HSHammer.com has partnered with RunnerSpace.com to put together a new and improved version of the site. HSHammer.com has provided the nation with news, rankings, results, and other information about prep hammer throwing for the past decade. None of that will change with the move. Editor Martin Bingisser and statistician Bob Gourley will continue to provide […]
Prep phenom Justin Welch of Eastwood High School (Pemberville, OH) has committed to the University of Georgia. Welch’s best of 232-06 is the second best returning hammer mark in the nation, just one-inch behind top returner Alec Faldermeyer. Welch is also a top discus thrower and shot putter, with best marks of 198-6 and 61-1.75 […]
All the special strength training I’ve done this fall is really starting to pay off. Both my technique and power are progressing quite nicely. Check out this video to see some of the progress I’ve made.
Alec Faldermeyer of Minisink Valley High School (Slate Hill, NY) accepted a full-ride scholarship to UCLA today. Faldermeyer was the top junior hammer thrower in the nation last year and placed 6th at the World Youth Championships. “UCLA was remarkable,” said Faldermeyer. “It was a combination of things. It’s the No. 2 public school in […]
I received a lot of feedback on my last post about using heavy and light hammers in training. One comment was from American record holder Erin Gilreath in her most recent blog post. After reading Erin’s comments, I still stand by my conclusions from the earlier post. However, I want to make a few clarifications.
As I mentioned recently, much of the time hammer throwers spend training is spent throwing a variety of hammers. While this may seem less than revolutionary, it surprises many people when I tell them that. They often think that the key to success is in the weight room, but it isn’t. Results are first obtained with technique and, consequently, throwing consumes a vast majority of my training group’s time at practice.
I’ve also had some great training sessions recently. I was able to toss a new personal best with the 5-kilogram hammer last week. With the 10-kilogram hammer I was only a foot off of my personal best. I’m well ahead of where I was last year at this time and even well ahead of where I was when I was throwing my best. As with last year, the key will be to transfer this success into the competition 7.26-kilogram hammer and to continue the success into the season.
Today some more news has emerged about the hammer throw for next season. As I’ve discussed before, the hammer throw will not be included in the new IAAF Diamond League that begins next season. Instead, the hammer throw will be included at several second tier competitions, with the highest point winner at the competitions to receive an additional prize. Regulations have been drafted and more details will be available soon.
At last week’s speech to the Bellevue Overlake Rotary Club, I was asked a question that I’ve received a number of times before: what is a day in the life of a professional* hammer thrower. As you will see, what sounds like a glorious life is often monotonous. However, I am nevertheless thankful to have the opportunity to chase this dream and enjoy every day as much as the one before. Without further ado, here is a typical day in my life.
I spoke to the Bellevue Overlake Rotary Club this past week in an effort to get the let more people know about the hammer throw and the Evergreen Athletic Fund. The Rotary Club is a great service organization and it was an honor to speak in front of them. They were also thoughtful and donated over a thousand pounds of food in my name to fight hunger in the area.