Sunday, April 12, 2009

Spartanpalooza

The Spartans are playing well! The fellas are coming off a great week, earning the #7 ranking in the ESPN national high school boys volleyball poll. They won the Wheaton Warrenville Tournament, beating the #3 ranked home team, Wheaton Warrenville in two, and then they came back home to beat cross-town Jesuit rival, St. Louis University High (the current #3) in two, just four days later.

Pass well. Serve smart. Maintain momentum. Positive attitude. Teamwork. Keep it up, fellas.

Saturday, April 04, 2009

Saturday Hoopla

I put together a few pics and vids from the Women's Final Four festivities today. I was giddy upon meeting the Stanford Tree and seeing Pat Summitt in person. Tara Vanderveer, her staff and team, were very nice to each and every person requesting an autograph. Geno Auriemma waved at us from the team bus. The UConn women are impressive to watch in person. It will be interesting to see how they defend Stanford's Jayne Appel.

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Friday, April 03, 2009

Friday Notes

Typing this on my new pink--yes, I said pink--Lenovo S10 netbook. Still getting used to the keyboard, but it is a pretty nifty little machine. Purchased it with upgraded 7200 RPM 320 gb hard drive, bluetooth and 2 gb RAM. Chose the Lenovo because it is the only netbook with an express card slot, which allows me to run Dartfish with one camera. Super, ultra-portable video analysis. The only hiccup is the screen resolution is slightly less than Dartfish likes, but so the full-screen display gets quirky. But the video replay comes out just fine.

Heading down to the Scott Trade Center tomorrow to watch the Final Four women practice. The session is free and open to the public from 11-4. My girl AJ bought me a ticket to the championship game on Tuesday. Should be a fun time!

So did anybody think my April Fools post was funny?

Started working with the Incarnate Word girls basketball team this week. Right now we have 8 young women who are focused on gaining strength, mobility and better movement skills. Our first two sessions have been in a hallway, as the gym is set up for the school auction. The weightroom is quite small and has two selectorized circuit gyms and 5 treadmills, so there very little room to do much in there.

The athletic facilities at IWA (all girls) are in stark contrast to those at DeSmet (all boys). Where there are men, football and baseball, athletic facilities will be a priority, whether the school is co-ed or male only. At IWA, there is no track--there is no home football/soccer field--and there are no home fields; the soccer team uses a park field behind the school. There is a golf course across the street from the school and there are modest subdivisions around the rest of the school, so there is no real room to expand There are several tennis courts, a theater and a dance studio, but that is it. Back in the 1920s, when IWA was founded, there was no reason to have athletic fields for girls, right?

In contrast, the men at DeSmet have purchased several acres of land in the last 10 years for 2 additional grass practice fields, rebuilt the baseball stadium, put in a brand new Field Turf main stadium field and are getting ready to lay a brand new Mondo Track (same one as in Beijing) with a fully automatic timing system . I am gonna say they have invested over $5 million dollars in outdoor athletic facilities since we have been around (1995). Now there is only one gym, no pool (swimming and water polo) and no tennis courts; but most of the 40 or so club and varsity teams have nice digs. Ultimate frisbee and rugby get to play on the same new turf field that football, soccer and lacrosse get to use.

Fascinating.

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

The Ultimate Tool for Strength and Health

People often ask me what the secret to my personal fitness and athletic prowess is. I tell them I make good food choices, get enough sleep and train regularly--with free weights, kettlebells, bodyweight exercises and on the bike. However, there is one thing I have recently added to my regimen, and to the programming for my athletes, that is making one hell of a difference.

Creatine? No. Crossfit? No. Rowing? No. Glutamine? No. The Zone Diet? Nada.

It's the Roller Racer.

This is the ultimate tool for lower extremity mobility, core stability and overall work capacity. PB&J, The Thin Man--this is the secret to the success of these athletes on the court. Wanna squat alot? Get your Roller Racer on. Wanna increase your snatch numbers, GS athletes? Roller Racer. I've got an appointment with Cate Imes tomorrow and I guarantee she'll set PRs in Chicago this summer after she incorporates the Roller Racer into her training plan.

At 6' 10" and 235 lbs, PB&J Pierson lacked explosiveness during his junior campaign. After using the Roller Racer this winter, he's put 6 inches on his vertical! The word is out and DI basketball programs throughout the country are clamoring for this kid. His bodyfat is down to 12%, his standing long jump is 10 ft, his mile time is down to 5:05 and he now benches 225 for 25 reps. You can see pics of PB&J below doing Roller Racer Tabata Intervals. They exhaust him, but he knows the effort will pay off in the long run.

The athletic directors of several prominent St. Louis private high schools have inquired about Roller Racers for their football and basketball programs. I have told them all that this would be a tremendous asset to the athletic development of their student athletes.

For me personally, the Roller Racer has been a real eye-opener. At 40, I'm now leaner and more fit than ever. I'm packing a a 27-inch waist, a 12-pack and some serious guns. In fact, several people have approached me to enter the 2010 Arnold IFBB contest.

If you want to take your personal fitness and the development of your athletes to the next level, then you need to invest in the Roller Racer.