There are several hot topics and challenges facing team sports at the moment such as hamstring injuries, how to best measure and use training load, and developing sport specific speed. These are hardly new questions, but they have proved tricky since the currently favored solutions don’t seem to be doing the trick. Edinburgh Rugby’s Nick Lumley spends his offseason visiting clubs around the work to get the pulse of team sports training. He just returned from his latest trip and joined this week’s GAINcast to share his perspective on these issues and where he thinks we should be looking to move forward.
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121 athletes made the trip out to Sacramento for the USATF Hershey National Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships. After qualifying through local and regional competitions, the national finals began on Monday with the hammer throw finals taking place on the first two days of competition. Junior Markayla Billings (Elk Grove, CA) provided the biggest highlight by added 12 feet to her personal best in the 17-18 year old competition. She hit her best in the first round and led from start to finish. Olivia Campbell (Western, Barry, IL) won the other girl’s age group. On the boy’s side Woonsocket throwers swept both categories with wins by Logan Coles (Woonsocket, RI) and Tarik Robinson O’Hagan (Woonsocket, RI). O’Hagan also approached a personal best in the competition.
High intensity training can have a massive training effect, but at a certain point intensity alone is not what drives adaptation. You have to be more creative. Stuart McMillan has confronted this issue first hand in working with post-collegiate sprinters at Altis and joins the podcast this week to discuss how he searches for adaptation and his thoughts on many more topics.
We all know less can be more, but doing less is hard. We all hate to be out worked. Coach Tony Holler came to track and field coaching as an outsider and stumbled upon the benefits of minimalist training. On this week’s GAINcast he joins us to talk about how his training program came about, how it is put together, and additional thoughts on training speed.
One of the key principles of training is overload. The overload principle states that body system adaptation fails to occur without an overloading stimulus. In other words, we have to give the body a challenge beyond what we are accustomed to in order to adapt to a higher level of performance. Somewhere along the way coaches started to think that we can only find overload in the weight room. In reality, for some qualities that is the last place we want to look. Maximum speed sprinting, for example, can provide overload in many areas that no other exercises can match.
We often talking about sprinting and jumping as separate components of training, but when you look at the training of the world’s best sprinters and jumpers, there is more in common than different. Randy Huntington has worked with athletes ranging from world long jump record holder Mike Powell to Chinese 100-meter record holder Su Bingtian. He joins the podcast this week to discuss how he conceptualizes the two events and what his experience has been working in a new culture.
Back in April 2015 Nick Garcia and I started the HMMR Podcast. Last week, after more than four years of work, we published our 200th episode. During that time we’ve had on Olympic champions, world record holders, hall of famers. We’ve had on experts from a variety of backgrounds including coaching, strength training, sports science, nutrition, physical therapy, and more. Most importantly, we’ve learned a lot on the way and hope our listeners have too.
Speed is speed, right? Well, not exactly. The speed demands in team sports have some critical differences compared to track and field sprinting. Those had big ramifications in how speed should be trained for team sports. On this episode of the GAINcast, we take a look at training team speed.
The modern barbell is over a century old, but we are still exploring its use in training. Throughout June we took at the barbell, with topics ranging from lessons from top Olympic lifting coaches, to whether we even need the barbell at all. In total we produced 2 new podcast episodes and 7 new articles from 7 contributors and guests.