The twice-per-week workouts that Dodgers director of player performance Brandon McDaniel is hosting with fans are based off individual workouts he gives to the Dodgers players.
Specifically they will include tips and workouts folks can do at home if they don’t happen to have a home gym or fancy exercise equipment at their disposal. That’s been the case with some players on the Dodgers’ 40-man roster, which prompted McDaniel and his staff to think outside the box.
“We put a challenge out to our group today just to see the most creative thing they could use,” McDaniel said last week. “I think the guys will have some fun with this, and maybe use some household appliances that really aren’t using.”
McDaniel mentioned rookie Gavin Lux as standing out the most in exercising his creativity.
The MLBPA touted Lux’s YouTube channel over the weekend, including an interview with Lux from spring training.
“MLB talks about ‘let the kids play’, and trying to get into a younger fanbase,” Lux said in the interview. “All your favorite players, you can go look on their Instagram and see what they’re up to, if guys want to. I think social media can only help you, as long as you’re doing the right things on it.”
So far, there are only four videos up on Lux’s YouTube channel, the last posted on January 11. All highlight some aspect of his offseason, including a workout session at NX Level Sports Performance in Waukesha, Wisc.
McDaniel mentioned Lux getting creative now that he’s home but with no gym.
“Gavin had a friend in Milwaukee who owns a gym. He went over and grabbed a trap bar, kettle bells, some dumbbells, and a TRX for his house. Just the other day he texted me and said he didn’t really have anywhere to do pull-ups, and we found a bracket somewhere in his house that he could hang from,” McDaniel said. “We just found the sturdiest thing in his house he could for him to pull to.”