Why Every Man Needs a Great Ass
What do Major League Baseball pitching greats Sandy Koufax, Randy Johnson, and Nolan Ryan all have in common?
Great asses, and great quads, hamstrings, hips, and calves.
It’s a scientifically proven fact, because building a powerful lower body is what helps you throw faster, according to researchers at Ohio State University.
The scientists found that pitchers who put more force into the ground with their lower body when throwing zinged in faster throws.
“By applying more force to the ground you create a stable base to rotate around during the throw,” says Mike McNally, C.S.C.S. and lead study author. “That allows you to better transfer energy through your hips, up your trunk to your arm and then to the ball, which increases its velocity.”
Indeed, guys always seem to think that throwing the heat is about building a stronger arm, says Tony Gentilcore, C.S.C.S., co-owner of Cressey Performance, one of the country’s top baseball training facilities.
“But real, raw force comes from your lower body,” he says. “That’s why getting stronger and more powerful in your lower body can have a profound effect your performance and ball velocity.”
What’s more, engaging your lower body to a greater degree when throwing—which allows you to rely less on your delicate arm and shoulder muscles for power—may help you avoid injury.
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Try the following two exercises that McNally uses to teach this concept. The first one is best done outside with a baseball. The second move you can do at any gym with a 6-pound medicine ball.
Both drills will teach you to better throw the heat, skim a rock, or toss a spiral. Do them once or twice a week, for 3 sets of 6 to 8 reps, resting 2 to 3 minutes between sets.