Baseball Training Articles
These baseball training articles are powerful information for all baseball players from pitchers to position players. These baseball articles are FREE to the public and they are listed from newest to oldest. Like the pitching articles they also include the foundation to the revolutionary approach to pitching velocity called 3X Pitching. This approach is as much a power training approach as it is a power pitching mechanics approach.
The Fusion System is both used in the 3X Pitching Velocity programs and the Baseball Training Manual. To learn more about this approach to training the baseball player to become bigger, stronger and faster read the articles below.
Article by Dr. Chris McKenzie · February 13, 2013
How Baseball Pitchers Can Safely Use The Bench Press To Throw Harder Immediately.
In this special report I’m going to share with you some very valuable information that you wouldn’t ordinarily get your hands on.
Regarding the bench press maneuver, there are three camps of people out there.
- People who believe in using the bench press for baseball pitchers
- People who DO NOT believe in using the bench press for baseball pitchers
- People that aren’t sure – this is a completely new dilemma to them
Which camp are you in?
Let me educate you on camp #2, the Non-Believers…as I use to be one of these, but I’m a converter into camp #1 because of scientific evidence. Read more
by Brent Pourciau · October 17, 2012
Well if you are looking for the The Ultimate Weight Training Program for Pitchers then you have come to the right place. We specialize in strength and conditioning programs for developing the healthy high velocity pitcher.
Just recently I had a young pitcher come to my training facility here in Louisiana who was 16 years old and having arm problems. His name was Mitchell. He and his Dad where interested in training through my 3X Pitching Velocity Program, which has helped hundreds play at the next level. He was excited to get started but his Dad was concerned about the weight training program. I told him I would not advise him to remove the weight training program because it will support his development through his teen years and also help with his current arm problems. His Dad decided against weight training for now. I told him that I would only run him through the 3X Velocity System, which is the throwing program but he would not see the improvements that others had made because he was not doing the weight training portion. Read more
by Brent Pourciau · October 2, 2012
Olympic Lifting is critical for training 3X power and is a very controversial style of training for baseball pitchers. It has become even more controversial with the popularity of TopVelocity.net.
The main reason for this controversy is that Olympic Lifting really doesn’t fit the conventional mold of pitching. Olympic lifting has been developing explosive high performance athletes in all sports for years and baseball pitchers have been no exception. The problem is most pitching coaches either have a poor understand of strength and conditioning, or they never used it in their careers, or they have no idea how to implement this style of training into their programs, so they use scare tactics to remove the threat of the subject to their coaching careers. How to deal with this type of coach could fill volumes and I will not get into it here.
In my latest article called, How To Develop Extreme 3X Power To Increase Pitching Velocity, I listed a case study that showed how important strength is to ballistic movements like high velocity pitching. This is why Olympic Lifters use massive amounts of back squats, front squats and clean pulls to build their strength base but there is more to power production than just strength. Read more
by Brent Pourciau · September 17, 2012
Before we dive straight into flexibility and the high velocity pitcher we need to first define what flexibility is and why is it so important to the high velocity pitcher. Conventional wisdom has this flexibility issue completely wrong. How many times have you heard your coach or a coach say that working out makes you tight and you need to be more flexible, but at the same time he is complaining that you do not throw hard enough? This should tell you that this is a coach who has a very poor understanding of the body and especially the high velocity pitcher.
Flexibility is the common word used to define a limber body that can easily bend and stretch, the problem is this doesn’t really define the high velocity pitcher. The high velocity pitcher does a lot more than just bend and stretch his body, he also generates power. If a high velocity pitcher is just bending and stretching but not generating power in return, then we do not have a high velocity pitcher. The question you should ask your coach is do you want me to just be flexible or do you want me to be both flexible and powerful like a high velocity pitcher? The picture above should prove your point. Read more
by Brent Pourciau · September 13, 2012
Yes, strength/power development increases pitching velocity. As much as baseball doesn’t want to hear it but there or numerous studies that prove the benefits of strength and conditioning for the baseball player and the athlete in general. Many of these studies are listed on this site. It should just be common sense that if the human body was developed to adapt to all outside stimulus or die then training an athlete through resistance or repetitive ballistic movements will enhance performance over time. You would think this was common sense but this simple logic is not that common in baseball still today. Read more
by Brent Pourciau · August 14, 2012
Baseball is one of the last sports to embrace the performance benefits of weight training. The same fears that are coming from the conventional wisdom of the game of baseball existed even in football back in the 1950’s. Everyone was told that weight training would ruin the football player by making him bulky, slow, tight and injured. Sports like Football, basketball, all of the Olympic sports and even Golf have grown up to learn that this was not true. Weight training has helped to mold some of the greatest athletes in the world. Baseball is slowing coming around to this phenomenon but many of the conventional coaches in the game continue to live in ignorance and continue to beat this fear of weight training into the young players of this game. Read more
by Brent Pourciau · June 19, 2012
So who is afraid of the bench press? Don’t be scared! There has been for years a lot of controversy around the bench press for pitchers. The conventional pitching coach describes the lift as a guaranteed career ending device, “It will destroy your rotator cuff or make you too tight when you throw!” You may have heard these exact words before coming from your pitching coach. The problem is this is just a lot of misinformation from coaches who are uneducated in the world of strength and conditioning.
The bench press is NOT THE BEST LIFT to enhance performance in the weight room but it does have some benefits for the pitcher. This article will cover the Pros and Cons of the Bench Press for Pitchers, so you can move past the controversy and start moving closer towards your pitching goals.
by Brent Pourciau · May 18, 2012
To significantly increase a pitcher’s velocity he must NOT use just use one tool, drill, exercise or lift but all of the above, in a well designed program, over a good amount of time, for the body to adapt and condition itself into a high velocity pitcher. These tools, drills, exercises and lifts must work together to build the power pitcher.
The problem is many tools, drills, exercises and lifts that claim to increase pitching velocity have little effect, unless used in combination with the right amount of intensity, within the right order, with the right amount of repetitions and over the right amount of time. The Internet is loaded with tools, drills, exercises and lifts to increase pitching velocity but finding a pitching velocity program that uses these tools, drills, exercises and lifts effectively, as to have a significant effect on a pitcher’s velocity, is rare. Read more
by Brent Pourciau · April 11, 2012
This is just one more of many case studies from the US National Library of Medicine – National Institutes of Health which proves that pitchers will benefit from heavy resistance training. Not only does heavy resistance training increase pitching velocity and reduce pitching injury but it also enhances endurance.
The Department of Physical Education, University of Illinois, Chicago put together a study to prove the Potential for strength and endurance training to amplify endurance performance. Here are the results from the study: Read more
by Brent Pourciau · March 21, 2012
TopVelocity.net has been a very controversial source of information within the conventional wisdom of the game when it comes to training the power pitcher. This is because 3X Pitching promotes the use of Olympic Lifting to develop any low velocity pitcher into a dominate high velocity power pitcher. The controversy has been going on for some time now and will continue until the conventional wisdom of the game adapts to the new discoveries of science. This article will plug some of these new and old studies that prove why the use of Olympic Lifting to build the power pitcher is so effective. Read more
by Brent Pourciau · March 20, 2012
My biggest pitching idol growing up was Nolan Ryan. I worshiped his Pitching Bible like it was, “The Bible.” In this book he lists his everyday routines as a professional ball player, from what he ate to his strength training program. This was the first time I had ever heard about a pitcher lifting weights. What absolutely blew my mind was when he talked about his weight training circuit he would do just before pitching a game. I thought this was revolutionary. Why was he doing this and was it the secret to his success? I never discovered the answer to this question until trying it in my own career and also learning about a muscle phenomenon called, Post-Activation Potentiation. Read more
by Brent Pourciau · March 9, 2012
We all should know by now that long distance running is bad for pitchers (read 2009 article called Just Say NO to Long Distance Running) but now everyone needs to know how bad it really is. Yes, the study below proves that long distance running reduces the bodies ability to absorb and use the power of elastic energy.
If you have spent anytime on this site, you have learned the importance of elastic energy to pitching velocity. If you need a refresher or a basic understanding here are some of the key components that use elastic properties to generate high pitching velocity. Read more
by Brent Pourciau · January 23, 2012
In the case of all power pitchers or athletes, to prevent wasting precious time when learning a power movement like pitching at high velocities, it is important to understand that strength or power development must come before the power motor skills of the power pitching mechanics. Attempting to train the power motor skills before the pitcher has the strength or power to move through them efficiently and effectively, is not just a total waste of time but it also can end ones pitching career. Read more
by Brent Pourciau · April 26, 2011
There are hundreds of thousands of workouts for athletes on the web. All you have to do is go to Amazon.com and purchase some training device, like resistance tubing, and “BAM” you got yourself a workout with instructional DVD to go with the device. You can also stay up late at night and wait for the “P90X” or “Insane” infomercial to come on TV. The Internet and TV has bombarded you with workouts for everything. Workouts to make you bigger, workouts to make you quicker, workouts to make you jump higher, workouts to make you throw harder and on and on. This site is also full of workouts with similar claims. I am not knocking these workouts, I just want to help you pick and choose the correct one. Here is a good strategy to start weeding through these countless workouts all claiming to make you a better player.
How to find the perfect workout for the pitcher?
If you could grab a handful of these workouts or programs that you find interesting on the web or TV and put them into an excel spreadsheet so we could filter out what we want and don’t want in them, then the filtering would go something like this. Read more
by Brent Pourciau · April 25, 2011
If you want to play at the next level then you are going to have to increase your ability to generate power. Power is measured as both speed and strength. Increasing your bodies ability to generate power, along with total body mechanics, will enhance your potential to hit the ball farther, throw the ball harder and run a lot faster. Studies have proven that heavy load training is the most effective way to increase your bodies ability to generate power. This is because heavy load training is more effective in remodeling fast twitch muscle fiber and developing more motor units. The problem here is most baseball coaches do not believe in this style of training. They believe that this style of training makes the ball player tight and bulky. If you have a training program that uses low reps with heavy load training then hypertrophy will be minimal. This means you will get a lot stronger and faster instead of just bigger. Even though size has been proven to enhance performance. Read more
by Brent Pourciau · April 18, 2011
In the game of baseball, all skills require small muscle groups moving big muscle groups. This means you must use a strength and conditioning program that not only develops you to become Bigger, Stronger, Faster but it builds joint integrity as well. Most training programs neglect either the effectiveness of training the big muscle groups and only isolates the small muscle groups and vice verse. A training program that is built around both muscle groups is far superior to the others.
It is important to also make sure that you are educated in the mechanics of the lifts. The Olympic lifts are some of the most powerful lifts in the weight room to training the athlete to grow Bigger, Stronger, Faster. These lifts though are as intricate as learn proper throwing or hitting mechanics. You must spend as much time learning these lifting mechanics as you spend learning your throwing or hitting mechanics. This would mean you need a program that comes with a trainer who is educated enough to coach these lifts or a training video that will replace the trainer. You will find some great training videos below along with the baseball training programs. Read more
by Brent Pourciau · March 30, 2011
In my last interview with the legendary guru of Speed and Strength Training, from D1 Sports in Tennessee, Kurt Hester. He stated that Major League Baseball is using glorified physical therapy instead of strength and conditioning. This was a shot at the lame approach to training and rehabilitating athletes in the MLB organizations. This is coming from a guy who trains some of NFL’s most explosive athletes and who was label as Gorilla Ball, when he was training the LSU tiger baseball team in the 90′s.
Kurt says that fear is a major problem with baseball players. They train the way they do because of the fear that comes from the higher levels of the game. He also says that if young baseball players trained like Major League ball players, they would never get better.
The fear is that weight training, especially heavy weight training, will make you bulky and will cause injury. Kurt says the MLB’s athletic trainers are running glorified physical therapy programs and not actually training their athletes to become bigger, stronger and faster. This is why I believe top draft picks and big salary pitcher’s like Mark Prior leave the league with a career ending injury, after only 3 years in the show, and never make it back. Read more
by Brent Pourciau · March 27, 2011
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by Brent Pourciau · October 16, 2010
It better be important because if you look up another word for speed in a Thesaurus you will get Velocity. Now let me ask that question again with the other word.
How important is Velocity to you on the mound?
Workout,Training and Pitching Articles
Use these baseball training articles to better understand how you must develop the baseball player to increase speed and velocity. These baseball articles use a wide range of exercises and lifts to train the baseball player to reach his potential. The difference between these baseball training articles and the pitching articles is that the baseball articles also cover information for positions players.
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