The Power of the Mind

Mar 09, 2021

BTB Lax coach Jesse Miller

Arnold’s autobiography is over 1,000 pages.

If you miss it, I'll summarize some parts for ya... 

Arnold’s best friend (and training partner) was Franco Columbo.

Arnold says that Franco was pound-for-pound the strongest person he ever met.

Here’s an excerpt from the book...

One afternoon years later we were taking turns doing squats at Gold’s Gym in California. I did six reps with 500 pounds. Even though Franco was stronger than me in the squat, he did...

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How to Build Confidence and Overcome Stage Fright

Mar 02, 2021

BTB Lax coach Jesse Miller

I was a late-bloomer.

At Tufts, I had a decent freshman year.  

I began the season dead last on the depth chart.


However, I kept showing up and by season's end, I started our lone playoff game.

I had a poor sophomore season.

My junior year was below average.

My senior year was solid.

I had decent stick skills, but should have drilled them more.

At one point I really struggled catching clearing passes.

(That was a big deal because I was a defenseman.  I wish I knew Bath's...

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Success Leaves Clues

Feb 23, 2021

BTB Lax coach Jesse Miller

Westside Barbell is located in Columbus, Ohio.

Louis Simmons is the owner… (you can go for free.)

...but you gotta get after it to get invited back.

There’s a documentary called “Westside vs. the World.”

I loved the beginning and the end.

The middle was kinda dry.

Simmons is tight with Mark Bell.

Bell was a famous powerlifter, and now he’s dabbling in bodybuilding.

He also invented the Sling Shot.

I use it every time I bench.  It’s WAY more fun. ...

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Arnold on Training, Shortcuts, and 200 Chin-Ups A Day

Feb 15, 2021

BTB Lax coach Jesse Miller

I recently read Arnold Schwartzeneger’s biography, Total Recall.

I really loved the part about his training habits.

This stuff can 100% help you become a better lacrosse player, a better athlete, and get you stronger...

(This will be one of many posts on Arnold by the way…)

I want to talk about three people that were very influential in Arnold’s development.

Arnold knew he wanted to be world’s best body builder when he was 15 or so.

He started lifting for hours...

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Podcasts — Reliable Hacks for Your Training

Feb 09, 2021

BTB Lax coach Jesse Miller

Each week I consume various content — a collection of newspapers, magazines, and books.

I supplement my reading with podcasts and Sirius radio programs…

There's no set schedule, and I enjoy it all for a few reasons.


  • The different material provides cognitive fitness (a Cal Newport term... it's basically strength training for your brain.)
  • I discover life hacks and develop creative ideas
  • I laugh at a lot

Back in the day, I organized a club where fiends would...

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The "Driving Range" For All Sports

Feb 02, 2021

BTB Lax coach Jesse Miller

I’m a big NFL fan and watch every week. 

The Sunday Boston Globe has a Football Notes column.

It's so solid.

This year, the Globe covers the Tampa Bay Bucs a lot because of Tom Brady.

This was in it...

“We take our quarterbacks to what I call the ‘driving range’ every day, and they’re working on fundamentals just like every other position for 20 [to] 30 minutes,” Arians said. “You try new things and see how it feels to you rhythm-wise....

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In the Weight Room with an NFL Strength Coach

Jan 26, 2021

BTB Lax coach Jesse Miller

Steve Saunders has a rule when he arrives at a location (after a long drive) to speak about training…

He shakes everyone's hand before he uses the restroom.

That’s his policy.

Steve is the head strength and conditioning coach for the Baltimore Ravens.

He’s also the founder of Power Train gyms.

(There’s a location in Rockville, MD.  I work there part-time, and also lift there. Tyler runs the gym.)

Last off-season, Steve came to Rockville to talk training with...

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The Five Exercises To Become A Better Athlete that Most Never Heard Of

Jan 18, 2021

BTB Lax coach Jesse Miller

Since February-2020, I’ve been following the Knees Over Toes vertical jump program.

Ben Patrick is the head coach. 

It’s intense and incorporates lots of weight training with jumping sessions.

I’m making solid gains.

Each week, I try to lift six times (some days I lift twice.)

Depending on my current program, four lifts are from the jumping program.  The other lifts incorporate more supplemental stuff like upper body and core.

Ben programs lots of...

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At 29 I Learned How to Eat... I Wish I Knew Sooner

Jan 12, 2021

BTB Lax coach Jesse Miller

My diet was very poor when I played college lacrosse.

I didn't know how to eat.

That’s a fact.

(I played at Tufts from 2000 to 2004.)

It wasn’t until 2010 when I really started my "diet" education.  I was 29.

At Tufts, my typical dining hall meal would look like this:

I’d make a salad and load it with croutons and creamy dressing.

Probably snag a slice of pizza... 

I'd crush what was on the hot grill (meat, mac & chz, and fries maybe.)

And then I'd eat cereal...

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If You Only Read One Lacrosse (and Life) Book in 2021, Read This

Jan 04, 2021

BTB Lax coach Jesse Miller

I play tennis with my bud, Billy.  

He’s a great athlete and played lacrosse and hoops at the University of Virgina back in the early 2000’s.

Coach Starsia was his lacrosse coach.

I met Starsia at Billy’s wedding.  

Starsia wrote a book called, “I Hope You Will Be Very Happy”.

(Writing is actually in the Starsia family as his brother-in-law is Peter Lasagna.  Peter writes the back page column in Inside Lacrosse.  He’s...

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