Monthly Archives: June 2013

Jun 30

Shut Down Your Arm For 8-10 Weeks.

By Dan Blewett | Pitching

Arm injuries are everywhere in baseball and softball. Much of it can be attributed to overuse over a course of many years. I’ve asked three different surgeons in the past year, “What’s the cause behind these surgeries?” While they give many different possible reasons, all three remarked that they’ve seen ligaments “hanging by a thread” […]

Jun 25

Mental Training For Sports: A Quick How-To

By Dan Blewett | Mental Training

Being mentally tough in practice isn’t always enough – sometimes doubts and fear rear their head in competition despite a resolute practice plan. So, if you want to armor yourself against the anxiety and negativity that all our minds present, it starts with practice – meditation and visualization. Step 1: Find a Quiet Place & […]

Jun 22

I Love You Enough To Tell You That You’re Awful.

By Dan Blewett | Pitching

Coaching can be a tricky job, and in our self-esteem culture, encouragement can take lots of forms. My form, more often than not, is brutally honest. But, I pick my battles. I’ve only been “chewed out” by coaches a handful of times in my life. Both times, neither was for behavior or disrespect. Rather, they […]

Jun 19

Creatine And Young Athletes: What’s the Research Say?

By Dan Blewett | Nutrition

A Guest Post by Sol Orwell of Examine.com    “Kurtis Frank and Sol Orwell co-founded Examine.com to help separate the myths from the facts when it comes to health. They are currently working on a beginner’s guide to supplements.” Creatine: Is It Safe? Creatine is one of the most commonly used sports supplement in existence. It has a […]

Jun 16

What’s Your Back Say About Your Strength Potential?

By Dan Blewett | Pitching

I once heard an anecdote: an olympic lifting coach would size up his athlete’s competition with a simple, friendly gesture – he’d say hello shake their hand with his right and place his left on their back, sort of like the modern-day “bro hug.” What this coach was actually doing was getting a feel for […]

Jun 15

Eating & Cooking For Athletes – Part 2

By Dan Blewett | Nutrition

In part one we discussed what types of foods are healthy choices. A huge part of the equation, however, is knowing how to prepare and cook such foods. While sweet potatoes, for example, are great, they are basically inedible raw and can taste terrible when poorly prepared. But, do them right (baked whole at 425° for […]

Jun 12

Eating & Cooking For Athletes – Part 1

By Dan Blewett | Nutrition

Culturally, we Americans are cooking less and less. Processed, pre-made foods are becoming pervasive. P-words aside, here are three problems most athletes face as they make the decision to start eating healthy: 1. Little or No Knowledge of Good Food Choices 2. No Knowledge of Cooking/Food Preparation 3. Poor Management of Time These three problems […]

Jun 05

Chains For Olympic Squats? There’s a Better Way.

By Dan Blewett | Pitching

If you read powerlifting literature on squatting with chains, they’ll tell you that a 29-link chain pinched in half, attached to the bar with a leader chain is the way. But, if you squat Olympic-style with a larger range of motion, this method isn’t ideal. Check out the video below for our solution for those of us […]