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Dropping weight to gain power

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Feb 21, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Could a lighter Alex Rodriguez mean a more powerful Alex Rodriguez?

“Kevin Long described it as, he likes to have power, but with the freedom of a swing,” Rodriguez said this afternoon. “I think over the last several years — you’ll have to talk to K-Long a little bit more about it — but he felt there were some restrictions in my swing and some limitations. I think it affected my power.”

Rodriguez said he didn’t necessarily set a weight goal this offseason, but going through his normal offseason training dropped him back down to his normal weight. It’s not a drastic change — Rodriguez said he was up to 230, now he’s down to 222 or 223 — but it’s enough to make him feel a difference. The last time he played at this weight was 2007 and earlier in Texas. Today Rodriguez feels “quicker on (his) feet,” and he’s added flexibility.

“Kevin Long believes that in order for the power swing to be perfectly right, he really wants you to stroke the ball to left-center,” Rodriguez said. “We always hear right-center, and he has his reasoning behind it, and a lot of it has to do with flexibility, which I think I’ve gotten back.”

Ideally, Rodriguez will stay around this weight throughout spring training, maybe gain a pound or two.

“It’s probably going to be from 222 to 226, and that’ll be where I range,” Rodriguez said. “It’s a weight that I feel really good (about) right now. Probably 224, 225 Opening Day start, that would be perfect.”

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