52-Week Baseball Training

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Get in better condition for baseball?and watch your game improve! Players are getting bigger, stronger, and faster every season. Their conditioning level is at an all-time high, resulting in more towering home runs and blazing fastballs than ever before. With 52-Week Baseball Training, you can use the same baseball-specific training regimen as the major leaguers to prepare for the demands of today's game.

As the strength and conditioning coach for the Houston Astros, Gene ...

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Overview

Get in better condition for baseball—and watch your game improve! Players are getting bigger, stronger, and faster every season. Their conditioning level is at an all-time high, resulting in more towering home runs and blazing fastballs than ever before. With 52-Week Baseball Training, you can use the same baseball-specific training regimen as the major leaguers to prepare for the demands of today's game.

As the strength and conditioning coach for the Houston Astros, Gene Coleman helped to extend Nolan Ryan's career into his mid-40s, develop Jeff Bagwell into a power-hitting, perennial MVP candidate, and shape Craig Biggio into a warrior-like iron man at the plate and in the field. In 52-Week Baseball Training, Coleman provides a complete year-round conditioning plan to keep in shape in the off-season and for peak performance during the season and playoffs. These day-by-day, week-by-week, season-by-season workouts include resistance training, total conditioning exercises, and position-specific activities. And not only does this baseball-specific conditioning improve performance, it helps you avoid injuries, too.

The training plan conforms well to high school, college, and summer-league calendars and organizes workouts into sequential phases:

- Postseason—Active Rest and Recovery
- Off-Season—Fitness Training
- Preseason—Training to Play
- In-Season—Training to Win

In addition to these detailed weekly fitness programs, the book describes how to perform each drill and exercise and includes more than 150 photos showing proper technique. Use 52-Week Baseball Training to perform better at the plate, in the field, and on the mound—every game, every season.

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Gene Coleman's 52-Week Baseball Training is a definitive, practical, effective program for the aspiring athlete to achieve and maintain top physical conditioning for baseball, whether competing for a spot in the major or minor leagues, or just enjoying softball league or sandlot games. Coleman provides day-by-day, week-by-week, season-by-season workouts (including resistance training, total conditioning exercises, and position-specific activities) in a training plan that can be applied in high school, college, and summer-league schedules. Highly recommended for all novice as well as seasoned players, Coleman's 52-Week Baseball Training is laid out in four sequential phases: Postseason (active rest and recovery); Off-Season (fitness training); Preseason (training to play); and In-Season (training to win).
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780736003223
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/14/2000
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 435,245
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

Gene Coleman has been a Major League Baseball (MLB) strength and conditioning coach for 22 years, working with the Houston Astros and Texas Rangers. One of the first strength and conditioning specialists hired in MLB, Coleman has worked with many of the game's stars, including Nolan Ryan, Jeff Bagwell, Craig Biggio, Ken Caminiti, Joe Morgan, Randy Johnson, and Moises Alou. He was the first to research the physical, physiological, and performance profiles of MLB players.

In addition to 52-Week Baseball Training, Coleman has published 24 conditioning manuals for baseball teams, eight research articles on MLB players, and 50 other articles related to health and fitness. Coleman has worked as a strength and conditioning coach for the men's basketball team at the University of Texas at Austin, where he also worked on the football strength and conditioning staff. He has served as a consultant for several college athletic programs, as well as teams in the NFL, NHL, and NBA.

A college professor and strength and conditioning coach for 33 years at the University of Texas, Texas Tech, University of Houston, and Eastern Kentucky, Coleman received his EdD from the University of Texas at Austin, his MEd From Oklahoma University, and his bachelor's degree in physical education from Lamar University. Coleman has experience outside the sports arena as well, serving for six years as a member of the research team involved in astronaut selection for NASA. He received a Certificate of Recognition from NASA for writing the Astronaut Training Manual and helped design exercise protocols and evaluate exercise devices for space flight. Coleman is currently a full professor and chair of the program in fitness and human performance at the University of Houston at Clear Lake.

Coleman lives in League City, Texas with his wife, Barbara. They have two children, Jarrett and Ashlyn. In his spare time, he enjoys working out and watching baseball and college football.

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Table of Contents

PART I: The Year-Round Conditioning Plan
Chapter 1. Postseason—Active Rest and Recovery
Chapter 2. Off-Season—Fitness Training
Chapter 3. Preseason I—Training to Compete
Chapter 4. Preseason II—Training to Play
Chapter 5. In-Season—Training to Win

PART II: Exercises and Drills
Chapter 6. Warm-Up/Cool-Down and Flexibility
Chapter 7. Core Strength Training
Chapter 8. Shoulder, Elbow, Forearm, and Hand
Chapter 9. Speed
Chapter 10. Power

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2005

    Great book for the baseball player or coach looking for an edge.

    Dr. Coleman did a great job with this book. It includes great charts and details that help answer questions about training athletes. It may not be the best for a little leaguer, but if you are in HS, College, or Pro. It will be a great tool to makeing you a stronger and faster athlete, which will help your game and reduce the potential for injury, due to the strength you will gain from following the recommendations in this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2003

    Still not what I'm looking for

    All in all this is a good book. I did not like the organization of the book however. There is some very good information in the text portion of the book, but it is separated by so many pages of charts that you can't follow the text. I would have preferred section one to cover philosophy and facts, section two to cover the exercises themselves, and section three to list the workouts by week/season. Instead this book mixes the workout charts throughout section one. You really have to hunt just to find his thoughts on issues such as exercises to avoid, diet, and flexibility. I also did not agree 100% with some of his exercises, but I believe the author was trying to be very conservative here. Still it's absolutely a solid 4 stars, and I did find useful information to incorporate in my coaching.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2003

    Excellent! For Pitchers, Catchers, Infielders, and Outfielders

    Well written and outlined! Top of the line. I am in my 5th week and I feel I am in so much better condition. The program starts you out slowly (after the season) which is very good for the athlete who wants and needs to get off to a good start with his/her workout. No full bang workout at the beginning. You progress into more intense workouts and are able to accomplish the task at hand. This book makes one want to go out and go through his/her's workout. This is the same guy who helped a fireball pitcher achieve his maximum performance (NOLAN RYAN #34 & #30). Gene Coleman seperates position players and pitchers with some different workouts due to different workout demands. Just check it out and see for yourself! If you want to succeed in baseball, this is a book you need.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2001

    Excellent Baseball Training tool

    This book is perfect for the baseball player trying to get to the next level. The level of detail is a little scary, so it is not for your little leaguer. As I followed the book's training program, my conditioning has become better than ever. I highly recommend this book to high school and college coaches.

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