A CSUSM article about their new fitness facility alerted us to the fact that a member of the Class of 2003 is CSUSM’s Sports Performance coach!
Blekeberg, who also teaches Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II?at CSUSM, tailors workouts to the skill set of the athletes on the particular teams. It’s his way of improving their play as he serves as a coach, albeit one who is concentrating on bodies and fitness and not techniques.
“I can’t teach somebody how to pitch or how to shoot a jump shot,” Blekeberg said. “But if a coach comes to me and says, ‘We’re slow,’ I can make them faster. If a coach says, ‘My team doesn’t jump well,’ we can make them more powerful.
“Then I get a kick out of seeing their improvement. It validates my work.”
Blekeberg didn’t play sports while a student at nearby San Dieguito Academy. He liked video games and was “a nerd that wasn’t necessarily the most gifted athlete.”
But he enjoyed the weight room, where he would work on building up different parts of his body. Now he does it for the Cougars’ teams.
“Let’s say you want to get better at basketball,” he said. “Well, if you can improve your jumping, then you can improve your basketball. That’s how I look at it.”