Squat

• Assume athletic position with bar on back and feet slightly wider than hip width
• Keeping chest up, core tight and knees behind toes, lower into squat until tops of thighs are parallel to ground
• Drive up, out of squat position
• Repeat for specified reps

Sets/Reps: 1x10, 2x8, 2x6, 1x10
Note: After second set of 6 reps, immediately lighten weight and perform 10 reps without rest

Gillett: This hits every lower body muscle and is a great lower back and abdominal strength exercise. If you want power, the ability to push off and deliver a ball at a high velocity, you have to strengthen your lower body and have a strong core group of muscles.

Verlander: Although I’m really careful with my upper body, I like getting my legs stronger by really blowing them out in the weight room.