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October 20, 2011
my names Bryan Bower,
I'm a Senior at Plainfield South High school, Right handed pitcher.
I don't have a "big" build", I'm about 5'10" 146 pounds, probably around the area of 79-81mph (last time clocked was fall 2010 at 76-77 showing big difference since). I converted from catcher/third basemen to pitcher towards the end of my freshmen spring high school season to become a pitcher/third basemen then made the complete just pitcher change in my sophomore winter off season training and struggled to figure it out. I've worked with many different pitching techniques,devices and coaches. My biggest problem is gaining velocity, i picked up a few miles during this fall season from weight lifting doing more legs (lunges, squats, reverse leg curl, leg curl,etc) and also getting a little closer foot strike not completely there yet. Ive worked with Doug Beddinger, a former minor league pitcher for awhile in my Junior year off season, he taught me many things to help with accuracy yet never got quite into the whole velocity. Ive tried devices like the pitcher power drive which seemed to help with stride length and leading with the hip, but thats it. My dad found this site on the internet and we read on it and it seemed good so here I am now trying to better myself as an athlete and a pitcher and open to numerous ideas to get the extra miles to impress my high school coach and move to the next level.
April 27, 2008
Bryan, thanks for joining! You are in a great position to learn some valuable information that will definitely make you a better ball player and allow you to reach your velocity goals. I highly recommend that you not only work hard and smart through the 3X Pitching Velocity program but that you also participate in these forums to help you through the process. You also have your video analysis to use so make sure that you use them wisely.
October 20, 2011
I'm excited to see improvement in velocity and ill do whatever it takes to gain as much as possible and also gain knowledge on pitching, is there any ways to get a coaches attention drawn more towards myself? he compliments me every now and then during gym class about i look stronger and more in shape, but i want to wow him with stuff because im more of an "under the radar" player to him
also, im not exactly sure what type of angle you'd want for the video analysis i have 2 different angles and videos. would it be alright to post both for you to pick which one would be easier to analyze?
thanks for your time!
April 27, 2008
I would prefer a side view of your pitching.
What will get your coaches attention is velocity. This is why you purchased the program and this should be your number one goal at your age. Learn how hard throwers throw hard and then train yourself to move like them. The 3X program is the workout that will train you like the hard throwers but you need to develop the workethic to complete it and reach your goals.
October 20, 2011
I posted the video in the video analysis forum section, i tried to find the best quality and closest view points i could hopefully they are good enough.
Ill give it 100% i already wrote down the whole workout plan to start today at the gym, but i have a few questions if you dont mind..
-is it bad to do long cardio? running numerous miles or going on the elliptical
-with the nutrition is the objective to eliminate the high acidic foods? it was somewhat confusing
- last question, im not sure if you heard of it, but its sponsored by Drew Storen (Washington nationals pitcher)the pitcher power drive, do you think i could use it to implement some of the mechanical things you teach?
August 28, 2011
Bryan, I am obviously not Brent, but I can surely answer your questions. It is bad to do long cardio (like running long distances) because they work slow twitch muscle fibers. Do sprinting instead of long distance running. The nutrition part is not to elminate acidic foods, but increase the intake of alkaline foods. I think Brent said a ratio of 3:1 alkaline to acidic food. You need to keep your body's pH level between 7.35 to 7.45 to perform at optimum level. The pitcher power drive (i'm sure we have answered this question, Talk Pitching, page 2 Pitchers Power Drive ) only helps by making you lead with the hips and to help get the force vector align with the weight shifting, but it won't be of any use in a game situation, because the pitcher power drive is pretty much a platform, that when you move forward, gravity pulls on it and it clicks when it hits the ground. So if you're devoting yourself to this, then you may get better at weight shifting which does help velocity(not much) then you can use this, but with 3X it covers the whole pitching delivery including weight shift. So I recommend you not to waste your money on the pitchers power drive (I think it costs around $205) and spend it on the topvelocity program here. What I wrote in that topic . I don't think buying it is a good idea and you may as well get a board where you can stand and put something directly underneath, which is pretty much to pitchers power drive, so you can get it way cheaper than the original price. By the way, this is what Brent said, It does help teach the force vector but it doesn't promote 3x. I have a better training tool for this coming out in my Level 2 program. It does the same thing as the power drive but it actually forces you to move into triple extension. It is really cool and it has been a great tool for those young pitchers who do not have the motor coordination to build speed from the lift leg.
April 27, 2008
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