Hey guys. Thanks to everyone who posted on my question about boxing.
Anyway, it’s my goal to increase my fastball speed from 85-86 to 90 by June.
I bought Coach Woolforth’s Athletic Pitcher Program and have been going through his everyday for the past 3 weeks. This includes extensive arm care work and then weighted ball throwing. In addition to that, I do heavy long toss 3 times a week and throw 1 bullpen per week.
I’m sure that all sounds like a lot but Coach Woolforth says in his instructional video that it’s OK to do his routine everyday. With all the arm care/rotator cuff work I do, combined with icing and heat packs, I haven’t been experiencing a sore arm. But what I have noticed is that during my bullpen, my arm just feels really heavy and dead and that I’m not reaching my peak velocity.
So my question is, would it be better to throw heavy every other day to give my arm 48 hours rest? Or do you think that the dullness is just a my body adjusting to the new routine and that it will begin to strengthen again after this period of breaking down?
There are so many theories about increasing velocity that it’s tough to know where to turn. Some coaches say that a pitcher needs lots of rest between throwing sessions, while others (like Woolforth) basically say that you can throw everyday provided you take care of your arm. As a Red Sox fan (not to alienate any knowledgable New Yorkers) I’ve also been reading about the new Japanese pitcher, Matsuzaka, who says that he used to throw up to 250 pitches a day when he was in high school.
Anyway, what’s anyone else’s take on my routine?