Tyler Pilates instructor helps Josh Hamilton prepare for big season

Posted: April 20, 2012 at 1:12 pm

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A Pilates and dance instructor at Balance studio in Tyler, Michelle Heines has never been a big baseball fan.

"I did know who Josh Hamilton was," said Heines with a laugh.

The all star outfielderdidn't know Heines. The TexasRangers did. When the Rangersneeded help with new Pilate machines, theteam called Heines up.

"The trainers were pretty sure they could do it," said Heines. "Then they said 'Oh you just come back and do it.'"

With Hamilton coming off another injury riddled season, Heines had to sell the Rangers star on Pilates.

"He (Hamilton)needed to change something," said Heines. "He wasn't sure what he was going to change but he was pretty sure he liked the idea of Pilates. I had him do one exercise. The exercise he did about killed him. I said 'This is just one exercise.'"

The former American LeagueMVP came around asking Heines to work with him without throughout the offseason.

Heines was even invited to work with Hamilton at spring training in Arizona.

"Whensome tourists were walking through the batting cages, we were working," said Heines. "He (Hamilton) said 'Hey, if I hit 40 home runs, tell everyone it was the Pilates.' I said no, 'Tell everyone it was the Pilates instructor.'"

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