MLB Professional Baseball Player Uses Yoga and Pilates to Power His Swing

Judge just ended his first full season hitting .284/.422/.627 with 128 runs scored, 114 RBIs, 127 walks and an 8.1 WAR. Oh, and his 52 home runs set a rookie record. With New York set to face the Twins in the American League wild-card game Tuesday, the 25-year-old is a lock for Rookie of the Year and a legitimate MVP contender despite striking out 208 times this season.
Surely a guy like Judge, with his size and power, must be pumping some serious iron, right?
Not exactly, said York, who is now Judge’s off-season trainer, as well as the trainer for players including Kolten Wong, Kole Calhoun, Doug Fister and James Shield. While York’s clients lift in and out of season, they tend to concentrate on other types of exercises more.
That’s also why York has put Judge on yoga and Pilates while also stressing more routine stretching.
“It teaches him how to control his body. It teaches him how to relax his body,” York said. “If he can do that every day, and he gets into a predicament where he’s feeling tight, then he knows how to relax his body and stretch it out.”