Dave Reddin has helped assemble performance teams and structures at England Rugby, the Football Association, and British Olympic Association. Together, they achieved historic results. On this week’s GAINcast he joins us to discuss how coaches can best work together to support a team, as well as thoughts on how sports science and monitoring can best fit into the performance equation.
Entries by Martin Bingisser
In the final meet of the RITCA Mini Meet series Cheyenne Figueroa (Classical, Providence, RI) and Logan Coles (Woonsocket, RI) walked away winners. Figueroa ended the series with a clean sweep of all 7 meets in the series and also continues to lead the nation. The boy’s competition was much closer, as it has been throughout the series, with four boys once again over 200 feet.
Take a look around Instagram and you’ll see hundreds of variations of your favorite exercises. Exercise variation is critical to sustained progress, but how you vary exercises matter. Randomly copying what you see online isn’t going to do the trick. The latest training program we posted in the HMMR Classroom provides a great look at how exercise variation can fit into a training plan.
A teams success during the season is often tied with how effectively they prepare in the preseason. Integrating the tactical, technical, and physical preparation can be an art. Recently James de Lacey shared an 8-week preseason rugby training plan on our site. On this week’s podcast, he dives deeper into his principles of preseason training and discusses how they can be adapted to different environments and different sports.
William Cauley (Barrington, RI) added four feet to his best at the latest edition of the RITCA Mini Meet series this week. The top three boys all were well over 200 feet and all posted personal bests, including a ten foot improvement for Phil Coppolino (Cumberland, RI) and the second time over 200 feet for John Fay (Bishop Hendricken, Warwick, RI). Cheyenne Figueroa (Classical, Providence, RI) once again easily captured the win in the girl’s competition.
Take a look back at the history of track and field and there are some legendary performances that we can all admire no matter the era. 60 years ago Abebe Bikila won the Olympic marathon barefoot in a time of 2:15, just more than six minutes off the times from recent Olympics. Jesse Owens had to dig starting blocks into the cinder track when he ran, but his performances in the long jump would still qualify for the Olympic final nearly 90 years later. Harold Connolly won Olympic hammer throw gold despite with one arm partially paralyzed.
Sport is about competition. Without games or races, training often has little meaning. Sports are being forced to reevaluate their structure due to the global pandemic, so it as good a time as any to rethink what we can get out of competition and how to organize it. Competition is about more than the final score and the more we set up competition to focus on that, the better. We share some thoughts and ideas on this week’s GAINcast.
The latest meet in the RITCA mini meet series took place on Tuesday with Logan Coles (Woonsocket, RI) and Cheyenne Figueroa (Classical, Providence, RI) again taking home the wins. On the boy’s side John Fay (Bishop Hendricken, Warwick, RI) had a big breakthrough in the competition. He added nearly 10 feet to his best to break 200 feet for the first time and place third.
Taking place under unusual circumstances, seniors Cheyenne Figueroa (Classical, Providence, RI) and William Cauley (Barrington, RI) both won their first state hammer titles last week at the RITCA outdoor championships in Rhode Island. Runner up Phillip Coppolono (Cumberland, RI) also broke 200 feet for the first time ever in the competition and led entering the final round. Interviews with the winners and more details about the competition are available here.
We often talk on the podcast about different components of training: lifting, jumping, sprinting, throwing, and more. We spend less time talking about putting it all together. The best way to learn about that is to take a look at an example. Last week Nick posted an 8-week throws program on HMMR Media. We walk thought it to understand the thought process behind it and how coaches can look at fitting all the components of athletic development into a plan.