Each year we try to get a little bit better, and looking back at 2018 I think we achieved that goal. Throughout the course of 2019 our 27 contributors produced 52 new podcast episodes, over 300 articles, 11 premium video lessons, 12 monthly themes, over 120 research articles summarized in our Sports Science Monthly reports, 4 member hangouts, and dozens of new exercises in movement library.
Entries by Martin Bingisser
This year we’ve produced 12 great monthly themes. To close out the year our final theme in December was reactive strength. Earlier in the year we looked at a similar topic: plyometrics. In December we wanted to take a broader look at the concept of reactive strength. Plyometrics is one way to train reactive strength, but not the only way. And we also wanted to dig deeper into what exactly it is, rather than just talking about exercises. The end result was 3 new podcasts and 4 new articles on the topic from 7 contributors.
We’ve been focusing on reactive strength this month. To close out the topic I wanted to share a few thoughts that have been floating around in my mind in discussions with many coaches about the topic.
We like to start the year with a clean inbox, so we dig through the last listener questions of the year on this week’s episode and add in a few rants as well. We cover a variety of topics such as reactive strength, medicine ball exercise progressions, anti-rotation training, eccentric training, aquabags, the 1×20 method, learning from failure and more.
Many top throwers from the south made their indoor season debut at the USATF Indoor Hoover Alumni Invitational in Alabama on Saturday. Oluwatobiloba Dare (Westlake, Atlanta, GA) improved his best by nearly four feet to produce the top boys mark. Zoe Vlk (Wilson Central, Lebanon, TN) had the top girl’s mark.
Nick Pisciotta (Commack, NY) added a quarter inch to his personal best to win the invitational competition at the Marine Corps Holiday Classic. The meet took place over two days with different categories of competition. In the varsity competition Robert Decker (Minisink Valley, Slate Hill, NY) broke 60 feet for the first time to win a close battle. Leah Moore (Hillhouse, New Haven, CT) and Raen Smith (Franklin D. Roosevelt, Hyde Park, NY) racked up wins in the girl’s varsity competitions.
National leaders Kyle Moison (Lincoln, RI) and Cheyenne Figueroa (Classical, Providence, RI) were both in action on Friday at the Rhode Island Classic. Figueroa added two feet to her season’s best and more than a foot to her personal best from last February en route to the win. Moison also dominated a strong field to win by more than six feet.
John Fay (Bishop Hendricken, Warwick, RI) and Alliya Boothe (Bloomfield, CT) both notched personal bests to win to win the Boston Holiday Challenge on Friday. Fay’s mark was also a new meet record.
Yesterday we released our men’s world rankings. Today it’s time for our women’s rankings. For the first time since 2012, Anita Wlodarczyk is not the top ranked athlete. It was a changing of the guard this year and our complete women’s hammer throw rankings are below.
It was a bit of a strange year in the hammer throw. For the first time ever, the World Championships took place in October. Also, for the first time ever, there were four medal winners. In the end, some of the top established throwers continued to add to their credentials. But it was also a year for new names, as five of our top ten athletes were unranked last year. Our complete annual rankings for the men’s hammer are below.