CrossFit 650 is home to Game Prep Baseball Academy, a facility catering to baseball players in the San Bruno, Calif., area.
Anthony Granato and Lucas Robinson founded the affiliate. Granato played professional baseball for eight years, including minor league baseball for the Chicago Cubs and Colorado Rockies. In this video, gymnastics and movement guru Carl Paoli, also a coach at San Francisco CrossFit, learns how to throw a baseball.
”Here’s the deal: I am a former gymnast and I’ve really never thrown a ball in my life. When I throw a ball, I’m terrible at it,” Paoli says. “So right now when I walked through the door, I was like, ‘AstroTurf here, I see all the baseballs,’ and I just got nervous.”
Turns out, though, Paoli has pretty good throwing mechanics. He has good balance, good body control, good torque and good rotation, Granato says.
“The most important part of your ability to throw a baseball comes from your core,” he explains. “And it’s just like CrossFit in the sense (that) it’s core to extremity.”
Video by Again Faster.
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Additional reading: The Marlins Go CrossFit by Paul Fournier, published March 1, 2010.