I just saw that former Michigan strength and conditioning coach Mike Barwis is doing an Ask Me Anything on Reddit this coming Tuesday, July 7 at 7:30pm (see on the sidebar here: http://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA) .
Presumably he'll be promoting his upcoming TV series "American Muscle."
Last night I went to see a screening of the new movie "Act of Valor." There was an ad for it during the Super Bowl, I was intrigued, so I went. (Trailer: http://www.actofvalor.com/official/)
It is a great movie, one I really enjoyed, and I don't expect to see a better action flick this year. Hope you can see it. The main characters are a group of active duty Navy SEALs. They take out several sets of bad guys around the globe. I was dubious about what this meant, seeing it in the advertisements. Were the SEALs extras? Backgroud fill? No, it means what it says: Navy SEALs are the main actors, filmed in a story playing themselves in the role of Navy SEALs. The movie includes their wives and families, and a lot of live fire.
You might remember that the guys on the 2011 football team did something with the SEALs as a theme this last season. (Link: http://mgoblog.com/content/hoke-killed-guy.) There also has been plenty of Barwis porn and awe at the exploits of Martin, Van Bergen, et al. Watching the movie will give a greater sense and appreciation of SEALs who are truly great athletes and do this when it really matters.
Some of the acting, as expected, is a bit wooden. But at the same time, the emotions and action are also much more realistic than you will ever see captured by actors.
I suppose some of you more creative types (think: LSU Freek) will eventually use clips to create football GIFs, etc. It is somewhat problematic that our fearless leader (i.e., one Brian Cook) most closely resembles one of the two bad guy villians. That photobomb at the hockey game lends itself to this kind of photoshopping.
Anyway, just go see the movie when it comes out in a couple weeks. You'll enjoy it.
Mike Martin puts up 500lb. on the bench at Barwis Methods. Pretty amazing...
EDIT: not sure why the embed didn't work, but I posted the link instead.
An article on Barwis training Michigan's graduating seniors. Two quotes stick out from the artcile:
Molk said his agent initially presented him with options of training at elite locations in Arizona, Florida or Texas.
"The other places are resorts — you come here to work," said Molk, the Rimington Trophy winner who had surgery Jan. 13 and will be limited four months.
The 6-foot-6 Van Bergen said his weight is the same — 288 pounds — but his physique has changed, evidenced by the fact he couldn't make his stomach protrude so he could show teammates his "fat stomach" look.
"I've lost 3 to 4 inches off my stomach, and my strength has gone up dramatically," Van Bergen said. "And this is nothing against Michigan's strength program — this is a different kind of training. We're training hard."
It seems almost strange to have an off-season without a love-fest for the strength and conditioning coach after the past three years. Barwis may have been the most rewarding aspect of the Rodriguez coaching staff - both for the program and those of us that enjoyed reading tales of his workouts these past three years.
I was once again reminded of this when I picked up my Chicago Tribune today. Every Sunday the columnist Teddy Greenstein (known to the MGoBlog community for his insane coaching search rumors) recounts a round of golf he played the past week with a famous sports personality or athlete. This week his golf partner was none other than Charles Woodson.
In the piece Woodson expresses his love for Michigan and is generally positive. But what stood out to me was this shocking quote about former S&C coach Mike Gittleson:
"The philosophy of my strength coach at Michigan (Mike Gittleson) was 'No stretching,'" Woodson recalled. "If you're walking across the street and a car is going to hit you, will you stop to stretch?"
It is pretty amazing to me that this guy lasted as long as he did in the S&C field with this type of philosophy. And it may also be a clue as to why the fitness of the team deteriorated over the last few seasons under Carr.