Monthly Archives: November 2012

Nov 28

Genetic Gifts & The 1% Closing The Gap

By Dan Blewett | Pitching

“Dan, why do other kids who are smaller than me throw harder than me?” Well, some of us are just gifted. What Does “Gifted” Mean, Anyway? An innate, undeserved, biological predisposition to excel in something. Whether it’s math, drawing, singing skills, or something physical like attractiveness or athletic ability. All of these can be deemed “gifts.”

Nov 24

Holiday Gifts For The Discriminating Badass

By Dan Blewett | Pitching

It’s that time. Since swagger comes at a price, I shall do my best to steer aspiring ballers in the right direction. Santa, get your affairs in order. 1. Creative Recs I recommend Chuck Taylor or equivalent shoes for strength training – flat soles that don’t compress, allowing more power transfer to the ground when […]

Nov 16

Secrets of Back Training

By Dan Blewett | Pitching

If you’re a trainer this is a must-have. If you’re a gymgoer who writes his or her own programming, I’d also highly recommend Nick Tumminello’s new DVD set. He is a mentor of mine and I continue to learn new methods from him. Check out his latest offering, Secrets of Back Training.  He is having a […]

Nov 16

The Day I Tore My Elbow

By Dan Blewett | Tommy John Surgery

I walked into the bullpen, arm feeling pretty decent, despite the obvious fact that my cortisone shot was wearing off. It was hot, and the all-turf field wasn’t helping the situation. I had annihilated this team, the Southern Illinois Miners, the last time I had faced them. I took a No-No into the 8th, and […]

Nov 13

A Case Study In Advanced Squat Technique

By Dan Blewett | Pitching

For the past 8 weeks I have been lifting considerably heavier than at any point in my career, both as a ballplayer and strength coach. My training partner Daryn and I are following a hybrid Westside Conjugate method, training 6 days per week and maxing out 1-2 of them. Since I am only 15 weeks […]

Nov 12

Barbell Hip Thrust – Why We Use It (And You Should, Too)

By Dan Blewett | Pitching

Right now every single athlete in my gym is using multiple forms of anteroposterior hip exercises. What does anteroposterior mean? It means the resistance is from the back to the front of the body. The gluteus maximus (one’s butt) is the prime mover in such exercises along with the hamstrings. Which muscle groups are the […]

Nov 05

The Conjugate Method For Arm Prehab

By Dan Blewett | Pitching

In the past I thought it prudent to get all of my throwing arm prehab work done in one fell swoop, with one standard program that hit all aspects of the shoulder girdle and forearm. Having spent a significant amount of time in the last few years learning new exercises, being subjected to longer offseasons […]