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by Brent Pourciau · May 15, 2013
There is a ton of misleading and incorrect information in baseball when it comes to the benefits and risks of explosive power training for the baseball player. Many coaches, especially those who played before the drug era, work hard to discourage their students from explosive resistance training. Especially when it comes to Olympic Lifting and their reasons are usually; its dangerous, it will injury you, it has no effect on speed or velocity, or we didn’t use this back in my day. This is unfortunate because for years Olympic style resistance training has been proven the most effective style of training when developing the power athlete (1,2,3) and if you have learned anything here at TopVelocity.net, you know that more power, equals more pitching velocity.
So, is all of these fears about Olympic Lifting as an effective approach to building the power pitcher valid? Hopefully this article will give you all the information you will need to answer this question. Just based on my experience using these lifts in my career to overcome a potential career ending rotator cuff tear and seeing the results of those I have trained to increase pitching velocity with the Olympic lifts has convinced me, but I do not expect my experience to convenience you. This is why I have done the research for you.
* Yes, that is Bryce Harper power cleaning with glow in the dark weights and no shirt on! Don’t know what he was thinking either and yes, the old school coaches are correct, his training has nothing to do with his monster homeruns. Its his pink wristband.
by Brent Pourciau · May 4, 2013
I know you don’t want to read this article because it looks long and complicated and you want to be lazy but if you can just man up and take the next 5 minutes to read this, it will change your understanding of pitching forever!
Don’t kill the messenger. I know the title, “The Dangers & Alternatives to Max Distance Long Toss” is provocative but this is strictly for promotion purposes, I promise! Yes, I want everyone in the game of baseball to know the facts behind this approach to training the pitcher so I am promoting this information and I am not ashamed as some may believe but honored to do this for the baseball community. I am also promoting the 3X Pitching Velocity Program as an alternative to max distance long toss because it affords me the time to put together this kind of research for today’s young pitcher and it works!
The reason everyone gets so emotional and worked up when you talk about max distance long toss is because the majority of people believe you are talking about throwing the ball farther than 60 feet. Max distance long toss is not from 61 feet and beyond. I am defining max distance long toss at 180 feet and beyond and this article will show you why this distance is important and why all pitchers need to understand this. Read more
by Brent Pourciau · April 23, 2013
Does max distance long toss increase pitching velocity? If I can throw the ball 300 feet does that mean I can throw 90 mph? Is extreme long toss actually stretching my arm out to help it grow longer? Does max distance throws help with arm strength?
These are some of the many questions I get on a weekly basis. I have debated the effects of long toss on this site for years but as much as I would hope the baseball world would turn the page, it just doesn’t seem like it is going to happen. I am writing this article for those who actually care about the science and research behind this conventional training approach to pitching. If you don’t care and you are one of those guys who is going to do max distance long toss your entire career, no matter what science says about it, then good for you and I wish you the best. If you are someone who actually cares about your success and longevity in baseball, based on how well informed you are, then this information below will be eye opening! Read more
by Brent Pourciau · April 21, 2013
It is a lot easier to discover shoulder pain when pitching than to discover what is causing the problem. The glenohumeral joint, or the shoulder, is an extremely complex part of the body because it is multi-directional. The joint can horizontally and vertically abduct and adduct. Because of this it may take a physiology degree to understand all the things that can go wrong with the shoulder joint when pitching but in this article, I will list the most common problem and how to cure it and or prevent it from happening. Read more
by Brent Pourciau · April 7, 2013
How many “Pitching Velocity Programs” have you purchased or used this year? How many of them have only had a small impact on your pitching velocity? How many of them do not give you all of the information? How many of them are a total waste of time and money? How many of them just confuse and frustrate you? In most cases pitching velocity programs fail and I have listed below the 10 reason I believe why.
Before we go over these 10 reason it is important to know that the reason high velocity, like 90 mph in high school, college or professional baseball is so attractive to scouts is because only a rare few can touch it or compete above it. If the “Perfect” pitching velocity program did exist, where everyone could touch 90 mph after using it, then 90 mph would eventually become the 85 mph of today. The point is just because everyone doesn’t gain a 90 mph fastball from a pitching velocity program doesn’t make it a failure. These 10 reason below and their descriptions are the reason I believe most pitching velocity programs are failures. Read more
by Brent Pourciau · April 6, 2013
So have you heard about the Velocity Pill? It is the magic bullet to pitching velocity. I have had it available on this website for years and the response I have received has been priceless.
If you haven’t learned about this pitching velocity pill, that will give you a 90 mph fastball in less than one minute, then you need to check it out. This revolutionary technology comes out of Japan and it is totally bogus. Yes, this is a joke and yes many people have fallen for it.
I actually had a call today about the velocity pill and it went like this, “Hello, what the f@#k is this velocity pill all about? This looks like a bunch of bull shit to me! CLICK.” Priceless! I just love it when pitchers fall for this. If you don’t know what I am talking about, then checkout the page and make sure you hit the BUY NOW button. Read more
by Brent Pourciau · April 3, 2013
Have you experienced a pitching velocity drop in-season and are in need of these 10 tips to maintaining pitching velocity in-season? You are not the only one! I am sure you are saying to yourself that this is the worst time for this to happen but it has happened and you need help, FAST!
It is that time of year again when I am getting tons of emails of pitchers who have worked so hard to add 5-10 mph during the off-season with the 3X Pitching Velocity Program but only a few months into the season they start to see those gains disappear. The quickest solution to this major problem is the 3X In-Season Program but for those who do not have it or who have not been through the 3X Pitching Velocity Program, which is a requirement, then here are 10 key tips to help you maintain or just get back your high pitching velocity while in-season. Read more
by Brent Pourciau · February 27, 2013
There are 10 common mistakes that most of the pitchers in this game make at some point in their pitching careers which can or will lead to injury and can be avoided with some basic knowledge of science driven pitching mechanics.
Let’s face it, pain and injury is a serious problem for pitchers at all levels of the game. Baseball is a game that involves periods of apparent inactivity punctuated by the highest recorded angular velocities of human movement. (6) Due to this hostile environment the threat of injury is that snake in the woods that is hunting you down and you are just hoping you do not run into it. Every pitcher is just praying that this pain or discomfort in the arm is not going to be a career changer. I really don’t want to scare you here because I am here to help and the best way for me to start helping you is by acknowledging the risks involved.
by Brent Pourciau · February 21, 2013
Finally I got a spread in Baseball America! Seriously, my contacts at Baseball America where nice enough to post the article below for their readers and I wanted to share it with you. If you haven’t bought the March edition I would recommend that you run out and get it because it is AWESOME! Especially page 25
Baseball is America’s past time and because of this it is plagued by conventional wisdom. The movie, Moneyball is the perfect example of how this conventional wisdom has created an environment, in the recruiting process of a Major League organization, where the lower budget teams ability to compete against the big money teams is almost impossible. Until the likes of Billy Beane challenged the system, with an out of the box low budget approach, these big money teams always had an unfair advantage. Read more
by Brent Pourciau · February 10, 2013
Yes, it is proven that the MLB has the highest verticals in the game of baseball. Not only that but when it comes to pure power production, no other level of professional baseball even comes close.
Did you really believe that the Major Leagues wasn’t made up of the bigger, stronger and faster athletes? Well if you thought otherwise then you where completely wrong. Matter of fact, it would be a good idea if you just forgot everything you know about baseball because I would bet most of it is not doing anything for you. It isn’t your fault though, but it is now your responsibility to learn the truth.
This game and most of the coaches in it have loaded you with complete BS for, more than likely, most of your career. Look on the bright side though you are reading this article, which means you are going to walk out of the cave when most of your peers are going to stay chained to the wall and continue believing the shadows to be real people. Read more
by Brent Pourciau · January 30, 2013
Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better and it does!
If you know anything about 3X Pitching, you know the power of hip to shoulder separation. If you do not know anything about 3X Pitching then watch this video on 3X Pitching 101. 3X Pitching is a comprehensive approach to high velocity pitching that teaches the enhancement of hip to shoulder separation through a linear force vector and an explosive triple extension (3X).
Hip to shoulder separation has been labeled as a way to measure the high velocity pitcher. The National Pitching Association in their studies of over 500+ pitchers have discovered that the average Major League Pitcher has 40-60 degrees of hip to shoulder separation. Read more
by Brent Pourciau · January 2, 2013
A popular and conventional topic of pitching mechanics is “Arm Path.” This means the path the arm takes out of the glove into pitch release. Do you break your hands early or late? Do you swing the arm up or down? Do you through your elbows high or low? Do you break your arms hard or soft? Does any of this even matter?
The major issue with just coaching the “Arm Path” to increase pitching velocity is like telling the passenger in the car to start pushing the car so we can go faster. It is a backwards approach to pitching velocity and like the passenger in the car, it is better to tell him to just hold on for the ride. Read more
by Brent Pourciau · December 19, 2012
* Checkout 3X Pitching Podcast Episode 1 covering this article at the end of page.
You want to start increasing pitching velocity then start gaining weight. Yes, a study proves a high correlation between body weight and pitching velocity. The study states that larger athletes on average throw harder than smaller athletes. The case study also states that these larger athletes can generate more forces which can enhance pitching velocity.
This information shouldn’t be shocking to anyone but those conventional pitching coaches who still coach the game the way it was played back when hot dogs were considered a good source of protein. Yes, that was back win Babe Ruth was on the Yankees roster and not on the wall behind center field. These are those coaches who talk about the importance of long distances running and throwing a lot, to building “Arm Strength.” Read more
by Brent Pourciau · November 30, 2012
Gravity is the force that attracts a body toward the center of the earth. An athlete must react with the ground to oppose this gravitational force to move his body, therefore better athletes build more ground reaction forces to generate more speed/power. High velocity pitchers are no exception!
How can any pitching coach or instructor say that the pitching delivery starts and continues with the hips? The hips are not reacting with the ground. How can any pitching coach or instructor say that the pitching delivery starts with the lift leg? The lift leg is not reacting with the ground. Why isn’t every pitching coach and instructor coaching or instructing the pitcher to start with the drive leg? The reason, because they do not know the science behind high velocity pitching. Read more
by Brent Pourciau · November 16, 2012
*Warning: Read slowly and at your own risk!*
I painstakingly put this article together to help you save a ton of time searching for ways to improve pitching velocity and to also entertain you in the process. Do you know how many people waste thousands of hours searching for the answer to pitching velocity online but never actually find it? Enough to make Google really wealthy!
Who needs 100′s of ways to increase pitching velocity when it only takes ONE. Most of the ways and gimmicks out there just distract you from understanding the *ONLY* way to improve pitching velocity. If you would *ONLY* focus and train this one way then you may just have the chance of becoming a high velocity pitcher.
It is something that is a complete game changer. It is something that you always knew was the answer, but never was man enough to accept it. Yes, when I give you this answer to improving pitching velocity you are not going to like it. It may even piss you off to the point that you stop reading this article and go back to your comfort zone of running poles and long tossing. I actually hope it does have this effect on you because the truth is everyone can be a high velocity pitcher but only a small few are willing to accept reality and make it happen. Read more
by Brent Pourciau · November 5, 2012
A study performed by the Center for Shoulder, Elbow, and Sports Medicine, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Columbia University, NY called, Public perceptions of Tommy John surgery, identified an alarming percent of players, coaches, and parents who have a misperception of the surgery.
The results from the study showed that 30% of coaches, 37% of parents, 51% of high school athletes, and 26% of collegiate athletes believed that Tommy John surgery should be performed on players without elbow injury to enhance performance. It also showed that 30% of coaches, 28% of players, and 25% of parents did not believe number of pitches thrown to be a risk factor. Many players (28%) and coaches (20%) believed that performance would be enhanced beyond pre-injury level and the final results showed that 24% of players, 20% of coaches, and 44% of parents believed that return would occur in < 9 months. You can find the entire study here: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22759607 Read more
by Brent Pourciau · October 16, 2012
“Up, Down and Out,” “Slow Controlled Stride,” “Keep balance and land soft on front leg.” How many pitching coaches and parents are regurgitating these coaching tips everyday to young pitchers? Too many to count! This poorly researched information is also plastered all over the web. This conventional wisdom is ruining pitchers and the latest research is proving this to be true.
A recent publication hosted at the US National Library of Medicine called, The Kinetic Chain in Overhand Pitching is a collaboration of research put together by some prominent medical doctors. These doctors include; Shane T. Seroyer, MD, Shane J. Nho, MD, Bernard R. Bach, MD, Charles A. Bush-Joseph, MD, Gregory P. Nicholson, MD, and Anthony A. Romeo, MD. In this comprehensive study of the bio-mechanics of the high velocity pitcher, they referenced some critical data proving the detrimental effects of inhibiting the hip and trunk movements during the stride, on the shoulder and arm of a pitcher. Here is an excerpt from this research citing a case study which produced this data: Read more
by Brent Pourciau · September 29, 2012
The 3X Pitching Mechanics Guide defines some revolutionary advanced pitching components that prove how to enhance the initial movement of the throwing arm as evident in a high velocity pitching delivery. Some of these 3X Advanced Components are Action to Reaction, the 3X to 2X Factor and the 3X Burst to name a few. The application of maximum force to load the arm, which in return will enhance the speed of the initial movement in the throwing arm, is what separates a high velocity pitcher from a low velocity pitcher.
This increased load into the initial movement to enhance performance is best defined in the Stretch Shortening Cycle (SSC), which is listed as another 3X Advanced Component in the 3X Pitching Mechanics Guide. The SSC is critical because this is how the body generates the energy to multiply forces. A case study performed by Grezios AK, Gissis IT, Sotiropoulos AA, Nikolaidis DV, Souglis AG. at the Laboratory of Biomechanics, Department of Physical Education and Sport Sciences, Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece called, Muscle-contraction properties in overarm throwing movements proves the importance of loading the arm with force to enhance the speeds of the initial movement, which implements the SSC and increases throwing velocity. Here is the results from the case study: Read more
by Brent Pourciau · September 5, 2012
No, this is not the next big baseball product launch to boost pitching velocity brought to you by some online marketing company. The 3X Power Burst or 3X Burst is the real deal and it is a game changer!
This is a coaching tip that is a major part of the 3X Pitching Velocity Program and it holds the secret to how elite pitchers increase pitching velocity in their careers from 5-15 mph or more. Yes, I am giving this secret to a massive increase in pitching velocity away here for FREE!
This means my inbox is going to be inundated with emails telling me that I am crazy for giving this revolutionary information that can change a pitchers career overnight for nothing. I don’t care, I was a pitcher in my career who searched for this information for too long and I didn’t find it until the very end of my career when I discovered it myself. I want everyone, who is in the same position I was in during my pitching career when I desperately needed this critical pitching velocity information, to learn this stuff, so they can turn their career around just like I did. You can thank me later! Read more
by Brent Pourciau · July 19, 2012
Thanks to Coach Robo, who recently brought my attention to a brand new case study on the Top Velocity forums, which actually tested the correlations of lower body power to throwing velocity. The case study was performed outside of the United States of America which makes perfect sense to me because the only way you are going to get an institute to break outside of the conventional wisdom of the game of baseball in this country, is if the institute is actually located outside of this country.
The documentation of the study actually begins by saying that there are numerous case studies proving that increased muscle strength and power do increase throwing velocity but the majority of these studies only focus on the upper body. Ahh, the ignorance of the culture of American Baseball, it is so refreshing! I have to congratulate the Aussies and the Canadians for not falling into this ignorance and searching outside of the box. Read more
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