Ten seconds on the clock. Good job, dude. Not difficult, right? Yeah. It’s not a difficult drill, but
what it is, is it’s a way for you to get used to
using the lights, having to
train your eyes, train your hands to work in
Right. So what did you feel like was
happening? It’s interesting because you’re trying to sort of keep your eyes focused so you can see
everything even at like in these light up
It’s hard to tell. Is it this one? Or is it this
one that’s lit up? So it’s training the
peripherals, right. As ballplayers, it’s important
that we see straight on, but also out of
the sides of our eyes. So you want to like, in the
middle, right, if someone’s got a big lead at first and
you see them take off, you
want to see that out of
personal. You don’t want to have to turn
Right. Things like that. So it’s also working the legs,
moving back and forth. That’s right. I have some footwork drills that we can do
too that’s crazy. But just try this, like, I’m just
building you a progression so that you can figure out how
this feels and how it works. So this next one: Red is right
hand. Green is left hand. Okay. I’m here to mess with you, bro. So the next level
level on that.
All right. What did you feel was going on
internally, especially like inside your
your mind, your brain? You get sort of this internal timer? You say, OK, I used my
left hand four times in a row. I can’t keep using my left
hand. You just want to go
boom boom boom like that. It’s training your brain to not
do that. So be reactionary, right? So
what’s difficult or more difficult about that
drill is that you can
process which hand you use, and w hich color. So in that sense of going from
like just rapid fire to like, now
there’s something that I have
to think. Right. That’s the next level up. So now stuff is about to start
translating to baseball.
OK. So have have you ever use
I’ve seen that. I’ll never use.
OK. So this is a HECOstix.
All right. So there’s different renditions
of using it. Simplest version is: I call a
color, and you catch it. So I just go blue. Easy, right. All right, white.
Perfect. So you get the gist of that,
right? Thank you for not
spinning it too much. I’ve got really good at
throwing this. So are you
ready? Yeah. So the next progression is going to be a
OK. So when you put the blue light
out, you can use either hand. But get your eyes up as fast as
you can. I’m going to call a color and
you’re going to catch
the right one. You’re going to flip it back and keep
going. Got it. It’s still green light left,
red light, right. Got you. Got it. Good. Very good job. Good job. White. Good. Keep working, good, good, good,
Put it out, keep rolling. Blue. Atta boy. Black . Good. Good work. Wow. Nicely done.
Blue. Good dude. Keep working
Good. So what’s more challenging
about that? You know, I almost felt like
that was easier because there was so much to
think about. It was just really reactionary.
OK. So I put you in a spot for half
a thing and then created a reactionary simulated
situation where there’s actually more going on. But it’s easier for you because
you’re conditioning your brain to take a more
information, process, and then react accordingly.
That make sense?
Yeah. I’m about to make it harder. So what we’re doing. So my name’s Mike Hicks. This is R3VAMP Elite Training. We’re working here on some
techniques in conjunction with hand-eye
reaction, vision training, things that simulate being
quality baseball player.
Right. So we want to make sure we have
good hands and then make sure
we have good eyes. We have good feet, good
balance, things like that. And then we’re able to process
information on the fly. Baseball is a game where you
stand around a lot.
Right. So what we want to do is, is
keep our guys engaged, keep their brains
active and stimulate them so that they can figure out
how to focus in those down times and then
turn on the focus when it
matters. So this is transferable to
every single aspect of life.
Every sport. We train all athletes, doesn’t
matter sport. We work with brain injury
patients. We work with rehab patients.
It does not matter. So what’s really cool about
this is you’re able to see the
brain and the body connect in
similar drills for everyone. So here comes the next level. OK. So adding to color. OK, so purple. Is gonna be a tennis ball. I’m gonna
keep calling colors on this
the same thing’ Purple’s just ball. So in using two different
objects to catch, you have to hyperfocus because
you can’t get super locked into one because one is
very different than
the other. Catching a ball
is different than catching a HECOstix. So you have hyperfocus.
All right. You ready? Blue. Good, good, good.
Black. White. Good. Blue. Good. Black. Don’t get off balance. White. Good, good. Blue. Good work. Good job, boy. Good, good, blue. Good. Ball. Good, good.
Keep working. Good. So what was challenging about
that? Honestly? The things started to
move around on me.
Besides that. Besides the lights moving around. Otherwise that didn’t seem that
It felt reactionary. Yeah.
Or the same. And just more to think
about and react to.
Time to make it hurt. OK. Hop on this. It’s good. You’re
smart, I can tell. What do you do for work? I’m a journalist.
You’re smart. I appreciate it. Yeah, man. OK, so the ball is going to com
ing from here or here.
OK. Nothing changes besides this. All right. Good, put it out.
Go. Black. Put it out.
Keep going. There was that breaking point
that you needed most of all
. Blue. White. Put it out.
Black. Good. Keep working. Ball. Good, good. So what’s more challenging
about that? I mean, you got to think about
balance. That’s a total game changer. So now is what I want to show,
right? You can you can train your
brain to take on more things. But as soon as you start
creating this off balance nature that requires more
stability and focus , it all gets way harder, e
specially when you’re like… I’m still feeling weird. You’ve gotta cross your body
with your left hand and put the green light
out and stuff like that. It’s just required.
OK. So what’s this do for a
ballplayer? How does this make
them a better player? So not only does it help them
with their reaction time in their eyes and their hands
and the things that require them to be optimal in their
sport, but like I was mentioning
Right. So as baseball players, it’s
really important that our processing is clean and clear
and that we’re in essence, able to take on a
lot at once or like
high-stress simulated situations where
there’s like a ton of stuff
going on. Maybe the game’s tight. You know, maybe not performing
It’s a game of failure. Things like that. So it’s our ability to get
within our own mind and again, focus when it
matters and be able to overcome those
high stress situations where we’re working on
breathing, we’re working on,
again, being overloaded with
information and being able to
produce. So I’ve seen a lot of different
types of workout facilities in my years. How did you discover
this style ? And you know, is this
widespread across the US? Is only you
doing it? Like how did you
discover this? Well, there’s a lot of coaches out there that are
getting into the cognitive, you know,
conditioning and working out and working on
mental skills and things like
that. There are coaches throughout
the country that do that. But what we do and what makes
us different is our full
spectrum, holistic approach. So we do all these types of
drills. Again, these are very basic. There’s a lot more that go goes
into it. There’s a lot of other types of
drills. But what makes us different is
being able to do all those. Work on strength, conditioning,
speed and agility. Focus on breath work. Focus on mindfulness. Focus on nutrition, hydration,
sleep, goal setting, routine setting. So the full spectrum athlete. Completely holistic. So when you train an athlete
from nuts to bolts, A to Z, you’re able to optimize
their performance and enhance their ability to achieve flow
state. So what types of athletes have
you had an opportunity to
work? Any big league ballplayers
come through your facility? What’s been great is we have
actually a player right now that we’ve
been training who’s down to
to Spring Training. Cincinnati Reds. His name is
Alex Powers. H e was the 2019 minor league
reliever of the year in their organization. Absolutely stud of a
ballplayer. He’s somebody that we did quite
a bit of work with related to
breath work. Related to his balance. And then really driving home
what worked for him. So we looked at his attributes
and what he did really well and when we hit it as hard as
we could. So, for example, he’s a soft
focus pitcher. So he’ll come set, he’ll lose
his target, he’ll find it, he’ll lose it,
then he’ll find it and go. So we built drills around that
idea of soft focus that enhanced his ability to
be good at that. In addition, we trained his
peripherals like we were
talking about earlier, so the sides of his eyes. Hypothetically, again, we want
to prepare our athletes for any simulated situation. So if he’s, you know, on the
mound, there’s a guy in first
base. If you turn your head, that’s a
balk. But if you can see guys out of
the corner of your eye, you’re able to manage base
runners. Right, so strengthening his
eyes in every single aspect of
your work. So what are the types of
ballplayers that should seek
you out to get work and how can people
find you? And it’s anybody, man, it’s
it’s not even just baseball
players. It’s all athletes.
Right. But the types of ballplayers
that we’re looking for is
anybody that wants to improve, right? Again, because
we do A to Z, nuts and bolts, as we work on every aspect of
the athlete with a focus on cognitive
conditioning in the brain. Right. Anybody, you know, high school,
elementary kid, college guy, pro guy, it
doesn’t matter. We can work with anybody. We do it on a needs-based
analysis. We figure out exactly what you
need. And then we crush you with
those drills. To find us, we’re at A’s
here in Woburn. That’s 31 Draper Street in
Woburn, Mass. This is our home base and
Woburn. We do have some other
partnerships and we work in
some other spaces, but specifically for baseball
guys, softball girls, anybody that’s a ball player,
this is the sport.
Awesome. And Jack, you’ve had a few seconds
to cool off. How are you feeling now? I’m feeling good. You know, one it’s a good
workout. It’ll get your heart rate
up and make you sweat. The other thing is it’s it’s
good to sort of just, it teaches you to sort of get
out of your own head and just
act. Just respond. And there was a point at the
end where it’s like, when you throwing me the stick, I just
sort of like, w e finally hit that overload of
He said Black. I was like, oh, okay, all right
. Now I remember. What am I doing here? But
I like that. Awesome. Jack, thank you for
participating, and Mike, thanks for giving us the demo.
I really appreciate it.
Thank you very much.