Blake A Swan
NCSA Strength and Conditioning Professional certified as a CSCS, TSAC-F, and CPT. I have my FMS Certification as well, and spent over a decade working with athletes in various sports. Including youth, high school, college, Olympic and Pro.
I Fell Out of a Tree
When I was 10 years old, I fell out of a tree. Perhaps not my finest moment. I remember feeling the sudden pull of gravity. Now, gravity was an old friend of mine. We had a mutual understanding until this point. Today it was the day I finally learned who’s the boss.
What is Sports Performance?
Not to brag but... Legendary Duke Basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski is retiring. The class of 2021 will be the last group of young men he will recruit as a head coach. It will be a special event and quite the memorable ride that I will have a special interest in. That’s because the last athlete that Coach K signed is one of my athletes. It’s a humbling thought that I could contribute to an amazing family and help an athlete maximize their potential, but that’s not the story here. The story here is how an athlete was brought to me before their 8th grade season for performance training and how easily it could’ve gone wrong.
LeBron James: Magic not Mike
Consequences of Comparisons "Devin Booker is the next Kobe Bryant." With one careless statement people began to love and hate a young man who wasn’t even involved in the discussion.
Ben Simmons Jump Shot
Fixing Ben Simmons jump shot isn't a simple task. Trust me, shooting more is not the answer. We're not even factoring in the external performance elements such as being in a real game, against live competition, with fatigue, and in front of fans all around the world. Today, we'll learn the best practices to fix techniques and why so many people get it wrong.
Don't Chase the Bag
One word defines my life, compulsive. It’s the first word I can remember, and it’s the first one you should write in my obituary. It’s served me well. Despite the grit and grime, only I have remained. A vigilant servant of justice. Destined to be a detective. If I had any other choice, I probably would still be married. Have a good relationship with my children. Wishful thinking. The streets are my home and I prefer to keep a clean house.
Secrets of the Amos Family
Paula Amos Harold is the greatest baker on the planet. However, in the baking world she’s a mysterious figure with even more mysterious methods. Her signature TTV Chocolate Cake can not be duplicated. Her delicacies have inspired artist from Beyonce to Banksy and even resolved global conflicts. Today, I’ve compiled the most credible accounts of the history and mystery of world’s most infamous baker.
The Problem with The Process
Sam Hinkie convinced the city of Philadelphia that he could build a successful team through the draft. Almost a decade ago, he made promises of the next Golden State. Assuring they would have a team full of All-Stars. To the average fan the prospects were glorious. It’s impossible to compete for a title without a superstar. Why would you want to be a 3 or 4 seed when you could be winning a championship? All you had to do was game the system. Of course we can do it, because Sam and by extension this city is smarter. Yeah Right.