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Zach Dechant

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E21: Zach Dechant - Baseball Sport-Specific Training

Student-Athlete Preparation Podcast

PODCAST TOPICSDevelopment of philosophy over Coach Dechant's CareerThe TCU Developmental ModelUnilateral Pelvic Control StrategiesCombining Skill with Physical DevelopmentCoach Dechant's Media:Instagram/Twitter: @zachdechantBook: Movement Over MaxesCourse: 3D Movement Prep CourseCody's Media:Twitter/Instagram: @clh_strengthWebsite: www.clhstrength.comShop Products/Services: gumroad.com/clhstrengthYouTube: Cody HughesSimplifaster Sports Technology & Education Company aimed to furthering the field of sports performance.


1 Oct 2021

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Zach Dechant " Movement Matters, Building athletes through thoughtful Speed and Power Development"

From the Ground Up Athletic Performance Podcast

On Episode 20 I sit down with The assistant director of Strength and Conditioning at TCU baseball Zach Dechant. I was really excited to get someone on from a baseball background to hear some of their rationale behind building effective players and in my opinion Zach is one of the best. Zach has a great book out titled "movement over maxes" and we begin our conversation by discussing why he prizes movement over maximum intensity firstly. Zach Highlights how plyometrics or jumping is a quality that should be prized by all athletic populations. Zach emphasizes that he trains baseball players to be athletes and he really drives home the dangers of prizing specificity especially early on within development. Zach present a really great rationale  speed, power, and an overall base should be emphasized prior to specificity. Zach has a great program out on warmups and we discuss the role of the warmup, Zach discusses the RAMPS protocol with the S equating to skill. Zach discusses how the warmup can be utilized as an effective method to build skill year around be it coordinative or speed and power related. Baseball trainers can be extremely polarizing with their upper body methods of training so I was keen to get Zach's take on upper body training. As we go through the conversation Zach reiterated the idea that there are no or very few bad exercises, it all depends on the athlete. Zach discusses how he utilizes Screening to effectively cater athletic development on an individual basis. We discuss isometrics and how they can facilitate highly prized athletic qualities and allow positional awareness as well as rapid relaxation in their oscillatory form. Baseball is an extremely rotational dependent sport, so naturally we discuss rotational work and med ball throws with Zach and he discusses how he has moved towards stability training rather then rotational work and he presents a really good reasoning for that shift. We end our conversation by discussing how Zach develops speed and the necessary energy systems for the sport of baseball. Zach starts out by present a great fact, baseball is almost completely alactic; therefore, speed is the game. Zach stated " he wants his athletes to be fast, powerful, and explosive with everything that they do, there is rest between every play." Zach states that speed is the highest on their priority list therefore, it is the skill they chase most frequently and firstly in their weekly progression. Based off of GPS data collected by Zach, baseball may involve much more max effort sprinting then one would be led to believe. Zach runs a high/low system, so we discuss what the low days look like and the overall benefits of tempo running and how he specifies tempos to better prepare positional players as they move closer to competition.  Movement over Maxes text https://www.amazon.com/Movement-Over-Maxes-Developing-Performance/dp/173102424X Movement over maxes website including 3 d movement prep https://www.movementovermaxes.com/# Zach Dechant.com https://zachdechant.com/ @ ZachDechant(twitter) https://twitter.com/ZachDechant?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor Instagram https://www.instagram.com/zachdechant/?hl=en Simplifaster Articles https://simplifaster.com/articles/author/zachdechant/


17 Aug 2021

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Ft. TCU Baseball's Sr. Assistant Director of S&C, Zach Dechant

The PUSH Performance Podcast

Today, the crew sits down with Zach Dechant, Sr. Assistant Director of S&C for TCU Baseball, who’s been there for 15 years. We dive into numerous topics breaking down: If you’re not prepping your position players to accelerate and decelerate in multiple positions, the injuries will come. How missing recovery days is affecting your performance.How overtraining weaknesses can hurt you.  Breaking down CNS fatigue for different bodies and how to deal.How there’s not one specific motor ability in the weight room.How the relationship with the strength staff and coaching staff is key for success. Head to pushperformancegym.com for more information about our comprehensive baseball/softball development programs or to learn about our culture.* Instagram: @pushperformco* Twitter: @pushperformco


12 Jul 2021

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Zach Dechant on Movement over Maxes and the Mistake of Chasing Strength

Physical Preparation Podcast – Robertson Training Systems

Zach Dechant grew up in a farming community in Kansas, where the population is 300 people (or less, depending on the day). Their high school didn’t have a weight room, nor a coach who knew anything about strength and conditioning. But Zach knew that if he was going to become a college athlete, he’d need to learn how to become bigger, stronger, and faster. So, with the money he earned from the farm, Zach bought his own weights and started teaching and training himself. Heeding his father’s advice to share his love and passion for athleticism with others, Zach took the path of becoming a strength and conditioning coach. Today, Zach is on his 14th season at Texas Christian University as Senior Assistant Director of Strength & Conditioning. In addition to this role where he oversees the development of the baseball program, Zach also authored Movement Over Maxes, where he details the process of developing foundational movement qualities in athletes. Zach joins me today to discuss how he develops the baseball players at TCU and shares his “Movement Over Maxes” approach. He explains why he focuses on building athletes over their entire career. He reveals his method for measuring and assessing an athlete’s strength and describes the role of velocity-based training in his program. Zach discusses how coaches can help maintain the shoulder and elbow health of athletes and why he uses crawling patterns in his training. He also underscores the importance of cultivating life-long relationships with athletes and shares his advice for younger coaches who want to progress into internships. If your athletes don’t know how to move, you can’t progress or intensify your training in the weight room. – Zach Dechant This week on the Physical Preparation Podcast: Zach’s background, his work at TCU, and what led him to the world of physical preparation His career path and why he had 13 different address in the first three years of his career Why Zach emphasizes movement over strength and the importance of teaching athletes how to move, jump, and land correctly How Zach determines whether athletes are strong enough Ensuring that athletes are prepared for the demands of their sport The benefits of velocity-based training and why he incorporates it in his programs Autoregulation and maintaining strength during the in-season The powerful effect of objective feedback Freshness, feeding the cats, and why coaches need to communicate with their athletes The best tool in the coach’s toolbox Why Zach uses crawling patterns in his training sessions and their benefits on the scapular and serratus regions How to keep the shoulders and elbows of baseball players healthy The 300-yard shuttle and other mistakes people make when they train baseball players Valuing the mentorship role and why Zach decided to leave professional baseball to work in collegiate sports Related Content: Tony Holler on Coaching, Sprinting, and Feeding the Cats Connect with Zach: Zach Dechant Website Book: Movement Over Maxes: Developing the Foundation for Baseball Performance Zach Dechant on LinkedIn Zach Dechant on Instagram Zach Dechant on Facebook Zach Dechant on Twitter Zach Dechant on YouTube IFAST University is BACK! Are You In? Are you ready to take your coaching and training career to the next level? You need to find great mentors to guide you along your journey – to help you find the blind spots in your own training programs and improve your skills as a coach. But… mentorship can be expensive, and unfortunately, it’s not always feasible for some budgets. That’s why Bill Hartman and I developed IFAST University, an online curriculum and mentorship program designed exclusively for fitness trainers, coaches, and rehab professionals. We want to help every trainer and coach in the industry improve their training techniques and write better training programs for their clients. By becoming a member of IFAST University, you’ll receive: Hundreds of hours of members-only exclusive content, Monthly updates and tips to help you improve your skills and programs, Group Q&A sessions to answer your specific questions, and Access to our Facebook group, where you can learn from other dedicated professionals such as yourself This blend of content and Q&A is specifically designed to help make YOU the best fitness trainer you can be. To learn more or to join IFAST University now, visit https://ifastuniversity.com/ Subscribe, Rate & Share! Thanks for tuning into this week’s episode of The Physical Preparation Podcast with Mike Robertson – your one-stop-shop for fitness trainers, coaches, and athletes. If you enjoyed this episode, be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, SoundCloud, Spotify, and Google Podcasts and leave your honest review. I’d also love to connect via Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram or visit our website. And last but not least, please don’t forget to share your favorite episodes with your friends on social media. Thank you! The post Zach Dechant on Movement over Maxes and the Mistake of Chasing Strength appeared first on Robertson Training Systems.


21 May 2021

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248: Throwing the ball around (with Zach Dechant)

HMMR Podcast

Baseball and the throwing events have a lot in common: in both sports you are trying to generate rotational power to move an implement fast. When it comes to training, there a lot of parallels as well. Zach Dechant is the strength coach for one of the top collegiate baseball programs. He joins this week's podcast to discuss how he focuses on specific strength in training, including player profiling, exercise design, and many aspects of medicine ball training. For more information on this topic, read the complete show notes at: http://www.hmmrmedia.com/2021/05/hmmr-podcast-episode-248-throwing-the-ball-around-with-zach-dechant/ » Support the show: join HMMR PLUS to get full access to our coaching resources. More notes: This episode is brought to you by HMMR Plus. The May site theme on HMMR Media is medicine ball training. Stay tuned for more on the topic and become a member for full access to our videos, articles, and podcast archives. You can learn more about Dechant on Instagram (@zachdechant) or Twitter (@zachdechant). We can recommend a few of his instagram posts for more information about some of the topics we covered in this episode, such as: heaves for height, pitching SDEs, rotational variations, reasons for med ball throws, and why med balls are not part of the foundational program. You can find links to his blog articles and products up on his website ZachDechant.com. For more on medicine ball training, we shared Nick Garcia's medicine ball routines in HMMR Classroom Video 5. Vern Gambetta also demonstrates over 75 exercises in his Medicine Ball Training DVD available for members to stream. We also looked at specific training for baseball in Episode 69 with Driveline Baseball founder Kyle Boddy.


17 May 2021

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Zach Dechant

The Tom Broback Podcast

Hello friends, welcome to the show. My name is Tom Broback and my guest today is Zach Dechant. Zach is one of my favorite follows on social media, both for his knowledge of sports performance but also for his humor and ability to relate to a wide variety of people. Zach works at TCU with their baseball team and the quarterbacks in their development of strength, speed and power. Zach is the author of a fantastic book, Movement over Maxes, which I highly recommend to any coach or trainer. I hope you enjoy my conversion with him. Zach Dechant Twitter: @ZachDechant Instagram: @ZachDechant Host - Tom Broback IG: @tombroback Twitter: @tombroback Asthma Course 30 Day Recovery Challenge 30 Day Breathing Challenge


13 May 2021

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Episode 29: TCU’s Zach Dechant

AC Performance Podcast

On today’s episode I am joined by the first two time guest Zach Dechant. Zach is the Baseball Strength and Conditioning Coach at TCU.


14 Mar 2021

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Episode #139 Programming: Individualization, Specification, Planning and Timing to Build Better Athletes with Zach Dechant

Muscles and Management

*SHOW TIMESTAMPS FEATURED AT THE END*In this episode Gerry welcomes Zach Dechant back on the show! After an amazing first episode last year, Zach returns to talk everything regarding programming.To start, Gerry and Zach talk about some benefits of lower sprint volume for athletes and preserving the nervous system throughout a training week, while also maintaining a balance of still providing stimulus.From there, the conversation turns to individualization and changing loading vs. variations, programming for youth athletes and the real meaning of sport specificity.For athletes and coaches alike, this is a must listen to understand the intricacies of program development to best serve athletic development.Episode Timestamps4:00 - What Is New with Zach5:35 - Less Is More12:30 - Holistic Approach20:30 - Changing the Mindset of Coaches and Organizations26:50 - Rotation34:00 - Old Logic - Poles44:25 - Loads for Different Athletes49:30 - Youth Programing57:33 - Preparing Athletes for Their Sport & Misconceptions1:09:00 - Closing ThoughtsSupport the show (http://www.challengerstrength.com)

1hr 11mins

10 Feb 2021

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Zach Dechant BS, CSCS, SCCC, USAW - Managing Workload, Improving Throwing Mechanics, and Quarterback Throwing Programming

In the Name of Overhead Athletics

Zach Dechant - Managing Workload, Improving Throwing Mechanics, and Quarterback Throwing Programming  Zach Dechant BS, CSCS, SCCC, USAW is a senior strength and conditioning coach at Texas Christian University (TCU). Zach, as the author of Movement Over Maxes, is one of the rising minds in training of the throwing athlete. He works with baseball players and quarterbacks at TCU. In this episode we will talk about managing workload over the course of the season and calendar year as well as improving throwing mechanics through increasing athleticism. Additionally we dive into patterning with plyocare balls for quarterbacks. Utilizing plyoballs in training for quarterbacks is a novel approach that we can gain a lot from. 


19 Oct 2020

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Episode 28 - The 5 Movement Patters Your Athlete MUST Master w/ Zach Dechant of TCU Baseball

Strong Mind Sports with Clint McGill

In this episode we have the great Zach Dechant joining us from TCU Baseball.  Zach is the head strength and conditioning coordinator for the baseball team (also works with QB's) and today he shares GOLD on what our young athletes are missing out on in today's training. Zach shares some secrets from his book, Movement Over Maxes, like the top 5 Movement patterns an athlete must master (and rarely does) before they start lifting weights at 14/15+ years old - why how-to-jump-properly is NEVER taught and is such a valuable tool and what is the #1 biggest predictor of youth UCL (elbow) injury (you'll want to hear this!) Find more info from Zach at https://www.zachdechant.com/, and be sure to follow him on Instagram at @zachdechant (pronounced "Day-kint") Enjoy, and be sure to check out our free video on The 3 Most Common Swing Flaws That Youth Hitters Must Avoid (with MLB hitting coach Mike Brumley!)


17 Sep 2020