Hey Forza Faithful!!! My name is Matt Hand and I'm here to blow your mind on the Scottish Highland Games while you avoid doing work at the office. Quick change the screen back to Excel!!! Whew that was close, that crazy cat lady from accounting almost saw you watching the Humpty Dance. Ugh can't stand her...Mind Yo Business Susan!!!
( If you're expecting this to get better.... it doesn't)
A little about myself, I'm a former NJCAA and NCAA DIII track and field athlete, and I've converted that knowledge and passion into now a 12 year career in the Scottish Highland Games. I am not a formidable looking athlete blessed with extra height, or strength, or explosion. I have had to work my ass off for years to become one of the top rated Amateur throwers for several years. Because I don't have a lot of the natural gifts that would help an athlete, I've had to focus a lot of my effort on working hard on strength and technique. One of my passions is to pass off the knowledge I've gained to help people get better at this awesome sport, and aspirations of their own.
For some of you, you know I've done this before with my previous website, StrongandFar.com. Strong and Far was my baby that I started with my former team mate and current helium weight power lifter Dom Gonzalez. Super glad that we did that project, and proud of a lot of the work we did. For me it became too much management of people, and frankly I ran out of things to say, I needed to go experience more things that this sport had to offer. But now I'm back!!! I can't wait to add some new topics and expand on some old ones.
So what are you in for as a reader? I'm sure all 7 of you are bursting at the seams waiting to find out. With my blog I like to share certain things.
1. My training and competitions. Straight forward ( I mean as straight forward as a blog full of Rap Videos from the 90's, Power Rangers memes and jokes that are so forced I literally use a shoe horn to get them in. ) My personal journey of getting stronger, faster, more explosive, and if I can get a little sexier in the process why not (aka.The Eddie Brown effect). I'll share drills that I've come up with, use, or have picked up from better throwers.
2. Articles on the topics concerning our sport(s). Coaching, related social issues, mindset, running highland games. Many of my articles and much of my advice is aimed at helping new and inexperienced throwers. I like to help these people get a strong base, and have all the info I wish I had when I started.
3. Q&A and reader topics with the 6 of you still reading (we lost someone when I mentioned the Power Rangers) Use my social media handle to ask or suggest topics. @MattHandThrows IG and Twitter.
4. Vlogs will be a big part of this page as well. Not only myself but some interviews with other throwers and coaches as we cross paths across the country.
Ok, now there's 5 of you left, and Charles Infurna is I'm assuming shaking his head in disapproval. (I'm gonna keep grinding this out until its only my Mom and the Corning, NY guys reading this.) I do this blogging, not for monetary gain and not for publicity, but I do it for me, this is fun and a creative release so my brain doesn't explode. The other reason is to grow the sport of the Highland Games. In my opinion, once you reach a certain level, it your responsibility to grow the sport, bring new people in, and help the people getting started to get better. That is the duty of the veteran thrower.
I think that's probably enough for the first post. Let's do this nonsense!!! The 4 of you that made it to the end comment below and follow me on Twitter and IG @MattHandThrows #ForzaFaithful
Former Track and Field athlete and coach turned Highland Games Athlete. Follow along for advice mostly through trial and error, and maybe a few laughs along the way. My mom says i'm funny and handsome, and obviously she's right. LOL