HMMR Podcast Episode 180: Flying high (with Herbert Czingon)

Pole vault is one of the world’s most dynamic sports, requiring elite levels of sprinting, jumping, and gymnastics from athletes. Herbert Czingon has been coaching the event for decades as both German national coach and now Switzerland. He joins us on this week’s podcast to talk about how his approach to planning for the complex event has changed over the years to better identify the individual needs of athletes, plus a discussion on the unique demands the sport requires from athletes. Read more

HMMR Podcast Episode 179: ThrowsTown USA (with John Frazier)

Eugene might be TrackTown USA, but Los Angeles has a good claim to being ThrowsTown USA. Not only does Nick live there, but it is home to UCLA and USC, with two of the nation’s top throwing traditions. Five years John Frazier got a unique opportunity as a coach: he got to return to his alma matter UCLA to continue the school’s legendary tradition of throws dominance. Since then UCLA throwers have only gotten stronger and Frazier has solidified himself as one of the top shot put coaches in the country, routinely qualifying multiple athletes for the NCAA Championships. On this episode of the podcast we talk to coach Frazier about his experience starting out as a throwing at UCLA under Art Venegas, his evolution as a coach, and his approach to continuing the UCLA tradition. Read more

HMMR Podcast Episode 178: Ice hockey coaching consultation

We’re trying something new for this week’s podcast: we’ve assembled a panel of experts to help one coach address a problem they are facing in training. On this episode we tackle a question from a Swiss hockey coach. Facing three games a week during the season, it can be hard to find the right mix or training and recovery to not only maintain, but hopefully improve form over the season. Hockey experts Dan Noble and Steve Myrland join us to brainstorm some ideas to confront these demands. Read more

HMMR Podcast Episode 177: Behind the templates

Last week Nick posted an article sharing the templates he uses for traditional training and athletic development. His aim is to train the body from head to toe in all three planes of movement, and he has set up a thorough session and microcycle template to ensure he covers all the bases. On this week’s podcast we dive into more detail on his template to see how he’s put it together, the logic behind exercise sequencing, and how the microcycle fits together to prepare the athlete. Read more

HMMR Podcast Episode 176: Throwing Q&A

Back to our roots on this week’s podcast as we answer listener questions on throwing and training for the throws. We start off by looking at some lessons team sports can learn from throws training (and vice versa), before diving into some more specific questions like tips for short throwers, comparing different shot put technique, our favorite underrated coaches, and more. Read more

HMMR Podcast Episode 175: Rediscovering play (with James Marshall)

Play is often disregarded as a form of training, but it is a lost art that can be a valuable tool in developing athletes. Over the past few decades, the rate of play has drastically declined among children worldwide. James Marshall has put this point front and center in his approach to long-term athlete development. On this episode of the podcast Marshall joins us to discuss play and how it can be incorporated into more formal training sessions. Read more

HMMR Podcast Episode 174: Training Q&A

You ask and we answer. On this week’s episode we open the mailbag and answer listener questions on topics like microcycles, favorite exercises, key factors outside of training, overload, lessons learned, and more. Read more

HMMR Podcast Episode 173: The limiting factor (with Jérome Simian)

Coaches often focus on what they can add to an athlete, but elite performance is often about removing barriers. If you can remove a limiting factor, you might unlock a new level of performance. This is the approach Jérome Simian used as strength and conditioning coach for the new decathlon world record holder Kevin Mayer. On this week’s podcast, Simian explains his approach to analyzing athletes, creating a plan, and improving performance. Read more

HMMR Podcast Episode 172: Better balance (with Grace Golden)

Balance is a critical skill in nearly every sport, but how often do we train for it? And how well do we understand its various permutations? As Program Director of University of Oregon’s Graduate Athletic Training Program, Grace Golden has looked in detail about the role and nuances of balance, and developed some interesting ways to think about and train for it. On this episode of the podcast we discuss balance, and also how to teach ATCs the art of coaching. Read more

HMMR Podcast Episode 171: Evaluating the coach

How you evaluate a coach impact where their focus is put in training. If you evaluate based on bench press numbers and a coach will then focus on that in training. There are a number of ways in which you can evaluate coaches: based on the scoreboard, other performance metrics, injuries, ethics, and more. What are the most important factors to consider? We debate and discuss that topic on this week’s podcast. Read more