Archive for February, 2011
Ed Giron Finishes his Career leading his team to Victory
Congrats to alumni Eddie Giron for placing 2nd at his College conference tournament this past weekend.
Eddie fell a little short of his goal, but he had a great performance wrestling with a hurt knee that could have been a season ending injury. The most amazing thing about Eddie’s career is that he performed at a very high level in college without ever placing in the counties in high school. Ed is a great example of what can be accomplished with hard work and determination. He is a great role model for all of the wrestlers throughout Long Island.
Ed finished his career as a captain of the Springfield College wrestling team earning Academic All American honors, as well as being two time all conference and he helped lead his team to the conference tournament team title this past weekend.
Congrats Ed and good luck with all of your future endeavors! It has been a pleasure working with you all of these years and I know your positive attitude and desire to get better will serve you well in the rest of your life!
I will leave you with some memories of some of Ed’s high school high lights. Enjoy!
Wrestler to Watch Dan Coder
This week’s athlete to watch is Dan Coder. Dan did a great job this season and won his qualifying tournament. At the Counties he ended up in a tough spot drawing the number two ranked kid in his weight class his first match. Dan was sent into wrestle backs.
It can be very tough losing your first match at a big tournament like the counties, but Dan didn’t let it bother him and he shook it off and wrestled tough the rest of the day. Dan ended up winning three matches in a row to make it to day two of the tournament and place All County. In the round to place he faced a tough opponent he barley beat at the beginning of the year. Dan stayed very calm and knew what he had to do and ended up dominating his opponent with a barrage of explosive double leg take downs in his final match of the first day of the county tournament.
Dan worked extremely hard for the past few years on and off the mat and we wish him the best of luck in the future. Congrats to Dan Coder!
Fix your Press with Scapular Slides
Even when performing the tall kneeling KB press some athletes will have trouble locking out the weight overhead without pressing it forward. In order to teach proper overhead mechanics the Floor Slide is a great drill for athlete to perform. This will teach the athlete to lockout with the arms directly in the center line of the body.
The athletes should set up lying on their back with their arms overhead. The athlete should make an attempt to to keep their head, upper back, butt, wrist, hand, and elbows on the floor at all times. Some athletes who have tight pecs or shoulder mobility issues may not be able to get their wrists on the floor initially, but over time they will get better. The athlete should actively pull the shoulder blades down and back and move their arms as if they were performing a pull up or lat pull down. Try to keep the wrist in alignment with the elbows when performing the movement. The athlete can also perform the movement on the wall as well once the floor pattern is mastered.
Here are a few different variations you can utilize of the scapular slide in order to teach proper overhead mechanics. These exercises will help improve low trap function(which is very important for stabilizing the shoulder and preventing injuries) and dynamically stretching the pecs(which can cause faulty movements patterns when overhead pressing) and improving technique for overhead lifting.
Zesty Italian Chicken
Prep: 12minutes Cook: 16 minutes
Makes 4 servings
4 tablespoons all purpose flour
1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
¼ teaspoon black pepper
4 (6-onuce) skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
3 garlic cloves, minced
¼ cup fat free, less sodium chicken both
Zest and juice of ½ lemons
¼ cup Italian Dressing
1 tablespoon chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- Combine flour, Italian seasoning, and pepper in a bowl,
- Dry the chicken breast with a paper towel, and then dredge them in the flour mixture. Pat off excess flour.
- Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat; add chicken breast and cook 3 minutes on each side or until golden brown.
- Remove chicken from the skillet and place in an ovenproof dish. Bake 10-12 minutes.
- About 3 minutes before the chicken is done, make the sauce, Reheat skillet over medium heat, and add garlic and sauté 1 minute. Add the broth and simmer until reduced by half. Add the lemon zest juice, and dressing, cook another minute. Add the parsley and remove from heat.
- Remove the chicken breast from the oven. Spoon sauce over chicken and serve. (Serving size: 1 chicken breast, 2 tablespoons sauce.)
Calories 258(31% from fat); Fat 9g( sat 2g, mono 4g, poly 1g); Cholesterol 94mg; Protein 36; Carbohydrate 7g; Sugars 0g; Fiber 1g; Sodium 203mg
Here is a great list I first that I first heard from Martin Rooney.
Go through the list and ask yourself, “Are you a WINNER or a LOSER”.
How to Tell a Winner From a Loser
A Winner says, “Let’s find out;” a Loser says “Nobody knows.”
When a Winner makes a mistake; he says, “I was wrong;” when a Loser makes a mistake; he says, “It wasn’t my fault.”
A Winner goes through a problem; a Loser goes around
it and never gets past it.
A Winner makes commitments; a Loser makes promises.
A Winner says, “I’m good, but not as good as I ought to be;” a Loser says, “I’m not as bad as a lot of other people.”
A Winner tries to learn from those who are superior to him; a Loser tries to tear down those who are superior to him.
A Winner says, “There ought to be a better way to do it;” a Loser says, “That’s the way it’s always been done here.”
Are you a WINNER or a LOSER?
Try to see when you were guilty of being a loser. If you can find them and correct them for the future, GROWTH and IMPROVEMENT are SURE to OCCUR.