I’m excited that it’s November, because my hitters finally can begin building strength and habits. We’ve spent the last three months (August-October) intentionally determining what works and what doesn’t with their swing mechanics.
What is strength?
Strength is the quality or state of being strong. I commit to the development of my hitters emotional, mental and physical strength this winter (November-January).
- Spiritual Strength – Who you are
- Emotional Strength – How you feel
- Mental Strength – How you think
- Physical Strength – What you do
How do you develop strength?
Muscles are strengthened when they’re stressed. I’m committed to training my hitters under duress this winter (November-January) during our Build Phase. There is no success without duress.
Why do you need strength?
You need spiritual, emotional, mental and physical strength in order to execute as a hitter.
Execution is required in the spring (Conversion Phase) and begins with establishing a goal in the winter (Build Phase):
- The goal requires a methodology to determine what to do.
- The phases of development tells us when to do what we do.
- Execution is expected as long as you remain committed and disciplined.
Commitment – doing what must be done
Discipline – doing what you don’t want to do
What is a habit?
A habit is something that you repeatedly do.
How do you develop good habits?
It takes 3,000 reps to develop a habit. But there’s more to it. There are seven parts of the swing that require reps to be built.
- Stance/Load x 3,000 reps
- Timing x 3,000 reps
- Tempo x 3,000 reps
- Tracking x 3,000 reps
- Approach x 3,000 reps
- Contact 3,000 reps
- Extension/Finish 3,000 reps
Total: 21,000 reps
I have three to five skill build drills for each part of the swing that I will use to coach my hitters to develop habits this winter. Building these habits no doubt require spiritual, emotional, mental and physical strength. #LetsGo
Why do you need good habits?
Without good habits that you can depend on, your success will be left to chance and effort. Chance and effort when combined cause negative spiritual, emotional, mental and physical stress.
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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.
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