Giancarlo Stanton's 4-Move Yoga Workout for Baseball Speed

To be ready to move explosively and minimize the risk of pulling a hamstring, baseball should practice these 4 yoga moves.

Stanton say, "Yoga is great for strengthening your quads and opening up your hips. It stretches and strengthens all the important muscles in your legs."

Baseball is unique among sports for having so much down time, even for players on the field during live action. An outfielder like the Miami Marlins' Giancarlo Stanton can stand around for 20 minutes or more without a ball being hit in his direction. But as soon as an opposing batter sends a line drive screaming toward the gap, Stanton has to be able to spring into action and make the play.

Periods of inactivity followed by sudden explosive movements put an athlete's body to the test. Because of the start-stop nature of his sport, and because of his size (6-foot-6, 240 pounds), Stanton has experienced issues with his hamstrings. That's why he spends so much time working on his hamstrings—along with other muscles important for speed—with yoga trainer Kent Katich.

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Topics: BASEBALL | QUADS | STRETCHING | YOGA | BASEBALL WORKOUTS | HEELS