CRICKET STRENGTH ARTICLES

Training while injured

Now this is something that you can definitely learn from my friend Great question form our main man Joe ====================================================== “Hi Ross Hope you're well. I recently started working on your OCD program as the start of my...

Are you falling into this training trap (and is it costing your game?)

There is a very common theme amongst normal gym goers and those training for a sport Which is they normally do a lot of the things they really enjoy Whether it be technical work or in the gym, they hammer the things which may come easy or that they just like to do...

Are you clear about training for fast bowling?

Over on the Inner Circle we routinely update the content and bring in the latest exercises and drills we are using If we try something and it works then we share and show how to implement into the guys training plan And the interaction we get is fantastic The guys...

When walk throughs don’t cut it

Fast bowling is a motor skill. You must recruit a lot of muscle fibers, make them fire at a fast rate, and make them work together. Then all the muscles involved must continue to work in a coordinated matter. Frequency, not quantity, is the most important factor in...

That can’t be sports specific

An interesting video has come out from the NFL over in America Its of a quarter back doing a pretty different looking warm up And its got a lot of air time over social medial and the sports channels A lot taking the mick and putting it with different music People are...
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,...

Is that safe?

Is that safe?

I think I upset someone last week And I didn’t mean to this time big fella Here is what happened They sent me a video that had been doing the round on twitter It was of a 13 year old female golfer doing an Olympic lift He said to me that id probably totally disagree...

Respect the stages of learning

Respect the stages of learning

The 4 stages of learning are 💥Unconscious incompetence 💥Conscious incompetence 💥Conscious competence 💥Unconscious competence Ultimately to modify technique a bowler will need to go from having no idea what's happening to being skilled without thinking about it. Issues...

Free Bowling Analysis [Special]

Free Bowling Analysis [Special]

Out of all the things we get asked, the type of bowling style is up there with the most common Along with back and shoulder injuries So we have a special offer for the next 3 days If you come and join the inner circle we will do you a free bowling analysis Tell you if...

To insole, or not insole? [ & back rehab tips ]

To insole, or not insole? [ & back rehab tips ]

Had a question about insoles in last night Did you guess?? It was from our man Simon, and this is what he asked ================================================================= Evening Ross, I’m a bowler who’s had multiple stress fractures and currently coming back...

What are you doing at the moment?

What are you doing at the moment?

Had a message from one of the inner circle guys a few weeks ago And it shone a light on a fact that its easy to over look That you might not actually be sure what you should be doing What program you should be following for your body and bowling type Here is what he...

I get it mate, its tough

I get it mate, its tough

Change is not easy I get it It can be scary Its always a lot easier to just keep your head down and go with the flow Don’t stand out, don’t do anything different Fit in with what everyone else is doing Don’t rock the boat, don’t make waves But there is an issue when...

How you can change your action

How you can change your action

You hear a lot of people saying that you cant change your bowling action Well let me tell you big fella you can Its not impossible If you know how to manipulate the body, tap into what it needs to do and the type of bowling action that suits you then its very possible...

How are you helping your team?

How are you helping your team?

I heard a belting story this week about one of the greats of the game and how he acted when back playing for his county Being on pre season tour you get back into the routine of watching the games unfold and numerous stories banded around Normally you’ve heard them...

How many overs should I be bowling?

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

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

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...

The Number 1 question we get asked

The Number 1 question we get asked

This comes from something that no one else is talking about in fast bowling coaching Its Steff’s hip and knee dominant classification for bowlers And it could well turn the whole coaching world in cricket upside down When used properly it should guide the way you...

Plugging the leak

Plugging the leak

I was doing a bit of reading the other day But of a geek for knowledge, want to keep learning all the time It was from a top US S&C in baseball And this guy gets results with the baseball players he works with For me that is exactly the type of guy in the industry...

Old motors and bowling

Bit of a weird headline I grant you But something occurred to me over the weekend My neighbour has an old classic car Think it’s a triumph or something like that All week he keeps it under cover and sat in the garage But each Sunday he’ll fire it up and take it for a...

8 Ways to ease that first net feeling..

8 Ways to ease that first net feeling..

Its that’s time of year Having that first bowl is always tough But the morning… ouch Stairs and sitting down are murder So here are 8 ways to help lessen the pain 1-   Bring the body back down to normal heart rate as quick as possible. For this I use lying...

If you only have 1 hour

If you only have 1 hour

Had a different sort of question in the other week And it made me think a little bit It was from one of our network of coaches over in Dubai Here is what the big fella asked “Hey Dewsy Just a quick one Ive got a session tomorrow with a couple of international bowlers...

Do you start with dessert?

Everyone knows how you eat a 3 course meal Im pretty certain of that Starter first (the clues in the name) Then the main course, your meat and potatoes Lastly the dessert Most peoples favourite just to top the whole meal off Now im 39, and I cant remember ever going...

Should kids do plyometrics

Should kids do plyometrics

I got asked this last week In todays climate probably a perfectly good question Seems that a lot of people fall into 2 camps You’ve got the coffee drinking barbell fixes all lot Or the don’t want to touch in case something goes wrong brigade As always you’ve got to...

Bullet proofing the hamsters

Bullet proofing the hamsters

The hammies are a regular bug bear for fast bowlers And a lot of cricketers I feel sorry for them, they get a bad name for being injured a lot but they have to take the strain when the other parts of the body above and below aren’t working well This is a great drill...

A leading edge

A leading edge

We had the pleasure last week of chatting to Ex Somerset & Derbyshire all rounder Wes Durston Having recently retired he, along with Patrick Latham, has wrote a new book on cricket leadership And it’s a belter We sat down for a chat with him Have a watch here...

Why my bowlers don’t Olympic Lift

Why my bowlers don’t Olympic Lift

Let me first start by saying I Olympic lift. I do it because I enjoy doing them and that's why I train these days. However did they help me bowl faster when I was at my peak, I don't think so. I was always stuck at approximately bodyweight clean and 80% bodyweight...

The danger period in rehab

The danger period in rehab

Rehab is never much fun Apart from the obvious downside that you are missing playing the game you love, the training can be monotonous And for our players it means they spend every day with me (which In turn leads them to need a psych session!) We have back to play...

Cricket Strength TV Episode 12- Starting off

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

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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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....

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