I'll cut to the chase. I've been reading bodybuilding stuff on the web for a while now. Most of it was either over-compensators talking about squats all the time trying to act cool or pansys pumping the 30 minute 3 days a week bullshit. Bottomline T-Nation is the best thing I've ever read regarding this lifestyle. Love the attitude you guys have. So please read my post and offer any advice or criticism, constructive or otherwise.
Anyways, I'm 24 and kind of at a crossroads in my life. I just accepted a good job and start training at the beginning of next week.
But I've been doing a lot of soul searching and something from my past has been haunting me. I joined the Army after 9/11 and my college baseball career went by the wayside. I don't regret going off to the Army but it set me back in regards to my ultimate goal.
So now I find myself wanting to give Baseball another crack. It's my dream. All I want to do is play and get paid for it. Thats all. Nothing more and nothing less. Because, realistically I know I'll never make it to the majors but if I can support myself doing something I love I'll die a happy man. I realize it's an uphill battle, I haven't played competively in years. Shooting for an independent minor league is the route I will strive for.
Oh some background - I'm in good shape. Advanced level lifter and I have a solid grasp of nutrition. Again, all that means nothing to me right now. I need to build a body meant for baseball and more specifically the type of player I want to become.
So my plan is basically this: I'm going to take the job and do that. Just to support myself. Then when works over I'll concentrate on getting my skills honed. Batting cages, fielding drills, and of course a custom tailored training regime and nutritional program.
Basically I want to increase my speed so I can be a threat to steal bases and at the same time be able to have enough power to split the gaps. Then I want to improve my arm strength. I have a good arm but I want it better. Essentially I'm trying to become a 5 tool guy. Yes, uphill battle. But I love a challenge.
I'd be interested on advice,info,baseball training, or insight on guys who have done similar things (not just baseball) but just chasing your dreams in general.
Realistically this is my last shot at achieving this goal. A few more years go by and I'm sitting comfortably in my office chair wondering why I never even tried. i don't want to be that guy. Even if I fall on my face I want to at least go to bed every night and know I tried.