Curtis Granderson's Opening Day Power Source

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Longing for some extra pop in your bat for the season debut?

Does Curtis Granderson of the New York Yankees hit opening day home runs? Granderson hit a go-ahead bomb in the seventh inning to push the Yanks past the Detroit Tigers yesterday. It was his third consecutive opening day dinger.

You, too, can develop home-run-hitting prowess by performing lower-body strength and core stability exercises. This formula helped Granderson club 20+ home runs in four consecutive seasons, dating back to his time with the Detroit Tigers. Not bad for the 6'1", 185-pound center fielder.

Tigers strength coach and long-time Granderson confidant Javair Gillett prescribes three exercise complexes for building strength and explosiveness in the key power areas. Take a crack at the following time-efficient complexes, which Gillett says are great for in-season training. Perform in circuit fashion, with a one-minute rest.

Dumbbell Deadlift

  • Assume athletic stance with feet slightly wider than shoulder-width
  • Hold dumbbell with both hands between legs
  • Sitting back with hips and keeping weight on heels, squat until dumbbell touches ground
  • Drive up to starting position
  • Repeat for specified reps

Sets/Reps: 3x10

Coaching Points: Keep back straight and head up // Bend from hips and knees // Go through full range of motion

Physioball Plank

  • Lie on back with legs extended and feet on physioball
  • Raise hips, forming straight line from shoulders to feet
  • Hold for 15-20 seconds

Sets: 3

Coaching Points: Maintain good form, keeping core and glutes tight

Kneeling Med Ball Rotation Throws

  • Kneel on ground holding med ball in front of chest with arms extended
  • Explosively rotate through core and throw med ball at wall
  • Receive med ball and continuously repeat for specified reps

Sets/Reps: 3x8-10 each side

Coaching Points: Keep core tight and lower body stable // Maintain good posture, keeping chest up and holding head still

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