The fields are set for this weekend’s New Balance Nationals Indoor in New York. More than 140 throwers are signed up across different categories. Action will start on Friday with the Emerging Elite competition, and conclude on Sunday with the Championship competition. As usual, the fields are deep. In the boy’s competition the nation’s top 18 throwers and 19 of the top 20 will all be in attendance, led by national leader Trey Knight (Ridgefield, WA) looking to defend his title and chase the national junior class record. In the girl’s competition 16 of the nation’s top 20 throwers are on the start list with favorite Monique Hardy (Webster Thomas, Webster, NY) looking to improve upon her fourth place finish from last season.
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The making of a champion starts at a young age with the athlete’s family, youth coaches, and community. The champion’s mindset then grows from there. Kevin McMahon won two US titles in the hammer throw and competed in two Olympics and four World Championships. He joins this week’s podcast to share how he started out as a thrower, the San Jose throws community he came of age in, and the inspiration he took from that. In addition, we look a bit at what it takes to be a champion in the hammer throw, and more.
National leader Monique Hardy (Webster Thomas, Webster, NY) easily captured the New York state title on Saturday with yet another competition over 60 feet. Sophomore Natalia Surdej (Lancaster, NY) was just inches off of her own personal best in second place. State leader Will Goss (St. Joseph Collegiate Inst., Buffalo, NY) won the boy’s title, leading four boys over 65 feet, including two personal bests among the leaders.
Senior Chris Burkhart (Hilliard Darby, Hilliard, OH) added nearly two feet to his best to take the upset at the OATCCC Indoor Track Championships on Saturday. Burkart had just the fourth best mark in the state entering the competition, but broke 70 feet for the first time in round three to secure the win. State leader Tyler Arbauch (Van Buren, OH) won the Division 2/3 title. Burkhart’s teammate Emma Kowalski (Hilliard Darby, Hilliard, OH) won the girl’s Division 1 competition, adding three feet to her best. The mark also moves her into the nation’s top 10. Kaila Barr (Waverly, OH) also had a big best to win Division 2/3, with her best mark just inches off Kowalski’s standard.
In the end, nearly all of sport comes down to speed. Plyometric training is an essential tool to train speed. By focusing on the stretch-shortening of muscle action, plyometric training looks at how to improve speed in a different way than simple weight lifting. This month on HMMR Media we focused on plyometric training, putting together 2 new videos, 1 new podcast, and 4 great articles looking at the topic from different perspectives from plyometric progressions to better variations and plyometrics in rehabilitation.
If you see how plyometric training is put into practice, you often see a small group of exercises being used over and over in the same manner. Hurdle jumps, countermovement jumps, and drop jumps are all staples of plyometric training. They all train similar properties, in similar ways, using the same plane of movement.
Zoe Vlk (Wilson Central, Lebanon, TN) added more than nine feet to her best with a winning throw of 54-00.75 at this year’s Tennessee State Indoor Championships last Saturday. In the boy’s competition Jeremiah Sullivan (Daniel Boone, Gray, TN) took home the win.
Somewhere in the past few decades jumping and hopping became complicated. Simple movements were renamed as plyometrics and hidden behind a veil of science. The effect has been that many coaches are scared away from plyometric training and are losing out on one of the most basic forms of human movement in training. On this episode of the GAINcast, we share our approach to plyometric training and best practices and exercises coaches can implement.
Alex VanDeWeghe (Ithaca, MI) defended his state title and added nearly a foot to his best at the 2019 Michigan Indoor Track Series State Championship. Aliyah Boeve (Zeeland East, MI) was also a repeat winner, with a two foot best to easily capture the girl’s title.
Results from the Vermont State Championships.