Being the guy who hits all the jacks is where it’s at. After all chicks dig the long ball, chicks don’t dig the through the hole single. That isn’t sexy, that’s not what we want to be doing.
So with that in mind I decided to put together a workout routine to give myself a shot at hitting the long ball this season. The first thing I did was hire a trainer you can read about that post here.
My trainer put me onto Barry Bonds off season workout routine. In other words, juice. Okay only kidding – he does a pretty standard split.
Monday: Chest & Bicep
Tuesday: Leg Day
Wednesday: Back and Abs
Thursday: Shoulders and Triceps
Friday : Leg Day
You’ll notice he does legs twice a week and takes Saturday and Sunday off from weight training. He spends those days working on flexibility. He uses a combination of tools such as massage rollers, yoga straps, yoga blocks and different fitness regimes. The truth is if you want to build strength you need to be focusing on your legs. Functional movement, compound movement and resistance band explosive training is the ticket to building up that home run power.
What exactly do I mean by functional movement? Picture a guy doing bicep curls in front of the gym mirror – you don’t want to be that guy. Now picture a guy doing a variety of exercises including TRX work (if you’re not familiar with a TRX it’s time to get familiar), squats, lunges, slams etc. That’s the guy you want to be.
A lot of guys confuse “functional movement” with crossfit. I’ve never done crossfit in my life and I don’t intend to do it. The entire culture of crossfit is something else. Functional movement consists of movements which help you perform in sports and every day life. They strengthen not only the muscles you think you ought to work out, such as your biceps and triceps but also all of the tiny stabilizing muscles that you may not know you should work out, but really should work out. Functional movement also helps improve your ability to move and your overall flexibility.
The best tip I got from my trainer was focus on your flexibility, when you’re all locked up you lose power. You never correlate the two, flexibility and power but man I’ve noticed a huge difference. Think of a coil, the more you “wind it up” the more energy it releases. Your body works in the same way, if you have a bigger range of motion you’re going to be able to produce more energy. Simple yet powerful stuff.
I’m looking forward to baseball season, to see if all the work I put in i going to pay dividends (after all, chicks dig the long ball).