Training for a sport takes more than just field practice.
Nobody understands this better than kinesiology “freak” Tim Lincecum, starting pitcher for the San Francisco Giants.
Fondly known as The Freak, Lincecum’s slim build defies the typical physique of his predecessors whose big frames, broad shoulders, thick, powerful legs, and over-developed glutes (the driving force of any good pitcher) are the acceptable norm for phenomenal MLB pitchers.
And yet Lincecum can throw a ball 400 feet without even trying.
Lincecum’s technique, taught to him by his father, is much like a crossbow – the drawing back of the arm mimics the quiver being pulled back into the bolt for the wind up, then the release under tension adds torque to the throw to propel the ball like a projectile missile through the air.
His strength comes from his elasticity.
In the gym, Lincecum focuses on increasing his elasticity and strength rather than developing huge, bulky muscles, and it’s a system that has been working for him since high school. One of his favorite moves is handstand push-ups.
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