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Originally posted on LaxSpot on 05/15/2008

Whats up guys, I thought I should jump online and fill you all in on what is going on with me and the pride.  As I said in the last blog I made the team, what I did not tell you all is that I am in fact starting this weekend against Boston.  Now ordinarily I would be relieved except that I have to have a pretty good showing on Saturday night, I mean all indications are that they are very happy with how I came to camp. . .in shape, with a much improved defensive game and all fired up.  Thing is the draft is the following week and we have 9 picks. . actually  pretty much the whole team is probably a little on edge since we are clearly going to have a big draft.

I did not mention it a before but in week two of training camp I pulled my groin, I did not mention it because I did not want to seem like I had an excuse if I was released.  since I was not and I am starting, I can tell you all that I was able to rehab it every day for the last two weeks and I think I will be close to 100% on Saturday night.  I am a little nervous however about the lack of face-off time I have had since training camp started.  Since they changed the face-off AGAIN, going back to saying “set” before the whistle, I am a bit nervous that my timing will be off, it has been 7 years since I have taken a face-off that was done this way.  I have been practicing at home but as I said I have taken very few live draws in training camp. . . .I did experience some success while doing it so I think I will be fine.

I think this weekend is going to be pretty sweet.  I am hoping to catch up with Jay Horowitz
( a former Towson Teammate) and two of my best friends in the world (Josh Scout and Chuck Fry) are coming to the game and staying the night to hang out in Boston.  I just hope I put on a good show and the team comes out with a win!

I am flying into Boston saturday morning on the same flight as Ben Defelice, a good friend and one of Saturday nights opponents.  When I arrive I have 4 hours to waste until our walk through so i plan on either going to the hotel or simply grabbing a bite in the city.

Wish me luck guys, so far so good but it is a long season and as you may remember it was not just my goal to make the team but to “make it stick”!

Since I like to listen to music before games I was hoping that some of you would give me some ideas for good pump up music. . .What is YOUR favorite song to listen to right before you step on the field???  maybe it will make its way into my ipod for saturday night!

talk to you after this weekends game!

JB

aka  “sirclampsalot”

Originally posted on LaxSpot on 04/13/2008

Whats up folks?

Two more weeks and Im getting a bit nervous…after all of this training and talking about training I want it more than ever. Im finally down to about 220 and intend on continuing to lose weight through the first couple of weeks of training camp.  I saw steve berger of the long island lizards last evening and he is already talking trash about picking up all of my GB’s. . .I asked him to wait until I made the team to bring the garbage.  Either way I have some serious butterflies growing here, which is a good thing.  Over the years I can remember that in the games I was most nervous I played the best, in those I was relaxed I usually had a sub par day.  I suppose the nerves keep me grounded.

I am still doing power hour and I have been running in the evenings on those days….Then on Tuesday and Thursdays I am doing interval training on the treadmill, urg and bike, followed by a weight circuit with mike (my trainer) essentially we do the workout that SOFletes sent me only with some variations from week to week.  I usually follow that workout up with some live draws and face off drills with the WAC “clampers”.  It is good because by the time I get out there I can generally NOT feel my upper or lower body from the circuit and intervals.  In fact it is humbling because the average weight and height of the WAC face off men is like 150 and 5′7, and when I am in this condition even they can muscle me if I dont get off the X quick.  It has really kept me on my toes.

I have been trying to keep myself busy with some fun activities on the weekends to keep my mind off of all this.  this last weekend I went to Towson, and spoke at a alumni dinner, then went to the TU/Drexel game.  I have to say, Drexel is BIG.  They had some real horses on that squad, and they have come so far since I graduated.  Unfortunately the tigers lost but it was a real nail biter, it came down to the last 20 seconds, but the “gers” could not punch one in to tie it up.  Either way it was a great weekend, and watching them play got me even more fired up to suit up for another season.

I am still interested in hearing what you all might have to say about gearing up for a season of battle on the field.  what gets you fired up?

Originally posted on LaxSpot on 01/23/2008

Well Ladies and gentleman, “The time is now and the place is here”.  This is aquote from my favorite series of books by Dan Milliman.  This particular quote comes from “The way of the Peacefull Warrior”  and I suggest all athletes and competitors get a copy.  This book changed my life when I needed it the most. Just after my father died when I was 19 and just starting my sophmore year at Towson, a great friend (Jim D’Annunzio) gave me a copy of this book, and it helped me not only get past the pain of my fathers passing but taught me how to overcome physical pain as well.

Which leads me to this weeks post.  While in college you practice for at least two and a half hours on the field and another hour and a half in the weight room, and if you were like me you spent the beginning of the season in the breakfast club at 6:00am with Coach Ross, because you did not make the “run test”.  When it was all said and done you averaged four hours a day doing something athletic.  Presently in the year 2008 at age 28 (29 in March)I am trying to fit four hours of exercise into about an hour and a half…BRUTAL.  Not to mention my recovery time is NOTHING like it used to be.

SOOOO “The time is now”  last evening was my first Plyo’s and power movement session of the week.  Now I am not positive but I think my trainer was trying to make a point.  I was not hung over from a GIANTS game, I was not tired for over working, I was actually feeling pretty good, and I let him know that before we started.  BIG MISTAKE.  We started with some pretty simple “ladder drills”  you know one foot in, one foot out, that kind of thing.  Followed by some of that dynamic stretching, so far so good!  Finally we started the Circuit training, WHAT circuit training was not part of this deal, but apparently I do not reserve the right to complain.  The “deal” is that I trust my trainer to get me ready and I dont ask questions…BAD DEAL.

OK back to “The time is now”  about half way through the FIRST round in the three round circuit, I started to black out, you know seeing stars, legs locking up, muscles completely failing, GOOD TIMES.  As I was trying to keep it together long enough to make it through the “power pushup” part of the circuit, I simply fell on my face.  I truly didnt think I could do any more of them, I could not see two feet in front of me, but I could hear Mike (my trainer) saying “Dude, you got this, come on”  and it reminded me of the book!  it was at this moment that I had my first thoughts of failure, or thought that maybe I was too old for this, in short I was actually doubting myself.  Now anyone who knows me knows that I am, well a little bit ummm, lets just say, self confident, yeah thats right ,self confident.  So as you can imagine this feeling of doubt was not a good one for me.  As I lifted myself up to my feet and was about to say something retarded like “dude, I need some water”  I noticed that Mike was looking at me like, he knew I wanted to quit, so he made the decision for me, he just started counting down from ten (this means its time to move on to the next excecise), and we just moved on.  With the quote “The time is now and the place is here” running around in my head it became quite obvious that I needed to get through that circuit right then or I would never reach my goal. And Get through the circuit I did, and I very well could have called it a night after my workout with Mike, but I even found the energy to make my way down to the weight room, and pounded out some serious weights.  I drove home completely drained, slept like a baby, and woke up feeling alot less sore than I thought I would.

I now remember how it feels to really want something, to push yourself just a little farther than you think you can.  I remember that physical pain can be overcome with the drive to succeed, and training my mind to think this way again will be hard but it should not take too long, as I am certain that I can still take it to the next level!

Unitl next week

CAPTAINQUICKWRISTS

P.S.  GIANTS BY 4 IN THE SUPERBOWL

Originally posted on LaxSpot on 01/22/2008

Well ladies and gentleman, Week 1 has begun and i could have waited until the end of it to fill you all in but i figured my experience so far was too good not to tell you about it.  Last week i went in for my physical and body fat testing.  brutally honest, my trainer was.  i believe the words he used were “fat, but not too fat, i think we can drop 30lbs and 2 waist sizes”, so what will i do with all my freaking work clothes, that crap is expensive.  what a p***like i didn’t already know i was over weight, now i am really motivated.   anyway he gave me my diet parameters and gave me until Monday the 14th to get ready. Being a huge ny giants fan it was hard for me to stay focused on Mondays workout, i definitely ate and drank way too much while watching then pummel the hopes of the cowgirls, and come Monday afternoon it was evident that i was struggling.  it took  t minus 10 minutes before i was receiving a tongue lashing from mike duquette my personal trainer.  apparently he does not share my passion for the giants.  anyway we kicked it all off with some dynamic stretching, and apparently that stuff  is harder than it sounds.  5 minutes into this thing i was gasping for air and praying that a water break was coming, and that was just the warm up!  then came the plyo’s and thera bands.  it was pretty intense, i felt like i was in a myoplex commercial or something… this guy never stops talking about lean muscle mass and fueling your body like it is a machine.Needless to say when it was all over i had not remembered working that hard in probably 7 years, since i was at Towson.   it feels good.  by the way i weighed in at 234 pounds one week ago, today i weight 230, its awful interesting what the right diet and a little conditioning can do for you!ok i will check in again next Monday.  remember my goal is 200lbs by april 25th wish me luck!

Justin berry

Originally posted on LaxSpot on 10/09/2008

I hope that everyone is doing well….I know its been a while, but I have been busy moving (I never realized how much crap I had) and getting settled into the new house.  We have moved from Federal Hill across the Inner Harbor to Butchers Hill.  It has been an interesting move to say the least and it is tough getting used to new surroundings.  For starters, parking is miserable, if you get home past 7, you are going to be lucky if you can find a spot that isn’t three blocks away and unfortunately, the gym is no longer a block away and I had to buy a bike to get there.  The bike has made things a lot easier and I have enjoyed the exercise riding to and from the gym.  Mason has managed to adapt well and seems to be enjoying Patterson Park as much as he did Riverside.

Now on to lacrosse…Last week I signed a free agent contract with the Philadelphia Wings and was protected by the Washington Bayhawks, so it looks like one more year of pro lacrosse.  I have come to the conclusion that this may be my final year playing lacrosse unless things go well and I have a good year.
This weekend we have a group of MLL players playing in a DII tournament against Ursinus and Michigan at Genesse Valley that benefits the Huntington’s Disease Foundation.  Brian Myers was a teammate of mine at Towson University and his dad is suffering from Huntington’s disease and this tournament is a great opportunity to raise money for a good cause.  If you have a chance, please come watch some great lacrosse and support a good cause.
Another former Towson teammate and current Long Island Lizard Danny Cocchi is getting married tomorrow night and we are heading up to Long Island for what is sure to be a great time.  This should be an incredible party and it is going to be great to catch up with a lot of friends that I haven’t seen in a while.
Thats it for right now, I will get back in touch next week and fill you in on the wedding and the tournament.

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.

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