With Game 6 of the World Series only hours away, it's the perfect time to highlight an important post from one of the best baseball trainers in the country.
Eric Cressey, president and co-founder of Cressey Sports Performance in Hudson, Mass., has trained clients from all 30 Major League Baseball organizations. He has four clients currently playing in the World Series, including Indians ace Corey Kluber.
Cressey isn't just the "baseball whisperer." He's trained multi-sport athletes as young as 12 and has worked with older adults both pre- and post-joint replacement surgery. It turns out there's something that all of the successful ones have in common.
One word: Consistency.
In this post about his experiences working with Kluber, Cressey reveals how every year, he writes a training program for him to begin in October -- when baseball season has just ended and a lot of players are luxuriating in the Bahamas. Consistency is the key -- along with being healthy enough to be consistent.
But what I admire most about Cressey's approach is that he doesn't believe in consistency and effort with training alone. He incorporates functional movement techniques and nutrition protocols to methodically build a strong, stable and sustainable baseline of fitness and performance.
"You can’t get better at baseball (or any pursuit) if you aren’t healthy enough to play baseball and put in quality work," Cressey wrote.
So true. The mistake so many elite athletes and fitness novices make is to dive into the deep end of the pool and seek out the fanciest, riskiest, most complicated exercises available. It's the "more is always more" approach -- the more bells and whistles, the better.
The truth is actually the opposite. Dedication and consistency with a simple, well-designed program -- combined with a plan for incorporating nutrition and proper movement -- is the ticket to success.
Just ask Corey Kluber, who is only a few days away from embarking on the next phase of his training while some of his rivals will be taking a month off.
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