It’s been over a year since our last rant episode, so it’s time to let off some steam and discuss what really grinds our gears. On this week’s episode we cover a variety of rants from metric vs. imperial measurements to mentoring and the state of the profession.
Entries by Martin Bingisser
The basics are crucial in training. If you don’t get the basics right then everything that follows will be compromised. But with all the talk of basics, what exactly are they? On this week’s GAINcast we look in depth at Vern’s eight key components of the basics, and related training factors.
Ashton Eaton may be the world record holder in the decathlon, but when you watched him throw shot put that was not the image that came to mind. When he picked up the shot put it always looked a size too big for him. Rather than using a conventional technique, he then shuffled across the ring in his tennis shoes. The image was just as much reminiscent of a masters thrower at a neighborhood track meet than the world’s best athlete.
Jake Dalton (Andover, MA) broke 200 feet again to win this year’s Hammerama event in Rhode Island. Just behind him, Clinton Nicolai (Portland, ME) added eight feet to his best to place second, breaking the 89 year old Maine state record in the process. Faith Polando (Barrington, RI) captured the girl’s title.
Training for the complex demands of American football can be a difficult task. Training within the constraints of the NFL is even harder. On this week’s episode Arizona Cardinals coach Buddy Morris joins us again to talk about coaching in the NFL, including the role of sports science, training loads, the impact of the collective bargaining agreement, and the state of the sport.
Alyssa Wilson made history on Saturday with the highest ever finish by an American woman the the IAAF World Junior Championships. The UCLA freshman opened the competition strong and moved into second place on her second attempt. She improved in round three to 64.45 meters (211’5″) to secure her position and eventually capture silver. Wilson entered the competition as the world leader, but it was also her third final after a long week of competition in a rare attempt to win medals across all three heavy throws events. Unfortunately she fouled out of the shot put final, and placed just 10th in the discus. But her luck was much better in the hammer.
Every June, GAIN brings together world-class practitioners from a variety of sports. In addition to the presentations and practical sessions, this year we had a roundtable discussion on coaching Olympic champions, with panelists from Fiji rugby, snowboard, USA women’s hockey, and USA women’s basketball. We recorded the discussion and are sharing it in its entirety on this week’s GAINcast.
Coach Boo Schexnayder found an interesting situation last year: LSU had asked him to step in and help coach events he hadn’t worked with in decades. The transition was easy for him in part because his training is based on the individual, not the event. He’s used that approach to produce world-class jumpers for decades, and this year it help produced some top throwers too. On this episode of the podcast Schexnayder joins us to discuss his approach to individualization and finding the right fit for an athlete.
Attendance was down at this weekend’s Centralia hammer meet as many athletes were competing at the regional Junior Olympic championships. There were still some top marks though, led by Ian Frost (Mary M. Knight, Elma, WA). Frost won the high school competition again, and then later extended his best with the collegiate implement too by throwing 177’8″, a mark that is currently the second best in the nation.