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How to be the strongest BASEBALL version of yourself w/ Elliott Hulse!

 

Have you ever heard that you should never meet your heroes? Well I met mine.

And it was GREAT! I was able to track down physical training expert and strength guru Elliott Hulse to share with the Art of Baseball community some really cool baseball philosophies!

Many thanks to Elliot Hulse for joining us to talk about how you can:

  • Become the STRONGEST version of yourself
  • Truly MASTER mental toughness
  • Avoid muscle break down and fatigue

You’re going to LOVE this interview!

Make sure you listen to the whole thing and leave a comment!

We all have potential that needs to be cultivated, nurtured and brought to life and the way that happens is by stripping off negative and un-resourceful ideas and habits

-Elliott Hulse

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Advanced Neuromuscular Strength

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Q&A Thursdays! Have a baseball question?

Thanks Greg for allowing me to share your question and my feedback with the readers and subscribers!

Greg has a 13 year old son who may not be seeing the ball well.

Here is my take.

 

The eyes are important Greg. The thing is, a lot of players who aren’t seeing the ball correctly actually don’t know that they aren’t simlply because of two main reasons.

1. They don’t necessarily know what to do with the eyes before the pitch

A lot of hitters run into trouble at the plate when they focus on the release point to early in the pitcher’s wind up.

The human eye can only focus on something for a few seconds(roughly). As the eyes dilate while preparing for the pitch, it’s better to work on timing for picking up the release point so that you can pick the speed, rotation, and path of the oncoming pitch as accurately as possible.

Ted Williams was known for staring into the background behind the pitcher before each pitch. I usually just looked at the pitcher and the field as a whole before having a harder focus.

2. They may be struggling with depth perception

Other hitters may be having an eye problem that deals closer with depth perception. A lot of these issues get overlooked simply becuase hitters assume they have great “baseball” eye sight because they have 20/20 vision.

According to many eye doctors, hitting a 90 mph fast-ball has much more to do with picking up the information of an object(the ball) in a 3-d space than having the ability to see far away.

If that happens to be the case I would suggest you check out a previous article and video.

Increasing baseball eye-sight and reaction.

Hope this helps Greg and tell your so I said good luck!!!

 

 

 

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4 reasons why you should be drinking more water in baseball(Don’t forget to tell your team-mates)

Don’t let your extra work go to waste

You remember the extra 45 minutes you spent in the weight room? Well all that will go to waste! Without water your cells cannot grow, reproduce, and thrive.

Keep your baseball instincts in check

Rehydration deficiencies have been known to cause foggy thinking and a lack of focus and concentration. If you haven’t figured it out, hitting a 90 mph fast-ball isn’t easy. It takes loads of concentration. Don’t let something small as not taking the time to drink fluid keep you out of the line-up, or from helping your team win the ball game.

Don’t be that guy!

 

You know the guy….the one during batting practice who doesn’t shag. Just stands there waiting for B.P to be over. Have you ever been guilty of this? If so, did you remember rehydrating earlier in the day? Water=Life=Energy. Just a  little as a 5% drop in body water has been known to cause a significant loss of energy.

The baseball season is a marathon not a sprint. Your body will ache.

Throughout the season, you will experience wear and tear. Water promotes healthy bodily function, that stimulates the healing and recovery process. Both joint pain as well as muscle aches are directly linked to activities on the ball- field. You can possibly speed of this recovery process by incorporating your bodies natural medicine.

There you have it boys. Good luck, do work.

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How I increased my arm speed in high-school

I was always considered a small guy. In high-school I was only about 5’9 150 lbs, but I was athletic and had an above average arm. I didn’t really start noticing how much arm strength I had developed until I was clocked at 91 from short by a scout during Jr College sophomore showcases. That same week I had supposedly reached 93 on a double play during a scrimmage.

I have no proof of this, but I’d like to think that the showcase coordinators were telling me the truth. Suffice to say I enjoyed showing off my arm strength even in high-school when I first started noticing velocity gains.

Truthfully, even then,  I was very young and naive about baseball training, but looking back there were a lot of little things that I enjoyed doing that in hindsight, I felt had a tremendous impact on my development.

Here are a few.

1.  I ate the right foods

A lot of a baseball player’s development has to do with the foods that he eats on a daily basis. It’s a cliche but it’s true. You are what you eat. If you eat junk foods, your performance and development will reflect that. Without exception.

I started eating specific foods not because I was a picky eater or health nut, but because I enjoyed my mothers cooking. She is full blooded Japanese and majority of foods that I had access to were foods high in alkaline content.

Meaning foods that weren’t acidic and contributed to my recovery after 2-3 hours of baseball plus weight lifting.

Basically I was eating foods that helped me rebuild what parts of my body that were breaking down from training. I truly believe that because my body was recovering at such a fast pase, my arm had time to rehabilitate itself and prepare to be used again. From eating the right foods I was avoiding over use as well as wear and tear.

Here are a list of foods that are high in alkaline

2.  Strengthened my core……seriously

I’m a firm believer that possibly the most important element in developing arm strength and increased velocity is cultivating torque within your mid-section or core . The core is your center of gravity. It’s located above the knees to just below the chest and constitutes as the most powerful muscles in the human body. So it goes without saying that this section of your physical makeup is responsible for a lot of your arm speed.

By no means am I claiming to be an expert in baseball training, but I have played for a very long time, and I “think” I have an idea of what worked and what didn’t for me at least.

I don’t have a workout plan to give you, but I will tell you this. I worked with medicine balls consistently and did other core strengthening workouts until I had abs like Bruce Lee:)

There aren’t a lot of baseball training workouts at artofbaseball.net just yet but the internet is full of valid content. If your looking for something specific leave a comment and I’m sure I can point you in the right direction.

3. Developed my quick twitch muscles

Ask any pitching expert about the relationship that quick twitch muscle fibers have with velocity gains and if they know what they are talking about they will tell you their is a direct correlation.

Ask a pro scout what is one of the first things they look for in a pitcher and they will tell you “Arm Speed”.

Quickness=speed=power

Throwing a baseball is no different.

As far as how I went about developing my “quick twitch muscles”, it may be a little different. I was blessed with a decent amount quickness so I had a foundation to build upon. But apart from my core training, I did a lot of sports related training such as olympic lifts and compound workouts out such as squats. There is a time and place to lift heavy and to lift less heavy but for me, I got the best results for quickness when I had a balance of both and I do think this balance is relative to each player.

Again, if you have any questions about what specific training, please leave a comment:)

Lastly…..

4.Lay off your arm

Give your arm a break! Technically, throwing a baseball overhand is an unnatural motion for the arm. It’s abuse depending on how you look at it. If your arm hurts….stop throwing. This actually comes down to knowing how to listen to your body, and then giving your body time to rest.

As for training, it’s important to make sure that your weight training program is isolating the core and legs more than the shoulders and arms. If your shoulder is constantly sore and feeling fatigue,  it’s probably because you’re robbing it of needed rest.

Like I mentioned before, I’m not an expert on baseball training I only know what worked for me from trial and error. I experienced some pretty large gains in arm strength by simply doing little things, consistently on a daily basis.

I ate the right foods, got the right amount of rest, and trained my butt off.

Have you or your son recently experienced gains in velocity? If so, tell me what you’re doing, I would love to hear it!

Thanks:)