In the middle of sleepless nights, New York Yankees outfielder Ichiro Suzuki sometimes wanders out of the hotel room he lives in during the winter in Japan and seeks solace in an area off limits to other guests.
He jiggles his personal key into the door knob of a storage closet in the back of the parking garage and steps right into his own dream world. Seven specially designed training machines he has delivered here each winter have transformed the drab space typically reserved for the hotel’s spare furniture into his personal gym.
In this most unlikely of settings, Ichiro does his most important training. He also credits his toil here for never having spent a day on the disabled list for a muscle-related injury in 12 seasons since coming to America. That’s allowed him to rack up 1,278 hits in Japan and another 2,606 in the major leagues—putting him just 116 shy of 4,000 for his career.
Read the rest of the story: The Secret Gym of Ichiro Suzuki.