Nick Baatz (born 4th January 1990) has a personal best of 18.47m (60′ 7¼”) outdoors and 19.30m (63′ 4″) indoors. Placed 8th at last years USA Indoor national championships. NCAA DIII national shot put champion and 10x DIII All-American.
Hey Norm, I saw your recent article on throwholics with Tom Walsh. I am looking to do some big things in the world of shot putting this year and am looking for all of the support that I can get. Sean Denard told me to fill out the questions that he answered and you would do the same for me and publish it! I would really appreciate it! Here you go:
What do you need to work on, improve?
I would really like to improve my delivery of the shot put and stay on top of prehab for my right leg so that I can stay healthy throughout the indoor and outdoor seasons.
Where will you be living this winter?
I will be living and training in Oshosh, Wi not too far from my hometown of Lomira. I will also be training in Kimberly, Wi with a local high school to help develop some young athletes in the throws.
Who are you training with?
I will often train with the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh throws program (my alma mater) as well as with the high school team that I volunteer with and their coach Dean Matchey. My training program is under the supervision of Sean Denard, the newest head throws coach at Grand Valley State University. I am excited to be able to make some trips out to Grand Rapids to work with him.
Are you throwing already?
I never really stop. I started throwing under Sean Denard’s program in July and we have been making progress ever since.
What weight lifting exercises will you do?
My weight lifting consists of movement specific exercises and movements that have a high correlation to throwing. My emphasis is usually on speed.
Are you going to try anything new this off-season?
Sean’s program has been completely different from anything that I have done before and I am confident that great things will come from it.
What will you do to relax?
For me the best relaxation is time with my family. I try to spend as much time with them as I can get when my training allows for it. Being close to home allows me to do that. I also enjoy volunteering with young athletes. Over the summer I run camps to help out with high schoolers that are interested in throwing.
When do you plan to compete again?
My first meet of the year will be December 5th at Grand Valley State with my coach as an early meet to gauge where my progress is at.
Thanks again and if there is anything else you need from me, feel free to contact me.