NY Mets slugger Yoenis Cespedes got his yoga on this winter after suffering with leg injuries the past 2 seasons.
In 2016 Cespedes dealt with pulled quads and went into that offseason with the idea of strengthening his legs by lifting HEAVY weights. And it showed as Cespedes came in the 2017 Spring Training rocking tree trunks for legs. Unfortunately for Yo and the Mets, the heavy weightlifting only resulted in more leg issues. In 2017 the Mets saw their slugger only take the field for 81 games. After a frustrating 2017, Cespedes declared he needed to make a change in his workouts.
Encourage by Cespedes wanting to change his workout regiment, there was reason for optimism for Mets fans. Except the offseason came and went and no word on how Cespedes was doing.
Well Mets fans the wait is over!
Reporting to Spring Training Yo talked about what a difference this spring has been from previous years.
“Yoga has been working for me. Last season, the last couple of seasons, when I showed up down here, my lower back and body was very tight,”
“and I haven’t felt that yet. Yoga has been working for me.”
Cespedes will always be a muscle-bound beast, but the addition of running and yoga can only help.
“So this year, I did three things differently. I ran. I did weight lifting, but not so heavy weights, and also did yoga trying to be ready for this,”
“With yoga, the muscles are more flexible right now. When I used to work out with heavy weight-lifting, I was strong, but I wasn’t flexible. Right now I am flexible because of yoga.”
For the Mets to be successful, they will need a healthy Yo as he is the main cog to the Mets lineup. No disrespect to Jay Bruce, Todd Frazier, and Michael Conforto; but Cespedes when on puts a charge into the lineup and team overall.
With all the leg injuries Cespedes has experienced over the past 2 seasons, I can imagine he may look to pick his spots to bust it out of the box or in the outfield in the early part of the season. And to be honest I am ok with that, as its more important to me to see Cespedes playing in August and September than trying to beat an infield hit in May.
Well, while we wait for Opening Day, does anyone have any suggestions for yoga classes in NYC for Yo??
If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!
Source: NY Daily News