Last week our first group of the velocity program ended. We has some amazing results during these 12-weeks, with the average increase in velocity of 6.9mph!
The following 8 young men worked very hard and improved not only their velocity, but also their mechanics, strength, coordination, and reduced their risk of injury.
There are other programs out there that use some of the throwing protocols we use, but nothing else can match the total program we put out in terms of biomechanical analysis, nutrition, strength and power, athleticism, and shoulder care.
To prove here, let’s look at each on of these 8 athletes and their individual results.
Gregory Bennett – Gregory is a freshman at Western Dubuque and when he started this program throwing 73mph and weighed 127 lbs. Gregory had good mechanics with only a small tweaks needed here and there. What G-Man did need was to take care a few few postural imbalances that put him in poor positions, mainly his pelvic alignment. He worked hard on proper core stabilization and improved this posture while adding a great deal of strength. At the end of the 12-weeks, Gregory threw 81mph (+8), deadlifted 255lbs (+85), dropped his 10-yard time by .21, and weighed 135lbs (+7)!
Logan Hoeper – Logan is a junior at Platteville high school and when he entered this program Logan was throwing 74mph and weighed 158lbs. Logan was another kid who needed to get stronger and add some mass to his frame. What’s great about this program is that tweaks are made for everybody, and in Logan’s case he has a unique anatomical structure in his elbow that needs consideration when starting intense throwing programs. Other program WILL NOT notice this and increase the risk of injury, but with Logan we were able to progress him safely and keep him healthy. At the end of the 12-weeks Logan threw 80mph (+6mph), deadlifted 340lbs (+135), dropped his 10-yard time by .21, and weighed 163 (+5)!
Addison Smothers – Addison is a sophomore at Senior and when he started the program he threw 72mph and weighed 164lbs. Addison was a young athlete who benefited from certain mechanical tweaks and overall better control of his body. For a sophomore Addison is a pretty good sized kid, but needed better control of his body. With some added strength and mechanical fixes Addison threw 77mph (+5), deadlifted 285lbs (+160), dropped his 10-yard time by .33, and weighed 169lbs (+4). He’s a young man on the brink of hitting the 80mph mark with some more improved mechanics and letting his strength catch up with his body.
Noah Gassman – Noah is a senior at Wahlert and when he started the program he was throwing 79mph and weighed 159lbs. Noah has good arm speed and mechanics when he started, he just needed a bigger engine. Over the 12-weeks he added 7mph to his fastball (86mph), dropped his 10-yard time by .19, and 11lbs to this frame (171lbs). We have no doubt Noah is an 88-90mph kid if he could add 10-15 more lbs and keep working on lower body strength and power!
Evan Straw – Evan is a junior at Senior High and when he started he was throwing 77mph and weighed 158lbs. Evan is another kid who has a great frame and long arms, but just lacked strength and size. He needed to add some mass to his body and get stronger. Evan also had some imbalances and asymmetries in his shoulders and elbows that put him at risk when starting an aggressive throwing program. We made sure we catered those issues before getting too aggressive and that type of individualization is what separates our program from anybody else. At the end of 12-weeks Evan threw 82mph (+5), deadlifted 305lbs (+100), dropped his 10-yard time by .22, and weighed 169lbs (+11). He another kid who could very well be throwing in the upper 80′s by his senior year if he continues to work hard!
Connor Crabill – Connor is an 8th grader as Roosevelt Junior High and when Connor started the program he was throwing 66mph and weighed 130lbs. Being an 8th grader we made sure we progressed Connor appropriately and put extra emphasis on his mechanics and proper technique. Connor dedicated himself very deeply to this program and the results showed. After the 12-weeks Connor threw 79mph (+13), deadlifted 215lbs (+130), dropped his 10-yard time by .33, and weighed 140lbs (+10)! For only an 8th grader Connor has some great potential. It is important for his to keep perfecting his mechanics and taking care of his recovery. We can’t wait to keep working with Connor through the years as he works his way through high school!
Sage Sutter – Sage is a sophomore at West Delaware High School and when he started he threw 73mph and weighed 134lbs. Sage plays catcher so he has to be able to perform a unique throwing motion to be successful. One of the biggest things we worked on with Sage was getting those catcher specific mechanics perfected. At the end of 12-weeks Sage threw 77mph (+4), deadlifted 320 (+6lbs), dropped .20 off his 10-yard time, and weighed in at 144lbs (+10). Even though Sage “only” gained 4mph (which is still a lot) his popped time will improve significantly because of his shortened throwing motion. We want to thank Sage for traveling close to an hour to come and train at BLA. This kind of dedication is awesome and we expect some great things from Sage in the future!
Alec Chandlee – Alec is an 8th grader at Washington Middle School and when Alec started he was throwing 56mph and weighed 99lbs. Alex is still maturing and growing so special considerations were put in place to ensure his unique demands were met, and this meant only going 2-days per week. Alec ended up adding 8mph (64mph) to his fastball in only 12 weeks while also adding 5lbs of muscle. Alec benefitted greatly from this program by getting stronger and gaining overall body control. As he enters high school he has a great head start on his classmates because he has cemented proper development and when he grows into this body he’ll see some great improvements because of the work he put in now!
There you have it! A breakdown of our 8 velocity athletes. As you can see not only did these young men improve their velocity, but we know they are all-around players and they also improve their speed and power. This will lead to more stolen bases, making plays in the hole or gaps, and more extra base hits.
With February just around the corner, NOW is an ideal time to start looking into our 2nd phase of the velocity program. It will prepare any baseball player for the season ahead and put them in a position to play the best ball of their life! Don’t hesitate and contact us about getting starting TODAY!