As we get closer to a new year I would like to look back and get a bit reflective. A few years ago, I started a series in which I posted the most popular blogs of the year. These are the articles that received the most traffic, according to our hosting statistics. It seems to be a favorite of everyone, so here we go again with Part 1, covering the top 5 most popular pitching-related articles.
1. Three Big Things That Create Hard Throwers – Anytime you mention ways to throw harder people seem to “stop, look and listen”. Well, this blog was no different. Here, we analyzed 3 major reasons the body can struggle in the delivery as well as 5 of the most common mechanical problems that result… click here
2. Throwing 1x per Week Simply Doesn’t Cut it – I always say, “kids down south throw too much, but kids in the Northeast don’t throw enough”. In this popular blog, I discussed a few reasons I feel that not throwing enough can be a negative in regards to getting ready for a long season on the mound… click here
3. Why Certain Pitchers Can “Deal” all Season Long – Nothing is more frustrating than watching an athlete accomplish great gains in the off-season only to stop training once the season begins. This is accompanied by drops in velo due to fatigue as well as a greater risk of injury. Here are two guys that managed the “controlled fall”… click here
4. Engaging the Lower Half to Create Power… The Glute Load (Part 1) – After hundreds of video analyses on pitchers of all ages and sizes the results are in … More than 70% do not efficiently use their lower half… click here
5. Five Reasons Velocity Increases during the Season – For many pitchers, riding the velo roller coaster can be a bit disheartening at times. Well, we’re all human and drops in velo from time to time are not only OK but natural. This blog seemed to strike a chord with many of our guys… click here
Stay tuned for Part 2 where we will outline the top 5 most popular articles on miscellaneous topics, including wasting money, showcases, secret sauces and our year-end review for 2017.
See ya’ in the gym…
By Nunzio Signore (B.A., CSCS, CPT, NASM, PES, FMS)