What's Your "Y" is an interview series dedicated to documenting the incredible athletes that we meet and their stories. Where did they come from? What challenges have they overcome? How did they get to be a part of Team YOLKED?
These individuals may range from college athletes to extreme athletes but they all have unique and engaging stories to tell.
What's Your "Y"
Interview with Donald Dewees, Professional Baseball AAA level, Chicago Cubs
Hi, my name is Donnie Dewees and I'm a Professional baseball AAA level for the Chicago Cubs.
Give us a brief background of how your fitness/sport journey has evolved?
I’ve always been big into fitness and sports. Lifting weights and any physical activity to keep the body healthy and ready to compete. As of lately I’ve been been having some setbacks after knee surgery and continue to do all I can to get back to playing.
What (or who) has been your main source of motivation over the years? Where do you find more motivation: doubters or supporters?
My family has been the biggest motivation for me. I’m the youngest of all of my siblings and have several nieces and nephew athletes that I love to be a role model for. I would say supporters have had the biggest impact on me.
My mentality is to do all I can to prepare the best that I can and let the rest take care of itself.
What is the biggest mental challenge you've had to face in your sport and how have you conquered that?
ACL replacement. I had to push through the pain physically and mentally after being set back 2 years.
What do you do to make sure you're physically and mentally prepared for competition?
Make sure I take all the steps necessary to prepare myself for a long season and an every day grind.
Having the confidence in myself to always succeed and learn from my failures.
Describe your recovery strategies and how do you know if those recovery strategies are working?
Post game recovery includes ice baths, protein intake, and sufficient sleep. Supplement wise I take collagen, protein, daily multivitamin, turmeric, vitamins C & D, nitric oxide, and YOLKED.
What's Your "Y"? What keeps you going and training as hard as you do?
My "Y" is for the love of the game and the opportunity to play a game for a living.
Where do you see yourself as an athlete in 5 years?
Favorite motivational quote.
“Don’t count the time, make the time count.”
Based on the research I’ve read, YOLKED prevents muscle breakdown using fortetropin to combat myostatin production in the body, which allows muscle to continue building instead of the body breaking it down. It’s been very helpful for me to maintain muscle mass through the surgery recovery process.