“I didn’t really have a lower body for two months,” Harper said, talking about his rehab from knee surgery. “It was like I was in a wheelchair trying to just do the upper body. So I’d go to the gym and only be able to work my upper body. I’d get bored during the day, go to the gym. That’s what I like to do, I like to lift. I work my ever-loving tail off in the gym. My workouts are very hard. I go to the gym night and day, two, three hours in the gym — and I really, really work hard. I really pride myself on going to the gym and working hard and doing it every single day and not taking a day off. That’s what I do, going there and working hard and getting ready for the season.
“I want to be ready when I get [to spring training],” Harper continued. “And then lifting during spring training also and putting on weight and things like that. Coming here I’m able to work my lower half finally, and that’s nice, being able to go in and work my lower half and get squats in and do the things that I need to do to get my lower half stronger. But like I said, the first two months of the offseason all I had was my upper body and that’s all I could do. So, I came in pretty big this year.”