You Wish You Threw Like a Girl

The year was 2007. I was married to a former college athlete. He was coaching his son’s minor league baseball team—because that’s what former athlete dads do— when I got the call: “Lis, you gotta come down here. Brock’s pitching a no-hitter.”

We lived in a small town in Northern Michigan. Needless to say I was there in five minutes flat. It sounded exciting! A no-hitter! Wow!

I crept up to the dugout, nice and easy.

My husband spotted me and came over. “This is it. Last inning. Only two players left to bat,” he whispered.

I didn’t respond because everyone was so quiet, so focused, but I got this unmistakably sad look on my face.

“What’s wrong, Lis? You okay?” he asked.

To this I replied, “Yeah, I’m great. I just hope the other team gets at least one hit. I feel so bad for them.”

That’s when he froze like a statue, like someone had sucked the life out of him, and then recovered just enough to shake his head and walk away….

And there I was, left wondering. I mean—I was racking my brain to figure out what rendered him speechless, while I stood there unwittingly rooting for my stepson to blow it.

Fast forward to 2017.

As a mom of an eleven-year-old athlete, who happens to be a girl, it seems those days where girls and sports were like oil and water are gone. I watch my daughter, Jazz, play sports and I’m excited for her future—she’s learning discipline, building muscle, working as part of a team, building confidence, getting a great cardio workout, and having fun. And in her free time, she tries to teach me a thing or two.

While I doubt I’ll ever catch up on sports and “throw like a girl,” I do know about the benefits of working out like an athlete.

So with spring training underway, this is my challenge to you: ask your trainer to create “the baseball player workout.” The sport of baseball, like golf and tennis, entails swinging and throwing and other explosive moves. These moves create an imbalance in the body, and stress it out, too. In everyday life, we naturally do things that also create imbalances. Even brushing our teeth creates imbalance over time. We need to be readjusted—and most people don’t think about this when they squeeze in their daily workout. This is where a trainer comes in. Trainers think about balance, core strength, increasing flexibility, and workouts that benefit us over time.

Joe! I’m ready for my baseball player workout!

PS: My stepson pitched a no-hitter that day.

Check out some of these moves:

  • Plyometric pushups
  • Single-leg deadlifts
  • Plank or side plank
  • Weighted lunges
  • Thread the needle yoga move
  • Alternating leg lifts