WHAT THE ATHLETES ARE SAYING...
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Before starting with Tread, I knew that in order to achieve my goals as a baseball player, I would need to change the way I trained. I didn't have a lot of experience or knowledge about weight training or proper nutrition. Ben and Coan did a great job of putting together a program that would set me up for success, all I had to do was put in the work. They've don'e everything in their power to help in my development as a player and the results have been amazing. I've gone from 225 lbs to 195, and I've gone from sitting 85-87 to sitting 90-92 and touching 94.
Jake dropped 25-30 lbs and went from 85-87 to 90-92 touching 94.
While I lifted heavy and had gotten strong, I never really knew what I was doing pertaining to baseball specific training. Ben helped me with my nutrition to lose fat, and with my mobility to help me get into more efficient positions in my delivery. I went from 83-85 to 87-90 mph. If you're willing to put in the work, Tread will help you get there.
Call celebrating his first 90 mph, then squatting 425 lbs for reps.
My relationship with Ben has been very influential for me. As a tall gangly catcher converted to pitcher on my way into college, I desperately needed a comprehensive system that would help me address my many weaknesses. In the fall of 2015, I started at 6'5" 215lbs with all sorts of movement deficiencies, but pulling down 98 and hitting 90 on the mound. A year later, I was 245 lbs, pulling down 103 mph, hitting 95 from my delivery and my strength numbers through the roof [see video below].
Ultimately, elbow issues dating back to before ever meeting Ben led me to end my training. Ben helped give me a fighting chance, despite my nagging issues.
Now, as a coach, Ben’s system of integrating all the facets of player development sticks with me as I turn around to try to help other athletes find their way. The internet is littered with guys out there who seem to have all the quick answers and shortcuts to throwing hard. Ben has spent more years trying to figure this whole thing out than anyone I’ve ever come across, so he knows better than anyone how detailed and foundational this training process has to be. If anyone out there wants to talk to Ben’s clients, pick me. I’d love to take the time to help anyone out there thinking about investing in their training process.
Connor squatting mid 400's for reps and punching mid 90's.
[Connor, a former college RHP, recently accepted a position as Pitching Coach at Northern Iowa Area Community College. He still holds Tread's college pulldown and squat records.]
Tread Athletics has helped broaden my knowledge of strength-based, metric driven training. Their regimen demands athletes to be accountable and disciplined with each and every step of their personal training. Adding their repertoire to a motivated player will produce results at any level.
Footage of Mike carving up Big East hitters.
Training with Tread was one of the best decisions I've made in my baseball career. These guys really show they care about your development and give you all the tools necessary in maximizing your potential.
Alex pulling a 500 pound deadlift.
Tread Athletics helped me learn so much. For a long time I knew what I wanted to achieve but I had no real sense of direction. These past 6 months I learned how to optimally train my body for my most efficient self. I also learned how to handle my dips in numbers week to week and instead of just getting upset and down on myself I learned to take a step back and re-evaluate the week leading up to those low testing days. Ben was also there every step of the way, he helped me adjust my program week to week based on the results I was seeing. One thing he did that gets really overlooked was he allowed me to make my own tweaks based on what I liked and felt helped me. If I wanted an extra long toss day I was able to do that or if I felt I needed more rest I was encouraged to do so. Overall, I can't wait to start again with another 6 months. I really hope to continue my career and I think Ben offers me the best opportunity at that.
Spending the summer training with Tread Athletics was one of the best decisions I've made. After coming off an injury before my senior year in high school, I found that my arm strength still wasn't where I wanted it to be after my freshman year in college. Ben and the rest of the guys at Tread helped me re-develop my arm strength to the point where I feel like I can compete again. Ben's programs were extremely comprehensive, and provided a sense of direction as I progressed through the summer. He also made himself available to me whenever there were any questions or concerns. I would highly recommend Ben and the guys at Tread to dedicated athletes at all levels.
[Michael was down to 76-77 mph following an injury the year prior. Over 4 months, he dropped 15 lbs, improved all strength markers and finished at a steady 80-83 mph in bullpens]
I began working with the guys at Tread about two years ago. During that spring, my velocity was consistently 5-7 mph slower than what I was used to. My coaches weren't providing me with the help that I felt I needed, so I turned to Ben and the Tread team. When the season ended and I began my training full-time, I gained 20 pounds and my velocity climbed back up into the 90's after 3-4 months of hard work and expert programming. If you're looking for a customized remote training program and elite mentorship at an affordable price, then look no further than Tread Athletics.
[Chance, a former college RHP, recently began a pitching podcast called Art of Pitching, which he now runs full time. Check out Tread's episode here.]
Tread Athletics is for those athletes who really want to focus on the next level; whatever that may be. They are going to work with you to detail a month to month plan to reach your goals. It is vital that you follow the nutritional plan as well as the workouts and throwing program because they work together to build your strength. While it may look like I only gained 4 mph, I went from sitting 86-88 fading to 84-86 to sitting 89-92 and maintaining that velocity. I am confident that dedicating myself to the process is what got me into the top 200 in the draft. Don't get caught up in the numbers - put in the work daily and the results will follow. Ben and his team are very accommodating to your needs and abilities. If you're looking for a quick easy fix, then this isn't the program for you. I would say to any high school kid, I just wish I would have started earlier.
[Nick went from 235 to 220 lbs over a year, and from topping 90 to 94 mph. He was drafted in the 7th round of the 2017 draft, and finished his first year of pro ball with a 1.31 ERA over 48 innings, logging 62ks to just 8 walks].
Nick was drafted in the 7th rd after dropping 15 lbs and adding 4 mph to his fastball.
My body composition was not ideal in the beginning, so the guys at Tread had me lose 10 lbs at first, dropping down to 190 lbs and then work my back up to a stronger 202 lbs to start the 2017 season. My velocity went from 88-89 mph touching 90 to now sitting 90-92 mph. This bump in velocity helped me get drafted in the 28th round by the Pittsburgh Pirates. Tread Athletics has given me the tools and knowledge to help get my velocity up and help me continue my baseball career. These guys are always open to answer any type of questions I have and their phones/emails are always open. Trying to gain velocity when you are at a higher velocity range is extremely hard and frustrating, but Tread was always there for me and helped me get to where I am today.
Their lifting programs are awesome because you can see that they take their time to research and do a trial and error to see if it works, before they give it to you in your program. Plus, they tailor and create a personalized program for you, which in my eyes, shows how much they care about their clients. Tread Athletics has gotten me to places and experiences with my baseball career that I could only dream of as a little kid growing up to hoping to one day play the game that I love professionally. Tread was life changing for me.
[Matt, 22, was the first player ever drafted out of his school, logging a 1.80 ERA in his first pro season, with 37ks in 30 innings.].
Ben slotted in as a trainer for us in the 2014-15 offseason and furthered our mission by addressing glaring holes that we had and stepped in with solutions of his own. He took the lead on training our athletes and it paid off for many of our guys. I cannot recommend Ben's work enough. His meticulous attention to detail was reflected in his own history of training, going from a scrawny high school pitcher to ultimately drafted by the Chicago White Sox, putting up impressive statistics in his first year of pro ball. Ben's guidance is a huge asset that any athlete should seek out in any form. It is my great pleasure to recommend Ben as one of the sharpest strength trainers we've ever had at Driveline Baseball, and the bar for praise at my facility is set rather high.
[Ben was the head trainer at Driveline in the winter of 2014-15, prior to launching TreadAthletics]
In a field of old-school, hard headed, do this because we've always done it this way, Ben sticks out like a sore thumb. His rare perspective as an athlete progressing towards the MLB and a strength coach building athletes gives a grounded blend of metric-driven training with practical player driven application. Ben's on a short list of coaches that constantly have my ear.
My son, Jack, who started the program just before his 15th birthday, gained 27 lbs in 24 weeks and went from 76-77 to 85-87 mph. At 17, he is now up to 95 mph (see below), weighs 205 lbs and committed to pitch at his dream school, Georgia Tech. Ben's training and nutritional insight has set Jack up for a lifetime of taking training and eating seriously - he now understands the work he needs to put in to improve.
Rob discusses Jack's progress - from 76 to 95 mph over 3 years. See the full write-up.
Jack touching 95 mph in the fall of 2017 at 17 years old.