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Firepower: How to be the Next Indian Fast Bowling Sensation

MS Dhoni recently lamented the lack of fast bowlers in India,

"We're going through a stage when we don't have the same firepower when it comes to the bowling department."

That has to hurt if you are an Indian fast bowler.

But it's true at club and school level too, it's not just an issue at the top.

Prevent Injury with Steffan Jones Online Fitness Plan for Fast Bowlers on PitchVision Academy

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Steffan Jones, former professional cricketer and cutting-edge strength coach, has joined the PitchVision Academy coaching panel and his brand new course is available now.

Steff is trainer to a range of cricketers and has developed a tried and tested training programme for fast bowlers that: prevents injury and increases bowling pace. He brings with him a reputation of career-saving results with methods adapted from other sports to bring astounding results. 

The course has never been available online before, but today you can get your hands on it thanks to PitchVision Academy.

It is the result of years of experience and hundreds of players who vary in age from teenagers up until former Test players in their late 30s.

There has never been a more cutting edge fitness training plan available for upcoming fast bowlers outside the professional game.

Exercises to Bowl Faster: Ab Wheel Rollouts

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Ask any Strength Coach about the fitness needs of fast bowlers and they will all quickly start talking about the core.

The term is loose, but it broadly means your "midsection". It is vital for you to be strong and stable in that area if you are looking to bowl fast, prevent injury or both.

And who isn't?

Of course, core training can et complex with a lot of differing theories so it gets confusing quickly.

Do you do crunches or not? Are your hamstrings part of the core? What about this "anti-rotation" buzz word you have heard?

Cricket Show: Series 4, Episode 1

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The 4th season Cricket Show kicks off with a blast into 2013, and it's set to be the best series yet as we head towards our 200th show.

Burners, David Hinchliffe and Mark Garaway talk about the real way to make changes and why resolutions are not the best place to start. But it is a new year and people's minds turn to fitness so we also answer your questions on resistance bands and training late at night.

Remember, you can participate in the show, improve your cricket and win a prize!

Quick Tip: Home Exercises for Teenage Fast Bowlers

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Ashish asked a question I think a lot of young fast bowlers wonder,

"What are some good bowling exercises for teenage fast bowlers to do at home? I heard fast bowlers need a strong core, shoulders, arms and legs."

Ashish has heard right in that bowlers need strong everything!

Don't Make This Mistake in Your Quest for Cricket Fitness

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The new year brings new hopes for getting fit, and for cricketers that means very specific things: run faster, bow faster, hit harder, throw longer, keep up stamina and prevent injuries.

All worthy aims of course, but there is a trap waiting. If you fall in you can forget about your dreams of improved fitness this year.

What is this trap?

Get Fit For Cricket with One Email

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There is no doubt that fitness is crucial to the modern cricketer to improve performance and prevent injury. The benefits are well proven.

But fitness is also a minefield.

There is so much information available yet much of it is at best no benefit and at worst dangerous.

That's why you should get the PitchVision Academy newsletter.

The weekly email cuts through the rubbish and takes you straight to the tips, ideas and programmes that actually work to help you reach your goals for the year.

How 3 Simple Fitness Exercises Improve Spin Bowling Guile

We all understand how important being strong, balanced and powerful is to a fast bowler, yet we are generally "take it or leave it" when we talk fitness to our spinners.

So, how can being strong benefit a spinner?

Fitness for Fast Bowlers Made Simple (Part 2)

This is the 2nd part of John Cook's guest spot on PitchVision Academy. Part 1 talked through the rationale for training and mobility. In this part we complete the picture.

A second attribute of fitness you can work on as a fast bowler is strength.

But where do we need strength and what is the best way to develop this?

Fitness for Fast Bowlers Made Simple (Part 1)

This is a guest article from Strength and Conditioning Coach John Cook

Here is a no brainer: speed is one of the most important factors in bowling. By reducing the decision making time of the batsman, you increase your chances of taking wickets and reduce the chances of conceding runs.

An old school of thought is that simply bowling more will increase both your bowling speed and ‘toughen up’ your body to prevent injury.

But over-bowling is one of the primary predictors for injury.