Michael Giovanni Rivera, aka GIO, is a strength and conditioning coach based out of Los Angeles, CA, owner of GIOTRAINING and contributor to the HUMANFITPROJECT network. With a robust list of celebrity clientele including models, Playmates, personalities, and professional athletes, GIO gives us a firsthand look at the training of a Major League Baseball player.
In order to prepare Justin Sellers for spring training and the upcoming 2014 MLB season, I based his strength and conditioning program off a periodization cycle. The first cycle was implemented to increase strength and power. As time progressed and we got closer to spring training, we transitioned his program to more sports-specific things such as short bursts of explosiveness, footwork, and hand-eye coordination—all while maintaining his strength and power gains from the previous months of training.
Training an athlete like Sellers becomes very complex and requires proper program design. And due to the fact he’s working multiple areas simultaneously, it’s important to keep him injury-free and recovering strong, all while pushing him in the gym and keeping him on top of his nutrition.
In this video, I chose four baseball-specific exercises that I did with Justin in his training program in order to prepare him for spring training and the 2014 MLB season. Each exercise has a specific purpose and works all the major areas needed.
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