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First Person: Cressey

Written on June 17, 2008 at 2:45 pm, by Eric Cressey

When TC asked me to outline a recent training program, he was probably expecting to get something powerlifting-oriented, as that’s probably the style of training people associate with my name around these parts.

Truth be told, I’m at a bit of a crossroads in my training career. I still consider myself an athlete first, meaning that lifting (while competitive in itself) has always been a means of becoming more athletic or displaying the athleticism I have.

To take it a step further, I work almost exclusively with athletes, particularly baseball guys. This past off-season at Cressey Performance, we saw 96 baseball players from 32 high schools, 16 colleges, and 8 MLB organizations.

As such, it’s really important for me to not only look like an athlete (and not like a blocky, immobile powerlifter), but also be able to lift, jump, and sprint alongside these guys. Hell, I even caught bullpens for four of the pros!

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