And Now for Something Completely Different

Coach Bondarchuk is a scientist, graduating with a degree in Pedagogical Science from the University of Kiev over 40 years ago. Like all scientists, he likes to experiment. He’s been experimenting for decades, searching for the best training methods. I am now one of his research subjects.


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4 replies
  1. Paddy
    Paddy says:

    Right Knee looks high in the back maybe lifting right foot 2 early before 135 degrees. possible feeling of the ball going up and down?
    You can tell me to piss off if you want ha ha bad angle try 2 put camera at 0 degrees and send if you want

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    • Martin
      Martin says:

      I used this camera angle since I almost always film at 0º and wanted to try something different for a change. One of the things Dr. B has me working on now is to be patient with the feet in the turns and prolong double support. When I lift off early, my whole body weight goes up. However, if I stay contacted with the ground, I keep lower and am more balanced during the throw.

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  2. Sharon
    Sharon says:

    Wouldn’t mixing the pud throws with the hammer throws adversely affect your hammer technique? I guess I see this as being a little like mixing weight throw and hammer throw, where the techniques are similar, but still different.

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    • Martin
      Martin says:

      I think there can be some effect, but that is likely due to fatigue. The volume is so high that fatigue can set in an encourage bad habits. That’s the reason why I am only doing 15 attempts in the training session. By the 14th and 15th attempts, I start to feel a little fatigued and any more would would to sloppier technique. However, I don’t think it is necessarily like mixing the weight and the hammer. I think the main problem with the weight is that it is too short, not too heavy. The length creates problems as you go faster during the turns because you can’t effectively counter it. Since the pud throws aren’t as fast (we are only using one arm and just simulating the release), I don’t feel that the technique suffers. I could be wrong, and that’s probably one of the things I’ll find out from his trying this out on us.

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