Chris Walter just completed his 16th year working in the field of strength and conditioning and his 16th year in professional baseball including the last 12 (2005-2016) with the Detroit Tigers. Prior to joining the Tigers, Chris spent four years (2001-2004) in the Indians’ organization. His first experience in professional
baseball was as minor league strength and conditioning coach for the Kinston Indians in 2001. From there, the moved to the Akron Aeros in 2002, Mahoning Valley Scrappers in 2003 and back to the Akron Aeros in 2004 before being named the Minor League Strength and Conditioning Coordinator for the Tigers in 2005. Chris served as the Tigers Minor League S&C Coordinator from 2005-2014. In 2009 he assumed the dual role of Minor League S&C Coordinator and Major League Assistant Strength Coach, positions he maintained until being promoted to Major League Strength and Conditioning Coordinator in 2015.
A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Chris was a three-sport athlete (football, basketball and baseball) at Lakewood HS in Lakewood, OH where he earned All Lake Erie League recognition as a tight end during his senior year. He enrolled at the University of Akron in Akron, OH. Graduated in 1999 with a BS degree in Physical Education K – 12 with a concentration in Sport Coaching / Strength and Conditioning. Chris’s strength and conditioning experience began as a student strength and conditioning coach in the University of Akron’s Strength and Conditioning Program. As an undergraduate intern, he provided assistance in football, track and field, baseball, women’s volleyball and basketball.
Chris is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and Registered Strength and Conditioning Coach with Distinction (RSCC*D) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). He is also FMS Professional Level 1 certified and CPR/AED certified for Professional Rescuers and Health Care Providers and Blood Borne Pathogens Training (American Red Cross).
He resides in Lake Orion, MI during the off-season with his wife of 4 years, Kristy. His hobbies are strength and conditioning, research in strength and conditioning, jogging, walking, hiking, watching movies and spending time with his wife, Kristy.
His philosophy of strength and conditioning in professional baseball is to use scientific principles and personal experience to provide sound consultation to all players in the Detroit Tigers organization pertaining to athletic performance enhancement. Chris is dedicated in producing effective training regimens, accurate information on health/fitness, nutrition, and motivation that will provide each athlete with an optimal environment in which to achieve peak levels of performance on the baseball field. His goal is to establish a safe and productive routine that fits each player’s needs and goals and to assist in maximizing performance through physical and cognitive development with aggressive injury prevention protocols. Chris utilizes ground based movements, multi-joint functional movements, multi-directional planes of movement, energy system specific movements and injury prevention techniques to help players achieve their goals.
His training philosophy is based on knowledge, consistency and variety. His advice to those who would like to enter the field of strength and conditioning in professional baseball is to never pass up opportunities, communicate and develop relationships with professionals already in the field, never become complacent.