Wednesday, November 4, 2009

GETTING BACK AT IT

Sunday was officially the last day of relaxing for me this off-season. I have been home from fall ball for exactly two weeks and its time to get going again. I have used the last few weeks to get my body back to feeling the way I want it to. I have been doing a lot of stretching to get a little head start on my workout schedule. Flexibility is one of the main things I want to really focus on this off-season. I have never been the most flexible person, especially in my hips, and I think improving in that area would really help my overall game. It has definitely been nice to get away from baseball for a little while and do some other things that I am not able to do during the season. I wrote a few blogs about my golf game, and was happy to be able to get outside while the weather was good enough to play a few holes. Its also been nice to see family and friends that I haven't seen for the last eight months or so and get some home cooking. There's nothing better than that.

Yesterday, I drove a half hour down the highway to Needham, Massachusetts, to work out at Catz Sports Performance Center. For the last two years I have done my speed and agility training there, but this year I have decided to also incorporate my strength training. I usually do most of my strength training at Planet Fitness, a smaller gym a few minutes from my house. It has always been really convenient because of how close it is to home, but over the last year or so it has turned more into a cardio gym than a place to strength train. They have something called the "lunk alarm", a siren that sounds if you breath to heavily while lifting or drop a weight too hard. I got yelled at by management because I placed my weights back onto the rack to hard. Plus the whole place is purple and yellow, and my head starts to hurt if I see that color combination for more than an hour. Other than not having to deal with those things, the best part about Catz is that I have a trainer constantly pushing me during my workouts. No two workouts are the same and he doesn't let me sit around and chat with people, something that always seems to happen when I'm working out at my old gym. I was actually wishing yesterday that I had a chance to relax for a few minutes. Mark, my strength and conditioning coach, isn't big on taking breaks. I was given a grand 20 seconds rest in-between my sets. About an hour into my workout, after switching from squats, to pull-ups, to lunges, to rows, and back to squats, I thought I was about to lose my breakfast. It's not the most manly thing to ask for a break, and even when I tried to hint at taking one I got a quick response of, "no rest kid." Sometimes it's either take a break, or pass out, so I'm starting to get good at asking lots of questions. It's a good way to get a quick breather without sounding like a pansy. After a set a squats all you got to do is say, "how was my form? Am I doing everything right? What am I suppose to do next again?" Give this a try next time your working out with a trainer. It works I'm telling you. Anyway, my body is killing me today after working out back to back days with Mark. Hopefully I'll feel better tomorrow and can get back after it.
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