“To eat is a necessity, but to eat intelligently is an art.” ¬– Francois de La Rochefoucauld
Developing a sound swing happens before you ever step into the batting cage. But before you take that first swing, you must fuel your body for the rigors of our Diamond Directors training system.
You know the Diamond Directors way: To yield results, take a minimum of 3,000 repetitions to develop consistent swing habits.
With that in mind, let’s consider the toll this type of training takes on your muscles and stamina. To build this foundation and to perform properly, you need to build your strength and stamina. If you don’t, you could build bad habits.
It all starts with what you eat.
Feed off your protein
During my playing days, I consumed 25-30 grams of protein every three hours. I supplemented that with an EAS shake in between breakfast, lunch and dinner. Protein helps to repair and build muscles.
Taking 3,000 swings is like jogging – you’re going to burn lots of calories. In the process, your muscles are getting torn down, which means you have to build them up with protein.
A good source of protein include: egg whites; baked chicken; baked fish; tuna; steak; milk, cheese and yogurt; beans; soy; and meal replacement drinks, cereal bars or energy bars.
Raise your energy levels
A successful day at our Diamond Directors program consists of 300-controlled reps. Imagine the amount of energy that consumes. One of the best ways to boost your energy level is to consume 20-30 carbohydrates for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Good carbs sources include: grits; oatmeal; baked potatoes; brown rice; fruits such as bananas and berries; energy bars and replacement drinks; and low-fat yogurt.
Success on the diamond means making a commitment in the off-season. That includes taking good care of your body. Remember: Good form is a product of good habits. That goes for your diet, too.
As the old saying goes, “You are what you eat.”
So if you want to succeed in the spring, start eating right today.
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.