CRICKET STRENGTH ARTICLES

They didn’t know how to use it

Twitter can be a tough read sometimes People arguing over ridiculous rubbish Can make you want to chuck your phone in the bin But I was pleasantly surprised when I came across a great post last week It was a video of a couple teenagers stood around a table with a box...

Why I don’t want to see you again

Now im not being rude here big fella This I genuinely coming from the heart And the key word in that sentence that im gonna focus on, and want you to focus on, is ‘again’ There is something that drives me a little crazy that you see a lot of on Instagram and twitter...

Shoulder issues

Got this question in Friday about the shoulder It’s a little different to the usual shoulder problems so I thought it would be a great one to share This is what was asked ========================================================== Hi There, I came across your youtube...

On the RAILS

Nope, its not a typo I know the usual saying is off the rails, but as ever we do things differently at Cricket Strength We wont to be on the RAIL Using the RAIL system Let me explain my friend RAIL is the system to use to enhance movement, inspired by Dr Perry...

Should I strength train during the season?

People get very worried about training during the season And it you listen to some “coaches” you shouldn’t even bother ever training We had this question from Barry ================================================ Hey fellas Loving the content, really helped my winter...

Cricket Strength TV Episode 12- Starting off

Starting off at a new gym can be daunting A new program, new exercises And the pain! So there are a few things to ask before you do Could save a lot of time and injury Have a look here https://youtu.be/0ouGbZ8ZzVw Think differently Dewsy p.s. need more help the Inner...

Eccentric strength training for bowlers

I believe the greatest emphasis in training for quicks need to be placed on improving eccentric strength. However, what is the best method to achieve eccentric strength gains? The prime objective in any of my progs is the rule of specificity. I would suggest that the...

Can you change?

Change can be pretty scary Ask anyone who has already slipped up on their new years resolution! Its always easier to stay where you are Make a load of excuses for why you are not where you want Why your bowling isn’t quicker Why your body is injured Why your second...

Are you a castaway?

I was watching an old film at the weekend The Tom Hanks one, Castaway Now if you haven’t seen in big Tom plays a postal worker When he’s on a plane that goes down over an ocean he finds himself the only survivor on a desert island He faces an uphill battle to keep...

Cricket Strength TV Episode 11- pelvic control

The pelvis is the fulcrum of the body If it’s out of whack you could have issues Here is how we assess then help correct Watch here https://youtu.be/UeRn5biErYk Any questions then shout Think differently Dewsy

Losing the timber

Its that time of year again Clothes a little tighter Getting out of breath a bit easier The toll that not just Christmas, but for most people the whole of December takes on the body can be a heavy one Literally! We had this question from Mike in about how to put this...

The quad killer

I came across this exercise a couple weeks ago And my friend it is a belter The quad killer It can be used in just about any lower body rehab, prehab, strength or hypertrophy program We have just put 4 new programs in the Inner...

Not just for bowlers

Now cricket strength has been traditionally recognised as mainly helping fast bowlers And that is what we have mainly been doing After all its one of the hardest things to do, make a real difference with fast bowlers, whether it be increasing pace or decreasing injury...

The 10,000 step rule

First up, Happy New Year May it bring you everything you ever wanted Now just over a year ago I set myself a challenge On the fitbit watch I have it sets you a target of trying to complete 10,000 steps a day Im not too sure where the number came from but I tried to...

Eccentric Specific Training

There needs to be a greater emphasis in training placed on improving eccentric strength. The question is, how best can one achieve eccentric strength gains? The prime directive in this case, is the rule of specificity. I've found the best way to improve eccentric...

Fast Bowlers TRIPHASIC skill stability paradigm.

My skill stability paradigm continues to help many coaches of various sports around the world to make technical changes in their athletes. I've explained the science of it before and it works and will continue to work when the stages of learning and adaptation are...

What I first look at on a Fast Bowler

When I observe a fast bowler for the first time it's always eyes down for me! The main node I look at is BFC and these 3 aspects- 1. What angle does the foot contact at? 2. Is the heel touching? 3. What's the angle at the knee joint? This will determine everything....

Don’t spend too long on the squat

Following on from this morning's post and to reiterate I only get bowlers to squat for 1 phase.   That's it.   It's not specific and doesn't directly transfer to bowling fast.   Let's stop with an over-reliance on it.   In simple terms, get in and...

The skill stability paradigm

The skill stability paradigm I believe is a game changer for technical coaching in fast bowling.   Doing 1000's reps like walk throughs simply don't work, your brain gets bored of it.   The RAS reticular activating system simply won't be stimulated and all...

Fast bowlers: Born or built?

Let me answer it simply first before delving deeper into it.   Genuine pace [90mph+] is in your DNA and gives you the PACE FLOOR.   Some bowlers start at a higher level than others and clearly will have the ability to go higher.   So, the higher the...

Utilising back foot contact

No 2 bowlers will land on the back foot the same.   The quality of the contact can have a massive impact on the quality of the full ‘Kino-sequence’ of fast bowling.   Based on bowling type Ground contact times of 0.112 on BFC for a hip DOMINANT bowler and...

Changing the fast bowlers kinematic sequence

Studying the bowling KINO SEQUENCE using Xsens suit provides information that cannot be identified with the naked eye.   Firstly it's clear on the improvement in FFC One year apart.   Notice how this bowler has now developed a FLEX and EXTEND pattern with...

Why we need blurred lines

Don’t worry big fella, I’m not gonna start singing   Blurred lines is how we need to start seeing the overall aspects of training   Here is what I mean   At the moment pretty much every different type of training is done in isolation   Lets take...

Will it help my bowling?

Had this question in last week   And it was a curious one as he is almost on the right course   But sometimes its hard to unlearn things   Here is what we got asked   ============================================================   Hi ross   I’m...

What Boxing has right

It was a big weekend of boxing just gone   And I’m a big fan of it   Even got myself up at 430 Sunday morning to watch the Wilder Fury fight (my thoughts are that AJ would beat them both and so a re match keeps them both unbeaten for a bit longer)  ...

Do schools need Strength coaches?

I saw something on twitter the other day   It was someone saying that there needed to be a lot more strength and conditioning coaches in schools to help kids   And a few years ago big fella I would have agreed with this   We have spoke a lot about how...

Whats the point of Movement screening?

You probably know that we do FMS (functional movement testing) with our players   Its one of the tools we use to assess where they are physically   We feel its important to test the fundamentals as well as capacity   For so long most of the importance...

Lessons from a burst tyre

I went back to Dorset at the weekend to see my family   Its only 2 and a hours away, but I don’t manage to get down there that much so its always nice to see them   But im not a big fan of driving big fella   And when I do the only option in my head is...

How many times can you put on a plaster?

At work the other day we had a couple of the lads little ones in at lunchtime   There is a great family feel to our club and its great to have the kids in   And they were flying about   Then, as toddlers do, one of them took a dive and grazed his knee...

Approach speed and bowling

Based on Pacelab data your bowling approach constitutes between 15-20% of your bowling velocity.   How many coaches or bowlers know how to improve efficiency, running speed and develop quality running mechanics?   I said last week in a post, based on data...

Is this a pointless message

Social media is a fantastic tool   There are so many great trainers out there that you have a wealth of information at your finger tips   Unfortunately the key is to decipher the messages out there   Will they help, hinder or are they just pointless?...

What you are missing

Episode 6 of Cricket Strength TV   We talk about what rotatory athletes like cricketers are missing in their training   And why it can be so impactful on performance and injury prevention   Have a watch here   And if you need more help join us in...

Morning bowlers session

Morning session with two young quicks.   Med ball rotational and extension throws as potentiation.   Have a watch here https://www.instagram.com/p/BqebqSsB0or/   Note- Olympic lifts don't provide the sequence that's specific to bowling , triple rotation...

Should I be resting?

Had this question in last week   Since the new website was launched it seems it’s a lot easier for you to get them in which is great   We want to be helping as much as possible   Anyway this one was from Gareth who wanted to know about his off season...

What the Dr said

A few years ago we were heading into a new season with one of my clubs   We’d completed the winter, and it was pretty long and tough   There was a player who had been suffering with quite a few injuries, which was a shame because he was a gun   Could...

Are Olympic Lifts pointless for fast bowlers?

This data was collected from a professional team in the summer using real track systems WIMU. (look here https://www.instagram.com/p/BqXHA9shr4F/)   The gyro was placed on the shoulder blades and measured trunk flexion/extension, rotation and lateral flexion....

Playing in the sand

Last week we had the opportunity to go down and use the indoor facility at Worcester Warriors rugby club   And my friend it is an awesome place   It has pretty much everything you could want to help your players   Cryo chamber, hyobaric chamber, alter g...

How we use FMS as a tool with our players

Cricket Strength TV episode 5   We look at how we use the FMS system with our players to help guide how we can safely add strength and power   It’s a pretty simple process that seems to get misunderstood   Take a look here And if you need help then the...

The load the back needs

Back in September you will remember that we had our first Fast Bowlers profiling day for our guys at Worcester   We had 3 separate sets of people all come to us to do their own separate testing on our boys   We had Steff with his pacelab team to get bowling...

Hip internal rotation for fast bowlers

We talk a lot about the importance of hip internal rotation for bowlers   And here is a small article from the epic guys at cressey performance to back it up, they have the same issues for their baseballers   Have a read  ...

This will test you

I had a massive honour last week   I’d been asked a year ago one of my best mates, Gaz Andrew, to be best man   Having never done it before there was a certain amount of trepidation   The best mans speech can literally make or break a wedding   And...

Common mistakes in the split squat

Episode 3 of cricket strength TV   And we answered a question about the split squat (or Bulgarian)   A great exercise for fast bowlers which if done wrong can lead to trouble   Have a look here If you need more help then the inner circle is always here...

3 ways to help BFC for the fast bowler

I introduced a new concept this year for bowling technique.   Identifying whether a bowler is hip or knee dominant.   On identifying it would then need the coach and bowler to determine the direction they wish to take.   Why?   One of the main...

This coach was a disgrace

Last weekend I went down to London to watch my little nephew Harrys’ football game   He is only 7 and it’s been his first year of playing and he’s been loving it   Playing up front he’s been blitzing teams with his pace and finishing ability, scoring loads...

Progressing and regressing exercises

We are trying to post more and more videos on our Instagram page for you   Keep showing you inside on what we are doing with the professionals   One posted last week was the Adductor side plank with band rows   Have a look...

Crazy advice for a fast bowler

Had a question come in on Instagram last week   And it drove me a bit wild big fella   Not because of the question, it was the advice he was given   And the trouble is that this advice is probably dished out to so many young fast bowlers, and people in...

Cricket Strength TV episode 3- Devils in the detail

All the programs we give out we put links so you can see exactly how the exercise should be performed   However a lot of times what we see the player do and what they should be doing are 2 completely different things   The devil is always in the detail with...

Is the Watt Bike helping Fast bowlers?

This is something that I started to see more and more of last off season   Cricketers doing their anaerobic and aerobic work on the Watt Bike   Now if you haven’t seen the Watt Bike in action it is a good bit of kit, and can be used to get some great data...

The prowler and fast bowler training

The prowler   2 words that can make even the toughest bloke go weak at he knees   That horrible bit of kit that can sap your soul   I remember back in 2008 when I first started to use it   In fact it wasn’t even a proper prowler   It was one...

When should I start running?

Questions are coming in thick and fast at the moment   They always seem to at this time of year   Which is great as it means you’re taking your winter prep seriously   And that equates to a better season for you next year   This weeks questions is...

The 2 stages of Rate of Force Development

Rate of force development (RFD) can be broken down into two stages.   There is an early stage RFD and a late stage rate of force development.   Early stage RFD is typically measured from 0-100ms while late stage RFD is anything after   I would actually...

3 steps to ACL and Ankle Rehab

Our latest video Q&A   We got asked about some great ways to rehab from an ACL injury   So in the Inner Circle we did a whole plan   Remember every Monday there is new content in there, either an exclusive interview, new program, in depth training...

It didnt make sense

I did a chat yesterday for a couple of group of college kids   There are doing a diploma in sport, so the lady in charge had asked me if I would come in and do a talk about how I got into it, the courses I had done and advice for them   So I though yea I’ll...

Why fast bowlers shouldn’t use Olympic bar for pressing

Slightly different question time today   We have answered it in a video instead   Take a look now here   And remember has every if you need more help head over to us in the inner circler   We can give you everything you need to bowl fast, get...

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