A slugger like Miguel Cabrera is seldom content with a single; he’s got extra bases on his mind every time he steps up to the dish.
For Cabrera, Major League Baseball’s reigning Triple Crown king, that mentality extends from the plate to the weight room, in that each exercise he completes during his off-season workouts has multiple performance benefits.
Supplementing Miggy’s natural hitting skills, the lower-body routine he completes in the off-season is designed to help him generate force from the ground and convert it into raw hitting power. “This workout is great for conditioning and learning how to use your body, muscles and joints to be able to produce more power into the ground,” says Detroit Tigers strength coach Javair Gillett.
Complete this four-exercise routine for a grand slam effect on your off-season baseball training.
Sets/Distance: 3x20 yards
Gillett: “At this point in time, we’re not worried with how fast he’s running; we’re trying to make him more mechanically efficient.”
Sets/Reps: 2x10, 2x10
Gillett: “The med ball works core stability, balance, reaction and hand-eye coordination. You can swing a bat fast, but that doesn’t mean the ball is going to travel farther. This exercise will help you get through the baseball and increase batted-ball velocity.”
Gillett: "There’s no better exercise to strengthen your lower body if you’re trying to be functional. It mimics what you’re doing on the baseball field."
Sets/Reps: 3-4x6 (3 each leg)
Gillett: “He’s going heavy with the Squat and then will go right into the Skaters to build more stamina and improve his lateral, side-to-side movement."
Photos: Alan Clarke