Baseball season is in full swing. Big leaguers know that getting in shape is not just a matter of exercise, it’s working with the body and spirit.
Just like each ballplayer has individual goals, so will you. For a baseball player, goals depend on their position and the individual himself. Break down your goals into tangible pieces. Rick Slate, director of strength/conditioning for the Atlanta Braves has this advice: “Keep is simple by staying focused on reasonable, measurable goals.”
2.Leave Your Ego At The Door
Know your body. Avoid burnout and/or injuries by pacing yourself. There may be a difference between how you see yourself as an athlete and the person you really are, so leave your ego at the door. Jim Malone, strength coach of the St. Louis Cardinals, states that everyone needs to “check our egos” to ascertain where we’re at and how much progress we’re really making.
3.One Day At A Time
It’s easy to get overwhelmed when you think of everything you need to do to get in shape. Just focus on today and the task at hand. Chris Joyner, strength/conditioning trainer for the Toronto Blue Jays, tells his players: “Let’s start with the first thing first, and take it one day at a time.”
4.Give Support And Understand And You’ll Get It In Return
Be empathetic to those who are trying to get fit. There’s a good chance you’ll find that same empathy when you need support. Identify obstacles and stressors, then eliminate them one by one. Jose Vazquez, conditioning/strengthening coach for the Texas Rangers, tells his players: “I care about your life more than I care about your workout.”
5.Embrace Your Individuality
This is especially important when you work out among others. Don’t look to see what others are doing, just concentrate on your own goals. Per James Clifford, strengthening/conditioning coach of the Seattle Mariners, “you have to understand your functional performance needs in life.