Originally Posted by ozz525
Repped! great post
I have one question pitching throwing a ball does it help core strenghth?
Yep, if it's like medicine ball it should do. To get maximum benefit you will need to get a lot of motion in the torso, and a really good range of movement in the arms as well. The key with all core strength exercises is to get leverage against your spine, so that you have to active your core in order to stabilize it.
If you throw a medicine ball, catch it or reach out and give it to someone/take it from someone, when your arms are stretched the weight has a lot of leverage. As you bring it in towards your body the leverage reduces, and so will your core activiation.
A friend of mine described a very nice exercise that they used to do in the British army, which was basically to play Basketball with a medicine ball, just keeping position and passing, with no shooting. Moving the ball around through all those positions, passing and catching would be very good for core strength as well as muscle stamina.