We have a lot of baseball players that come through both Courage Performance locations. Most of these athletes are in the 13-17 year old range, and we have a good number of college level, and some pro guys who come through as well. One of the first things I try to make clear to these guys is what to expect out of training on our program.
The goal with our program is to get people to move better. We assess movement, correct dysfunction, and build strength and power. We help to make you a batter athlete. But to become a better baseball player (or anything specialized: football, basketball, triathlon, martial arts, CrossFit, walking, etc.) you must work on your specialization with the same intensity, focus, and intelligence you will work on your athleticism in the gym.
We can help build a strong shoulder and arm, hips and legs, core and everything else. We can help keep needed laxity while building incredible amounts of stability and power in the body to produce a more explosive swing, or pitch. But all of this work will not do very much if your swing or throwing mechanics are atrocious. I have seen too many ball players come asking for additional exercises to help build more strength in their arm, yet do not take that time and energy (or find the proper coaching) to perfect their throwing mechanics.
One thing must always be understood: the gym is an accessory to the work you put in on the field. If you want to become a better baseball player, you must play baseball, and always be working on getting better at those skills needed to play. The gym will help build athleticism, and help to balance and correct issues so that you can be stronger. This helps you adapt to mechanical changes on the field. This helps you have a greater chance to prevent injuries. This helps you sustain, and continue to be effective over the course of a season. Basically, the gym helps to give you the tools needed to become a better baseball players/specialist
But if you work you ass off in the gym (and if you are a Courage Performance athlete, you are working your ass off, and you’re doing it right!), but then don’t take that same intensity and focus on correct movements and mechanics on the field; you are doing yourself, and your coaches a massive injustice.
We don’t care if you can squat 350, or clean 225, or deadlift 400. If you don’t know how to throw a baseball properly, that big squat is not going to help you become a better baseball player.
Just like we are constantly evaluating every aspect of how you squat, you must do the exact same thing (if not more) with how you throw, field, and hit. A strong shoulder does not automatically mean a strong thrower.
Take pride in your sport. Work each and every day to perfect the movements needed to be the best you can be. Courage Performance will be here to help you move better, to help you get strong as hell, and explosive as hell. Now it is up to you to take that good movement, that strength, and that explosiveness, and apply it to the sport you want to play.
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