[b]Pitching Not a Strength Sport but Speed/Power sport
Pitching is all about the MOMENTUM you get towards home plate. The more momentum that you can gain the harder one will throw. [/b]
Momentum- In physics is the property or tendency of a moving object to continue moving. For an object moving in a line, the momentum is the mass of the object multiplied by its velocity (linear momentum); thus, a slowly moving, very massive body and a rapidly moving, light body can have the same momentum. (See Newton’s laws of motion
So with pitching the faster you can go the more momentum you can get. So a small pitcher needs to go as faster then a big pitcher. But if a big pitcher speeds it up a lot more then they will gain the same effect even though they would be slowed down because of there Mass.
[b]American Heritage Dictionary
Physics the rate at which work is done, expressed as the amount of work per unit time
The amount of time in pitching means the time you let the foot down from leg lift till you plant the foot. So to gain more power in baseball then you need to get to foot plant fast and then in return you will gain more power. With a long stride that you get to quick you will see a lot of power out of the delivery.
So in saying all of this then this means Pitching is a speed sport that needs general strength that can stabilize the body. You train for speed and speed in the delivery is power. So when thinking about how you train go with speed
[b]Power and Speed is the same thing in pitching.
Power is the amount of work per unit time
Speed in pitching is the time it takes till foot plant[/b]
As you can see they are both the same thing in pitching So when I say power or speed the mean the same as the other in pitching.
General Strength- strength to the point where you are able to stabilize the body effectively.
The difference between Strength and Power in pitching.
STRENGTH is inherent capacity to manifest energy, to endure, and to resist.
POWER Physics the rate at which work is done, expressed as the amount of work per unit time
In baseball weight lifting isn’t the best way to train muscles to manifest energy and the best way to do this is through Plyometric and Med ball exercises that on focus power which is speed of the body. You should have general stable strength and anything beside that isn’t going to help increase power/speed that is needed to create a delivery that is quick to foot plant.
[b]Yes Strength is going to help but past when your body is stable then all the added Strength isn’t going to be able to be put into the delivery. Only Speed training like sprints, Plyometrics and med ball is going to help performance past a stable body with general strength.
Baseball training needs to be fast and sports specific and needs more of this:
Med ball work
Yoga that creates Stability in the whole body. [/b]
When is weight lifting good?
When you don’t have enough general strength and need to build a starting base. As soon as you are stable then the more weight training you do isn’t going to turn more velocity or better performance. After you have that General Strength then you need to work on the YOGA, Plyometrics, Med ball more while working more on skills in pitching such as pitching mechanics that deal with speeding up the body and getting into quick foot plant.
So in conclusion baseball is a Power/Speed sport and only needs general strength anything past that will not improve you pitching performance. And with the delivery you want to be quick to home plate so that you can increase power/speed which are the same thing when it comes down to pitching.
So next time you think of a way to increase performance think of theses things:
Is the training I’m doing have a lot of Plyometric/med ball exercises?
Am I fit to pitch meaning have a strong stable body. If not do I need to do a little of weight training to get a stable then work on plyo’s and med ball more?
Am I training for Speed/power rather then Strength if not what kind of training do I need to focus on?
Am I over training meaning that you are stable and still weight lifting which will not increase performance?
Am I doing some type of Yoga for baseball to become more stable and flexible?