Mets starter Noah Syndergaard sat down with SNY's Steve Gelbs to discuss how his offseason training regimen is much different from last season.
Syndergaard totaled just 30.1 innings last season as a lat injury forced him out of the rotation for a majority of the year. After intense rehabbing to repair his lat, the 25-year-old tested his arm at the very end of the season, pitching in three innings over two starts. He didn't have to come back, but Syndergaard wanted to see if all his training paid off.
"It was good for me to get out there, for two different aspects," Syndergaard said. "The fact that I could go into the offseason healthy and not have to worry about rehabbing and because i've spent four months rehabbing and trying to get healthy and improve my body from where it previously was. So I feel like it was nice to go out there and see how my hard work paid off."
Syndergaard admitted that he wasn't lifting properly, and working with his new trainers -- Eric Cressey and Shane Rye -- showed him exactly what he was doing wrong.
"No because the moment I got hurt I realized some of the stuff I was doing in terms of working out wasn't necessarily the right thing," Syndergaard said when asked if his offseason has changed. "And I've been working a lot with -- once I did get hurt -- I started working with Eric Cressey and I got Shane Rye as well. And they worked together and started realize how messed up my body was before I did get hurt. So once my rehab program started, I started doing some of their methods and some of their workouts to try and improve my body and it was like scratching the surface. Now, taking it into the offseason, I'm able to go at my workouts at full force."
"Thor" used to do heavy lifting, which included pullups in his routine. However, this offseason he will focus on making sure his pitching arm and the rest of his body is strong and durable for the new season.
"I still crush it pretty hard," he said. "But the exercises are very specific to what I need to be doing. Last year, I don't know how many sets of pullups I did. I haven't done a single pullup all offseason. Just different row variations, trying to get the shoulder capsule strong and working on my hip flexibility."
Syndergaard will be ready for Spring Training when pitchers and catchers report in February to start his fourth season with the Mets.