Last night I was walking down the stairs in total darkness with just my underwear on.
Probably a little too much info but that’s not important, this is. As I took my final step down I almost fall flat on my face had it not been for a last ditch reflexive effort to get my foot down.
Ever done that?
I thought there was one more step only to realize there wasn’t?
Luckily my body has built in mechanisms to protect, so here’s what it did.
How did my lower-half respond?
The brain shouted out to my body to get my front foot down.
So I could make a last ditch effort to stand upright and prevent my brain clashing against the wall or jamming my neck.
Your body’s #1 goal is self preservation.
Without you even knowing you’ve got built in “alarm sensors” that are constantly scanning your environment for threats.
Are these conscious thoughts?
It’s simply the nervous system (feedback loop) traveling back and forth between the brain and the body to keep you upright.
But most pitching instructors you’ll find on social media and inside of training facilities across the country never even think about this.
They’re so accustomed to thinking mechanics and highlighting positions that they never once think about “WHY” these movements are occurring.
They fail to realize the body has built in feedback loops traveling at warp speed up and down the spinal cord relaying every single piece of “data” being retrieved by the body and it’s outside environment.
Think about balance for a moment.
As you’re walking on the tight line, your body senses you’re about to fall off to the left.
So what’s the brain do?
It’s going to always move in an equal but opposite fashion for two primary reasons:
In other words…
Every single move you see made inside pitching mechanics is a reaction to the previous move.
And it’s why I’m always stressing…
Any movement will affect every movement.
Special thanks to my guinea pigs, AKA my 4 kids for teaching me this. Luckily for me I’ve yet to have child protection services visit my home. Over the years, I’ve studied how my kids move from infancy to toddler to young child.
And with each of them I noticed how there was always an equal but opposite movement while attempting to stand or move.
Inside my 3-Day Core Velocity Programs I refer to this as the “Remy Effect” named after my 4 year old hellion, Remy.
In the end, here’s my advice.
There’s always going to be an equal but opposite movement.
The pelvis and spinal cord.
That’s the reason we spend so much time just wearing The Belt and learning to control the pelvis. (No pitching drills required)
Because once you begin to learn how to control the pelvis and increase the stability of the pelvis, that the body will begin to move faster, cleaner and more efficiently.
The pelvis region serves as your center of gravity and every move you make is influenced for good, or bad, by the center of the body.
We’ve got an entire generation of coaches and instructors that never once stop to think about how the Good Lord put us together and he never once discussed pitching mechanics in the Bible.
Until you start with the brain and understand that the #1 reason why you’re seeing “poor mechanics” has nothing to do with actual “pitching mechanics” and everything to do with the body attempting to carry out it’s ultimate goal of…
Keeping the body upright, so you’ve got a chance to not only pitch again tomorrow, but also live to see another day.
Get with it coaches.
With all the data available to us today, it’s time we started addressing the WHY and get away from the WHAT. Because that’s what I see with 99.9% of the “cutting edge” pitching info today across most outlets of social media.
Even after retrieving the data, they spend the majority of training time wasted by addressing the symptoms and not the actual cause. I’m constantly seeing poor arm action issues that aren’t really arm action issues.
They’re actually problems occurring with the lower-half, preventing the arm from working efficiently. Yet, the majority of instruction has pitchers training the arm, only to see the problems re-appear.
At the end of the day fellas…
A body without a brain couldn’t move and a brain without a body couldn’t think. (You can’t address one without addressing the other in your evaluations)
If you know what you’re doing, you’ll quickly realize this one very important concept.
And remember this…
The problems you’re seeing with your pitchers mechanics will always appear downstream of the actual cause. Because the kinetic chain works a lot like ripples in the pond. (Mike Reinold quote)
Instead of focusing on the ripples appearing at the shore WHY not find out what’s being thrown in the water causing the ripples in the first place.
Here’s a video review explaining what we’ve just discussed in detail.
PS: Check out my 3-Day Core Velocity Training Programs and let’s work together to find out what’s REALLY the problem with your delivery. I can almost guarantee you that it’s not as big as you think. Remember, the BIGGEST changes come from the teeniest-tiniest adjustments. The key is finding that small problem causing bigger problems.
PSS: I’m entertaining the idea of bringing back my Coaching Certification Course. Reach out to me if you’re interested in learning more.