Saturday, July 9, 2011

Captain Derek Jeter, Your Hard Work Rewarded

Captain Derek Jeter had the day of a lifetime: he reached 3,000 hits, hit number 3,000 was a homerun and he went 5-5 at the plate with the game winning hit! It sounds like a Hollywood movie script? No, I watched it happen this afternoon at Yankee Stadium. Congrats Derek! You have always played the game hard every day and you had some day dude.

One of the great players of all time, Jeter became only the 28th major league player to reach 3,000 hits. And, he is only the second player to hit a homerun for hit number 3,000.

You need baseball training tips from Jeter! He is also a champion with 5 baseball world series titles, the latest being in 2009! Jeter won 4 titles in his first 5 years in the major leagues (1996-2000)! Enough said!

Jeter is also my favorite baseball player so I will listen to what he has to say about baseball training tips. Young players need to follow Jeter's example! If the King of New York trains for and plays the game "with all-out effort," you should too!

In the April 2008 issue of Men's Health, Jeter talks about his training regimen. He plays one of the most demanding positions in baseball (shortstop) so he must be in peak condition for the long season. He doesn't go into a lot of detail about his workouts but he does list some workout principles.

1. Do a thorough, dynamic warmup before each practice or game like jumping jacks, lunges, arm circles, pushups and bodyweight squats. Research has proven that a dynamic warmup will prepare your body best for competition.

2. Jeter does a balanced weight training workout in order to prevent injuries and muscle imbalances. Some examples are deadlifts, pullups, rows, squats, lunges, shoulder presses, bench presses and core training. Rotational core training is critical for baseball players.

3. For his explosive training, Jeter does sprints and jump training (plyometrics) to keep his fast twitch muscle fibers tuned and working at peak performance. Fast twitch muscle fibers are crucial for speed and power and also the ones you lose the quickest as you get older.

Keep playing hard Derek!

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Mark Dilworth, BA, PES
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