'Body by Borowski' takes commitment
Indians closer abides by healthy lifestyle all year round
WINTER HAVEN, Fla. -- It is not a diet and exercise plan for the faint of heart or the hollow of stomach."Body by Borowski," as we'll refer to the lifestyle of Indians closer Joe Borowski, does not abide a lack of commitment. The plan, broken down to its simplest form, is as follows: An hour and a half of cardio a day, a regular lifting routine, no complex carbohydrates and five or six healthy meals a day to kick-start the metabolism, but no meals after 6 p.m. Are you up for it? "There are a lot of guys [on the team] who ask what I do, and I tell them," Borowski said. "Some guys are like, 'Forget that.'" The 36-year-old Borowski, who stands at 6-foot-2 and 212 pounds, didn't follow this plan until about two years ago. When he did so, it was out of necessity, not desire. To put it bluntly, Borowski was a chubby guy when he was closing for the Cubs earlier this decade. And it's little coincidence that his body was ravaged by injuries in 2004. He partially tore his rotator cuff, strained his knee and missed most of that season. "I had always come into Spring Training around 221 or 222 [pounds]," Borowski said. "Over the course of the season, I'd gain about 12 pounds. I always found myself, at end of the season, trying to get in shape for Spring Training. Then when I hurt my shoulder and my knee, the doctor said, 'Whatever weight you can take off will help your knee out.'" That's where "Body by Borowski" began. It starts with the diet. Borowski decided he didn't want to pack on that extra weight. But a ballplayer's lifestyle makes it easy to do so. "You don't realize [you're putting on the pounds] during the season," he said. "It's not all at one time. It just slowly adds up after a while. You think, 'How did I add this weight on?' Then you think, 'Well, maybe that pizza and two beers at 11:30 at night and going to sleep an hour later didn't help much.'" Borowski began to notice the positive impact of keeping extra weight off during the '06 season, when he saved 36 games for the Marlins. But it wasn't until '07, his first season with the Tribe, that he really junked the junk food. He said he maintained a weight of 218 pounds all year.
Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.