Training Rotational Power in Athletes

Training Rotational Power in AthletesSeveral weeks ago I was in San Francisco and stopped by TRX to see my friends Brian Bettendorf and Pete Holman.  We had a great time sharing thoughts and exercise techniques.

TRX Rip Trainer

Pete Holman is the Director of Rip Training at TRX and original creator of the Rip Trainer.   Many are familiar with the TRX Suspension System but TRX also has the newer Rip Trainer device that I have been using a ton.  I’ve shown some exercises that I have incorporated into my programs using the TRX Rip Trainer during presentations, but Pete really takes it to the next level.  His enthusiasm is contagious and his ability to educate is fantastic.  I asked Pete if we could “bottle” some of his thoughts to include as webinars over at

Pete came through in a big way and sent me three fantastic webinars that were posted over at last week:

  • Training Rotational Power in Athletes
  • The Pitchfork Exercise for the Posterior Chain
  • Shoulder Prehab Exercises for Athletes

The webinars came out so great that I couldn’t resist sharing one of them here with my readers.  Below is Pete’s webinar on Training Rotational Power in Athletes.  Pete discusses the biomechanics and anatomical considerations of transverse plane training, demonstrating several techniques using the TRX Rip Trainer.

I love using the Rip Trainer because it really helps incorporate multiple planes of motion into our exercise techniques.  This 3D muscle training is something I have been preaching in my Inner Circle webinars lately.  As basic as a device this seems, you absolutely need to use it to see the many benefits.  I know just from hanging out with Pete for a day, I have learned many new uses and will continue to learn more.  There are a ton of rehab, fitness, and performance uses.

Training Rotation Power in Athletes

These are just a small handful of exercises you can use the TRX Rip Trainer for when designing rotational power programs.  I’ll try to keep trying to share what exercises I come up with, but I want to hear what you think.  Have you used the TRX Rip Trainer and if so what do you like to perform with the device?  If you haven’t checked them out yet, pick up a TRX Rip Trainer.

TRX Rip Trainer


10 replies
  1. Bob Dob
    Bob Dob says:

    Hi Mike,

    Is it advisable to perform this exercise unilaterally? Would it not be unnecessary stress on a single arm or am I overthinking this?

    Just thought I’d add I love your blog and have learned alot of valuable information!



  2. Bob
    Bob says:

    Hi Mike,

    How would you tweak these exercises for high level tennis athletes? Just curious as they hit unilaterally on both sides (some bilateral on one side)


    • Mike Reinold
      Mike Reinold says:

      Bob, why not do it both ways? There is another talk from Pete over at that discusses some posterior chain drills as well that you may like.

  3. James Schueller
    James Schueller says:

    Hey Mike, thanks for the video!

    Should we be concerned with an exercise like the Samurai Chop affecting a change in a baseball hitter’s swing mechanics?

    • Mike Reinold
      Mike Reinold says:

      I personally wouldn’t. A baseball player is going to be doing a far more amount of reps of skill work to groove that motor pattern than they would for this type of exercise.

  4. Jeff
    Jeff says:

    Hi Mike,
    Your web site is great and keeps getting better. Thanks for all the great information. I see a lot of youth baseball players and just wondered at what age you would recommend starting to use the rip trainer?

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  1. […] Great work with the TRX Rip Trainer. Nothing in this video can’t be done with a stick and some thera-tube. Can be applied to all rotational athletes, or those with rotational trunk instability upon evaluation. […]

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