St. Louis Post – Dispatch Mentions Lance Berkman’s Offseason Transformation While Working With Ben
Berkman could run a 40-yard time of 4.68 in mid-career. He golfs, writes, plays tennis, fishes and eats righthanded but throws, hits, shoots a bow and ropes lefthanded. Now he also plays baseball with a noticeably leaner physique.
Having never worked one-on-one with a personal trainer, Berkman retained Houston-area sports performance manager Ben Fairchild three weeks before signing with the Cardinals.
Fairchild describes his new client as “100 percent compliant.” Berkman’s Thursday brings leg weight work with straight-ahead sprints. On Friday he performs upper-body work after a round of explosive running drills and exercises designed to improve his mechanics and strengthen muscles that support his repaired knees.
“If I have a repeat of last year I’m probably out of the game,” Berkman says. “While that doesn’t really bother me, I feel like God has given me a gift to play the game, and I want to take full advantage of that. I don’t want to see it end because I’m not in the best possible shape. If my skills have eroded, fine. That happens to everybody. But I don’t want it to be because I didn’t put in the best possible effort forth to be in great shape.”