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Throwing a baseball is a complex movement.

To simplify it, gymnastics and movement guru Carl Paoli explains it as squaring up the hips and then external shoulder rotation followed by internal shoulder rotation.

“When we’re unilaterally loaded … our joint tends to cave into internal rotation,” Paoli explains. “So what we’re seeing is that in order to train more speed and rotation … all I need to do is do some unilateral loading.”

In Part 2, Paoli continues his progression of learning how to throw a baseball at CrossFit 650 in San Bruno, Calif. The affiliate is home to Game Prep Baseball Academy, a facility catering to baseball players in the area. Co-owner Anthony Granato played professional baseball for eight years, including minor league ball for the Chicago Cubs and Colorado Rockies.

Paoli compares the placement of the body for throwing a baseball to the Olympic lifts.

“When you perform CrossFit and we’re doing all these movements, I’m going from extension to flexion, so that’s actually me once again learning how to throw when I’m snatching,” says the San Francisco CrossFit coach.

Video by Again Faster.

5min 7sec

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Additional reading: The Marlins Go CrossFit by Paul Fournier March 1, 2010.



1 Comment on “Paoli Learns How to Throw a Baseball: Part 2”


Chris Sinagoga wrote …

Awesome video series and great ending! Loved the instruction from both guys. You can tell Anthony is a good coach by how he can break down a complex movement such as throwing into simple steps.

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