Having spent the past four years recording hundreds of training sessions by some of Major League Baseball’s best athletes, the editors of STACK have built a library of grueling workouts, training secrets, and nutritional tips used by America's professional diamond greats. This book gives an inside look at the best workouts, together with instructions and advice from 10 of pro baseball's most prolific and well-conditioned players and their coaches. The pros' training methods are compiled into detailed workout programs, with step-by-step exercise descriptions, that will improve on-field performance in the safest and most effective ways possible. Reader’s will read of actual workouts performed by numerous high-profile MLB players, including David Wright, Derek Lee, Dustin Pedroia, Johan Santana, Jimmy Rollins, Carl Crawford, Justin Morneau, Justin Verlander, and more. The workouts in Baseball Training: The Pros' Guide to Becoming Bigger, Faster, Stronger provide direction on how to improve speed, strength, power, agility, flexibility, and conditioning. Readers will also be inspired by encouraging stories, motivational techniques, and training perspectives behind these athletes' rise to stardom.
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Table of Contents
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Chapter 1 Carl Crawford 1
Building Stabilizing Strength
Tampa Bay Rays All-Star left fielder Carl Crawford enhances his off-season training by focusing on eight key elements during his workouts at Athletes' Performance in Tempe, Arizona.
Chapter 2 Derrek Lee 15
Chicago Cubs first baseman Derrek Lee offers an in-depth look at his "push day" strength-training program. Learn how Lee, with help from his trainer, Al Biancani, challenges and strengthens his muscles for the rigors of the diamond.
Chapter 3 Dustin Pedroia 41
Rotational Strength and Explosive Power
Boston Red Sox 2B Dustin Pedroia has a habit of proving people wrong. As far back as high school ball, critics doubted his game because they couldn't overlook his small frame. Big mistake. STACK sat in on one of the grueling workouts that helped Pedroia earn the 2008 American League MVP Award.
Chapter 4 Eric Chavez 53
Prehab and Strength Training
Eric Chavez shows off his blue-collar approach that has helped him win five Gold Gloves.
Chapter 5 Jeff Francoeur 69
Bat Speed and Power Training
Major League outfielder Jeff Francoeur provides a quick mini-routine to strengthen your wrists, forearms, and shoulders for the daily grind of hitting and throwing.
Chapter 6 Justin Verlander 81
Lower Body Strength and Agility for Pitchers
Check out the six-week off-season strength and agility program that keeps Detroit Tigers star pitcher Justin Verlander strong, agile, and balanced throughout the season.
Chapter 7 Jimmy Rollins 95
Off-Season Training and Hitting Progression
Chapter 8 Johan Santana 121
Lower Body, Core, and Flexibility Training
Chapter 9 Justin Morneau 137
Core, Rotator Cuff, and Weight-training Complexes
Minnesota Twins All-Star first baseman and 2006 American League MVP Justin Morneau goes through the total-body routine he uses four days a week in the off-season.
Chapter 10 David Wright 153
On-Field Skill Development
New York Mets All-Star third baseman David Wright enhances his baseball skills in the off-season by training muscle memory.
Recommended Resources 164
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book is ok. It gives a good description of exercises and function, however it lacks details on specific sets/reps and days to train. This is more for those looking to add functional excericses to a conditioning program that is in place already. It is slightly misleading the way the information is presented. It leads one to believe that there is a detailed conditioning program to follow. Slightly dissapointing.
Best part were the medicine ball exercises. Good for any sport, not just baseball!
I heard from a few colleagues that this book was a great resource, so I decided to purchase it before baseball season so I could give my players some fresh training ideas. I found the book to be fantastic. It clearly lays out training programs from some of the top big leaguers like Santana, Pedroia, and Wright. All of the exercises are specifically for baseball and are clearly presented, making it easy to coach them to my team. I've really taken advantage of David Wright's on-field skill development program, but I plan on having them use the other exercise programs in the off-season. I definitely recommend this to anyone that is looking to improve their training with a world-class program.