Spring Training, the Start for Spectators but the Second Phase for Players
Spring training marks the time of year where our beloved MLB franchises start preparing for the 2019 season. Pitches and catchers report early and the stars trickle into the line up as the spring wears on. Yet, the preparation for this years season began months ago. Pro’s don’t peel themselves off the couch in late February early March and dust off the bat and glove; they’re training their mind and body starting only a few weeks following the conclusion of the World Series.
What does training consist of for a professional baseball player?
Training, for all athletes, is comprised of three main cycles Macrocycle, Mesocycle and Microcycle.
Macrocycle – the program’s approach over the course of the year. When looking at a pro athletes demands we first take into consideration the duration of the season. The MLB season is one of the longest in all professional sports. During this time we focus on maintaining the strength, flexibility, mobility and stamina built during the off-season.
Mesocycle – this phase spans anywhere from a few weeks to a few months. The offseason for professional baseball players is typically 5 months. Over the course of the five months we aim to incorporate recovery, functional movement, speed, strength, power, flexibility and mobility training. Each month after the season concludes has a different goal. Right after the season we aim to alleviate nagging injuries and develop the strength in that area necessary to prevent future irritation. One month after the season ends, all the way to about two weeks prior to Spring training we seek a linear progression in speed, strength and power exercises; the goal is to constantly progress and experience heavier weight and more intense bouts of work.
Microcycle – typically day to day or week to weeks of the training cycle. This is where the art and science of coaching is implemented. Athletes deal with a multitude of things going on during the 22 hours a day? outside of the gym; Obligations, vacations, distractions, stress, you name it. During the microcycle it’s our job as coaches to focus on the mental performance of the athlete as much as the physical performance. The art of coaching is knowing when to push and when to back off, when to hunker down and when to have fun, when to be a coach and when to be a friend. This delicate balance is why we believe the success of a program lies in the day to day and week to week of a professional athletes program.
Activ8 Athletes – Professional Baseball
Tom Eshelman – Philadelphia Phillies
Here’s a clip of Tom Eshelman, pitcher for the Philadelphia Phillies, training hard but also mixing in some fun:
Rafael Martin – Washington Nationals & Saraperos de Saltillo of the Mexican Baseball
I want to train like a professional baseball player, how can I do that?
Go where the pros go! Find a facility that trains professional athletes. Meet the directors, the coaches and have them explain to you exactly what your training program would include. It cannot just be flexibility, or lifting or powerlifting it has to be a combination of the varying training principals we’ve discussed. If you can’t find a local facility that provides this, DON’T SETTLE! There are great online training programs offered by some of the best training facilities in the nation that can customize a regimen just for you.
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