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Originally posted on LaxSpot on 01/29/2008

whats up folks, i am sure if you have been reading my blogs you have also been reading the comments that have been made by the resident “hater” sofletes.  if you have not figured it out he is actually a friend of mine. in fact he is one of my best friends, and probably the only person i know that is capable of killing a man with only one hand.  he is a “recon marine”  which i believe is the marines equivalent of a navy seal ( i am sure that he is going to be mad that i compared the two…as he is surely much more bad ass than a seal)  any way, meatstick is the only way to characterize this guy, however he is also a training genius.  in fact if he were still in the Chesterton area he would be training me along side mike duquette.
so in the last couple of weeks i have put on some serious muscle, i have my bench back up over 300lbs, my squats however are not making as much progress.   i am still capable of moving over 350lbs from the squat but it is hard to make any real gains there since i do not have a workout partner in the weight room.  it is easy to get someone to spt you on the bench but not too many people want to stand behind you and mount you from behind while you grunt out squats…at least i know i would not be itching to do that for someone i do not know.

anyway back to the task at hand, it has become evident that i am bulking up pretty quick, i gave my marine buddy a call.  what is my next step?  i asked.  we talked about it for a while and decided it was time for a “300″ style weight training program.  a little hesitant i brought what he sent me this morning to mike (the personal trainer).  am i ready for this yet?. . .mike took one look at the workout and said “can you send me a copy of this tomorrow?”  if you are ready for this i think it is absolutely the best thing for you..and the decision was made, no more low rep power movements, it is time to start stripping all this access fat off of my increasingly “thick” physique.

i started with mike, ladder drills, circuit and we finished up with the theraband…i made the mistake of telling him about a drill i was thinking about creating.  we came to the conclusion that we would call it “resisted bear crawls” , where mike throws the theraband around my body and resists as i bear crawl sprint from one end of the squash court to the other, pair that up with the other drill i made the mistake of telling mike about, “stance resistance”.  this is the face-off mans equivalent of a hitting the sled in football, only we again use the theraband while i explode from about 5 feet away from the wall, out of a face off stance. i am reaching for a spot that is 30 degrees to my right and 5 feet in front of me..  i am to get back in my stance promptly and as soon as i get back in my stance he blows the whistle again(sets of 10 three times as fast as we can do it)…this is usually the last thing we do, and it always crushes me.

i was pumped to try the new workout, since “day 1″ was the equivalent of what i did yesterday in the gym i started with “day 2″…everything on these workouts is a superset with lower weights and high reps, in some cases it is a “tri set”, but that was not today.  today was chest and some explosive movements followed by some sprints..i hate sprints.

anyway, i have to tell you about this one thing that my buddy calls “man makers” …i told you he was a meat stick.  this is where i took a 40lb dumbbell in each hand, did a push up with them in hand, when you get to the “up position” you are to bring one dumbbell up while keeping your body locked in the same position.(like a bent over row),  you do that for 10 reps on each side, superset it with what is basically a elbow to knee squat jump, and repeat it five times…needless to say this crushed me…finished up with some sprints and some dry heaving and i was on my way home for dinner…sweet

one more day is over…i am starting to feel like some real progress is being made…i cant wait to see how i feel in two more weeks after i really get into this high rep workout!

oh yeah, i hope all of you are fortunate enough to get the nfl network. . .the superbowl coverage is sick…i am growing more and more confident that the g-men will be coming out of this game with a win and a big ass ring!…i think i will send them a letter and request to buy my own ring, as i am definitely a part of this team…i deserve a ring d***it!

until next time, im going to go and eat some lightning. . .shannon (my wife) is having a hard time finding recipes for it but she is coming along!

jb   a.k.a.  humbledbythepigsuitcomment

Originally posted on LaxSpot on 01/26/2008

well ladies and gentlemen over the last couple of weeks you have been so kind as to listen to my whining and complaining about how difficult of a time i was having getting used to working with my new trainer and getting back to “game” shape.  for this i thank you, that is why this weekends blog is a little different.

last friday i would have to say was my best weight room performance to date, i got after it pretty hard.  three sections, 10 straight minutes of a full sprint on the bike, some serious chest, 10 more minutes on the bike, some serious triceps, 10 more minutes of full sprint, followed by back and biceps, followed by abs!!!

i left feeling pretty good about myself, the bike sprints were particularly satisfying!  i came home to the dog, and the nfl network…sweet, no wife for a couple of hours(her sister was moving into college at salisbury…even though i told her that the mascot of the school was a flying rat).  now dont get me wrong i love spending time with my wife, she is clearly my better half but sometimes i like having some time with my dog and my big ass tv.  anyway i made some dinner and geared up for the last day of waterfowl season.  around here goose and duck hunting is what makes the world go round, and i am no different than the rest of the people in this town.  unfortunately work has kept me from hunting as much as i would have liked this year but sometimes that is just the way it goes. saturday however, was going to be different, my stepfather got me the invite to one of the premier hot spots in the area, at a local doctors “offshore” blind.  i had heard roomers about this place, so i was excited!

5:00am comes around and my alarm hit me like a tone of bricks, man its early.  we made it out to the doctors house by 5:45 and started our way out to the blind.  this place was great, and i wish i could explain all the factors that made this blind special, but i will start with the fact that it was in the middle of the chester river and it had a stove(for the ham, egg and cheese sandwiches), an oven(to toast the bread) and a coffee maker in it…needless to say it was a more civilized hunt, well at least it started that way…i soon found out that most of the men who were occupying the blind (all men who i have known most of my life, and my mother) were complete clowns(i mean that in the best possible way, these guys were flat out funny)…it was an entertaining day, a great group of guys to say the least!

anyway we were fortunate enough to kill our limit in “blue bills” (16) and a couple of other birds, man it was a great hunt!  special thanks to dr. “a”.

at this point you are likey asking yourself why i am telling you about this hunt, well it is simple:  sometimes you have to take a step back when you are working for something special, a goal, or when you are testing yourself.  as long as it does not interfere with your goal, you should “work hard and play hard”.  in my case i needed to “slay some ducks”. now do not get me wrong, i still went for a run, and watched what i ate, but i allowed myself to fully embrace the “male being” this morning…thats right i was all man.  there is something about getting up early, setting up a modern day hunting rig, and hunting a wild animal.  yeah yeah i get it ducks are not exactly like a wild bore, or a bear, even a deer.  still until you have experienced what it is like to have ducks “decoy” into your rig, just after sun up while you plot to unload the birds ultimate demise into its chest, you cannot judge the situation.  it is a combination of hand to eye coordination and timing. this is more than sport, it is how  our forefathers fed their children!

anyway i feel completely recharged, i cannot wait to get up in the morning and hit the weight room…i am having a hard time convincing my wife to rub my back after workouts but i think i will prevail, she is a sucker for giant traps,  and fortunately i happen to have a pair for her to work on!

all right folks…i will talk to you in a couple of days, oh and apparently the story about my biting through a keg at the o.c. touney has gotten out into the media, i was really hoping to keep that a secret…dang it!

unitl next time!

justin berry a.k.a. “ifyouhesitateiwillabuseyou”

Originally posted on LaxSpot on 01/22/2008

Well ladies and gentlemen, its week two and I am still alive.  I must say as much as I love the Giants they are putting a little bit of a cramp in my monday workouts.  Its a good thing I only have to do a couple miles on the treadmill, some lower body and some power movements (but thats all!).

First lets get this off my chest GO BIG BLUE, we are Superbowl Bound BABY!

OK On to the workouts.  I find myself more and more motivated, Just today I saw a post from an old friend and fellow blogger Hunter Lochte his quote was FAAAAAAAAAAT.  Now this is an old running joke we have from our days at Towson.  You see, when I was a senior and having arguably my best season, I was also playing on a recently rebuilt ACL, a broken rib in my right side and a torn Hammy.  needless to say I didnt do much during practice, I think it was like 20 love face-offs a day and then I would hit the training room for some treatment and some stationary bike riding.  It was awfull hard to keep in good enough shape to play ball at that point but I kept my stamina just where I needed it to be to get through a whole game (BUT BARELY)  anyway I put on a few pounds during that time and Mr. Lochte and I would joke that it was a good thing my hands were so fast because the rest of my body was NOT…In short I was FAAAAAAAAAAAAT.

So how does that tie into today’s post?

Simple….I have figured out over the years that my body structure is that of one that can GAIN or LOSE weight rapidly!  In order to keep weight off I absolutely MUST work out at least 5 times a week and I need to eat alot healthier than I did when I was 21.  I am still right around 230 but I can already see the difference in my body…I am starting to see that “Lean Muscle”, that my trainer is always talking about, it just has not yet overcome the FAAAAAAT.

Tonight I am going to be sluggish being that I got after it pretty good watching the G-Men, but as far as food was concerned I was pretty good…mostly ate meat and veggies….not sure the Bud Light was too good for me (although they say there are alot of electrolights in that stuff, OK who am I kidding)…hopefully by my mid week post I will have something more exciting to tell you about, since tomorrow is my dynamics and therabands day (Tuesdays and Thursdays).

Until Next Time

THAFASTESTHANDSINTHAGAME

Originally posted on LaxSpot on 10/14/2008

Wow, what a wedding.  After an hour flight, sitting in traffic, a very nice ceremony and a reception to remember, my first wedding in Long Island was definetly one that I will not forget.  It was great to see some former teammates and their parents at the reception where it seemed like we picked up right where we left off in college.  After a long night of celebrating the married couple, it was time to get a couple hours of sleep before driving back to Baltimore.  The drive back was easy and we got in around 1.  The marathon had just finished and the roads were empty, so I jumped on my bike and took a nice long bike ride to get my workout for the day.  After an 8 mile ride and some lunch, it was time to finally watch some football.  How about Texas coming back to beat Oaklahoma, Okalhoma State knocking off Missouri, and Florida dismantling LSU?  It was a great day for some football.

Sunday started early with a walk around Patterson Park with Mason and a 30 minute drive to Genesse Valley.  The scrimmages started at 10, but the teams (minus us) were promplty warming up by 930.  The entire team finally strolled in around 9:40 and it was time to strap it on and play our first game against Ursinus. This game was close in the first half as we got our kinks out and knocked the rust off.  We were all pretty impressed with the intensity that Ursinus played with and they came after us all game long.  I didn’t get a final, but we managed to extend a lead in the second half.  After a 20 minute break, it was time to strap it on again and play a Michigan team that last year went 19-0 and won the club championship.  The coach at Michigan, John Paul, I have known for quite some time because we used to work the Warrior camps together when I was in college has put together an impressive team at Michigan and I wont be surprised if this team goes DI in the near future.  The game was unfortunately not as competitive as the Ursinus game, but these kids did play incredibly hard which I definitely respect.  Best of luck to Ursinus and Michigan both with their upcoming seasons.

That’s the recap of the wedding and the tourney, I was going to talk about my Ravens, but that will have to wait until next week when we come back from Miami with a W.
Have a good week and Ill check back in soon.

Originally posted on LaxSpot on 09/16/2008

Well, I am now three weeks into being back at school and is has been nice to get back into a routine.  Dont get me wrong, the summer was amazing and I love the travel, but at times, it is nice to settle back into normal life.  Being back and settled in allows me to get back to the gym which has been very nice, travel can take a toll on working out.  I will say though, it is tough to go from not working out in about a month to jumping back into it at full speed.

With school bein back in session, that means it is only time for my second favorite time of the year (after lacrosse season), football season.  What an opening to the season it has been in both college and pro.  USC look absolutly unstoppable, but will the get complacent and have a mind lapse against a lesser opponent…Will Oklahoma make it through their difficult schedule of the Big XII to take on the Trojans in the National Championship?  Those two teams are my favorites at this point, but it is early.

The NFL is also off to a good start with teams that were supposed to be good, being terrible, and teams that were supposed to underperform, winning.  The Ravens looked better than expected in week one and I think that the whole city is “Wacco for Flacco.”  The big question for them will be if they can bounce back from the Hurrican Ike ordeal to make a run that includes no bye weeks and 5 straight road games in 35 days.  If they can get through it, watch out AFC, the Ravens will be back and be a force to be reckoned with.

On top of football, its time to get back out and play lacrosse again.  The BILL (Baltimore Indoor Lacrosse League) started last week and despite having a young team, DeWalt should be able to challenge the top teams in the league.  This past Saturday, the alums of Towson, Maryland, and UMBC made their way out to Genesse Valley for the second annual alumni lacrosse tournament that goes to benefit former Maryland coach Dick Edell.  It was a great event again this year and it was great to see all of the guys and participate in an event that goes to such a great coach and person.

Thats all for now, talk to you again soon.

Originally posted on LaxSpot on 08/25/2008

I know that it has been a while and I hope that everyone is doing well.  I just got back from a two week vacation in Hawaii that ended my hectic summer and now it is time to go back to work.  This summer has been a busy, but well worth it.  For the last three months, I have been on the road with maybe a week at home in Baltimore.  My travels have taken me from Baltimore to New York, New Jersey, California, Denver, Texas, Illonois, North Carolina, and Hawaii but I wouldnt have it any other way.  Lacrosse was tough this summer for me, not playing for the Dragons for some odd reason and than being traded half way through the season and playing pretty poorly for the Bayhawks.  Oh well, life goes on and now it is time to gear up and get ready for indoor.  I am not sure what is going on yet with indoor, but things should play themselves out over the next month or two.  Trilogy had an awesome summer.  While most camp companies were down, we were up.  We have built a very good following that keeps getting bigger the longer we are in the game and we are only going to grow from here.

With the summer coming to an end, it is time for me to go back my full time job, teaching.  We have our first set of meetings tomorrow morning with school starting the day after Labor Day.  I am looking forward to going back because I will finally be able to get back into my normal daily routine.  Getting back into a routine allows me to start a new workout that is hopefully going to get me back into shape in the next four weeks.  It is two lifts per day, three days a week.  After the four weeks, I will go back to a once a day, four days a week workout.  Being home also allows me to spend some time with my dog Mason.  I havent seen him in the last four weeks and only saw him a little this summer, needless to say, he is happy that I am home.
How does everyone feel about the Olympics?  The US were pretty consistent with their medals, I believe it was 36 gold, 38 silver, and 36 bronze (or something along those lines).  It was great to see Baltimore’s own Michael Phelps absolutely dominate the swimming pool, Usain Bolt from Jamaican tear up the track in the 100 and 200, and Kerri Walsh and Misty May-Treanor  own the sand for a second straight Olympics (there uniform arent bad either).  The women’s gymnastics team had a really strong showing, Lisa Leslie won her 4th gold medal with the women’s basketball team, and the men’s basketball team (easily the best 12 person basketball team in the world) finally got back to where it should be by bringing home the gold in a tough game versus Spain.  There were a ton of other sports that I watched throughout the Olympics that were amazing to see, handball and badmitten are two that I would love to play.
With all that being said, who is ready for football to start.  I have watched a few preseason games, but havent been able to really get into it yet.  I had my fantasy football draft yesterday and now I cant wait for the season to start.  I love nothing more than waking up on a Sunday morning, getting my Ravens gear on and walking over to the stadium.  Game days in Federal Hill are amazing, the whole are goes purple and black.
Well, I hope that everyone has a good week and I will check back soon.

Originally posted on LaxSpot on 07/30/2008

Just wanted to check in and see how everyone is doing……I am in Kill Devil Hills, NC sitting on a deck looking out at the ocean and things are good, other than not playing in the game for the Bayhawks tomorrow night versus the Pride.. I have had a great week so far, sat on the beach all day Sunday, Tuesday, and today, played golf on Monday and we are playing again tomorrow, followed by another day on the beach Friday and Saturday before driving back to Baltimore.

Sunday I will head up to New Jersey for our last camp of the summer in Bay Head.  This is where our very first camp is and it is always a great time.  THe weather is ususally pretty hot, but we are at the beach and it is great to be able to jump in the ocean between sessions.  After a week of camp, I will drive back to Baltimore and then fly to Hawaii for 2 weeks.   The only downside of going to Hawaii is that I am missing the Ocean City Tournament.  This is a tournament that I have played in every year but one over the last 10 years (2006 MLL Championship Weekend with the Outlaws) and the first one I am missing going to.  I think I will be able to get over it relaxing on the beach in Hawaii though.

It has been a long summer with a lot going on, but I wouldnt have it any other way.  I hope that everyone is doing well.  I will check in soon……………..

Originally posted on LaxSpot on 04/30/2008

How is everyone doing today?

The Titans are in the playoffs and it is a great feeling.  The team was picked to finish dead last in the NLL and we have shocked everyone outside of our locker room.  With a huge win over the defending champion Rochester Knighthawks on Saturday night, we clinced our first playoff berth in our two year history and knocked Rochester out of the playoffs for the first time in 14 years.  The interesting thing about the playoffs this year is that all four Eastern Conference teams are tied with a 10-6 record and the seedings were based on tiebreakers.  The team will travel to Minnesota to take on the Swarm on Saturday night at 8 eastern, if you arent doing anything, go to B2 Networks and buy the game online for seven bucks, it will be worth it.

Unfortunately, I wasnt at the game on Saturday night and wont be there Saturday in Minnesota either.  Saturday after our 11 am shoot around in the Garden, I had to head out down to Philly so that I could get a physical and attend practice for the Dragons.  We had our first weekend of training camp in Philly which was convenient for me so that I could make some of my Titans responsibilities and be there for the start of Dragons training camp.  Camp started around 8 pm and we were missing a good number of returners from last years team (about half of our guys play indoor and are in the playoffs…..GOOD LUCK boys), but that didnt start the guys that were there giving 100% for the two hours we were out there.  After practice I got a quick bite and a little sleep and we turned it around for a ten am scrimmage with the Barrage.  It was a good scrimmage for both sides, but I think we came up on the short end of the scoreboard.  This weeks training camp will be in San Jose and should be another good one.  Countdown to game one 17 days.

On to the NFL Draft.  How predictable was the first three picks?   For the first time in a while the NFL picked the right six guys to be in attendance at the draft.  No more watching a first round pick sitting in the green room wondering when he was going to get a chance to get up on the stage.  As for my Ravens, I couldnt be happier with the draft.  I cant wait to see how Joe Flacco does and I think Ray Rice is going to be good number two behind Willis..  Gooden is gong to be the next middle linebacker from the U to dominate the NFL, and a fourth round pick for Fabian Washington works for me.  Throw in some great backups and special teamers and we have a draft that is going to turn around the Ravens….

Thoughts?

Originally posted on LaxSpot on 3/25/08

How is everyone doing?  After a 10 day break from school, I am now back and not too happy about it.  Where did my spring break go?

For Spring Break, I stayed in Baltimore and just did some stuff around town.  On Tueday of last week, I got the chance to go out to Perry Hall and help coach the Varsity lacrosse team.  I had a blast coaching these kids.

The rest of the week was spent doing things around the house, “meating” out at the gym, and hanging out at the park with Mason.  On Friday I spent all day in Perry Hall again helping the rec program out at their Good Friday Clinic.  It is a long day (8-430), but the kids have a lot of fun.  After the clinic, I headed back to Federal Hill to meet up with Brenden Mundorf before hitting the road to New Jersey for Titans practice.  After a really good practice, we headed back to the hotel for some quick sleep, so that we could make the 8 am breakfast and film session. After film, we got back in the car and made out way to Trenton, NJ for our shoot around practice at our home arena for the weekend.  Just to let everyone know, we play our home games at Madison Square Garden, but because of the preseason strike, the Garden released the arena dates, so this season we have spent the majority of our games on the road (11 out of 16 games to be exact).

After practice, we headed to the hotel for a team lunch, some relaxation, and basketball (I loved seeing Duke lose).  Saturday we played the Wings (Philly is an hour away from Trenton), the number one team in the league and the team that has beaten us every time we have played them.  When we got to the arena, Philly fans were already there, and they were rowdy.  For those of you who havent experianced a game in Philly, you have to go see it, it is amazing how much these people love the Wings players, but there is something a little different about them (that is all I am going to say).  It was a hard fought game and the Titans were victorious but a score of 20-13.  This was hands down the best game we have played all year.

After the game, we headed back to Baltimore (big day Sunday).  I have my family over for Easter and I had to cook all day.  We had a feast of Brisket, Lamb Chops, Potatos au Gratin, Spinich Salad, and cheesecake for desert.  It was delicious if I say so myslef.  Yesterday was my last day of spring break and it was spent in court at Jury Duty.  It was a miserable way to enjoy my last day of break, but extremely interesting to say the least.  I got selected to be on two different jurys, one for attempted first and second degree murder and the other for possession with intent to distribute of heroin and cocaine.  Luckily for me, I was excused from both juries.

Now, I am back at school, and back to my normal routine, I hope everyone has a good week and I will talk to everyone soon.

Well, the weather has started to get warmer and I am keeping my fingers crossed that it stays like this.  The last week has been a tough one and I figure that I would catch you up on what has been going on.  Last week was a pretty standard week until Thursday cam around.  After school on Thursday, I had a “Putt-Putt” Golf Tournament at school to raise money for a family that went to Calvert that sadly died in a horrific fire late last year.  After the golf tourney, I had about an hour to get home, change and get my lax gear so that I could head up to New Jersey for practice at 11 pm.  We had a pretty good practice and it was nice to see the team after a few weeks of not getting together with them.  Practice went for about an hour and a half and at that time I got in the car, stopped at the Quick Check to pick up some food and Gatorade and hit the road back to Baltimore.  I got in around 330 am and fianlly got to sleep around 4.  After about two hours of uncomfortable sleep, I was off to school.  I left school at 230 and hit the road again to meet up with the team at the hotel in Philadelphia.  We headed over to the Wachovia Center in Philly a little after 5 and face-off was at 8.

We suffered a tough 16-10 loss in the game, but I want to give major props to Rory Smith one of our rookie defensemen who took on Geoff Snider, who is hands down the number 1 fighter in the league, in his first NLL fight.

After the game, we hung out at the Wachovia Center for a little before finally heading back to the hotel.  Once we got back, I got in the car and headed back to Baltimore, finally getting in around 230 am.

Thoughts on the Face Off Classic?  I went and thought that the Cuse/UVa game started off like a typical Hop/Princeton game, but surely didnt dissapoint any fan in the second half and OT.  Than there is the Hop/Princeton game, that was ugly from the first 10 seconds and I think that is all I have to say about that one.  Towson squeaked away a win against Denver so it is good to see them sitting at .500, but with the road that they have ahead of them, it could be tough.

Have a good one and I will catch you soon….

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