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Young's unusual routine yields benefits

Discussion in 'All Other San Diego Sports' started by wrbanwal, Feb 21, 2008.

  1. wrbanwal

    wrbanwal Well-Known Member

    Dec 27, 2005
    And another pitcher I hope comes back strong!!!


    PEORIA, Ariz. -- In the pursuit of good health in the offseason, Chris Young transformed his body into a 6-foot-10 pretzel, coaxing it into an assortment of coils and curls called the Spine Twist, Swan and Corkscrew, among others.

    By Young's own guess, the Pilates routine he adhered to during the winter was beneficial to no end, and it probably made for great theater for the participants who stretched next to the All-Star pitcher during class.

    "Being in San Diego ... there were a few fans that would mention things or would say hi from time to time," Young said on Wednesday, shortly after a workout concluded at the Padres facility in Peoria.

    Young said the strange glances from curious onlookers quickly faded -- that is, if the same onlookers knew the benefits of Pilates, a muscle-strengthening routine that Young adopted to help strengthen his core, including the two trouble areas (oblique and back) that derailed his 2007 season.


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