HMMR Podcast Episode 128: Ultimate Instability (with Paul Venner)

One of the paradoxes of training is that you can build stability through destabilizing an athlete. Paul Venner has taken the concept to the next level as founder of the equipment company Ultimate Instability and head of athletic performance for the Dutch Baseball and Softball Federation. He joins us on this episode of the podcast to discuss stability, motor learning, the concepts of his mentor Frans Bosch, and how strength coaches can bring value in these areas.

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Notes and Quotes

Venner started his career as a student of Frans Bosch in Holland. After that he continued his studies as a master’s student at St. Mary’s University in London. Before his current job at Dutch Baseball he spent at four years at the Olympic Institute of the Netherlands. Our conversation looked at motor learning from the point of view of the strength and conditioning coach, as well as some of the work he is currently doing relating to these topics in baseball.

Stability and motor learning
Aquabags
Defining attractors
  • 22:00 – Hip lock.
  • 23:30 – Foot from above.
  • 25:30 – Deceleration mechanisms.
  • 27:30 – Misconceptions about what is important for baseball.
  • 28:15 – How to train attractors.
Building buy-in and other topics

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Further Reading

The following links were referenced in the podcast or provide some additional reading material on the topic: