Today we’re sitting down with Mental Performance Coach Michael Huber. Mike is the founder of “The Freshman Foundation Podcast “, where he prepares and guides athletes and families through the mental side of performance through their athletic career / journey. Today’s topics include:
- Mental and Emotional Blocks
- Addressing “The Yips”
- Sustainable Motivation
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Most often, pitchers and position players associate their pitching velocity or exit velo with their mechanics. As our understanding of the body and technology has improved over the years, it is now more apparent than ever that your velocity ceiling, whether it’s pitching or hitting, is limited by your physical ability more than anything else. Whether you’re a position player or a pitcher and your velo is stuck… let’s find out why.
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A couple years ago, I wrote an article about youth strength training covering all the related myths and facts. I have been asked several times since then what my young athlete should be doing if he or she is too young for the weight room. There are four basic movements that every young athlete (10-13 year olds) can master using their own body weight as resistance in order to better build his or her athleticism. Becoming athletic takes time at any age, but the good news is that young athletes have a higher window of adaptation at this age, allowing for giant leaps in athleticism over a short period of time.
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George Mason commit Shaun O’Keeffe is having an exceptional spring senior season at Donovan Catholic High School in Toms River, New Jersey. In 36 IP, the lefty has registered a 1.34 ERA with 62 strikeouts and an Ocean County Championship for Donovan Catholic. Shaun began training with us last summer as a part of the Summer Throwing Program and continued his training throughout the fall and winter leading up to the spring season. His velocity has improved by 4-6 mph, from sitting 81-83 to 85-87 mph.
How did he do it?
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Today we answer some big questions on the nutrition side with Performance Nutrition Coach and Sports Dietitian Derek Lipton (MS, RD, CSSD and CSCC). Topics Include:
- Eating Strategies for “Hard Gainers”
- Sleep and Hydration
- 5 bullet points for a successful performance-based meal plan
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Hitting a baseball is a series of sequential and interconnected movements. Many of the issues hitters face at the plate begin early in the hitting / swing process. Today, we’re going to review several components of what we consider to be a proper “Load”. If you don’t start your swing by loading well, chances are it may not end well either. Losses in bat speed, power, poor sequencing, poor swing metrics and poor “adjustability at the plate” are all examples of issues that can be initiated with a poor load. The way we look at it, there are a few things you should DO well and couple of things you should make sure you’re NOT doing:
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Vincent Luther, Junior at Ridgewood High School in New Jersey, is having an excellent start to his 2023 baseball season. More than halfway through the spring, he has pitched 35.2 innings with a 1.18 ERA. His velocity is up 6 mph from 78 in July 2022 to 84+ mph since he started training with us last September, which gave us a good amount of time to work on several different areas.
How did he do it?
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This week we’re sitting down with Dr. Casey Pierce, MD. He is a long time friend and one of my “go-to guys” when it comes to Tommy John repair. This is a must for athletes as well as parents in order to be better educated with the process. This week we discuss:
- The various levels of treatment and procedures
- The back-to-throw timeline for each
- How to determine which treatment is right for your particular situation and why
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Welcome back to the “How to” series on pitching, where we will be diving into various pitches and speak about different grips, cues, tips, movement profiles, and even a top MLB comparison for reference when looking at a given pitch. Next up, how to throw a 4-seam fastball.
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