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LT Brings The Heat | Baseball & Strength Development
26 minutes | Oct 14, 2021
49. Why Consistency is All You Need for Success
Sean sits down for a real conversation about why consistency is essentially the most important trait you need to have in order to be successful in anything in life. He breaks down real life examples on the field, as a Dad, and Husband, and the importance of just doing "something" daily to achieve your goals and conquer your weaknesses!
25 minutes | Oct 7, 2021
48. Are You a Lamborghini or a Moped?
Sean and Adam sit down to discuss the commitment players need in order to change who and what they are. Every player wants to be the next Mike Trout or Gerrit Cole, but are they actually listening and implementing to what coaches, teachers, and mentors are telling them? Everyone wants a Lamborghini, but majority work more like they want a moped.
68 minutes | Sep 29, 2021
47. Takeaways from 10 Years of Coaching Travel Baseball
2 biggest takeaways from coaching travel baseballTakeaways from PlayersTakeaways from ParentsCoaches and Summer Ball DevelopmentTravel Team Organizations, Leaders, Mission Statements, and Politics
36 minutes | Sep 23, 2021
46. The Perfect Swing
Sean and Adam break down if there is such thing as the perfect swing. They talk about the difference between a Swing Coach vs Hitting Coach They also talk timing, contact point, launch position, barrel awareness; and that good Coaches don’t give athletes and parents false hope. They have to be honest with every client.
38 minutes | Sep 16, 2021
45. Is Fall Ball the Right Choice for your Player?
Sean and Adam discuss whether playing in the Fall is the right decision for you. Do you need more live game situations or do you need the weight room? We also break down the pros and cons of playing in the Fall. Everyone is different, don't get pressured to make a decision. Do what is best for YOU. Pitchers do your arms need more innings on the mound or do you need to shut it down? Hitters do you need at bats on the weekend or need to develop strength and bat speed before you compete again?
41 minutes | Jun 17, 2021
44. What are The Common Bad Habits in Young Hitters' Swings?
Drills we use with our clients as well as our own children to fix common bad habits kids have at the plateEpisode recorded right before Alabama State ChampionshipsWhen should players start hitting lessons?What drills young hitters need mostHow to fix the chop swing in young hittersWhy using weighted balls is important with young hittersWhy visuals and external focus is a gamechanger for young athletes, "they need an external target"This is a build on what we have talked about before in the "How when, why of Baseball Lessons"
30 minutes | May 23, 2021
43. Should Baseball Players Bench Press?
Today, Sean and Adam discuss the risk vs reward with baseball players and the bench press in the weight room. They share their personal experiences, the science, as well as the real expectations after training hundreds of athletes in the weight room. They touch on:Personal Experiences of injuries with the bench pressIF the risk is worth the reward ?Does the bench press transfer to the field?Effective alternatives to the barbell bench press to keep you healthyThey explain there is risk to any training, but explain the science of how the bench press can negatively effect baseball players and other overhead athletes.Important of technique, rotator cuff strength, and scapular function to stay healthy when pressing.
41 minutes | May 17, 2021
42. Importance of In-Season Strength & Conditioning for Long Term Success
Sean and Adam cover the importance of in-season strength and conditioning to keep you performing at a very high level and the many bad excuses people use to not focus on strength and conditioning. They cover:Why training year round is like building and taking care of a houseWhy "Burnout" does not exist if you are training properlyHow many days a week you should train in seasonHow you will lose lean mass, velo, strength, and power if you are not training during seasonSean and Adam share how they train athletes in season and the common areas for soreness that Adam and Sean address They touch on how training for recovery and specifically active recovery is key in season!
38 minutes | May 9, 2021
41. Pitching Machine for BP Everyday? Importance of Staying in Shape Leading into Summer Ball
This episode today touches on coaches who are using pitching machines only for batting practice during season, how Sean feels they are hurting their players more than helping. Adam discusses details on how he uses machine for success for hitters and some guidelines for coaches to go by when using the machine. They also cover the importance of staying in shape and preparing for Summer Baseball after the HS Season ends! They share what they would do in the weight room, the field, the cage, and the importance of working on weaknesses.
49 minutes | Apr 30, 2021
40. Execution over Excuses on the Diamond and in Life
Sean and Adam sit down to talk the importance of executing your job or role without excuses and the importance of taking ownership over mistakes or when things do not work out the way you want them to on the diamond! This includes not liking what the coach has to say about rosters, starting lineups, pinch hitters, relief pitchers, and more! They also touch on the record strikeouts in the MLB and what the cause may be, as well as Parents taking coaching decisions personal, and the success of Heat and LT Players thus far this season!
13 minutes | Apr 20, 2021
39. Importance of 1 Coach, 1 Philosophy When Changing Hitting Mechanics
In this short episode today, Coach Laird discusses the importance of 1 Coach, 1 Philosophy when it comes to hitting mechanics. He touches on how hurtful it is to the growth of hitters when HS coaches or parents are constantly trying to "change" things with hitters who already have a hitting instructor and how "out of touch" people are to the hitting process and hitting development, especially when it comes to stubborn coaches and/or parents.
54 minutes | Apr 18, 2021
38. Timing Slow Pitchers, Starting Lessons In-Season, New Podcast Clips
Sean and Adam sit down to discuss timing issues hitters have against slow pitching vs high velocity, introduce the new podcast short clips they will be releasing in the future, as well as touch on the importance of trust and commitment with your hitting coach when it comes to changes in the swing and why lessons are not batting practice sessions! They also cover realistic expectations of starting lessons in-season and why starting lessons in-season is great, but starting lessons in the off-season is the goal for maximum growth!
59 minutes | Mar 31, 2021
37. Weighted Balls Part 2: Training with Pro Pitchers
In this episode, Sean and Adam sit down with Professional Pitchers Ryan Garton and Keegan Curtis to discuss Weighted Baseball Training. Sean and Adam sit back and listen to Ryan and Keegan share their history and use of weighted ball training and discuss the different parts in their careers they decided to start using weighted balls. They also touch on:How Size and Weight is not an excuse to no throw hard as they both are "undersized" yet Keegan throws 99 MPH and Ryan throws up to 95 MPHWhy the weighted ball training they utilize is focused more on recoveryHow Important the weight room is for their developmentWhat kind of prehab exercises they do to take care of their armsAnd Much More!
44 minutes | Mar 24, 2021
36. Weighted Balls Part 1: Science & Training
In this episode, Sean and Adam sit down to discuss the highly debated topic of Weighted Baseball Training. They talk science and history, health and effectiveness; as well as their own personal feelings toward weighted ball training. The 2017 ASMI study in weighted ball training is discussed as well as positive and negative reports on the training. They also cover:The force production differences of throwing a baseball on the ground vs the mound vs a weighted ballTypes of weighted ball trainingThey discuss the differences in the National Pitching Association and Driveline when it comes to weighted balls They share the weighted ball training used in their use Certifications through the Florida Baseball Ranch's Savage ProgramThey share how important an assessment of mobility, stability, age, strength, and mechanics is before even thinking about a weighted ballThey also discuss their own opinions as to why Strength and Conditioning and training for Speed and Power as a complete athlete is most important when working to increase velocityAnd Much More
52 minutes | Mar 21, 2021
35. How to Deal with Bad Coaches & The Ugliness of Travel Baseball
In this Episode, Sean and Adam talk about dealing with bad coaches in the game as well as some of the ugliness that has unfortunately become a part of summer travel baseball. They share how to deal with hard coaches, dishonest coaches, stubborn coaches, as well as address negatives and how some loyalty and honesty in summer travel ball is a unicorn nowadays. They also share:-How Parents set the tone of how young men will handle being honest and loyal in the game of baseball and life-Why many parents and players do not care about elite coaching or training, they just want their egos padded, even if it is a lie-How many organizations do things in a bad light and try to steal and poach players from other organizations as well as try to claim players for their organizations that never rarely, if ever, played for them-How to deal with a coach that is dishonest and has zero integrity (Sean shares a real life example of dealing with a poor human being as a coach)-Understanding that cues from coaches could mean completely different things than what is actually happening (why it is important to have context)-Why it is ok to have a different opinion than your coach, but why showing respect and asking questions is always the right answer
53 minutes | Mar 7, 2021
34. The Myth of Multi Sport Athletes
Topic today covers the myths, facts, and propaganda being pushed about multi sport athletes! Sean and Adam use their experience as multi sport athletes themselves as well as their experience of training multi sport and one sport athletes. They help guide you through some of the eyewash and realistic expectations of playing multiple sports or those that play one sport through high school if the goal is to ultimately play college or professional! They also explain:Why the first 7 years of a kid's life are the most importantWhy playing multiple sports needs to be normalized at a young age for development, mental, and physical healthWhy Strength and Conditioning is its own sport and needs to be YEAR ROUNDWhen to make that transition from 3-5 sports to maybe 2 as a focus (depending on goals of athlete)The type of athletes who want to play a sport in college that get away with playing 3 sports all through high school vs the athlete that may need to focus on 1 sport or 2 sportsWhy knowing the advantages of playing multiple sports vs advantages of playing 1-2 sports are important to know going in and why each have their pros and cons*Note- Coach Laird misspeaks on an athlete gaining 30lbs of "muscle" and the statement should be "30 lbs. of lean mass"
29 minutes | Feb 23, 2021
33. How To Build a Champion Mindset
Sean and Adam sit down to talk about helping athletes build a champion mindset and using examples from experiences in their lives as well as professional athlete examples of why hard work, failure, and adversity is a must to build a champion mindset. They also touch on:-What you can learn from Tom Brady and Michael Jordan's stories-How parents fail their kids by not letting them fail or letting failure teach the chip on your shoulder mindset for success-Why you should use negative experiences to fuel your motivation and discipline for the rest of your life and why that creates a champion mindset-Personal Experiences that changed the lives of Coach Adam and Coach Sean
32 minutes | Feb 15, 2021
32. How To Take Advantage of Today's Technology
Sean and Adam break down what they would do different in their preparation if they were playing in today's game with the advancements in technology. They discuss cold and hot zones you get from Track Man, Rapsodo feedback, knowledge on mobility and stability in the strength game, as well as tracking numbers and progress in the weight room and how it translates to the field. They also touch on:-why relying ONLY on your strengths at the lower levels can hurt you in the higher levels if you are not working on developing your weaknesses-why video is so important when tracking your mechanics and movements at the plate and on the bump-why feel is important, but understanding exactly what your swing is doing and how hard your hitting the ball is an advantage -Understanding the difference in the mindset and feel with a cage swing vs an on field swing-why the new knowledge and access of mobility programs NEED to be taken advantage of to stay healthy
45 minutes | Feb 5, 2021
31. Answers to Arm Soreness and Recovery from Throwing
Sean and Adam sit down to discuss a topic that needs to be addressed constantly in the baseball community: Arm Care and Answers to the many questions on Arm Soreness and Recovery between starts, throwing sessions, and long toss. They also touch on how pitchers and position players should be preparing right now with the season coming as well as -why icing your arm impedes recovery-why you must start on recovery immediately after your throwing sessions-why your prep before throwing is just as important for recovery-why rest is usually not the answer, but recovery and proper training IS THE ANSWER-as well as why you MUST listen to you arm and much more!
54 minutes | Jan 29, 2021
30. Gaining Weight, Nutrition, & Supplementation
Sean and Adam sit down to talk about how they help their athletes gain lean muscle mass, guide them through the nutrition process, and touch on supplementation for athletes. They also break down the importance of multiple meals per day, the Top 5 muscle building foods, night time muscle building shakes, as well as Creatine and Whey Protein.
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