How to Master a Skill: Teach It to Others

Today I had the privilege of coaching an 11u baseball team in Colorado Springs. I was asked by one of my good friends to come help the team and coach the outfielders on various different fundamental skills. I worked with them on getting behind the ball on a base hit, taking a drop stop, blocking the sun with their hand, taking good angles to the ball, hitting their cutoff man, etc.

It was a lot of fun and it makes me realize how much I truly love the game of baseball.

Anyway, I wanted to show you a little secret on “How to Master a Skill.” 

squeezeWhether you’re looking to master the skill and art of playing a sport such as baseball or even if you want to learn and perfect how to play guitar, this secret will help you. You ready? It’s very simple. Teach it to others. Learn how to coach that particular skill. One thing you’ll instantly notice is that it is a lot harder to coach a skill than it may be for you to simply do it. For example, I am a pretty good golfer. I can strike the ball well and put it where I want it.. most of the time. However, if you put me on a driving range and tell me to coach the golf swing to a person I don’t know, I probably wouldn’t do that phenomenal of a job. The reason for this is because I am not an expert at golf yet. I have not mastered that skill.

Even with baseball, I am a college player and my dad played professional ball. I’ve been around the game for a very long time, but coaching is a whole different animal. When I started making YouTube videos at http://www.YouTube.com/BaseballSecrets and when I started doing private lessons, I really began to learn the intricacies of the game and it took my skills to the next level.

So here’s my suggestion: If you want to master a skill, start teaching it to others. It will definitely be a challenge for the first few hours, days, or weeks. But, it will help propel you to the next level because you will need to study and learn how to share and teach the skill to others, ensuring that you have fully mastered the skill yourself and know how to do it.

That’s all for today! Leave a comment and let me know what you think. A new YouTube video will be coming soon and more blog posts are on the way! I am also creating a new radio show!

Make sure you’re subscribed to this blog for the latest updates.

Talk soon,

Justin

I’ve Been Busy!

It’s been almost six months since I’ve made a video on YouTube or written a blog post! I sincerely apologize and I will do everything in my power to make it up to you!

Honestly, I’ve been really busy trying to figure out some things for my future. I have been pretty stressed and making videos has been one of the last things on my mind. However, after taking so much “personal” time off, I’ve realized one thing for sure.. I love and miss you guys!

If you follow me on Facebook, you’ve probably noticed that I have started to run some new promotions and have finally started to update you again.

But this is just the tip of the iceberg.

There is so much more that I plan on sharing with you.

hitting2The first place I’ll begin is with this blog post, and soon I’ll be making a new YouTube video to teach you some cool stuff!

I moved back home from my freshman year of college in Wisconsin at the beginning of May. The first year was a wild ride filled with both some fun and extremely boring times.. it’s tough making things fun in the middle of a cornfield! ;)

Our baseball team struggled the entire year finishing with a record of 11-22. Personally, I was able to start about 30 of the 40 games as a freshman.. not too shabby! My numbers weren’t as high as I would have liked them, but I learned a lot about myself and how to play the game.

Now that I am home and back in Colorado, I’ve been playing for a semi-pro summer team in the Mile High Collegiate Baseball League. So far, so good! I’m hitting .411 through about 10 games and it looks like I should have a good chance to transfer and play at a higher level this fall. (The school I’m looking at is a lot closer to home too.. about 980 miles closer!!)

I’ve also been working a little bit at a local indoor training facility to help younger baseball players improve their game. It’s been a lot of fun hours throwing batting practice and doing different drills with the kids.

Like I said… I’ve been extremely busy! But the good thing is, big things are coming and I’ll be keeping you updated more and more as I get a more consistent schedule!

hittingIf you never want to miss a beat with what I am doing, make sure you’re subscribed to my email list right here on this blog, my YouTube channel, and my Facebook page.

http://www.youtube.com/baseballsecrets

https://www.facebook.com/BaseballFitnessTips

All the best,

Justin

Crossfit – Wednesday – 11/20/2013

I’ve been doing Crossfit for a little while now and the workouts are grueling! They are high intensity, fast-paced, and absolutely brutal exercises! Give them a shot.. I will start posting the W.O.D., or Workout of the Day on this blog occasionally. Get after it! Here’s today’s workout:

For time:

15 Dumbbell burpee box-overs, 50 pounds, 24″ box
315 pound Deadlift, 15 reps
205 pound Overhead squat, 15 reps
15 Muscle-ups

Post time to comments.

NOTE*  If you don’t know how to do a particular exercise, look it up on http://www.CrossFit.com or do some research online!

Join Me on My Journey!

Hey ya’ll, it’s Justin. Right now, I’m two days away from being officially done with high school! I have a couple finals to take.. English Literature and Economics. After those are out of the way, summer is finally here! My graduation is next Saturday, May 25th. This will be the first summer that I don’t have two-a-day football practices with summer ball games mixed in between. I’ll finally be able to focus on my one true love and passion: baseball.

The reason I’m writing this blog post today is because I want you to join me on my journey. I’ll be posting a lot of the workouts I do, foods I eat, experiments that I make, etc. and I’d love to have you join me. You can follow my blueprint or create your own path, but I’d love to hear about your success!

After I graduate, I’ll be putting a lot of my time into lifting weights and training, throwing, hitting, and mastering my craft. I also plan on writing a lot more blog posts, emails, and making a lot more videos to help you guys. This summer is truly going to be ‘one to remember.’

This post has been short, sweet, and to the point.. but look for more coming soon! In the meantime, here was my workout from the past week:

 

WORKOUT 1: Chest, Triceps, Calves
Exercise Sets x Reps

Bench Press 4 x 12-15
Incline Bench Press 3 x 12-15
Incline Dumbbell Flye 3 x 12-15
Cable Crossover 3 x 12-15

Triceps Pressdown 3 x 12-15
Lying Triceps extension 3 x 12-15
Cable Overhead Triceps extension 3 x 12-15

Standing Calf Raise 4 x 25-30
Seated Calf Raise 4 x 25-30

 

WORKOUT 2: Back, Biceps, Abs

Dumbbell Bent-Over Row 4 x 12-15
Wide-Grip Pulldown 3 x 12-15
Standing Pulldown 3 x 12-15
Straight Arm Pulldown 3 x 12-15
Barbell curl 4 x 12-15
Dumbbell Incline Curl 3 x 12-15
One-Arm high Cable Curl 3 x 12-15
hip Thrust 3 x 20-30*
Crunch 3 x 20-30*
Oblique Crunch 3 x 20-30*
* Shoot for at least 20-30 reps, but if you can do more,
continue until reaching failure. If you cannot complete
20 reps, do as many as you can tring to get as close to
20 reps as possible.

 

WORKOUT 3: Shoulders, Traps, Calves

Dumbbell Shoulder Press 4 x 12-15
Dumbbell Lateral Raise 3 x 12-15
One-Arm Cable Front Raise 3 x 12-15
high Cable Rear Delt Fly 3 x 12-15
Dumbbell Shrug 4 x 12-15
Seated Calf Raise 4 x 25-30
Leg Press Calf Raise 4 x 25-30

 

WORKOUT 4: Legs and Abs

Squat 4 x 12-15
One-Leg Leg Press 3 x 12-15
Leg extension 3 x 12-15
Romanian Deadlift 4 x 12-15
Lying Leg Curl 3 x 12-15
hip Thrust 3 x 20-30*
Crunch 3 x 20-30*
Plank 3 x 1 minute
* Shoot for at least 20-30 reps, but if you can do more,
continue until reaching failure. If you cannot complete
20 reps, do as many as you can trying to get as close
to 20 reps as possible.

 

Join Me on My Journey!

Hey ya’ll, it’s Justin. Right now, I’m two days away from being officially done with high school! I have a couple finals to take.. English Literature and Economics. After those are out of the way, summer is finally here! My graduation is next Saturday, May 25th. This will be the first summer that I don’t have two-a-day football practices with summer ball games mixed in between. I’ll finally be able to focus on my one true love and passion: baseball.

The reason I’m writing this blog post today is because I want you to join me on my journey. I’ll be posting a lot of the workouts I do, foods I eat, experiments that I make, etc. and I’d love to have you join me. You can follow my blueprint or create your own path, but I’d love to hear about your success!

After I graduate, I’ll be putting a lot of my time into lifting weights and training, throwing, hitting, and mastering my craft. I also plan on writing a lot more blog posts, emails, and making a lot more videos to help you guys. This summer is truly going to be ‘one to remember.’

This post has been short, sweet, and to the point.. but look for more coming soon! In the meantime, here was my workout from the past week:

 

WORKOUT 1: Chest, Triceps, Calves
Exercise Sets x Reps

Bench Press 4 x 12-15
Incline Bench Press 3 x 12-15
Incline Dumbbell Flye 3 x 12-15
Cable Crossover 3 x 12-15

Triceps Pressdown 3 x 12-15
Lying Triceps extension 3 x 12-15
Cable Overhead Triceps extension 3 x 12-15

Standing Calf Raise 4 x 25-30
Seated Calf Raise 4 x 25-30

 

WORKOUT 2: Back, Biceps, Abs

Dumbbell Bent-Over Row 4 x 12-15
Wide-Grip Pulldown 3 x 12-15
Standing Pulldown 3 x 12-15
Straight Arm Pulldown 3 x 12-15
Barbell curl 4 x 12-15
Dumbbell Incline Curl 3 x 12-15
One-Arm high Cable Curl 3 x 12-15
hip Thrust 3 x 20-30*
Crunch 3 x 20-30*
Oblique Crunch 3 x 20-30*
* Shoot for at least 20-30 reps, but if you can do more,
continue until reaching failure. If you cannot complete
20 reps, do as many as you can tring to get as close to
20 reps as possible.

 

WORKOUT 3: Shoulders, Traps, Calves

Dumbbell Shoulder Press 4 x 12-15
Dumbbell Lateral Raise 3 x 12-15
One-Arm Cable Front Raise 3 x 12-15
high Cable Rear Delt Fly 3 x 12-15
Dumbbell Shrug 4 x 12-15
Seated Calf Raise 4 x 25-30
Leg Press Calf Raise 4 x 25-30

 

WORKOUT 4: Legs and Abs

Squat 4 x 12-15
One-Leg Leg Press 3 x 12-15
Leg extension 3 x 12-15
Romanian Deadlift 4 x 12-15
Lying Leg Curl 3 x 12-15
hip Thrust 3 x 20-30*
Crunch 3 x 20-30*
Plank 3 x 1 minute
* Shoot for at least 20-30 reps, but if you can do more,
continue until reaching failure. If you cannot complete
20 reps, do as many as you can trying to get as close
to 20 reps as possible.

 

Baseball Pre-Season Training Advice

As many of you know, baseball season is just around the corner! At the time of writing this, spring training is eight days away. When I think of spring training, I think of my favorite professional ballplayers getting together in sunny Arizona or beautiful Florida and playing the game we all love! They spend a lot of time on the field and a lot of time on the golf course! Team chemistry starts to occur and soon it’ll be opening day in ballparks across America!

Another thing that comes to mind when I think about spring training is hard work. I think of what I should be doing personally in order to prepare for my upcoming season, and you should too! The reason I am writing this blog post is to help players get on track. I’ll admit, there has been plenty of years where I simply do not know what to do before the season. Do I stick to lifting weights or do I focus more on baseball specific training? Do I run sprints or long distance? Do I do long toss or is it bad for my arm? All of these questions ran in and out of my head, and thinking about all of this makes you not want to do much at all. You lose the focus and energy it takes to get off your butt and make something happen. My goal is to give you some advice on what you should be doing at this time of year to ensure your success this spring!

First off, I believe in baseball specific training. Don’t get me wrong, lifting weights, running, and working out all have their benefits, but I strongly believe that the only true way to get better at something is by doing it. You won’t become a better hitter by doing squats. You won’t throw harder by running a few miles a day. Grab a teammate, coach, parent, older sibling, or anyone you can and get to your local field! Take batting practice, hit each other ground balls, play catch and do long toss! All of this will help you with BASEBALL SKILLS. 

Another thing you should try to focus on is contacting college coaches. If you want to play at the next level, it is seriously never too early to get in contact with recruiters and coaches. If you are a junior in high school, it is the perfect time to start the recruiting process. If you’re a senior, it’s not too late but you need to get going! Regardless of your age or grade level, make a video! This is by far the quickest and easiest way a college can look at you and evaluate your skills. You don’t need to visit the school or go to a camp, and more importantly a coach doesn’t have to waste his time coming to your games! Try to film yourself fielding, throwing, hitting, and even running. I have found that most coaches like to see a player field 15 or 20 ground balls, take 20-40 swings, and see them run a 60 yard dash. If you add music, don’t get carried away with it. Make the video short, concise, and to the point. There are a bunch of free video editors online and Windows Live Movie Maker is included with PC’s. (Mac computers have iMovie).

After you’ve made a video, start emailing coaches and schools you are interested in attending. Make sure they have your major, class size, student/faculty ratio, etc. that you are looking for. These are all very important!

I’m excited for baseball season and I hope you are! If you have any questions, feel free to contact me!

Train hard and keep swingin’,

Justin

Baseball Pre-Season Training Advice

As many of you know, baseball season is just around the corner! At the time of writing this, spring training is eight days away. When I think of spring training, I think of my favorite professional ballplayers getting together in sunny Arizona or beautiful Florida and playing the game we all love! They spend a lot of time on the field and a lot of time on the golf course! Team chemistry starts to occur and soon it’ll be opening day in ballparks across America!

Another thing that comes to mind when I think about spring training is hard work. I think of what I should be doing personally in order to prepare for my upcoming season, and you should too! The reason I am writing this blog post is to help players get on track. I’ll admit, there has been plenty of years where I simply do not know what to do before the season. Do I stick to lifting weights or do I focus more on baseball specific training? Do I run sprints or long distance? Do I do long toss or is it bad for my arm? All of these questions ran in and out of my head, and thinking about all of this makes you not want to do much at all. You lose the focus and energy it takes to get off your butt and make something happen. My goal is to give you some advice on what you should be doing at this time of year to ensure your success this spring!

First off, I believe in baseball specific training. Don’t get me wrong, lifting weights, running, and working out all have their benefits, but I strongly believe that the only true way to get better at something is by doing it. You won’t become a better hitter by doing squats. You won’t throw harder by running a few miles a day. Grab a teammate, coach, parent, older sibling, or anyone you can and get to your local field! Take batting practice, hit each other ground balls, play catch and do long toss! All of this will help you with BASEBALL SKILLS. 

Another thing you should try to focus on is contacting college coaches. If you want to play at the next level, it is seriously never too early to get in contact with recruiters and coaches. If you are a junior in high school, it is the perfect time to start the recruiting process. If you’re a senior, it’s not too late but you need to get going! Regardless of your age or grade level, make a video! This is by far the quickest and easiest way a college can look at you and evaluate your skills. You don’t need to visit the school or go to a camp, and more importantly a coach doesn’t have to waste his time coming to your games! Try to film yourself fielding, throwing, hitting, and even running. I have found that most coaches like to see a player field 15 or 20 ground balls, take 20-40 swings, and see them run a 60 yard dash. If you add music, don’t get carried away with it. Make the video short, concise, and to the point. There are a bunch of free video editors online and Windows Live Movie Maker is included with PC’s. (Mac computers have iMovie).

After you’ve made a video, start emailing coaches and schools you are interested in attending. Make sure they have your major, class size, student/faculty ratio, etc. that you are looking for. These are all very important!

I’m excited for baseball season and I hope you are! If you have any questions, feel free to contact me!

Train hard and keep swingin’,

Justin

Where Have You Been, Justin?

The past few months have been a long road filled with some wonderful memories. It has been quite a journey. Ever since August, it’s been high school football season and I have been slammed with homework, tests, football practice, and college decisions. All of this has put a ton of stress on me- both physically and mentally. With football, there is always extremes. It is never “just right” at practice as far as temperature wise. It is either blazing hot (June through September) or icy cold (October through December.) Some days I would get home from a cold practice and just do my homework and go to bed, not even thinking about making a blog post, video, or communicating with my followers at all. This is the first football season that I’ve felt insanely burnt out.. normally about 6 games into the season I feel a little sick and tired, but this year it was different. My body was worn out almost from day one.

 

My senior season began at Boise, Idaho when we went on a 22 hour journey to visit Boise State University for a full-contact camp. What an incredible experience that was! Our team had 4-a-day practices with a scrimmage at night for almost a week. The whole camp seems almost like a blur – everything happened so fast and we were always busy doing something. After practice, I had just about enough time to take my sweaty clothes and pads off, lay down and check my phone for five minutes, and then it was off to the dining hall. The food was wonderful and all you can eat! They had a variety of different cuisines from American burgers and fries to Chinese food with rice to Mexican burritos and tacos – oh, and did I mention the ice cream? We got to meet the coaching staff and a few of the Bronco players as well. Chris Peterson broke us out of each practice and the strength and conditioning coach led us through flex and stride (active stretching) at the beginning of each session. I’m a defensive back, so I got to work with Jimmy Lake on my technique on a daily basis. The camp had some very talented athletes from all over the country. On our last day there, my team played a game against a school from Washington who had won their State Championship at the highest level for the last six years. We played hard and beat them 28-7.

 

After I got back from Boise State in mid June, I began preparing my body for the season ahead. All my friends had jobs and were busy almost everyday, so I really started to take lifting weights seriously. I would wake up at 7:00 AM everyday and head to the high school. I did a split workout and trained my upper body Monday, Wednesday, Friday and my legs Tuesdays and Thursdays. It was tough to put on serious mass with summer baseball games four times a week and football practice at night.  I managed to gain a few pounds and I felt like I was ready for the season – there was only one issue. A month before our first game, I pulled my Piriformis muscle playing baseball. It was a hot day and I didn’t stretch as well as I probably should have. I hit a hard ground ball between short and third and came hard out of the box. When my foot hit first base, I felt a weird pain in my hip. The third base coach gave me the steal sign, so I took off. Standing on second base, it started throbbing and hurting more, almost like there was fire inside my leg. After scoring on a double, I sat down in the dugout and knew something wasn’t right. The doctor told me I had pulled my Piriformis and I should rest, not run on it, and go to physical therapy for six to eight weeks in order to strengthen it again. Talk about a great start to your senior year! I decided I’d go to physical therapy to help heal my leg, but I couldn’t stop playing football or baseball. I started taking it a little easier on leg exercises and I focused as much as I could on my flexibility. Purchasing a foam roller was definitely a good investment and it relieved a lot of pain I had after working out or playing games.

 

The first day of school rolled around on August 6th. That was the first day of my senior year and day one of the football season I was about to embark on – my last one ever. The next couple of weeks all ran together in a blur. To me, the worst part of any season is the initial time of just practicing before you can participate in any games. The anticipation was building and my team couldn’t have been more excited for the first kickoff. We beat Widefield High School by a score of 42-7. The next few weeks went really well and we were playing fundamental football. Fast forwarding to October 5th, we were handed our first loss of the season. There were three teams on our schedule in 2012 that I was nervous about, and we lost to all three of them by 3 points or less. Ponderosa, who was #2 in the state, beat us 3-0. Our All-American kicker missed two field goals that would have put us on top.. what a heart breaker. Similar stories took place for the other couple losses. Missed field goals, interceptions returned for touchdowns, and fumbles kept us from being undefeated. At the end of the regular season, we were 7-3 and went into the playoffs ranked 12th in the state. We were scheduled to play #5 Monarch in the first round. This team had one loss but we felt very confident going into the game. They run the ball over 95% of the time and we play a run-stopping defense, so we definitely had the advantage.

 

Our offense started with good field position and scored within the first four plays of the game. Boom! 7-0! Our defense played outstanding and we completely shut them down in the first half. It was 14-0 going into the break. When we came back out, we lost some momentum. Our young quarterback threw an interception which was returned for a touchdown. After getting the ball back, our starting running back fumbled the ball near our own 20 yard line. The opponent was able to capitalize on this and they kicked a field goal. We now had a good game on our hands. After battling for another quarter, our QB threw another interception that was returned inside the 5 yard line. They scored and we just couldn’t find the mustard to come back. The final football game of my career was over, 24-14.

 

A 200 mile trip back to my high school put us home after midnight on Friday night. The next morning, I woke up and I was happy to be home and healthy. Some soreness was lingering throughout my body, but overall I felt pretty good. You never want something to end for the last time, especially your senior football season, but in a way I was ready for it to be over. Our dream of winning the state championship was over, but I was quick to realize that I have some incredible things on the horizon in my life.

 

4 hours per day, 5 days a week, for 5 months. It has been a hell of a journey. I’ve met some amazing new people and spent a lot of time with my wonderful teammates. Football season has come to an end, but I’m back and well rested. I look forward to writing more blog posts, creating more videos, and helping and interacting with more people than ever. Thank you for sticking with me over the past few months.

 

Until next time,

 

 

Justin

Where Have You Been, Justin?

The past few months have been a long road filled with some wonderful memories. It has been quite a journey. Ever since August, it’s been high school football season and I have been slammed with homework, tests, football practice, and college decisions. All of this has put a ton of stress on me- both physically and mentally. With football, there is always extremes. It is never “just right” at practice as far as temperature wise. It is either blazing hot (June through September) or icy cold (October through December.) Some days I would get home from a cold practice and just do my homework and go to bed, not even thinking about making a blog post, video, or communicating with my followers at all. This is the first football season that I’ve felt insanely burnt out.. normally about 6 games into the season I feel a little sick and tired, but this year it was different. My body was worn out almost from day one.

 

My senior season began at Boise, Idaho when we went on a 22 hour journey to visit Boise State University for a full-contact camp. What an incredible experience that was! Our team had 4-a-day practices with a scrimmage at night for almost a week. The whole camp seems almost like a blur – everything happened so fast and we were always busy doing something. After practice, I had just about enough time to take my sweaty clothes and pads off, lay down and check my phone for five minutes, and then it was off to the dining hall. The food was wonderful and all you can eat! They had a variety of different cuisines from American burgers and fries to Chinese food with rice to Mexican burritos and tacos – oh, and did I mention the ice cream? We got to meet the coaching staff and a few of the Bronco players as well. Chris Peterson broke us out of each practice and the strength and conditioning coach led us through flex and stride (active stretching) at the beginning of each session. I’m a defensive back, so I got to work with Jimmy Lake on my technique on a daily basis. The camp had some very talented athletes from all over the country. On our last day there, my team played a game against a school from Washington who had won their State Championship at the highest level for the last six years. We played hard and beat them 28-7.

 

After I got back from Boise State in mid June, I began preparing my body for the season ahead. All my friends had jobs and were busy almost everyday, so I really started to take lifting weights seriously. I would wake up at 7:00 AM everyday and head to the high school. I did a split workout and trained my upper body Monday, Wednesday, Friday and my legs Tuesdays and Thursdays. It was tough to put on serious mass with summer baseball games four times a week and football practice at night.  I managed to gain a few pounds and I felt like I was ready for the season – there was only one issue. A month before our first game, I pulled my Piriformis muscle playing baseball. It was a hot day and I didn’t stretch as well as I probably should have. I hit a hard ground ball between short and third and came hard out of the box. When my foot hit first base, I felt a weird pain in my hip. The third base coach gave me the steal sign, so I took off. Standing on second base, it started throbbing and hurting more, almost like there was fire inside my leg. After scoring on a double, I sat down in the dugout and knew something wasn’t right. The doctor told me I had pulled my Piriformis and I should rest, not run on it, and go to physical therapy for six to eight weeks in order to strengthen it again. Talk about a great start to your senior year! I decided I’d go to physical therapy to help heal my leg, but I couldn’t stop playing football or baseball. I started taking it a little easier on leg exercises and I focused as much as I could on my flexibility. Purchasing a foam roller was definitely a good investment and it relieved a lot of pain I had after working out or playing games.

 

The first day of school rolled around on August 6th. That was the first day of my senior year and day one of the football season I was about to embark on – my last one ever. The next couple of weeks all ran together in a blur. To me, the worst part of any season is the initial time of just practicing before you can participate in any games. The anticipation was building and my team couldn’t have been more excited for the first kickoff. We beat Widefield High School by a score of 42-7. The next few weeks went really well and we were playing fundamental football. Fast forwarding to October 5th, we were handed our first loss of the season. There were three teams on our schedule in 2012 that I was nervous about, and we lost to all three of them by 3 points or less. Ponderosa, who was #2 in the state, beat us 3-0. Our All-American kicker missed two field goals that would have put us on top.. what a heart breaker. Similar stories took place for the other couple losses. Missed field goals, interceptions returned for touchdowns, and fumbles kept us from being undefeated. At the end of the regular season, we were 7-3 and went into the playoffs ranked 12th in the state. We were scheduled to play #5 Monarch in the first round. This team had one loss but we felt very confident going into the game. They run the ball over 95% of the time and we play a run-stopping defense, so we definitely had the advantage.

 

Our offense started with good field position and scored within the first four plays of the game. Boom! 7-0! Our defense played outstanding and we completely shut them down in the first half. It was 14-0 going into the break. When we came back out, we lost some momentum. Our young quarterback threw an interception which was returned for a touchdown. After getting the ball back, our starting running back fumbled the ball near our own 20 yard line. The opponent was able to capitalize on this and they kicked a field goal. We now had a good game on our hands. After battling for another quarter, our QB threw another interception that was returned inside the 5 yard line. They scored and we just couldn’t find the mustard to come back. The final football game of my career was over, 24-14.

 

A 200 mile trip back to my high school put us home after midnight on Friday night. The next morning, I woke up and I was happy to be home and healthy. Some soreness was lingering throughout my body, but overall I felt pretty good. You never want something to end for the last time, especially your senior football season, but in a way I was ready for it to be over. Our dream of winning the state championship was over, but I was quick to realize that I have some incredible things on the horizon in my life.

 

4 hours per day, 5 days a week, for 5 months. It has been a hell of a journey. I’ve met some amazing new people and spent a lot of time with my wonderful teammates. Football season has come to an end, but I’m back and well rested. I look forward to writing more blog posts, creating more videos, and helping and interacting with more people than ever. Thank you for sticking with me over the past few months.

 

Until next time,

 

 

Justin