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Work Harder and Smarter

Posted 26 May 2016 in Hitting Tips
Smart Work

Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard. We love that quote at Performance Plus. The most important traits an athlete can have don’t involve talent. Things like effort, coachability, sportsmanship, leadership, open-mindedness and commitment require zero talent at all. And these qualities are an integral part of what turns the world’s best athletes into champions. We don’t want to take anything away from that quote, because it is great, but we also feel like we can add something more to it— Smart work beats hard work when hard work doesn’t work smart. Think about all of the science that goes into professional sports training. Millions and millions of dollars are spent every year on sports science. Everyone...

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Pressure is a Privilege

Posted 23 May 2016 in Hitting Tips

Billie Jean King once said, “Pressure is a privilege.” It takes a special person to recognize that pressure is not something to be avoided, but rather, something to be embraced. If you’re an athlete, you’re going to be facing pressure situations on daily basis. So wouldn’t it be nice to learn how to embrace pressure? There are numerous mental strategies that can be used to improve an athlete’s response to pressure. One of them is to actually “practice pressure,” which means coaches replicate pressure situations in practice to help their players deal with pressure during competition. That might sound intense, but it doesn’t have to be—you don’t need a bullhorn and a CD that plays crowd noise. A perfect example...

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Watch and Learn

Posted 16 May 2016 in Hitting Tips

Behind every athlete is a fan who loved a sport so much they decided they needed to be a part of the action on the field. That same fan still lives inside all athletes. When athletes aren’t playing or practicing, they’re usually watching sports. But what if I told you that you can practice while you watch… I’m not talking about doing sit-ups during commercials (although that’s not a bad idea). I’m talking about analyzing how the pros play. No matter what your sport, there are valuable lessons to be learned from watching the pros. For example, if you’re a pitcher and you’re watching a baseball game, you should be keeping an eye on every detail. How is the...

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The Billion Dollar Arm

Posted 12 May 2016 in Hitting Tips

The combined yearly salary of every pitcher in the MLB is $1.5 billion. Yes, that’s billion, with a “b.” It’s clear that in baseball, arms are the most valuable commodity there is. If you’re a little league, high school, or even college pitcher you may not be getting paid billions of dollars, but your arm is still your life. So what are you doing to take care of it? These days, kids start pitching younger and younger. As a result, many young pitchers have logged hundreds of innings before they get to high school. Unfortunately, this increase in innings becomes dangerous if it is combined with improper instruction and insufficient strength and conditioning. As a result, there has been a...

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P2 Teams!

Posted 09 May 2016 in Hitting Tips
Teams sled

A lot has changed in the last 30 years—cell-phones got smaller, and then they got bigger! The internet went from being a strange fad used by only a few people to being something practically everybody uses.  And you can now search an entire planet’s worth of knowledge using your voice. Along with all these crazy technological advances, there’s something else that has changed—and not necessarily for the better. Youth sports are a lot different than they once were. Stat Rats track the batting averages of 6 year olds and 7th graders are recruited by college coaches! Performance Plus is not alone in thinking things have gone a little overboard. Our competitive baseball teams do not feature the win-at-all costs...

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Posted 05 May 2016 in Hitting Tips

What is the purpose of setting goals? A lot of people pigeon-hole goal setting as a simple motivational tool. And while it is a crucial part of self-motivation, it’s silly to limit goal setting to such a narrow definition. Goals can be used before a season to help clarify what you want to achieve, but they can also be used during competition to help keep your mind—and body—focused. The key to understanding how goals can be used to help you during competition is to understand the difference between outcome goals and process goals. Outcome goals are what people generally think of when they think of goals. Outcome goals are big picture objectives like, “I am going to hit 15...

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The Dream Facility

Posted 28 Apr 2016 in Hitting Tips

Right now my training schedule is ridiculous. I go to my high school to work with my hitting coach (who, by the way, is also the science teacher). Then I drive to the other side of town to do a personal training session with someone who doesn’t even know what a 3-1 count is. AND THEN I end the day by having a web meeting with a sports psychologist who has never even seen me play! How cool would it be if there was a place where I could work on my swing, my pitching, throw weights around, and develop my mental toughness? Look no further. There is one! We’re called Performance Plus. If you looked up one-stop shop...

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Connecting Your Mind To Your Muscles

Posted 25 Apr 2016 in Hitting Tips
Mind Muscle

A lot of people think strength training is mindless. You pick things up, you put them down, you push, you pull, but you don’t really have to think about anything. Nothing could be further from the truth. If you don’t focus on the muscles you’re training, you end up going through the motions and that prevents you from realizing your full potential. The mind and body must work together if you want to see life-changing (and game-changing) results. For instance, when people bench press, they tend to just let gravity bring the barbell down to their chest. That is a prime example of going through the motions! Every moment you’re lifting, you should be thinking about maintaining constant flexion. Gravity...

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In-Season Training

Posted 18 Apr 2016 in Hitting Tips

Did you know it only takes 2-4 weeks to de-train your body and lessen your skillset? In only 336 hours, your strength, conditioning, and technique can atrophy. We see athletes who choose not to train during their competitive seasons and it frustrates us! Not participating in some form of in-season training is counter-productive. Why would you allow your skills and strength to deteriorate when you need them most?! Now, obviously you shouldn’t be testing your squat max the day before a game, but in-season training is a must. Athletes give us all kinds of reasons why they can’t train during the season, but most of the reasons turn out to be myths. THE MYTHS I don’t need to train...

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Don’t Let Your Stomach Ruin Your Training!

Posted 14 Apr 2016 in Hitting Tips

Everybody knows what foods are healthy and what foods aren’t, but how much do you know about food outside of that? Do you know the importance of timing your nutritional intake to align with your schedule at work or in the gym? Do you know the way in which different foods function to fuel your body? If you’re serious about your health and fitness, it’s critical to be well informed about nutrition. It’s common knowledge that you should eat before you train, but how much time should you give your body to digest before you hit the gym? The answer is about 90 minutes. If you don’t allow your body enough time to digest, you’ll effectively waste your workout....

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