Monthly Archives: January 2010

Jan 30

Mental Barriers After Injury

By Dan Blewett | Pitching

Being injured is tough.  It raises questions in oneself such as, is it really healed? Am I going to re-injure it? Am I going to have to endure another rehab stint, or worse yet, another whole surgery?  Is my career going to end if I hurt it one more time? All of these gnawing questions […]

Jan 27

Suitcase Deadlifts

By Dan Blewett | Pitching

These are one of my favorites. Not only are they a great posterior chain (glutes, hamstring and lower back) exercise, but they really work the core as well. These are a great excuse to hold heavy things in your hands, which will develop excellent grip strength. Lifting the heavy weight on only one side of […]

Jan 26

Stop Complaining About Politics and Control Your Own Destiny

By Dan Blewett | Pitching

Guess what?  Sports are political, especially pro sports.  Thing is, not everyone grasps this concept, and this conversation seems to be had by disgruntled players every other week.  Guess what?  I hate this conversation.  If you wanna talk about politics, go cry to someone else. I’ll be in the weight room, or outside running sprints, […]

Jan 25

A Brand New Grip Exercise

By Dan Blewett | Pitching

I think I invented this one, but who knows if this hasn’t been done before.  Genius aside, I really liked how this works.  It trains your forearm in resisting a moving weight by activating the muscles that are responsible for radial and ulnar deviation. Ulnar deviation is the last movement of the forearm as a […]

Jan 18

Inspirational Talk Is Cheap

By Dan Blewett | Pitching

Yesterday Ben asked me if I wanted to post some inspirational videos.  I told him I was the wrong man for the job.  You see, I don’t watch sports movies.  I don’t seek out inspirational videos.  I don’t like to be inspired by the doings of others.  I like to just keep on going. I […]

Jan 15

Catchers’ Foot Speed Drill

By Dan Blewett | Pitching

This video is of Frostburg freshman Adam Baxley banging out a box drill.  We use this to develop both foot speed and conditioning.  Having him block increases game carryover as well, and will give him the stamina to perform pop-ups from his knees into the late innings.  Hip flexor, leg and core strength are all […]

Jan 14

Applying Deliberate Practice to Your Throwing: Feedback

By Dan Blewett | Pitching

Applying the deliberate practice principles to your throwing In my last post, I talked about the deliberate practice principles laid out in the book Talent is Overrated by Geoff Colvin. To refresh, deliberate practice involves Working on a specific aspect of performance High repetition Continuously available feedback Highly demanding mentally Isn’t (usually) much fun In […]

Jan 14

“Take The Trash Can Liner With You”

By Dan Blewett | Pitching

….was the phrase uttered to 4 of my athletes this week.  You see, we have a policy here at Athletic Edge, that, if you puke, do it in a trash can, and if you puke in a trash can, you’re gonna get rid of the bag yourself. Now understand that pushing people to puke isn’t […]

Jan 13

Best Oatmeal Ever

By Dan Blewett | Nutrition

1 Heaping Cup Dry Old Fashioned Oats: 15¢ 2¼ Cups Tap Water : .0001¢ 1 Heaping Cup Frozen Mango Chunks: 80¢ 1 Heaping Cup Blueberries: 60¢ 1/4 Cup Ground Flaxseed: 10¢ No added sugar, splenda, salt, or any of that garbage: $0.00 Waking up with a smile, because I’m about to eat the best oatmeal […]