As an elite hammer thrower, Mattias Jons had the chance to work with coaches from a variety of countries, continents, and backgrounds. As he’s developed as a coach, his diverse background has come in handy. On this episode of the podcast he joins us to discuss some of the different approaches he’s encountered and what he has taken from Swedish, Finnish, German, Polish, American, Soviet, and other traditions.
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Mattias Jons is a Swedish throwing coach. He is also one of the top throwers in Swedish history, having twice made the final at the European Championships and having a best 76.39 meters. As a student at Boise State University, he was also the NCAA runner-up. He currently guides a group of throwers in Falun, including the current Swedish champion.
Background and influences
- 4:00 – Getting started in the hammer throw and the legacy of Russian coaches in Sweden.
- 8:00 – German and American influences.
- 11:30 – Post-collegiate training in Scandinavia.
- 13:30 – Long-term development and being adaptable. “You don’t have to be a super talented athlete at age 14 to reach a world class level. You have to be able to find solutions to different problems over your career. “
Comparing different approaches
- 15:30 – Lessons from Bondarchuk
- 18:00 – Lessons from Polish training on volume, special strength, and doing technical work after lifting. “Even among different successful systems, the hammer throw is always first. “
- 24:15 – Comparing Swedish to Finnish training methods.
- 28:30 – Comparing traditions and trends in Scandinavian throwing.
- 32:00 – Jons own approach on training technique, heavy implements,
- 36:00 – Getting volume of throwing when you are young. “When you are young you don’t have to be coached every throw, you just have to throw a lot. It is simple, but it really works. ” “It is hard to learn anything if someone tells you all the time what you are doing wrong or right. “
- 39:00 – Coaching athletes at major championships.
- 40:00 – What’s next for hammer throw training.
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