Entries by Martin Bingisser

HMMR Podcast Episode 90: Method Man (with Bryan Mann)

Professor and practitioner Bryan Mann from the University of Missouri joins our episode for the third time to discuss turning ideas into methods. Many more coaches have now started to use velocity tracking devices, but how do you create a method out of it? Mann shares his thoughts, and also discusses the latest research on velocity-based training, new technology, his new book, and different methods to easily individualize training such as APRE.

Rhode Island Indoor State Championships Results

Both favorites came through to win at this year’s Rhode Island Indoor State Championships on Saturday. National leader Gianna Rao (Ponaganset, North Scituate, RI) left no doubt in the girl’s competition. All five of her legal throws outdistanced runner-up Chelsea Yang (Pilgrim, Warwick, RI). Her best attempt of 60’2″ was just six inches under her personal best and far enough to break the nine year old meet record, as well as the facility record. Jared Brier (Woonsocket, RI) led a trio of Woonsocket throwers to a podium sweep. He was the only thrower over 70 feet in the competition, while runner-up Jacob Greenless (Woonsocket, RI) added more than a foot to his best for second place.

The Role of Specific Strength Exercises in Team Sports

A question that comes up nearly every time I present on specific strength exercises is whether such work in the weight room is really necessary for team sports. Athletes from these sports spend large quantities of time on the field and little time training off of it. As a result many strength coaches feel a need to balance out their training and focus only on general exercises once the athletes enter the weight room. I must admit, it is a great question. In fact, I’ve been pondering it for a few months now.

Simplot Games (ID) Results

The Simplot Games is one of the traditional western indoor meets, having been around when it served as one of the few opportunities for west coast throwers to compete indoors. As has been the case in recent years, however, it was east coast throwers that dominated the competition this year. A contingent from the Throw1Deep club in Georgia swept both the boy’s and girl’s titles. While Throw1Deep was expected to win, the individual winners were not the favorites within the club. Sydnee Walker (King’s Ridge Christian, Alpharetta, GA) won a close girl’s competition over Makenli Forrest (Woodward Academy, College Park, GA), who is the former national leader and currently ranked second nationally. The competition came down to the end and Walker prevailed by less than nine inches. In the boy’s competiiton Jay Judge (Walton, Marietta, GA) also came through with an upset by throwing a personal best to edge out top seeded Evan Hardin (Harrison, Kennesaw, GA).

GAINcast Episode 52: Winning Culture (with the Carmel Swim Club)

Suburban Carmel, Indiana might seem like an unlikely spot to find one of the nation’s top swimming clubs, but year in and year out it continues to produce champions. The Carmel Swim Club and Carmel High School have put together a winning culture that has produced a national record 31 straight high school state championships. On a recent visit to the club, Vern sat down with Carmel coaches Chris Plumb and Ian Murray to discuss how they helped grow the culture and what role athletic development plays in their team’s success.

HMMR Podcast Episode 89: Q&A

For this week’s episode we sent out a request for listener questions and you responded with a suggestions on a wide range of topics. We tackle them all head on, covering plyometrics, in-season straining, transferring drills, work-life balance and more.

Spire Scholastic Showcase (OH) Results

National leader Jake Wickey (Medina, OH) added more than a foot to his best to win convincingly at the Spire Scholastic Showcase on Sunday. But for the majority of the competition he wasn’t even leading. The meet featured an intense showdown of the nation’s top four throwers. Jordan Geist (Knoch, Saxonburg, PA) led throughout much of the competition until Wickey unleashed a final round personal best to move into first. Geist held on for second and Nick Lane (Bowling Green, OH) took third. State leader Madison Pollard (Anthony Wayne, Whitehouse, OH) also won the girl’s competition.

Rhode Island JV State Championships Results

The Rhode Island State Championships are on tap for later this month, but the JV championships already took place on Saturday. West Warwick High School swept the competition with boys and girls wins. Alex Cabral (West Warwick, RI) set a new personal best to win the boy’s competition, while Morgan Cruz (West Warwick, RI) was just under her best to capture the girl’s title.

Millrose Games (NY) Results

Winter weather took its toll on the Millrose Games field before the meet even started. Only 4 of the 17 qualified throwers were able to make it to the competition. However that did not stop Thomas Reiser (Minisink Valley, Slate Hill, NY) and Brittany Curtin (Connetquot, Bohemia, NY) from nearly setting personal bests.

GAINcast Episode 51: The Debrief

Making your training more effective starts with learning from your past experiences, both good and bad. Understanding the value of debriefing and having a process in place is therefore essential. On this episode of the GAINcast, Vern explains some best practices for debriefing based on a career of experience.