One model of offseason training holds that the best results come when the athlete strips away all distractions in his or her life and focuses exclusively on the workout regimen. That's why Rocky Balboa retreated to the snow-covered fields of the USSR to prepare to fight Ivan Drago in "Rocky IV."
But social isolation isn't actually necessary for effective training, as Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo showed Friday when he trained just like everyone else -- by going to a fitness class led by an instructor:
Breaking a sweat pic.twitter.com/cbMNwz02cr- Anthony Rizzo (@ARizzo44) January 12, 2018
The offseason can be a long time away from teammates, so it is good to see that Rizzo has found some non-Cubs workout buddies to push him to his limits. While Rizzo's approach to offseason training may not lend itself to dramatic montages, it is indisputably more fun and social.