CRICKET STRENGTH ARTICLES

How many overs should I be bowling?

Belting email in from Stu this week With the season coming at us full steam ahead he had some questions about how he should be going about the number of overs he should be getting in This is what he asked ============================================================...

Helping Pre season stiffness

Its that time of the year again When the pain from pre season nets starts to take hold It can be a pretty excruciating period We had this question in the Richie who has been having some issues Take a look ===============================================================...

Whens the best time to plant a tree

Have you heard the old take of when best to plant a tree? There are 2 answers The first is 20 years ago If youd planted a tree 20 years ago then youd be reaping the rewards of it now Whether it be growing fruit, providing shade in the summer or simply to help the...

Coping with a growth spurt for Fast Bowlers

Had this belter of a question in from Sam over in sunny Australia Lets have a read big fella =========================================================== Hi there I'm in Australia and have a 13yo (14 in April) son who just wants to bowl fast. He's always had quite a...

What do you do after you’ve been to the moon

No big fella I’ve not lost the plot Despite being on a juice cleanse (more on that in tomorrows Cricket Strength TV episode) It’s a story I heard the other day Being a bit of a geek when im in the car I like to make the most of my time and stick an audiobook or...

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...

Attacking injuries

Injuries are a pain in the ass   We know that   Nothing derails a season quicker thank picking up a crappy injury   Our mission at Cricket Strength is to minimise injuries as much as possible   Ive said many times that there has got to be a way...

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...

Why don’t you perform any Olympic lifts with your quicks?

"Your mind can do 3 things well,2 things very well and 1 thing only really well.   I want my quicks mind to be concerned with one whole kinetic sequence only and that is fast bowling. Olympic lifts have to be done correctly or else they are really...

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...

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