Georgia Personal Training center is located right here in Roswell, Georgia. We offer fitness training for pitchers. We have worked with quite a few high school pitchers from the local high schools around our facility. We have also trained quite a few youth travel ball pitchers as well. We love putting pitchers through our fitness training program and find them to be pretty unique folks.
For a pitcher to succeed, they need to develop a particular set of skills and physical traits. Pitchers need arm strength, flexibility, timing, balance, lower body explosiveness and more. Our training program is designed to help a pitcher to develop in these specific areas. Pitching is a obviously a repetitive motion activity. That repetitive motion can and does extract a heavy toll on shoulders, elbows and backs. For a pitcher to have longevity, they really must commit to a regime of weight training and physical fitness activities. Our fitness program for pitchers is specifically designed to improve performance and to help protect against repetitive motion injuries.
Georgia Personal Training is a facility that offers a sport specific, fitness training program designed for baseball pitchers. This program was developed by Matthew Lein. Matt played youth baseball in the Roswell area. He received scholarship offers from a number of colleges and chose to play his collegiate ball at Wofford College and later at the University of South Carolina.
Matt began working with baseball fitness instructors when he was only 13 years old. As a collegiate athlete, Matt was able to learn even more while participating in the collegiate weight training programs offered by the Terriers and the Gamecocks. As a youth player, Matt did his fair share of pitching. In fact, he pitched on travel teams until he reached 15 years old. At 15, Matt’s skills as a hitter and fielder had clearly separated him from others in the area and he became a full time position player.
Matt will tell you to this day that he really enjoyed pitching. He was actually pretty good at it. One of the things that Matt clearly benefited from while pitching was learning the demands of the position. In the fitness training program that he did as a youth player, Matt and his trainer worked hard on developing lower body explosion, developing core body stability and increasing upper body and arm strength. Matt began training with Atlanta area baseball trainers at 13. After just one year with his Atlanta based fitness trainer, you could visually see Matt’s velocity and arm strength increasing. Matt stuck with the fitness program all the way through his high school years. By the time Matt left for college, he had one of the strongest arms of any third baseman playing in the area.
When Matt finished his playing career at the University of South Carolina, he came home and opened a 24 hour fitness center and later started Georgia Personal Training center. Fitness is his passion. To this day Matt works out anywhere from 3 to 4 hours each day. Matt created a sport specific fitness programs for infielders, outfielders and pitchers. He incorporates many of the strength and conditioning exercises he learned at Wofford and South Carolina, into the fitness program for baseball infielders. Given his first hand experience with the infield, Matt is uniquely qualified and knowledgeable of the specific physical demands of the infield position. He has devoted years of his life to developing those physical tools. That dedication lead to Matt being named Southern Conference Freshman of the Year and ultimately to the Collegiate Baseball Freshman All-American team.
When a baseball player comes in to meet with us about fitness training, one of the first questions we ask is what position they play. Knowing their position is really important in terms of building the perfect training program for that player. Playing infield, outfield or pitching will place certain demands on each player. We strive to ensure that each ball player in our fitness program is physically prepared for the demands of the job they will fill. Being prepared to do your job is a responsibility that each player on the team has, to every other member of that team. When you play a team game like baseball, you quickly realize that the team is only as strong as it’s weakest link. That said, we train players with the idea in mind that we want our athletes to be the strongest, fastest, more agile and best prepared players on their teams.
If you are a pitcher, the fitness program we will have you doing is specific to your position. You will work on developing a very strong and stable core body. We will work with you are lower body explosion. You will do exercises specifically designed to strengthen your shoulders and arm strength. Pitchers really benefit greatly from improved balance and core body stability. We cannot stress enough how important core body strength and balance are to pitchers. To pitch at the higher levels, you are going to have to develop great control, to go along with your ever increasing velocity. Without balance and core body stability, it is virtually impossible to pitch with consistency. Pitching is such a repetitive activity that we just cannot stress enough how important it is to approach your fitness program with a comprehensive, whole body development approach.
In addition to all the strength related activities, we will also work very hard with you to increase your overall cardiovascular conditioning. Muscle endurance is mission critical for pitchers. We find that the cardiovascular fitness component really helps our athletes stay healthier over the long haul. When they work on their conditioning, they tend to be able to retain more velocity into the later innings of games. Having strong and flexible leg muscles will also help pitchers. Many pitchers in today’s game, rely on lower body explosiveness in delivering pitches with maximum velocity. Incorporating your lower body into the pitching motion not only helps to increase velocity, we have seen our athletes who effectively use their lower bodies stay healthier over time.
The length of the fitness training program sessions we ask you to do will relate directly to your maturity level. With younger players, we tend to keep the sessions to approximately 30 – 45 minutes in length. Again, whether you train for 30 minutes or 45 minutes will be based on your age, maturity level and the length of time you have been in our program. The longer players train with us, the more advanced their training programs get. Once you start training with us, you will quickly realize that our program is designed to push you to improve. The training program for players who have trained with us for a year is more intense than a program for a player just getting started. As your fitness level improves, we will expand the intensity level, as well as increase the diversity of the exercises we ask you to perform. Our experience has taught us that using this approach will ensure that your muscles continue to develop and your fitness level will continually improve over time.