10 Absolute Demands for Your Pitching Instructor This Off-Season
A while back I read a story about a man named Charles Proteus Steinmetz. He was a dysplasic dwarf who lived from 1865 to 1923, and he was brilliant. He pioneered research in alternating current and founded a company that was eventually bought by General Electric. According to one report, Steinmentz “almost single brainedly created the entire electrical world of generators, transformers, and motors that we all take for granted today.”
Steinmetz was a difficult and cantankerous man who was openly condescending and rude to everyone except to the two close friends he considered his intellectual equals — Thomas Edison and Henry Ford.
As the story goes, one day a gigantic generator at Henry Ford’s Deerborn, Michigan plant failed. Unwilling to deal with anyone other than the man who designed the generator, Ford summoned Steinmentz to the plant. Steinmentz arrived by train from New York and proceeded to the Deerborn factory where Ford met him. After being escorted to the failed generator, Steinmentz asked for a ladder and a hammer. He leaned the ladder against the massive casing of the generator, struggled to the top and whacked it once with the hammer. The generator immediately began running. Steinmentz then climbed down to meet a thrilled Henry Ford who shook his hand and said, “Send me your bill.”
The next week, Steinmentz’ bill showed up at Ford’s office and totaled $20,000, a small fortune in the early 20th century. Disturbed by the charge, Ford contacted Steinmentz via telegraph and said, “ For simply hitting the generator with a hammer? Ridiculous. Kindly itemize this bill.”
Steinmentz quickly wrote back, “For hitting the generator with a hammer, $5.00. For knowing where to hit the generator with a hammer, $19,995.00.”
According to the story, Ford gladly paid the bill in full, realizing that he had indeed hired the most knowledgeable and effective man for the job.
Isn’t that what you want from your baseball training this off-season? If you’re going to make an investment in your development as a pitcher, don’t you want some degree of assurance that the training you’re receiving is from the most qualified and knowledgeable instructor?
With your permission I’d like to offer you some advice.
To make sure you get the most out of your commitment, when choosing a pitching instructor here are 10 things that you should demand.
If your guy can’t answer yes to these questions, find another guy.
1) Is he familiar with the mechanical and physical factors that have been identified in peer reviewed medical journals as variables that decrease your risk of injury and improve your performance?
2) Does he understand the 3 energy systems of human physiology and how they relate to baseball training?
3) Is he willing and able to conduct a head to toe physical assessment and video analysis of your mechanics to ensure you are clear of all known injury risk factors before he attempts to alter your movement patterns or training plans?
4) Does he have a complete understanding of the types of exercises necessary to prepare your body for the stresses of pitching and to build power that translates directly to improved performance on the mound?
5) Does he understand that for you to improve, you must first solve your pain, and is he willing and able to help you do so?
6) Is he able to apply scientifically proven leading edge motor learning principles to elicit the necessary changes for improvement as quickly as possible?
7) Does he understand the neurologic principle of myelination in developing talent, and can he design a program to optimize the application of that principle in your training?
8) Does he understand the value of having a growth mindset in developing your ability, and does he have a plan for bolstering your confidence?
9) Is he able to develop a hyper-individualized training plan that specifically meets your needs so you can receive the greatest return on your training time and your investment?
10) Does he objectively measure your improvement and can he guarantee your results?
My personal answer to EVERY ONE of the above questions is “Yes”.
I want to help you improve your velocity, command, and arm health this off-season, and I know I can do it.
I have spent the last 20 years researching and developing the process that has helped 104 students develop a 90+ mph fastball. We have over 85 of our students in college baseball and 10 in the pros.
There is absolutely no reason why you couldn’t be next.
The question is, “What are you willing do to get there?”
The best way for you to begin is to attend one of our Amazing Rocket Launchers Training Camps. We’ll spend 2 days laying it all out for you and when you’re done, you’ll have a clear plan for implementing the process that will change your life. We have 7 camps scheduled this winter. Here are the dates:
Clicking on the any of the dates will take you to the main page of our website where you can watch a short video outlining the camp and walking you through the registration process.
And just in case you can’t join us for a camp, I have written and produced a 3-part book and video series called Engineering the Superhuman Pitching Machine. It’s over 500 pages and 3 ½ hours of video that gives you a step by step guide for building a pitcher specific power motor, conducting a world class physical assessment and biomechanical analysis, and targeting your training to eliminate the constraints (physical and mechanical) that are impeding your performance or putting your at increased risk for injury.
Follow the process and you’ll gain 5-7 mph over the next 12 weeks. If you aren’t completely satisfied with the results I will gladly provide you a prompt and courteous refund.
It’s really a no-lose proposition for you. I’ve done the research. The financial risk is all mine. All you need to do is get started.
I’ll be looking forward to hearing from you.