"The Speed Encyclopedia is a book that every strength and conditioning professional should own. Travis Hansen has done an incredible job explaining all aspects relating to speed. This book is very practical for the field. If you are serious about becoming faster, this book is a must have."