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Batter Up! ESPN’s Jessica Mendoza Leads Online, Homemade Workouts During Sports Hiatus

"I love the endorphins after a good workout and I love feeling a sense of community when we are doing something together."

As an Olympic gold and silver medalist, Jessica Mendoza knows a thing or two about staying healthy. It’s no surprise that the history-making ESPN baseball analyst has been prioritizing her fitness as both a physical and mental distraction during these uncertain times.

She’s also encouraging her followers to join her.

Jessica Mendoza
(Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images)

Mendoza has been posting her home workout videos on her social media platforms, like the one above.

Front Row caught up with Mendoza, who provided insight into why she started going public with her workouts.

Why did you decide to start posting home workout videos?
I know there are plenty of men and women out there like me that are at home, some with kids and some without, and they’re looking for some kind of physical and mental release. I love the endorphins after a good workout and I love feeling a sense of community when we are doing something together. It motivates me and my goal is to hopefully motivate others as well.

What feedback have you received from your workout videos?
The feedback has been awesome. I have gotten workout videos back showing how others are staying fit, I’ve received ‘thank you’s’ from husbands who are doing the workouts with their wives – it’s been great. I’ve had people ask questions, too, and I’ve enjoyed the communication and engagement.

How are you staying current and connected in your MLB analyst role during this sports hiatus?
I’ve been focused on two main areas recently. One story I’ve been following and covering is the status of the Olympics. I’ve been speaking with Olympians about what they have been going through these last few weeks through the official postponement announcement. I’ve also been focused on stories of minor league baseball players who have not been getting paid during this hiatus. There is a lot of ground to cover.

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