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The TUFFCUFF Strength and Conditioning Manual for Baseball Pitchers: A 52-Week Guide to Pitching Workouts and Throwing Programs Spiral-bound – Laser printed, December 1, 2010

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Product Details

  • Spiral-bound: 188 pages
  • Publisher: The Complete Pitcher, Inc.; 3rd edition (December 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000KWRKWE
  • Product Dimensions: 11.5 x 8.5 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,314 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

The pictures are easy to follow and the information very relevant.
Juniors Coach
It works you into the different strength exercises so you'll never have a problem with doing one of the many many workouts in this book.
Sharin L. Passarell
I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to focus their training on pitching and is serious about playing (again...).
Michael Moore

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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Victor Roberts on January 18, 2007
Format: Spiral-bound
Two words: BROADER SHOULDERS. For those who want to pitch at a professional level or just want to get into better shape for the next season, this guide provides hundreds of photos and descriptions of exercises and stretches to help get you there. After two months of TUFFCUFF workouts three days a week, my 11th grade nephew has added 5 pounds of muscle and is throwing the ball harder and farther. We live in a cold weather area, so he has to skip some of the recommended exercises, such as two-handed throwing of a medicine ball inside a gym. But most exercises can be done with a treadmill, dumbells, and a small indoor workout space.

The guide is probably even more helpful for college level players who have more time to focus on workouts and have access to better equipment and facilities. It also contains a variety of graphs and guidelines for players to chart their progress as well as a recommended diet. This guide proves getting to the next level requires work, not steroids.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Kellough on February 23, 2010
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After facing injury before my junior year of high school baseball, I was throwing an 80 mph fastball. After suffering injury and loss of velocity, I invested in this manual. Now, with my senior season right around the corner and only about 4 weeks of Tuff Cuff training under my belt, my fastball is reaching 82 mph and I've recovered my lost velocity. And that's with minimal to no throwing during the week. Inside this manual is unique stretches, gut busting core excercises, delicate scapula and rotator cuff strengthening, and much more. I highly recommend you put the time and effort into this guide.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By William E. Minichiello on May 16, 2008
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This is the single best pitching manual I have ever seen. I bought it and I began with the inseason workouts because I was in season at the time. Even using the less intense inseason workouts to start, I noticed a significant difference in strength, durability and stamina while on the mound. This product is simply amazing, Steve has truly created the single most reliable, most result producing pitching workout ever made. The Best Ever.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Nick Blakeborough on May 19, 2008
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Being a 5'7 125lbs 14 year old throwing low 70's teams looked at me like "Are you kidding me?" After purchasing this program and following the exercises complimented with hundreds of explanatory pictures I was a whole new pitcher. Now at 15 y/o. 5'8, 142lbs throwing low 80's I owe it all to Steven and his book. A MUST READ for any pitcher whether your a highschool hurler, a college pitcher or just starting off this book will get you well on your way to the bigs!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sam Childs on June 5, 2014
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After first looking at the material it seemed over whelming, but when I really got serious it was what I expected. There were some things I didn't understand and still don't on figuring out carbs, calories etc. I am pleased with the book and can't wait to share the information with my grandson this summer.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By bill bill on May 19, 2008
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This is a great book to have for any serious pitchers out there that want the ultimate year-round workout. Even if you don't plan on using every workout, it is a great thing to have to form a base workout out of.

I have used it for over a year now and it has worked wonders for my shoulders and legs. I still use it everyday I go to the gym and it was well worth the money spent.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By John Autolino on January 9, 2009
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OUTSTANDING RESOURCE. This program is absoulutely what I was looking for. Being a High School Varsity Pitching Coach I was looking for a detailed off season throwing and workout programs for my pitcher's. The TUFFCUFF Manual offers more then I expected. It is priceless. My pitcher's have been on this program since Sept 2008 and now we are entering winterball way ahead of the pitching curve. The photos and illustrations are clear, consise and very easy to follow. The charts and workout calendars are excellent. The TUFFCUFF has positively changed the way I prepare our pitcher's for a season and how to prepare them in the off season. It has it all, warm up, cardiovascular, agility, balance, rotator cuff exercises. We have implemented the use of the training and workout charts and the off season throwing program. It's a great resource for pitcher's at all levels as well as coaches. Thank you Steve Ellis!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By AJR on March 20, 2012
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Recently I started to use the program TUFF CUFF (1 week ago) and I'm definitely starting to see results physically, especially in the core and I feel more and more agile. I also feel more strength in my arms, especially my shoulders. It is a good book that shows I photos of hundreds of exercises and stretches that can not only help increase the speed of your fastball, also help you stay healthy physically and focused. It also gives you tips on nutrition and recovery. It shows programs according to your level (professional, college, etc). If you are looking to train at a new level, which will translate to better performance, I recommend you buy this book. (sorry, this was translated.)
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More About the Author

Steven Ellis is a two-time MLB draft pick and former Chicago Cubs pitching pro. He has written 11 books (and has co-authored or published six others) covering all aspects of baseball that have changed the way coaches, parents and players teach and play the game.

His most popular book, The TUFFCUFF Strength & Conditioning Manual for Baseball Pitchers, has appeared on the Amazon bestseller list and features the same pitching workouts and training methods currently used by pitchers throughout Major League Baseball.

In addition to his writing, Steven is founder and president of The Complete Pitcher, a popular baseball media and web development company whose internet properties reach more than 7.8 million visitors annually.

When not teaching baseball, publishing books or staring at code, he and his wife can be found training for and running marathons, skiing and building community in his current home town of Wellesley, MA.

You can Google him to learn more.