“If I could do only one exercise to train for baseball,” says Trout, “it would probably be my favorite full-body move. We get a tractor tire, put about 400lbs of dumbbells inside it, and then push it 25 yards up and back. We do that six to 12 times. It’s both my favorite and my least favorite workout. It’s so hard to do, but when you get it done, it’s well worth it.”
Play it safe: Trout focuses on producing optimal power, not his one-rep max in the big lifts.
“If I go into the gym without putting a little something in my stomach, I feel terrible,” says Trout. “Staying hydrated is important, too. I drink a lot of water and a lot of BodyArmor sports drink throughout the day. With BodyArmor, the potassium, the vitamins, the natural sweeteners—it’s huge for me. I can stay hydrated so I can get my work done.”