How Yoga Keeps Giancarlo Stanton Swinging for the Fences

Giancarlo Stanton and his yoga trainer, Kent Katich, illustrate yoga moves that help Stanton swing stronger at the plate.

Despite missing most of the month of September due to injury, Miami Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton led the National League in home runs (with 37) in 2014, and he had another strong showing in 2015, belting 27 homers. Those dingers were not of the barely-clearing-the-fence variety. His average distance in 2015 was an astounding 417 feet.

If you're thinking that Stanton gained his extraordinary slugging power just by lifting heavy weights or by smacking the covers off balls at the batting cage, think again. Both played a role in his success, of course; but a different sort of practice was instrumental in helping him develop his power at the plate: Yoga.

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