What’s In Your Booty?
Several years ago my wife and I had a yard sale.
The purpose was to get rid of some of the junk we had accumulated over the years, so we could make some room for all the new junk we would soon add to our stash.
Our inventory was eclectic.
Old clothes and blankets, a crappy set of golf clubs I never used, toys our kids had outgrown, my entire collection of albums by The Bee Gees and The Little River Band (not really..I just threw that one in to make it a better story), an old boom box from 1982, and various other assorted items.
When we laid out the plans for the big day, we both agreed that if we cleared out some space and made enough profit to buy pizza for our 3 kids that night, we’d consider it a win.
The big day came, and I was assigned three jobs:
1) Get up really early and drive around our neighborhood posting signs in strategic locations.
2) Go to Krispy Kreme for donuts and coffee, and
3) Serve as the cashier for all sales
Once I return from my advertising and hospitality missions, I surveyed the driveway for the most logical place to locate my checkout stand. I chose the right corner of the driveway, near the garage.
First I would need a chair of some sort.
In the attic, I found an old bedside commode that had been donated by on of my patients several years earlier. In healthcare circles, a bedside commode is known as a “3-in-1”, because it can serve 3 different functions.
It comes with a bucket under the toilet seat so it can be used as a convenient portable pooper next to your bed. Remove the bucket and replace it with the splash guard insert (which is really just a bucket with no bottom), and you can place it over your regular toilet to create an elevated toilet seat. And, (as if that’s not enough) you can put it in a shower or tub and, BOOM!, it becomes shower chair. It’s a truly amazing invention!
When I initially brought it home, my wife resisted. But I was relentless.I tried to convince her that we might be able to turn it into some sort of planter or lamp.
She didn’t bite, so I retired it to the attic.
I had every intention of passing it on to a needy person. However, I quickly found that since the item was 100% covered by Medicare (meaning virtually every patient could get one for free), and for obvious hygiene-related reasons, the market for used bedside commodes was very limited.
So I was stuck with it.
And it was taking up space in our attic.
On yard sale day, I would finally find a practical use for my versatile little friend.
When the sale began, I placed the tri-purpose wonder chair in the corner of the driveway and perched myself right on the toilet seat. The day before the event, I had gone to the bank and gotten a bunch or ones, fives, tens quarters, nickles,and dimes to use for change.In full view of everyone, I reach down and placed them int he bucket directly under my booty.
Anytime someone made a purchase and gave me more than the required amount of money, I would reach right down between my legs and pull out a wad of cash and say, “Do you need some change?”
Most of them said, “No thank you. I’m good.”
So it was a win-win for everyone.
3 useful functions in one elegantly simple piece of equipment.
It reminds me of something I read on the internet a short while ago about pitching.
Apparently it’s important for pitchers to be able to throw more strikes…
No argument here….
In fact, I might add an intellectual “duh.”
Everyone wants to throw more strikes.
Their coaches want them to throw more strikes.
Their parents want them to throw more strikes.
Their girlfriends want them to throw more strikes.
More strikes = good.
But I can tell you this.
We have over 300 active clients at The ARMory.
About 1/3rd of them come through my physical therapy practice because they are having arm pain issues, and we are really good—possibly among the best in the world—at helping pitchers solve their arm pain.
About 2/3rds of our clients come to us because they need to throw the ball 5-7 mph harder to get on level with their peer group to even have a chance at getting recruited to play at the next level. I’ll show you 100 guys throwing 90+ mph and nearly 200 more who have gained at least 5 mph since they began training with us, who would vouch. We’re really good—possibly among the best in the world—at helping pitchers gain velocity.
And the remaining students walk in our doors and say, “I need help throwing more strikes”.
That’s right, you have the math correct. No one has ever walked into The ARMory and said they need help with their command.
Don’t get me wrong.
Just about ALL of them need better command.
They just don’t ask for it initially.It’s usually not their biggest constraint. But eventually they do work very hard on throwing more strikes. And we are very good–possibly among the best in the world–at helping pitchers learn to throw more strikes.
But here’s the cool thing about the pitching triumvirate of velocity, command, and arm health.
The physical, mechanical, neurophysiologic, and psychological variables that contribute to each are exactly the same. That’s right, the same factors that help you throw the ball harder, also help to improve your command, and reduce your risk of injury.
It’s called being connected.
When your delivery is connected, and your mind and body are in sync, it’s easy to throw strikes, with increased velocity, and with little or no pain.
Velocity, command, and arm health do not need to be mutually exclusive.
You can have them all!
And in my experience with over 600 clients over the past 6 years, and thousands of patients in my physical therapy practice over the past 21 years, you can usually see significant gains in as little as 21 days!
Does that mean that after 21 days the training is finished forever?
There will always be more work to do.
You will always need to bang on your craft and refine both your ability and your skill.
I can hear you now.
“Wait. You’re saying that after 21 days, I’ll still need to continuing practicing?”
Here’s a parallel to the question.
“Oh, so you’re saying that if I shower today, then at sometime in the future I may have to shower again?”
You got it.
Pitcher development is like personal hygiene.
Both are continuous processes.
You can never stop either…unless you really want to stink!
Velocity, command, and arm health.
3 life changing functional gains from one amazingly simple to apply approach:
Volume 1: Building a pitcher specific power motor…the results of our 2 ½ year study to identify the types of exercises that translate most directly to increased power on the mound.
Volume 2: Conducting a World Class Pitcher Assessment…a step-by-step guide to easily understand and apply the evaluation process. This allows any coach, dad, mom, or player to assess for over 50 different physical and mechanical variables that contribute to velocity, command, and arm health.
Volume 3: Taking Action, Targeting Your Training. Written in the same format as the assessment book. Each line on the Volume 2 assessment is given its own chapter containing 3-6 corrective drills and exercises for every item.
The Superhuman Process
Over 500 written pages and 3 hours of video that lays it all out so clearly that anyone can apply it.
Velocity, command and arm health.
You CAN have all three-in-one pitcher.
Anyone who says differently is feeding you something you might typically see in the bottom of your 3-in-1 commode—and I don’t mean money. 🙂
Until next time,
Here’s to smooth digestion!