Texas Rangers Strength & Conditioning

Weeks 1-3 – Foundation Phase I

Foundation Phase I – Week 1

Monday

Movement Warm Up: (Do Each Exercise – 2x 20-30 yards)

  • Light Jogging
  • High Knee Run
  • Butt Kicks
  • Shuffle (R/L)
  • Carioca (R/L)
  • Backward Run

Dynamic Mobility: (Do Each Exercise – 2x 10-20 yards – Add Light Stretching / Foam Rolling)

  • Forward Lunge & Twist
  • Inchworm
  • Backward Lunge & Reach
  • T-Balance / RDL Walk
  • Deep Squat & Shuffle
  • Walking Straight Leg Kick

Lift – Heavy Legs & Light Back: (rest for 1-2 minutes between sets)

Lift Sets Reps Weight / Accomplished
Back Squat 3 12 / 10 / 8
Hanging Inverted Row 2 10  Body Weight / Vest
Walking Lunge 3 10
Lat Pulldown
(Underhand Grip)
2 10
High Step Up 3 10
1-Leg RDL 2 10

Core:

  • Rollouts: 2 x 10
  • Back Extensions: 2 x 10

Conditioning: 40 Yard Sprints

  • 10 x 40 yard sprints – 30 second interval or walk back rest between sprints

Tuesday

Weightroom Warm Up: (KB = Kettle Bell – Add Light Stretching / Foam Rolling)

  • Jump Rope Routine – x100
  • Miniband Hip Series
  • Shoulder Tubing
  • Prone SCAP Holds – Y,T,W,I
  • KB (Goblet) Squat – x10
  • Anti-Rotations – x20

Footwork / Agility Drills:

  • Ladder Drills – Pick 2 Drills for 3-5 Reps Each
  • 3 x Each – 4-Cone Box Drill

Core: (MB = Medicine Ball)

  • Hip Mobility Series: 1 x 20 each
  • MB Wall Series: 1 x 10 each

Lift – Light Upper-Body: (rest for 1-2 minutes between sets)

Lift Sets Reps Weight / Accomplished
Push-Ups 2 15-20 Body Weight / Vest
Dumbell Incline Bench Press 2 10
3-Way Shoulder Raises 2 10 each
Hammer Curls 2 10
Tricep Extensions 2 10
Wrist Pronation / Supination 2 15-20 each
Grip Work 2 15-20 each

Conditioning: Short Intervals

  • 6 x Cut 60’s (30 yards down & back) – 30 second interval

Thursday

Dynamic Mobility Warm-Up: (Do Each Exercise)

  • Wall Drills – 10x Leg Swings, each direction
  • Wall Drills – 10x Hip Circles, each direction
  • T-Balance / RDL (In-Place) – 10x each
  • Track Hurdle – Over / Under Hip Mobility

Movement Mechanics & Light Plyometrics: (Do Each Exercise – 2x 20-30 yards – Add Light Stretching / Foam Rolling)

  • Forward Skipping
  • High Knee Run
  • Carioca (R/L)
  • Plyos – Skips For Height
  • Plyos – Skips For Distance
  • Plyos – Forward Bounding

Lift – Light Legs & Heavy Back: (rest for 1-2 minutes between sets)

Lift Sets Reps Weight / Accomplished
Back Squat 2 10
Bench Row (Bat Wings)** 3 5
Split Squat 2 10
Lat Pulldown (Overhand Grip) 3 10
High Step Up 2 10
Barbell RDL 2 10

** Bat Wings – Hold for 5 seconds each rep

Core:

  • Front & Side Planks: Hold 2 x 30 seconds each
  • Standing MB Series: 1x 10 each

Conditioning: 60 Yard Sprints

  • 8 x 60 yard sprints – 30 second interval or walk back rest between sprints

Friday

Weightroom Warm Up: (KB = Kettle Bell – Add Light Stretching / Foam Rolling)

  • Jump Rope Routine – x100
  • Miniband Hip Series
  • Shoulder Tubing
  • Ball Drops / Body Blade
  • KB (Goblet) Squat – x10
  • Anti-Rotations – x20

Footwork / Agility Drills:

  • Ladder Drills – Pick 2 Drills for 3-5 Reps Each
  • 3 x Each – T-Drill

ABS #1 Core Routine: (Do Each Exercise)

  • Full Sit Ups – x15
  • Sprinters – x15 each
  • Hip Thrusters – x20
  • Bicycle Crunches – x30
  • Alt. Supermans – x20 each
  • Hip Lift / Bridge – x10 each

Lift – Heavy Upper-Body: (rest for 1-2 minutes between sets)

Lift Sets Reps Weight / Accomplished
Dumbell Bench Press 3 12 / 10 / 8
3-Way Shoulder Raises 2 10 each
Zotman Curls 3 10
Tricep Extensions 3 10
Wrist Flexion / Extension 2 15-20 each
Grip Work 2 15-20 each

Conditioning: Long Intervals

  • 6 x Full Poles – Complete in 30-35 seconds, rest for 60 seconds

Foundation Phase I – Week 2

Monday

Movement Warm Up: (Do Each Exercise – 2x 20-30 yards)

  • Light Jogging
  • High Knee Run
  • Butt Kicks
  • Shuffle (R/L)
  • Carioca (R/L)
  • Backward Run

Dynamic Mobility: (Do Each Exercise – 2x 10-20 yards – Add Light Stretching / Foam Rolling)

  • Forward Lunge & Twist
  • Inchworm
  • Backward Lunge & Reach
  • T-Balance / RDL Walk
  • Deep Squat & Shuffle
  • Walking Straight Leg Kick

Lift – Heavy Legs & Light Back: (rest for 1-2 minutes between sets)

Lift Sets Reps Weight / Accomplished
Back Squat 3 12 / 10 / 8
Hanging Inverted Row 2 10 Body Weight / Vest
Walking Lunge 3 10
Lat Pulldown
(Underhand Grip)
2 10
High Step Up 3 10
1-Leg RDL 2 10

Core:

  • Rollouts: 2 x 10
  • Back Extensions: 2 x 10

Conditioning: 40 Yard Sprints

  • 10 x 40 yard sprints – 30 second interval or walk back rest between sprints

Tuesday

Weightroom Warm Up: (KB = Kettle Bell – Add Light Stretching / Foam Rolling)

  • Jump Rope Routine – x100
  • Miniband Hip Series
  • Shoulder Tubing
  • Prone SCAP Holds – Y,T,W,I
  • KB (Goblet) Squat – x10
  • Anti-Rotations – x20

Footwork / Agility Drills:

  • Ladder Drills – Pick 2 Drills for 3-5 Reps Each
  • 3 x Each – 4-Cone Box Drill

Core: (MB = Medicine Ball)

  • Hip Mobility Series: 1 x 15 each
  • MB Wall Series: 1 x 10 each

Lift – Light Upper-Body: (rest for 1-2 minutes between sets)

Lift Sets Reps Weight / Accomplished
Push-Ups 2 15-20 Body Weight / Vest
Dumbell Incline Bench Press 2 10
3-Way Shoulder Raises 2 10 each
Hammer Curls 2 10
Tricep Extensions 2 10
Wrist Pronation / Supination 2 15-20 each
Grip Work 2 15-20 each

Conditioning: Short Intervals

  • 8 x Cut 60’s (30 yards down & back) – 30 second interval

Thursday

Dynamic Mobility Warm-Up: (Do Each Exercise)

  • Wall Drills – 10x Leg Swings, each direction
  • Wall Drills – 10x Hip Circles, each direction
  • T-Balance / RDL (In-Place) – 10x each
  • Track Hurdle – Over / Under Hip Mobility

Movement Mechanics & Light Plyometrics: (Do Each Exercise – 2x 20-30 yards – Add Light Stretching / Foam Rolling)

  • Forward Skipping
  • High Knee Run
  • Carioca (R/L)
  • Plyos – Skips For Height
  • Plyos – Skips For Distance
  • Plyos – Forward Bounding

Lift – Light Legs & Heavy Back: (rest for 1-2 minutes between sets)

Lift Sets Reps Weight / Accomplished
Back Squat 2 10
Bench Row (Bat Wings)** 3 5
Split Squat 2 10
Lat Pulldown
(Overhand Grip)
3 10
High Step Up 2 10
Barbell RDL 2 10

** Bat Wings – Hold for 5 seconds each rep

Core:

  • Front & Side Planks: Hold 2 x 30 seconds each
  • Standing MB Series: 1x 10 each

Conditioning: 60 Yard Sprints

  • 8 x 60 yard sprints – 30 second interval or walk back rest between sprints

Friday

Weightroom Warm Up: (KB = Kettle Bell – Add Light Stretching / Foam Rolling)

  • Jump Rope Routine – x100
  • Miniband Hip Series
  • Shoulder Tubing
  • Ball Drops / Body Blade
  • KB (Goblet) Squat – x10
  • Anti-Rotations – x20

Footwork / Agility Drills:

  • Ladder Drills – Pick 2 Drills for 3-5 Reps Each
  • 3 x Each – T-Drill

ABS #1 Core Routine: (Do Each Exercise)

  • Full Sit Ups – x15
  • Sprinters – x15 each
  • Hip Thrusters – x20
  • Bicycle Crunches – x30
  • Alt. Supermans – x20 each
  • Hip Lift / Bridge – x10 each

Lift – Heavy Upper-Body: (rest for 1-2 minutes between sets)

Lift Sets Reps Weight / Accomplished
Dumbell Bench Press 3 12 / 10 / 8
3-Way Shoulder Raises 2 10 each
Zotman Curls 3 10
Tricep Extensions 3 10
Wrist Flexion / Extension 2 15-20 each
Grip Work 2 15-20 each

Conditioning: Long Intervals

  • 8 x Full Poles – Complete in 30-35 seconds, rest for 60 seconds

Foundation Phase I – Week 3

Monday

Movement Warm Up: (Do Each Exercise – 2x 20-30 yards)

  • Light Jogging
  • High Knee Run
  • Butt Kicks
  • Shuffle (R/L)
  • Carioca (R/L)
  • Backward Run

Dynamic Mobility: (Do Each Exercise – 2x 10-20 yards – Add Light Stretching / Foam Rolling)

  • Forward Lunge & Twist
  • Inchworm
  • Backward Lunge & Reach
  • T-Balance / RDL Walk
  • Deep Squat & Shuffle
  • Walking Straight Leg Kick

Lift – Heavy Legs & Light Back: (rest for 1-2 minutes between sets)

Lift Sets Reps Weight / Accomplished
Back Squat 3 12 / 10 / 8
Hanging Inverted Row 2 10  Body Weight / Vest
Walking Lunge 3 10
Lat Pulldown (Underhand Grip) 2 10
High Step Up 3 10
1-Leg RDL 2 10

Core:

  • Rollouts: 2 x 10
  • Back Extensions: 2 x 10

Conditioning: 40 Yard Sprints

  • 12 x 40 yard sprints – 30 second interval or walk back rest between sprints

Tuesday

Weightroom Warm Up: (KB = Kettle Bell – Add Light Stretching / Foam Rolling)

  • Jump Rope Routine – x100
  • Miniband Hip Series
  • Shoulder Tubing
  • Prone SCAP Holds – Y,T,W,I
  • KB (Goblet) Squat – x10
  • Anti-Rotations – x20

Footwork / Agility Drills:

  • Ladder Drills – Pick 2 Drills for 3-5 Reps Each
  • 3 x Each – 4-Cone Box Drill

Core: (MB = Medicine Ball)

  • Hip Mobility Series: 1 x 15 each
  • MB Wall Series: 1 x 10 each

Lift – Light Upper-Body: (rest for 1-2 minutes between sets)

Lift Sets Reps Weight / Accomplished
Push-Ups 2 15-20 Body Weight / Vest
Dumbell Incline Bench Press 2 10
3-Way Shoulder Raises 2 10 each
Hammer Curls 2 10
Tricep Extensions 2 10
Wrist Pronation / Supination 2 15-20 each
Grip Work 2 15-20 each

Conditioning: Short Intervals

  • 10 x Cut 60’s (30 yards down & back) – 30 second interval

Thursday

Dynamic Mobility Warm-Up: (Do Each Exercise)

  • Wall Drills – 10x Leg Swings, each direction
  • Wall Drills – 10x Hip Circles, each direction
  • T-Balance / RDL (In-Place) – 10x each
  • Track Hurdle – Over / Under Hip Mobility

Movement Mechanics & Light Plyometrics: (Do Each Exercise – 2x 20-30 yards – Add Light Stretching / Foam Rolling)

  • Forward Skipping
  • High Knee Run
  • Carioca (R/L)
  • Plyos – Skips For Height
  • Plyos – Skips For Distance
  • Plyos – Forward Bounding

Lift – Light Legs & Heavy Back: (rest for 1-2 minutes between sets)

Lift Sets Reps Weight / Accomplished
Back Squat 2 10
Bench Row (Bat Wings)** 3 5
Split Squat 2 10
Lat Pulldown (Overhand Grip) 3 10
High Step Up 2 10
Barbell RDL 2 10

** Bat Wings – Hold for 5 seconds each rep

Core:

  • Front & Side Planks: Hold 2 x 30 seconds each
  • Standing MB Series: 1x 10 each

Conditioning: 60 Yard Sprints

  • 10 x 60 yard sprints – 30 second interval or walk back rest between sprints

Friday

Weightroom Warm Up: (KB = Kettle Bell – Add Light Stretching / Foam Rolling)

  • Jump Rope Routine – x100
  • Miniband Hip Series
  • Shoulder Tubing
  • Ball Drops / Body Blade
  • KB (Goblet) Squat – x10
  • Anti-Rotations – x20

Footwork / Agility Drills:

  • Ladder Drills – Pick 2 Drills for 3-5 Reps Each
  • 3 x Each – T-Drill

ABS #1 Core Routine: (Do Each Exercise)

  • Full Sit Ups – x15
  • Sprinters – x15 each
  • Hip Thrusters – x20
  • Bicycle Crunches – x30
  • Alt. Supermans – x20 each
  • Hip Lift / Bridge – x10 each

Lift – Heavy Upper-Body: (rest for 1-2 minutes between sets)

Lift Sets Reps Weight / Accomplished
Dumbell Bench Press 3 12 / 10 / 8
3-Way Shoulder Raises 2 10 each
Zotman Curls 3 10
Tricep Extensions 3 10
Wrist Flexion / Extension 2 15-20 each
Grip Work 2 15-20 each

Conditioning: Long Intervals

  • 10 x Full Poles – Complete in 30-35 seconds, rest for 60 seconds

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