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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

Planning your off season

It’s the time of year when questions start to fly in thick and fast   The smart ones know that this is the crucial period for planning your off season, and how you are going to get better for next year   Macca is one of these people and he sent us in this...

Should I be swimming?

Had this question in last week from Tommy   And surprisingly its not something that we have been asked too often   Which is a worry as the answer might well surprise you and have some implications for your body   Here is what was asked  ...

Training the female fast bowler

Will a female bowler ever bowl over 80mph?   If we continue to try and copy how male counterparts bowl then no.   However, I believe if we begin coaching young female bowlers to all bowl front on, yes, I think they can.   Note Goldie Sayers BFC here...

5 ways to help training through a growth spurt

We get a lot of questions about training for young players   It’s an area with a lot of grey around it   No one has really got to the bottom of what is best   But I was at a seminar last week with Dr Rhodri Lloyd, who has been doing great stuff with...

I got poked

A strange thing happened on facebook the other day   Someone poked me!   Took me a bit by surprise let me tell you   I didn’t even know that it was a thing you could do anymore!   It got me thinking about how it used to be pretty common place...

Structuring your warm up pre net

Had a great question in last week from one of our guys in the Inner Circle   He is doing great things with young bowlers in the Derby area with a bowling academy, and he is always keen to learn and help   This is what he asked us  ...

How do we profile fast bowlers?

On the 9th of September the fast bowlers at WCCC took part in their first pace profiling day   The idea was to get as much information as possible on the players in order to try and maximise the technical and physical work that will be laid out for them in the...

How can we get better

This is a question we are always asking ourselves   And hopefully you are too   We have done a couple years of the Online 1 to 1 programs and it has brought some outstanding results   But we want to make it better   The 2 ways we do this   1-...

It really works..

Super proud of our man in Australia Luke this year   The big fella has done both the Online 1 to 1 program, and also is a valued member of the Inner Circle   And the gains he has made over the last year have been phenomenal   It just goes to prove again...

What you need

Had a great question come in last week from Jay   He has finished his season, done well and wants to kick on next year   Hopefully like you as well big fella   This is what he asked   ============================================================...

How’s your winter looking

The season is winding down now   The leaves are brown, the sky is grey   Another summer gone   Now you should be having a think about how the season has gone for you   Did you get as many wickets as you wanted?   Did you remain injury free?...

Finding the solution

Don’t you just love it when someone comes out with a solution to a problem that’s been bugging you for a long time   Not the major big problems but one of those niggle ones   For me its been about supplements, and getting the powder into a normal bottle...

Grab the low hanging fruit

This is one of the great phrases I’ve heard a lot from some of the very top trainers out there   “Go for the low hanging fruit first”   And when you get your head around it its gold dust   One of the most important things we need to do as coaches is...

You don’t have to bat a thousand

I don’t know if you’re into baseball at all but there are a lot of massively useful cross overs between the 2 sports   Steff has researched it pretty thoroughly and has come up with some many great drills that they do and adapted them to fast bowling training...

The dumbass V the machine

Now I like to think I know my way around the body   Give me someone who is a bit broken and id back myself to get them back on the park   And have the ability to not only stay on the park but also to improve   But im not ashamed to admit that away from...

Keep moving forward

When trying to get to a goal the line between now and the end point is never a straight one   No matter how much we want it to be   Had an email from Will last week who did some of our programs last year and wanted to update us   This is what he said...

Out of context

Social media can be a great tool   Instagram and twitter can contain some absolutely fantastic resources which when use well can help learning   Obviously you don’t just want to see an exercise or drill and just start doing it   You want to know the ins...

Dealing with cartilage

Had great questions in from lukeys this week   The big fella has been having trouble with his knee   This is what he asked   ===================================================================   Hi mate   I hope you are well, and I hope you can...

“It doesn’t predict injury”

There is one common theme some people talk about when movement screening is mentioned   And my friend it’s a pretty frustrating one   As they miss the point completely   When you talk about a screening such as the Functional Movement Screening (FMS) you...

Dealing with keyboard trainers

One of the key things I’ve wanted cricket strength to do is each article or video to be seen by you and know that what we say is easily digestible   Bring you tried and tested methods and exercises that we have used in the professional game that just might be the...

Back pain stopping you play

Lots of questions flowing in at the moment which is awesome   We are here to help you as much as we possibly can   One of the biggest areas we get asked about is the back   Back pain is just so common place now it’s ridiculous   Here is what Adam...

Sorting out your knee pain

Had a question come in on facebook yesterday   It was from Mitchell, and he wanted to know if there was anything in our Inner Circle that could help with his knee pain   This is what he asked  ...

Injury free season

That’s what we all want   You to play all year, injury free, and performing well   And if we get it right the 2 go hand in hand   I hear a lot of things about injury prevention not being enough as the players would lack the ‘strength and robustness to...

Bad Hammy? Check this

Had another happy moment last week   They seem to be coming pretty often at the moment which is awesome   A friend contacted me because she has been having massive hamstring injury issues and had been unable to do any training on it despite have a lot of...

When the magic happens

Had a fantastic message from one of our Inner Circle members last week, Luke in Oz   It was a reminder of exactly why we do what we do   To help and make sure you reach your maximum potential   Not being with a pro team shouldn’t be a barrier to getting...

Do you have to brace?

Bowlers who are tendon driven hip dominant bowlers may never brace their front leg.   Think Starc and Steyn.   They haven't the time to fully extend the contralateral leg forward before it contacts the ground.   This isn't to say it isn't possible but...

Should the knee go over the toe?

There has long been a thing in lower body training that your knee shouldn’t go in front of your toes   When squatting or lunging mainly   I remember when I did my first fitness course back in 1999 it was one of the big safety takeaways to remember when...

The Key exercise for knee dominant bowlers

Knee dominant bowlers- If there is one exercise you choose to do this winter it has to be training internal hip rotation on your back leg.   The inability to PRE TURN on BFC that enables both feet to point forward which is a consequence of hip shoulder seperation...

Using constraints

There is a lot of talk at the moment about using constraints while training and letting the body find a way to get over them   And there seems great value in doing this and adding them to your training   A simple example of this would be if you wanted a...

Gone in the Ab

Question time in today   And this one is from Ethan who has got himself a little injury   These can be nasty little sods as well which can take time to clear up   Here is what he asked   ========================================================...

He’s too fit

This is a phrase that still gets trotted out   And it drives me mad!!   You see a lot of people who havent got a clue about fitness come out with all sorts of rubbish   Commentators can be the worst, spouting all sorts of crap, and they have a big...

Make your exercises specific to fast bowling

The drop and block position underpins 60% of my exercise toolbox.   This is why most of my bowlers achieve this key position.   Watch here https://www.instagram.com/p/Bjb55PwgE5U/?taken-by=steffanjones105   It's about THE SHIN DROP and getting the quad...

The cause of lower back injuries

The main issue & cause of lower back injuries in fast bowlers is poor hip shoulder separation.   This is mainly due to a lack of ability to pre turn from a stiff BFC.   Knee DOMINANT bowlers can also separate as seen here by champion thrower...

Why we need to learn from the concussion protocols

There have been some great strides forward made in cricket over the last few years in terms of looking after players well being   Especially when it comes to being hit on the head and concussion   Following on from sports such as rugby and boxing, where...

Overload for progression

The system craves overload to encourage progression.   There is a place for technical "drills" but as soon as it's mastered move on.   The brain needs stimulating.    "I've walked millions of steps over time but that doesn't make me an expert walker....

Whats on your shopping list?

Had the dreading trip to the supermarket yesterday   And big fella it is one of my least favourite grown up job   Id put it right up there with hanging washing up and doing the dishes   When I go I try and get everything done as quick as possible  ...

What can you bench bro?

Now this is a question I bet 90% of guys can answer   Everyone knows what they bench   It seems to be the standard that guys judge their strength on   And everyone knows that Mondays are officially chest day so everyone gets their bench on   They...

Be a sniper for pain

About 10 years ago I was lucky enough to be in the room when we had Jonny Wilkinsons’ kicking coach, Dave Alred, came and gave us a talk on how he worked with him and the rest of the England Rugby guys   Ive spoke before about how he’d get the kickers to think to...

Behind the scenes

We try to bring you as much as possible what we do in the trenches   So you can see we are not just blowing hot water, that we practice what we preach   And Steff has made this video to show exactly what he does with the players at his school   Take a...

Different sport, same problems

At the end of last week I went to a 2 day certification   It was with a fantastic company called TPI from America, who specialise in golf   Now it may not seem the usual sort of course that I’d go on with it being about golf, but there are a hell of a lot of...

Lessons from the car wash

With the summer being here I decided to take the wagon in for a wash yesterday   Its one of those jobs that’s annoying to do yourself   I always end up with water marks everywhere   So I took it into one of those drive in places which do in in 5 minutes...

Planning a week with extra games

Great question in from one of our Inner Circle today   He’s being smart and looking ahead to the Bank Holiday coming up where he has an extra game going on, and wondering how to plan for it training wise   This is what he asked  ...

Don’t mix up stability and stiffness

Really important one this   Knowing what is stiffness, and what is stability   If we don’t know what is what, then we could be creating a whole world of issues for us with bowling and training   On the face of it you’d think they are the same thing and...

The easy way to injure your back

You might remember a couple of weeks ago I spoke about the importance of getting the inner core working   Or the reactive core   The deep muscles that work to help pretty much all movement   And importantly for fast bowlers, in a world where lumbar...

When the Ice doesn’t work

Question time back today   It’s from Saifali   Turns out the big fella has been getting some pain around the groin area   This is what he’s asked   =============================================================   Hi Ross   I had a quick...

Do you Voodoo?

Last in the mobility tool video series   And this is one I’ve played around with for a while, and if im honest I should be using more often   It the voodoo floss, as pioneered by Kelly Starett   Its basically a heavy compression wrap that you put around...

Trigger Happy

Part 4 of our soft tissue series     And this is another tool from high roller     This one is the trigger point balls   They are a belting but of kit, great for the thoracic but can be changed to get in just about anywhere in the body     Have a look      Those in...

They fight over this

Now this bad boy has become a firm favorite of our bowlers   They are literally fighting over it   It’s the Sphere from Hyperice   Have a look at it here     This really has been a game changer for the lads   For more info come and join...

High rollin’

The next bit of soft tissue work we are bringin you is the high roller   It’s a belting bit of kit   Have a look at it here   For more info come and join us in the Inner Circle   Just hit this link...

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