“If you don’t do what’s best for your body, you’re the one who comes up on the short end.” – Julius Erving
One of the best investments you can make before purchasing that new bat and batting gloves is a pair of running shoes. Why? Without a comfortable pair of running shoes, your new bat won’t work.
It’s all about the cardio. Every baseball player will tell you that cardio training holds the key to your overall off-season baseball regimen. Take our Diamond Directors philosophy. You remember the drill: To develop sound hitting habits, you must take a minimum of 3,000 reps.
I have to be honest with you – the thought of taking 3,000 reps right now makes me feel tired.
Finding a good cardio routine* will help improve your breathing, reduce stress and increase your energy levels. If you truly want to develop a functional swing that’s repeatable, cardio is a worthwhile sacrifice.
Good cardio training comes in many different forms. For example, you could jog from foul pole to foul pole for 20 minutes, run 20 to 30, 30-yard sprints or knock out 45 minutes on the elliptical machine at a gym near you. I recommend doing either one or all of these cardio routines at least 10 times prior to entering the batting cage.
So, if you’re up to the challenge, lace up those new sneakers and run with a purpose. If you want to make this spring your best season ever, it’s time to start training with a proven methodology – the Diamond Directors way.
C.J. Stewart has built a reputation as one of the leading professional hitting instructors in the country. He is a former professional baseball player in the Chicago Cubs organization and has also served as an area scout for the Cincinnati Reds. As founder and CEO of Diamond Directors Player Development, CJ has more than 12 years of player development experience and has built an impressive list of clients, including some of the top young prospects in baseball today. If your desire is to change your game for the better, C.J Stewart has a proven system of development and track record of success that can work for you.