New York Yankees outfielder Giancarlo Stanton has a track record of coming back from injury better than ever, whether it be recovering from a nasty collision or adapting his warmup routine to minimize muscle strain. In a new video on Instagram, Stanton’s trainer has just shared a look at the offseason training regimen which helps the Yankee star stay strong and ready to smash home runs.
Ben Bruno, whose clients also include NBA center Bradley Beal, supermodel Kate Upton, TV host Chelsea Handler, and actor Patrick Schwarzenegger, coaches Stanton through a series of core and lower body exercises in the carousel of short clips, explaining the benefits of each move.
“The first three videos focus on the rotary core—great for rotational athletes, as well as anyone looking to work their obliques,” he says. While some people might focus on spinal flexion in their core training, Bruno is correct in pointing out the importance of the rotational and anti-rotation movements, another essential function of the core, especially for a baseball player with an explosive swing like Stanton.
The next focus is on hamstrings, with banded leg curls and cable resisted single-leg RDLs, which will help Stanton create power with his lower body. “With athletes it’s especially important to work the hamstrings via both knee-flexion (leg curls) and hip extension (single leg RDLs),” Bruno notes.
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Bruno also programs a few different side lunge variations into the leg portion of the workout to ensure that Stanton is working the frontal plane of movement. He explains that this is “extremely important for athletes who move laterally (i.e. most sports).”
For the final movement, it’s all about the back. Bruno has Stanton finish his workout by performing a “savage” set of alternating prone bench rows with 80-pound dumbbells.
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