Matt Holliday, Corey Hart, Chris Young, Hanley Ramirez Home Run Derby Workout

by Nate

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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.

Check back soon for a full review of Matt Holliday and his workout regimen.

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.

Chris Young

Chris Young struggles through the 2009 season so as soon as the season finished he got to work on an intense workout program to prepare for 2010.  He hired a strength coach, a track coach, and continued off season work with a hitting instructor to get a leg up on the competition for 2010.

“It’s crazy how things can change if you believe in yourself and you want things to change,” Young said in an interview with MLB.com. “I went into the offseason determined to come back here a different player than I was in 2009.”

“I saw how hard he worked in the offseason to get where he is now,” teammate and good friend Justin Upton said. “He’s had a great season and for him to play as well as he has it allows others to feed off him and the energy he brings every day.”

Chris Young already has matched his home run total from last year and is also a first time Home Run Derby contestant.

Hanley Ramirez

Hanley Ramirez has made it a point to work on his strength and conditioning during the offseason to help him get through the 162 game MLB schedule.

According to an article on his personal website, “that meant spending at least an hour a day, five days a week, working out in a gym in the Dominican Republic and another hour at home swimming laps in his backyard pool. The weight training added bulk and muscle to Ramirez’s torso while the swimming program was designed to strengthen his weak left shoulder, which has caused him problems in the past.”

“I did more working out of my lower body,” he told MLB.com. “I think I’m going to need it for the end of the year. I wanted to add something new. I was kind of running out of gas a little bit at the end of the year. I was telling myself that I have to do something to help my lower body.”

“Everything you need to make your lower body stronger,” said Marlins shortstop Hanley Ramirez. “When you are running out of gas, you feel like you’re running out of power in your lower body. As a player, you need your lower body to do everything. To pitch. To play defense. To run. Everything.

Check back the workouts of the American League’s contestants David Ortiz, Vernon Wells, Nick Swisher, and Miguel Cabrera.  Also be sure to read our previous posts on the workout of baseball players Nick Markakis and Adam Jones, Ryan Howard and Ryan Zimmerman, Derek Jeter, Chase Utley, Jason Varitek and Dustin Pedroia, and the Seattle Mariners.

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