CRICKET STRENGTH ARTICLES

Off Season testing

So the off season has now started All the fitness tests have pretty much been done, with the results being compiled and evaluated to put in the best plan possible for the player If you have started off how have you planned it? What tests have you done? We look to do...

How should you load your bowling arm

I get a lot of questions about what the bowling arm should do You need to understand the consequences of being hip or knee dominant determines key aspects of the KINEMATIC sequence of fast bowling. The gather is the starting point of the upper body segment and...

Getting over a groin strain

A pretty common injury is the groin strain And it is very much avoidable We had this question in last week Have a read =================================================== Hi Dewsy, Ive recently done a strain to my hip muscle (adductor longus to be exact) from bowling....

Coach of the year

When we launched the inner circle the aim we had was not just help the players but also help educate coaches as well And we have a few belters in the group that are doing great things Which is why its so good when we hear that one of them has been awarded for all...

Difference between hip or knee dom training

I'm getting lots of questions regarding knee or hip dominant bowlers which is awesome. There are a lot of variables. How they learn, their personality profile, their neurotype, the size of their achilles, their physiological profile, bowling drop offs (light or heavy...
Concentrate on the low hanging fruit

Concentrate on the low hanging fruit

We get a lot of messages from people either desperate to put on pace, or those who are suffering from injury My side of things is more helping with rehab, getting into conditioning, and getting players to a stage where they have as few physical limitations as possible...

Why do I use the same exercises whatever the bowling technique

Why do I use the same exercises whatever the bowling technique

Why do I use the same exercises whatever the bowling technique? Lateral frontal plane exercises are essential in my programme design. Every exercise I prescribe has to positively transfer to fast bowling velocity. I don't do anything that won't impact on performance....

Scientist v Clinician

In S&C these days there always seems to be a bit of war that appears to go on between those who write scientific studies and the trainers who work with athletes/players Which is crazy really As we all should be working toward the same thing Making players better I...

Should I go abroad in the winter?

Should I go abroad in the winter?

The opportunity to go away and play abroad during the off season isn’t something that a lot of players get the chance to do I’ve been in professional cricket 20 seasons now and because the bulk of my work is done in the off season then I’ve never had the chance to go...

Gain pace without losing accuracy

Gain pace without losing accuracy

Had this message from one of our Inner Circle guys last week And it really brought it home why we do what we do It showed me that we are making a difference and helping Here is what we got sent ====================================================== Morning Steff and...

How I organise my sessions

How I organise my sessions

Coaches and players ask me everyday how I organise my sessions. I loosely base all my sessions on the Bondarchuk system. Some sessions are perfect examples while others are 90% bondarchuk. Here is an example of the later I did with @craig.brendon today. Have a look...

Are you a Cook or a chef?

I was watching a program about high class chef’s the other day Not the usual thing that id do in my spare time but it was actually pretty interesting Id never paid too much attention to them in the past, apart from watching some of Gordon Ramsays’ shows seeing him go...

Are you fit for purpose

I remember when I first started out in cricket there was a lot of talk about some players being too fit and that made them injured It never really made sense to me that How can you be too fit What they should have been talking about is that they aren’t fit for purpose...

Why I take the speed gun everywhere

Why I take the speed gun everywhere

Why do I carry my speed gun around with me everywhere? Bowling velocity is the only true transferable indicator of CNS fatigue, efficiency and effectiveness. How do you know if you're peaking, compensating or fatigued without testing bowling velo. How do you measure...

What are you tracking?

What are you tracking?

How do you know that you are improving? This can be a pretty uncomfortable conversation Because when you start getting into accountability people start to shy away It can show you exactly where you are lacking So it is a lot easier just to keep going, not measure...

Do you take the danger route?

There was a warning online today amid all the rain water falling in the UK at the moment Well it is cricket season after all It was about the dangers of driving your car through flood water And my friend I had first hand experience of this a few years ago There are a...

8 Reasons you’re not bowling faster

8 Reasons you’re not bowling faster

Trained all winter but still not feeling you’ve put on any pace? Make sure you’re not making one of these common mistakes (in no particular order) 1) Lack of motor control A big reason for not putting on pace If the body isn’t moving how it should then its very hard...

Back to bowling after injury

Back to bowling after injury

Getting back to bowling fit after injury can be a tricky thing Do you know when you can start turning your arm over again Or when you can start ramping the intensity up? Its not easy We had a question about this in last week...

Do you have to live here?

Do you have to live here?

After seeing some of the awesome transformations of the guys who have done our 1-1 online program we had this question in ======================================================= G’day Dewsy Mate its our off season here and after a bad year with the ball I know I need...

Should body comp matter for bowlers?

There are always big upsets in sports And last weekend was no exception Not just Klopp getting rid of his Final jinx 😉 Anthony Joshua lost to Andy Ruiz, who pretty much took him apart Before the fight it was almost like he wasn’t taken seriously at all Mostly for...

Does posture play a part in your action?

Does posture play a part in your action?

One of the big messages we try to get across is to get your body right before worrying about your action For me its where a lot go wrong when wanting to change something, and can lead to a hell of a lot of stress and frustrations From both players and coaches One of...

Avoiding your own Chernobyl !

I don’t know if you have caught the latest show on Sky at the moment, Chernobyl Its about the terrible disaster there at the nuclear power plant back in 1986 Im old enough to actually remember it, and how scary some of the news about it really was at the time And...

An Idiot Abroad

Im a big fan of this show, and during a slow bank holiday Sunday I was watching it again If you haven’t seen it its where Karl Pilkington visits a load of different countries to experience their culture and traditions And he is a proper fish out of water The one I...

Blood flow restriction for fast bowlers

Blood flow restriction for fast bowlers

There are 2 principles that need to be understood regarding muscle fibre recruitment that impact on fast bowling: All or none law Size principle Motor units obey the “all or none” law. That is, if the nervous stimulation is sufficient to cause the fibers within a...

Are you bowling faster?

Are you bowling faster?

The season is underway now You are probably 3 or 4 weeks into it So here is the question Are you bowling faster than last year? Are people at the club you play at telling you how much they think you have improved It’s a great feeling that One of the best But if not,...

The 3 sports to get kids involved in early

Cricket is a funny beast It seems a lot more kids want to specialise in it early and leave a lot of other sports behind Maybe because the nature of the game is just so different to the others like rugby and football then people might think other sports could hinder it...

What should kids do in the summer holiday?

With the summer holidays just around the corner already there will be a lot of time off for the kids But what best to do with it? That’s a question that was put to us last week Let’s have a look at it ============================================================ Hi...

Is it better to be bigger or mobile?

Is it better to be bigger or mobile?

Question time again big fella And an interesting one which we received via email last week I can’t remember it being asked before either which is pretty rare This is what we got asked ============================================================= Sir if a man is...

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

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

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

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?

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...

Get stiff quick

Get stiff quick

The ability to get stiff is key to the fast bowler (mind out of the gutter big fella!) The role of the back foot when bowling is massive On landing that achillies needs to stiffen up and allow you to transfer power, not lose it Steff has talked about it so much in the...

Did you try it?

Did you try it?

Last week both Steff and myself spoke about the importance of looking after your feet Steff comes at it from a performance and bowling standpoint, and I come at it from a physical and injury side But like so much we always end up at a pretty similar point Take bowling...

Approach speed

Approach speed

Approach speed is everything. It's the easiest way to add velocity to your bowling. Key findings based on 1080motion bowling A. Fastest bowlers run in faster relative to their running speed. Run in faster-bowl faster. Simple B. Fastest bowlers have more momentum into...

Why it went wrong

Why it went wrong

You will have seen a lot of posts with pictures or testimonials of some of our Inner Circle Guys or 1-1 online training players showing how they have improved And they are awesome to read But for everyone that has massive success there are those who don’t seem to go...

What should training in season look like?

What should training in season look like?

What should training in season look like? Had a question in last week from on of our Inner Circle guys And now the season is here it’s a pretty apt one Here is what he asked ================================================ Hi Ross, Keep getting asked and rather than...

When just technical work doesnt help

When just technical work doesnt help

Doing the same mundane non stimulating drills without progression will never turn on the 'ON' button. The RAS! This is why a lot of fast bowlers fall out of favour with technical work. The drill isn't the issue, it's the lack of understanding from the coach on how the...

Fast Bowlers Movement Tools

Fast Bowlers Movement Tools

https://youtu.be/h9K_tlq-4PY We have a look at some of the tools we use to aid our players movement Its always a mixture between mobility and stability Have a look and give some a go And if you are ready to work with us the 1-1 plan is in the last week of being £99,...

I Messed it right up

I Messed it right up

I had an absolute beast a couple weeks ago A proper stinker Felt like a prize clown for a couple days Here is what happened Each Monday in the Inner Circle we do some exclusive content for the guys We cycle between an exclusive interview, a presentation on a part of...

Who We Wont Work With

The things we love most about Cricket Strength is helping people Whether it be back from injury Or helping change their bowling technique Or both, like our man Ben who we spoke about last week (catch his video here on how he came back from not thinking he would play...

Looking after your feet

Looking after your feet

The old trotters take a lot of pounding During a game you can be on them for 6 hours so you better believe you need to be taking care of them From the actual shoes you play in (massive talking point BTW) to the socks you use, there are always ways to help yourself One...

The beauty of fast bowling

The beauty of fast bowling

The beauty of fast bowling is the differences and idiosyncrasies between various fast bowlers. THERES NO ONE SIZE FITS ALL and there is definitely no BEST WAY to bowl. It really depends on each individual and what's right for them. The only "non negotiable" are...

From quitting to playing Counties

From quitting to playing Counties

Tuesday we brought you a story about a lad who thought he might never play again He had a stress fracture and despite working with 3 different physios just couldn’t get over it The poor lad thought his bowling days were number at just 18 Then he joined the online 1-1...

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

There are 5 questions we usually get during a week So thought to make things easy we’d answer them here 1- What is involved in the 1-1 online plan? Basically we do it in 3 stage The first is the movement screen and interventions. We start with this as its the most...

How long will it take?

How long will it take?

We put out a post a couple weeks ago And a video talking about the guys who had been on our online 1-1 plan and had big success changing their action and recovering from injury If you missed it take a look here https://youtu.be/pIrzG6PYrfs We shared it across all the...

He thought he might never bowl again

He thought he might never bowl again

Ever so often we get an email that really brings everything we try to do here home Makes us remember the reasons we started Cricket Strength To help you be the best player you can be Or just help you get back on the park Now we had an email around a year ago from a...

Clear up pain and start bowling again

Clear up pain and start bowling again

There was a good reason for starting Cricket Strength To help you get the best for your body and your bowling We had been getting loads of questions and frustrations from guys playing club cricket who just didn’t have access to professional help And a while ago we got...

Fast bowlers size and training considerations

Fast bowlers size and training considerations

Every fast bowler is different. No bowler will ever have the same action as another. Despite many trying to copy different bowlers who have been successful in their own right, it will never be the same. Remember there is a reason why a bowler has those kinematics. It...

When your legs feel like concrete get this done

When your legs feel like concrete get this done

Last week we talked about the S-RAMP system we use for our pre game warm ups Took you through each segment and what it should looked like Well this week in the Inner Circle we shared the exact movement flow mobility and stability drills we do with our players And it...

Bowlers get off the bike

This is essential for all bowlers. Based on GPS data taken during the current tournament it's so essential that coaches and bowlers realise, they have to run. And like strength, power and speed work it needs to be transferable and specific. Sorry, I'm a "cycling for...

The key to improving your action

The key to improving your action

We have shared a few of the success stories from the guys who have been on our 1 to 1 online training plan And the changes in their action are impressive to say the least There is a common thing that separates the guys who succeed and those who don’t and we talk about...

Strength Training & Fast Bowling

Strength Training & Fast Bowling

Over the last two years I've had a shift of mindset to strength training. Ok let's be clear. Nothing in the weight room will ever replicate the speeds in fast bowling. BFC happens for only 0.10-20sec + flight time to FFC only 0.31-0.70sec with a FFC of 0.30-0.70secs....

Do this pre game

Do this pre game

Warm ups are the bane of a lot of players lives I can count of 1 hand the amount of lads who have actually enjoyed them But to get prepped to play, and reduce the chances of injury they are pretty vital We put the way to prep into a video for our Inner Circle guys,...

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