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Great question TIP! Thanks for posting this.

I have a dynamic warmup program in the Ace Pitcher Handbook that I recommend as a pre-game warmup. I also have some Pitching Guidelines that comes from the NPA which gives you the amount of pitches to throw for a good pre-game warmup (view this below). I think this is all you need to get ready for the game without going into the game cold and tight or overdone and tired.

 

PRE-GAME WARM-UP
• Consists of 30 – 45 pitches
• Only the last 10 -15 pitches should be at top velocity.

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Hey I have heard this quote from somewhere “warmup to throw, not throw to warmup.” I think this is true because if you throw to warmup you are in fact placing more pressure on your arm. But I do agree that after you warmup you should throw just to get back to your throwing motion. so I think that just warmup like maybe stretch just to get the body loose and then start throwing? I’m not sure. Would like to get feedback on this, because I too have been warming up in a half assed fashion because it was a bother to.

       

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The Dynamic Warm-up in the 3X Pitching Velocity Program is an amazing warm-up. I am saying this because if I or one of my guys slacks off on the warm-up they always complain about soreness and poor performance. It really is a critical factor to the entire velocity program.

I like your quote here, “warmup to throw, not throw to warmup.” You made a great point here and the perfect warm-up is a Dynamic Warm-up that moves the body through the mobility of an elite athlete. I would bet most pitchers do not use a warm-up like this!

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If You are serious about pitching and avoiding injury, you better get serious about a complete pitching program that includes the Mental Side, a practice routine. pregame routine, and a pitching mound routine.  Almost all of this is in Brent's program. If you are not serious about getting warmed up, then you won't be serious when you are on the mound.  Plus the most likely next stop will be the D.L. or the Dr.s office or both.  Confidence and trust comes from knowing you did everything you can to mentally and physically prepare to pitch.  That means everyday.  You don't get to the Big Leagues by accident or chance.

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yes that is very true. but sometimes even if you try being serious, you are just not in the mood. which is usually the problem with most people. they know that it is beneficial and will help them and they try being serious but they just aren't in the mood.

       

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I have to admit, I started pitching when I was 10 years old.  With one goal in mind.  To win, period. 8 years later I got drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies out of High School.  I pitched 4 years in the Minors with them.  And in all the years I played I have never met or heard ANY pitcher ever say they weren't in the mood to warm up and pitch that day.

If you are serious about not being in the mood, what does it take to get you in the mood?  

I am pretty sure that getting in the mood is not covered in the 3X Pitching Program.

Do you really think that is the problem with most people?

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well, i agree with what you're saying but what i mean is that some or most people around my area only play baseball because either their parents are baseball fans or they play to just have fun and possibly build physique. only a few actually want to go pro, and because of this approach they don't like doing warmups and just want to pitch or play the game already.

       

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