As a High School Head Baseball Coach here in Pinellas County I was trying to find a creative but balanced weight room/field schedule for our student- athletes and without a field on campus it’s challenging. I needed to find a Baseball Strength and Conditioning Program, that focused on the development baseball-specific performance.
At the same time we were looking for a different voice to lead our men in the weight room. Behind all great NCAA programs are great baseball strength and conditioning coaches, knowing they have that portion of the day handled so we (coaches) can direct our focus to the field makes life easier. I did the research, made the calls and met with many “strength coaches” in the area and none of them appealed to me, enter JJ and Strongeight.
From the beginning I could see the passion and tell he didn’t want the business, he wanted the athlete. S8 is a family business ran by JJ, and his wife Kristi but they’re not your run of the mill family owned gym, and they certainly know baseball strength and conditioning as well as athletic development. They’re both extremely passionate about what they do everyday, and genuinely care about the student-athletes health as a whole.
From the beginning there was an agreement that he would treat our team like it was one of his own and he does just that. I can say that every one of our baseball players have improved upon their 60 yd dash time, explosiveness, quickness, endurance, bat speed, velocity, form and overall understanding of how to work out properly.
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“What you have done with my son Kasey, Is Incredible…”
-Brett Wilson, Kasey’s Father
Wobbling out of the gym after leg day, calves feel like they’re gonna explode, 6th set of deep squat = 4 reps @ 355″
“Explosive work killed me again but I’m looking and feeling the best I have ever been”
I started training with josh when I was a freshman in high school, I was 105 pounds. With working with josh for 2 years I gained 30 pounds of lean muscle! In result of the explosive and endurance based training I became stronger from my lower body up, helping me Achieve greater velocity behind my fastball while having a more explosive delivery.
I am now pitching at the division 1 level LIU-Brooklyn, and I credit josh for providing me with a strength base that in the past 4 years I have been able to build onto.
I would recommend josh and his team to anyone that is looking to improve their strength and even their speed drastically in order to get to that next level!”
In order to build speed, you have to have to incorporate strength training. Think about an athlete with very little muscle mass on their body versus an athlete who has an exceptional amount of muscle mass for their age.
Which athlete do you think is going to be able to strike the ground harder and be more explosive pushing their self further and faster with every step? The stronger athlete of course. Strength Training then – is a precursor to speed … but why?
A coach can have an athlete run speed drills all day every day…
But if the athlete does not have the strength to produce the power output he needs to actually be fast, then the drills are useless.
That’s because Speed is a product of strength Training.
To be the fastest, most explosive athlete, they must work out in the weight room with programs that are perfectly designed to increase strength in their glutes, their hamstrings, their calves, the entire Posterior Chain and the Hips really. They need to train the triple extension, so they can be more explosive every time they strike the ground. Their core needs to be engaged, so that their shield can remain tight with every step.
Take our standout athlete Bailey Brooks as an example.
We worked strictly on strength with him during the off season with very minimal speed training days, and he took off four tenths from his 40 yard dash. Now during pre-season training, we will utilize his newly built strength during speed training days to take even more time off.
This strength training all transfers into a more powerful, more explosive Brooks on the football field. This has led Brooks to being recognized by many scouts and colleges.
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