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Earlier we reviewed the workout programs of the American League participants in this year’s Home Run Derby.  The National League sluggers – Matt Holliday, Corey Hart, Hanley Ramirez, and Chris Young, have plenty of workout advice of their own.  Each of the hitters has dedicated himself to being in peak physical condition for the season and the results are certainly paying off on the field.

Matt Holliday

Matt Holliday is possibly one of the biggest workout fanatics in Major League Baseball.  He was recently featured on the cover of Muscle and Fitness Magazine and is truly dedicated to his physical conditioning and nutrition.  He’s a big fan of the TRX and has been known to fly in his trainer and stretching specialist during the season.

Holliday is on a recent hot streak and hit his 16th home run of the season on Sunday.  He will be competing in his 2nd Home Run Derby.

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Corey Hart

Wanting to drop some excess weight this off-season, Corey Hart told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel that he saw an ad for the Insanity workout program and immediately went online to order it.  He reported to spring training 22 pounds lighter after running through the grueling workouts.

“I started seeing results pretty quick, started losing weight and getting in better shape. That made me stick with it,” said the Brewers outfielder.  ”It kills you so you almost have to drink water,” he said. “I didn’t want to die during my workout. It was terrible.

Corey Hart, who hit his 21st homer of the season on Sunday, is in the Home Run Derby for the first time in his career and will play in his 2nd All-Star Game on Tuesday night.

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Our top 10 celebrity workouts and celebrity diets of June 2010.  At #10…

How Kobe Bryant Prepares for the Lakers’ Season

Kobe Bryant of the LA Lakers has a workout routine that includes Olympic weight lifting and skills-training to prepare for the NBA season and the Finals. Here’s a sample of what got Kobe Bryant and the Lakers their 16th NBA Championship.

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Hasheem Thabeet, Memphis Grizzlies center

Secret: Power up the intensity…and your diet

How to do it…

Thabeet’s trainer, Tom Vachet, put the number-two pick through some intense workouts to prepare him for the NBA season.  Vachet says, “Don’t skip meals, and don’t eat less. The more you eat, the more you’ll burn–if you’re training and eating right.”  Here’s what Thabeet eats around his workouts:

  • Pre-workout (30 minutes before) – 16 ounces of juice with 3 ounces of chicken breast, or juice with a scoop of whey protein
  • Post-workout – Banana, 16 ounces of chocolate milk, and a tablespoon of peanut butter.

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The Major League Baseball Home Run Derby, set for Monday night at 8PM on ESPN, will feature eight of the game’s premier sluggers.  This year’s AL contestants – Nick Swisher, Miguel Cabrera, David Ortiz, and Vernon Wells will take on their NL counterparts – Matt Holliday, Corey Hart, Hanley Ramirez, and Chris Young at Angel Stadium in Anaheim.

All of the hitters have been dedicated to their off-season workout programs to get themselves in the best shape possible for the grind of the 162 game MLB season.  Each of the stars has his own unique way of incorporating strength and conditioning into his workout routine.  First we will take a look at the training tips that helped the American League sluggers earn a spot in this year’s Home Run Derby.

Nick Swisher

Nick Swisher, who won the fan’s voting to be selected to his first All-Star Game and first Home Run Derby, currently has 15 home runs.  He was named one of the Top 5 “Biggest Losers” of the offseason on MLB Hot Stove Live after he started boxing as part of his off-season workout and conditioning and lost 12 pounds.  It was Swisher’s girlfriend, actress Joanna Garcia, that suggested boxing to the Yankee’s outfielder.

“It’s amazing to see the correlation with the hips and the core and everything from baseball to boxing,” Swisher told USA Today. “I enjoyed it a lot.”

Actually enjoying your workout will help you stay motivated and see results quicker.  Swisher hasn’t like every workout he has attempted.  “I’ve tried yoga,” Swisher said in New York Times interview.  “Not for me.”

Swisher has also participated in some more unconventional off-season strength and conditioning programs.  A few years ago he skipped out on the fancy gyms and spent the winter training in an Ohio barn.  “This is not Bally’s or Chelsea Piers,” said Bill Fry, the owner of the center. “We do some different stuff out here, some crude stuff. This is more like Rocky in Russia, running through Siberia and hitting sides of beef.”  “Nick Swisher chopped trees. He leveled walls. He busted concrete. When there were no trees or walls or concrete left, he found a monster-truck tire, and he whaled away on that. And after he was finished, he had gained 20 pounds.”

“I put in so much work,” Swisher said. “I transformed my swing, I transformed my body, and I transformed my mind.”

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Adam Levine of Maroon 5 Uses Six Yoga Moves to Relieve Back Pain

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Whitney Port’s Celebrity Workout Playlist

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Whitney Port of The City and The Hills shares the workout playlist that keeps her motivated in the gym.

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Brad Pitt Fight Club Workout and Diet

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To prepare for Fight Club, Brad Pitt used a rigorous 5-day workout and strict diet to lower his body fat to 5% to create one the best celebrity bodies ever.

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