Tip of the Month February 2017

TIP of the MONTH

Coach Jerry “Kal” Kalista

February 1, 2017 

INCREASING ARM STRENGTH 

Do you want more arm strength?

Every pitcher wants more arm strength/velocity. Most of us know that throwing the baseball through long toss, bullpen sessions and playing catch are all necessary to improve performance and increase velocity. However, throwing the baseball isn’t enough.

The biggest mistake we make is to spend too much time on just the arm. You need to focus on your total body (lower body, the core and upper body) strength. The body delivers the energy and strength to the arm through a kinetic chain. The kinetic chain starts in the lower body, travels through the core, to the upper body and on to the arm. The arm will only be as strong as the weakest part of that kinetic chain. Players that develop arm and/or elbow and/or shoulder discomfort generally have a strength deficiency somewhere in their kinetic chain and/or may have issues with poor pitching/throwing mechanics.

So, you want more arm strength. Are you willing to work hard to increase your total body strength? Are you willing to work hard to improve your pitching/throwing mechanics? Great!

Throwing with more velocity is a combination of strength (full body), power and mobility. There are numerous exercises (weights, plyometric, planks, band work and arm care) that can be used to increase your total body strength, power and mobility.

You need to put a strength workout program together for your lower body (hips & legs), your core (lower back, abs & oblique) and your upper body (shoulders, arms, chest & upper back/deceleration muscles). Be sure to alternate your workouts daily between your lower body, your core and upper body. Be sure to work on proper, consistent, repeatable pitching/throwing mechanics.

If you need assistance putting a full body strength program together and/or want to enhance your pitching/throwing mechanics, contact your friends at the Harford Sports Performance Center and let their staff of professionals help.

PROPER PREPARATION PREVENTS POOR PERFORMANCE! 

ALWAYS BE POSITIVE!     ALWAYS GIVE 100%     ENERGY TAKES NO TALENT!

Coach Jerry “Kal” Kalista

NOTE: Direct any questions or comments to Coach Kalista at kalbaseball@comcast.net