Professional Baseball Strength & Conditioning

Chris Joyner – Toronto Blue Jays

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Chris Joyner is entering his 15th season in professional baseball and his third year as the Toronto Blue Jays Major League Strength and Conditioning Coordinator. In 2002 the Toronto Blue Jays hired Chris as a strength and conditioning intern for their Triple-A Syracuse Sky Chiefs and Class-A Short Season Auburn Doubledays. He was named their Minor League Strength and Conditioning Coordinator in January 2003.

In December of 2006 Chris was named the Major League Strength and Conditioning Specialist for the Milwaukee Brewers and would spend the next four seasons in that role before returning to the Blue jays cjbluejaysorganization as Assistant to the Minor League Coordinator for the 2011 season. He spent 2012-2013 as the Assistant Minor League Strength and Conditioning Coordinator before accepting Major League position with the Blue Jays for the 2014 season.

A three-sport athlete, Chris participated in baseball, soccer and football throughout high school. He played Division II football in college for two seasons (1999-2000) receiving the Football Scholar Athlete Award for academic achievement.

Chris graduated from Minnesota State University, Mankato with a BS in Exercise Science in 2001. As an undergraduate research project he did a comparative analysis of two sub-maximal predictive strength equations to the one repetition maximum test using the bench press exercises.

Upon graduating from college Chris was a substitute teacher and coached high school baseball, football and weightlifting for two years at this alma mater North Marion High School in Sparr, FL. His girls weightlifting team achieved their first undefeated season in school history going 8-0 and won the Marion County Championship before placing 6th in the state meet.

Chris is a Certified and Registered (CSCS-R) Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and was the secretary for the PBSCCS from 2008 – 2010.

On behalf of the PBSCCS and Keiser Chris traveled to Tokyo, Japan last winter and spoke to the Japanese Baseball Strength and Conditioning Research Society where he detailed his process for optimal athletic development.

Chris and his wife of 9 years, Heidi, reside in Trinity, FL year-round with their sons Nolan (7), Grey (3) and newborn daughter Leighton. Chris’ recreational interests include home improvement projects, strength training and spending time with his family and friends.

His advice to all athletes in all sports, male and female, recreational and professional is “life is a sport. Enjoy having the ability to participate and compete at any level. Take advantage of all the fun opportunities life gives you to be a kid again.”

His advice to anyone contemplating a career in professional baseball is “make a conscious effort every day to educate yourself on the field of strength and conditioning. It is always changing, evolving and advancing. As coaches we have to be up to speed on all the latest information and how we can apply it to our athlete’s training programs.

His philosophy on training is to “prepare, work, recover and repeat this process daily.

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