After going to visit Cressey Performance in Hudson, MA, I validated a lot of what we do in our gym at Peak. For those of you who don’t know, Eric Cressey is one of the leaders in athletic performance and, specifically, baseball player and pitcher development.
Here are a couple of similarities between the two facilities.
- They offer 5-1 (athlete to trainer), individualized programming, strength and conditioning.
- They don’t have a ton of varied equipment, or bells or whistles, but a lot of functional stuff, like barbells, squat racks, trap bars, cables, bands, etc.
- They assess their athletes thoroughly before prescribing exercises.
- They pride themselves in bulletproofing people against injuries (shoulders especially)
While touring the facility, we watched 3 athletes getting assessments done on their shoulders. They moved through all ranges of motion, and seemed particularly focused on internal, and external rotation. Overhead athletes, like baseball and volleyball players have to have strong shoulders, with a focus on the specific movements of the rotator cuff muscles through rotation.