Alright, so I’m starting another log because I feel that it helps me to write down my progress and I always like getting feedback from other forum users. As I’ve mentioned before, I’m currently a post-grad in high school. My goals are going to be big and might seem crazy, but as I see it, why would anyone NOT make crazy goals?
- Increase fastball speed to 90-92 or more.
- Develop better control on fastball, curveball, and changeup.
- Develop a knuckleball (I’ve always wanted to throw one!)
- Gain 10 lbs. of lean muscle, primarily in the legs and core.
- Increase mental toughness and confidence on the mound.
I’m going to be following a pretty specific training program up until winter break. It basically covers the same areas of training as Tuff Cuff, however I’ve revised it in a way that I believe better suits me.
The main areas of training are these:
1. Weight training
-I’ve been analyzing my mechanics a lot and I’ve changed my entire windup. I think that the best way for me to get the most out of my mechanics is by greatly building up my legs and core, which are currently my weakest muscle groups. I never neglected them before, but I think that my gains were stinted by my form, which could have been a lot better.
I’m going to be throwing long toss and bullpens 2-3 times per week on my non-lifting days. During long toss, I’m going to be developing shoulder strength while bullpens will focus on mechanics.
3. Speed/Agility Training
This is something that I’m required to do with my team during the offseason. It’s basic agility training, with lots of form running, sprints, and other stuff.
But mainly, I’ll be getting my agility training from the boxing lessons that I’m now taking 3-4 times/week. I did this a little before, but mainly worked on learning the punches, defenses, and practicing good form. At the place I go now, I get in a legitimate boxing workout, and it’s HARD. I’ll post details in a little.
Alright, so that’s a basic overview. I’m gonna post some workouts in a bit and update periodically.