The Indians’ third baseman put on a "once in a lifetime" performance Monday night, becoming the first player in MLB history to have five hits, three home runs and nine RBI in five plate appearances in Cleveland’s 17-7 thumping of the Texas Rangers.
It’s pretty safe to say Chisenhall had the best night of his career on Thursday. And there’s no doubt he’s having the best season of his young MLB career this year.
So how does he do it?
Chisenhall attributes his success a different approach at the plate, and of course, hard work. But his hard work isn’t just limited to what he does on the baseball field. It turns out Chisenhall takes great pride in his "Rocky Balboa workouts" that he started in his North Carolina garage this past offseason.
The Chiz kid shared his workout secret in a March Men’s Journal story about baseball’s fittest players.
"I’d have the heat cranked up and do almost two hours straight of push-ups, sit-ups, jump roping, even some of the moves out of the movie: upside-down pull-ups, some of the core moves. It’s probably not as epic as riding 600 miles a week, but some of the workouts were above and beyond what the [Indians] gave me."
"I’m in the best shape I’ve ever been in before a season," said Chisenhall. "I’m 14 pounds lighter than I was a year ago."
So if you want to be like Chiz, work out like Rocky. Simple enough, right?