We’ve taken a couple of weeks off, but we’re back with our Andrew Redman Watch. This edition Andrew walks us through weeks 5 and 6 of the Velocity Enhancement Program. Be sure to check out the previous weeks and see the progression Andrew is making. Check them out below
Alright now on to the update!
“The velocity program continues on and every session I feel more and more comfortable and my arm is getting stronger. The first 2-weeks, some of the balls felt heavy and different, but now I feel much more controlled and efficient when throwing them.
I’m actually a little bit surprised by how well my progress is going and how well my arm feels. We are in the middle of fall ball here at Clarke, so besides doing the velocity program 3-days per week, I’m also throwing 3-5 days per week at practices and scrimmages. Even so, my arm feels like a million bucks and have no soreness or pain whatsoever.
Coach Schellsmidt and Rosenkranz have helped tweaked my mechanics and this has helped me be more efficient and consistent with my release and being able to throw strikes. Just being in better posture and balance helps my velocity be more consistent and maintain that velocity into later innings.
A big component of this program that can’t be overlooked is the nutrition aspect. Strength Coach, Michael Zweifel, has helped alter and promote better eating habits and recovery strategies. So far is these 6-weeks I’ve put on 5lbs of muscle, and this strength and size helps a ton in the later innings and also takes better advantage of my kinetic energy.
A couple people have asked me don’t you lose flexibility after you gain some weight, and the simple answer is no! I’m more flexible than ever! Every workout we work on specific shoulder and scapular mobility, as well as hip, thoracic spine, and ankle mobility. I know I’ve never done this kind of work before, but it’s amazing how important all these pieces tie together.
When I was young, I just thought throwing a lot and long toss would help me the most, but I was completely wrong! All of these components play huge roles and if I could give advice to younger kids it would be to get into a specific throwing program AND strength training program. If all you do is throw and don’t lift, you’re missing out on maybe the biggest factor to your improvement. This is really the first time I’ve lifted in my life, and if I started it 3-years ago I feel I would be throwing low 90′s consistently.
Even Terry has said if he would of known about how to train, stretch, recovery, and eat when he was young, he feels he would of been a MLB veteran instead of always fighting to reach and stay in the Big Leagues.”
Thanks Andrew again, and stay on the look-out for more Redman Updates.