How the Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger Trained His Way to a Record-Breaking Rookie Season
The National League's answer to Aaron Judge discusses all the hard work that went into the season.
While every sportswriter has been cooing about the “Baby Bombers” and the emergence of Aaron Judge, another equally talented rookie has been making waves on the West Coast: the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger.
The likely National League rookie of the year, Bellinger ended the season hitting a respectable .267, with 39 home runs—good for the NL rookie home run record—and 97 RBIs. He was also named to his first-ever all-star team, and helped his Dodgers win a stunning 104 games. They ran away with the NL West, and will now face the Arizona Diamondbacks in the NLDS.
Bellinger, the son of a utility baller who won a pair of World Series rings with the New York Yankees, has the pedigree. And according to Men’s Fitness, the workout plan to end all workout plans. We’ve condensed it below.
-All part of Bellinger’s regimen are “squats, hex bar deadlifts, sled pulls, medicine ball throws, hurdle drills, battle rope workouts, landmines, and push-pull workouts.”
-Bellinger told Men’s Fitness that he works “on my legs a lot—that’s where my power comes from. Playing every day, your legs can get tired and you have to get your strength back under you. I usually start with squats and then go into Romanian deadlifts. My favorite training to do is when I’m working out my lower body.”
-He’s also a big core and hammies guy: “You don’t want to have a pulled hamstring, so you’ve got to work them out as much as you can, even though they’re going to be sore the next day. Being a left-handed hitter, I’m normally twisting to the right, and so in the gym I try to counteract it. I do that by throwing the medicine ball against the wall, and twisting the other way just so I can even out my back, my spine, and my core.”
-In terms of what he’s fueling his superstar-in-the-making engine with, Bellinger tells MF that he consumes a lot of organic chicken, salmon, and rice. He also enjoys the Met-Rx shakes, especially cookie crunch and apple pie.
-When he’s feeling like he wants some junk food, he’s all about McDonald’s Big Macs.
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