We all know the famous story of Mark Teixeira coming to camp last season, hoping to have a good year after missing almost the entire 2013 season with a wrist injury. However, Teixeira’s year didn’t go the way he planned; he didn’t contribute much offensively and got hurt a lot. This year, Teixeira is coming into camp with a new mindset and hopes he can bounce back after two years of sub-par baseball.
“I was weaker than I’d probably ever been in my whole career last year just because of the injury the year before and not being able to work out like I usually do,” Teixeira said. “This was just a great offseason all around. … I probably lost two pounds; 15 pounds of fat I lost and gained 13 pounds of muscle, so I ended up losing about two pounds. Just shows how much deficit there was.”
Teixeira went on a diet that consisted of no gluten, no dairy and no sugar, changed his personal trainer and did the weight-heavy workouts he did when he was a younger player. Many of his dietary changes were made to fight off inflammation and the intense weight training was to get himself back to the player he once was–a player who hit 30 HR’s and notched 100 RBI’s.
“I’ve always been a big, strong guy,” he said. “Always been a big weight lifter. I convinced myself one offseason that I wanted to work on my swing more, and swung so much that I blew out my wrist. You learn. You learn from mistakes. I think you’re always learning from mistakes. I kind of basically just went back to what I’ve always done, and that’s just hit the weights really hard because I need to be strong. ..read more