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Fit to Pitch Paperback – April 12, 1996
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"""From Texas to Japan, I've watched Tom House work wonders with pitchers. In Fit To Pitch you'll find the best and most complete pitcher conditioning program ever developed."""
Manager, New York Mets AAA Team--Tidewater, Former Manager, Texas Rangers
"""Fit to Pitch provides the best information available to players and coaches from proper mechanics to the latest in strength, flexibility, and conditioning programs. Fantastic guide for all levels."""
Patrick M. Casey
Head Baseball Coach, Oregon State University
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"Fit to Pitch" is a good, not great, manual on pitching fitness, as described. Exercises are described in a cursory fashion, however, and are lacking a detailed diagramming that some may want, if they don't have a background with physical training. Pictures are available, but the reader must have a background to understand what exercise motions are applicable. I have found better pitching exercise description on other's websites.
What Mr. House does well is articulate sequential training in a variety of proven formats so pitchers/trainers can match the individual. However, if you are looking for an easy to chart program to apply to a variety of situations, this isn't it. What I found helpful with this book is the separate "in season" vs pre-season training approaches, so you can figure what type of pitcher you have (or are) and apply the appropriate regimen, accordingly. Tom does a great job of painting the reality that not all pitchers require the same amount of rest and not are all used in the same fashion (starter vs. reliever). Different program variations are available for each variable. That is where the book is successful.
What you won't find is the weighted ball/velocity improvement regimen - that is in "Fastball Fitness". It would be better if Mr. House repackaged these as volumes of made the topics more discernable. Still a valuable read, if you are interested in the appropriate training for a pitcher, from the original guru.
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This is a great book to help you understand how to prepare your kid for pitching. It is easy to understand and the steps are very clear to help improve your training methods.Published 22 months ago by charlie Bory
This book is invaluable for pitching coaches and parents who want to give good instruction in pitching with a priority on good mechanics to prevent injury. Read morePublished on July 30, 2008 by M Nugent