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I think we can all agree, you want chalk, tacky, tape, wraps, cleats, etc. at every practice. But, what about the things that set you apart and can really influence the effectiveness of your practices?  If you're like me, practice time is precious and all too limited, so you need to maximize that time. Here are three things I now take to every practice. I wish I could say I've been doing this since I started, but hopefully I can save you a few thousand throws here or there. 1. Tripod - Sometimes, the best coach is yourself, and you'll...

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Humility. As I reflect back on yet another amazing Summer Strong, I can’t shake this word out of my head. You see, this word is paramount to how you view Summer Strong. If you don’t have it, then chances are you won’t like Summer Strong.  And, better yet, you probably shouldn’t even attend.  If you aren’t willing to put your ego aside to be taught or challenged, then save the money and don’t come. For those who haven’t had the pleasure of attending one of the past nine Summer Strong events, then let me describe the landscape as you walk...

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I have been contemplating how to summarize my season and bring it to a close. Perhaps I’m nostalgic or just plain sappy, but as I close out my 11th year in the sport, I’m realizing more and more how blessed and fortunate I am to be able to do this. The people I’ve met, the friends I’ve made, the places I’ve been, the crowds I’ve competed in front of, the athletes I’ve gone head to head with … it has been amazing. Many may not know, but being a professional Highland Games thrower has afforded my family a blessed life....

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For me, as an athlete, it's important to evaluate things I do. So many times I ask myself, "Is what I'm doing, working?" Whether you're an athlete, coach, father, husband, mother, wife, employee or employer, I suggest you have self-evaluation times such as these. As I evaluated my performance and experience from the IHGF World Championships this past weekend in France, there are a few things I learned in my pursuit to be the best thrower and competitor I can possibly be.   When it comes to international travel, getting in a few days early was a great change. At...

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Some people have asked how I approach games in terms of nutrition and supplementation. While I believe the weeks leading up to a competition are crucial, the things done during the day of competition are too often overlooked. If you're staying disciplined that day, then you're going to forfeit all that you worked so hard for the weeks prior! Below, if you will, is my "Competition Stack," as it combines multiple brands and products.    Keep in mind, I'm not sponsored by a supplement company! I get no money, free product or help from any of these brands. I get...

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