Our 2nd level program adds a shoulder strength component to support the added velocity gains when using our INTRO VELOCITY PROGRAM. In addition to the weighted balls, we include a set of our elastic cords with a pitcher-specific cord workout to maximize the effectiveness of elastic cords use. We also include a light dumbbell workout program that specifically strengthens the rotator cuff and decelerator muscles to make them more durable and withstand the demands of pitching. These two added protocols have been tested and refined over 15 years with thousands of pitchers and is the safest arm and shoulder care program available anywhere.
When working the arms and shoulders, it is IMPERATIVE that you strengthen the small muscles inside the shoulder. These include the supraspinatus, infraspinatus, teres major, teres minor, and the subscapularis. It is these muscles that stabilize the shoulder capsule, decelerate the arm and take the brunt of throwing stress. If left unstrengthen, the result can often be a rotator cuff tear. Keep these muscles strong by utilizing this program!
• 1 set of weighted balls + velocity throwing protocol + video instructions
• 1 set of Elastic cords + elastic cords protocol + video demonstration
• Dumbbell workout program + video demonstration
• Workout Instruction Manual (hard copy and digital download)
It has been known for decades that overload/underload training increases throwing velocity. In fact, Dr. Tom House, the founder of the NPA, did his first weighted ball study with Dr. Coop DeRenne back in 1985 which confirmed the validity of weighted ball training. There was one major problem: over time athletes were getting “sore arms”, or worse, major injuries with the added velocity. Therefore, the program was shelved believing that promoting such a program was disingenuous to an athlete until it could be implemented more safely.
Fast forward 20 years and the NPA finally developed a protocol that mitigated these arm injury issues. We knew that GIRD (glenohumural internal rotation deficit) was a major predictor of potential arm injuries and so we went about trying to fix GIRD using a weighted ball program. After trying numerous iterations, not only did the protocol fix GIRD, it also led to safest arm speed increases we’d ever seen! In 2008 it was submitted to ASMI (American Sports Medicine Institute) for a peer review.
This is what the Velocity Program is about: arm speed achieved as safely as currently possible. Get started today!
BEWARE: There are lots of other very popular weighted ball programs on the market that are creating sore arms and getting guys hurt. They are simply chasing arm speed and adding harmful “recovery” exercises without fully understanding the cause and effects. Don’t jump on the bandwagon because “everyone else is doing it”. We are constantly having to repair arms that were on these other programs, many after having Tommy John surgery. Don’t waste a season (or worse!) by making the same mistake.