Jamaica is know around the world for the speed it produces, but their sprinters are not the only powerful athletes coming from the island. In recent years, Jamaica throwers have emerged as dominant forces in the shot put and discus. Coach Julian Robinson has helped lead the way, with his discus throwers sweeping gold and silver at the recent Commonwealth Games. On this episode he joins us to talk about the growth of Jamaica throwing, the throws culture, influences, and his own philosophy of training.
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Robinson is based in Kingston, where is the coach at Calabar High School and University of West Indies at Mona. His training group is currently very strong in the discus and includes names like Fedrick Dacres (Jamaican record holder, Commonwealth Games champions), Traves Smikle (Commonwealth Games silver), and young Kai Chang (currently second ranked junior in the world). In this episode we discussed a wide variety of topics about Jamaica in general and Robinson’s personal approach.
Throwing in Jamaica
- 5:00 – Robinson’s background as a coach and the state of coaching in Jamaica.
- 10:30 – Factors in Jamaica’s throwing results. “Jamaica has the human resources to do well at all the sprinting events and all the throwing events. ” “The competition at the high school level pushes the coaches to improve upon their knowledge of what they’re doing. “
- 13:30 – The challenge of develop athletes from junior elite to senior elite.
- 15:15 – Why more Jamaican athletes are training on the island.
- 18:30 – The javelin and hammer in Jamaica.
- 20:30 – Facilities in Jamaica.
- 23:30 – Competition for athletes with other sports.
Coaching the throws
- 25:15 – Robinson’s coaching influences.
- 30:45 – Training philosophy: “I see the thrower as an athlete: they should be able to run and jump at a high level. “
- 32:45 – Puma throwing shoes.
- 35:30 – Throwing multiple weighted implements: “Variation is good for the body. Used strategically you can get better performances. “
- 38:30 – Training volume and balancing general/specific work. “I’m a big believer in lifting weights, but not lifting weights to the exclusion of throwing. Lifting heavy is important, but throwing is more important. ” “Sprinters sprint every day. So throwers must throw. “
- 45:15 – Jamaica vs. USA throws
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The following links were referenced in the podcast or provide some additional reading material on the topic:
- The site theme in May is training speed. We started covering the topic on the GAINcast with Vern’s experiences on training speed and on the HMMR Podcast where Brian FitzGerald debunked sprinting myths and JB morin talked about force and velocity. We’ll have several new podcasts, articles and videos on the topic. Join HMMR Plus so you don’t miss all the content on this topic.
- You can follow Robinson on Instagram @hardworking_suffara for some great throwing and training videos.
- Some of Robinson’s influence have also been featured on this site, including Don Babbitt on Episode 116 and in a lengthy interview on individualization and other training topics back in 2012.
- Some of the resources that helped Robinson develop as a coach: Mac Throw and NTCA.