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

HMMR Podcast Epsidode 170: Throwing mechanics (with Don Babbitt)

Don Babbitt is one of the world’s best throwing coaches, having produced champions across every event and both genders. In addition to his role at the University of Georgia, he has been working with the IAAF on their recent biomechanical analysis of the 2017 World Championships. By adding a coach’s perspective, he can help identify key points to take away from the project in all throwing events. On this week’s episode we break down the report what its findings mean for coaches. Read more

HMMR Podcast Episode 169: Reflections

Off-season training is about to start up in many sports. Like other coaches, we are putting our plans together and using this time to reflect back on how things went last year. On this week’s podcast we discuss what we’ll do differently next year in a few key areas like in-season training, periodization, progressions, and more. Read more

HMMR Podcast Episode 168: Rethinking rugby training (with James de Lacey)

Like most sports, rugby union has its traditions when it comes to training methods. Unlike most sports, those traditions do not always run as deep. The sport has only been professional for two decades, meaning that many more coaches are openly exploring how they can do things differently and better. James de Lacey is the incoming head of strength and conditioning for Romanian Rugby. He joins us on this week’s episode to discuss some of the areas he has been looking at changing those traditions, from weekly planning, to contact conditioning, and sprint training. Read more

HMMR Podcast Episode 167: Europe vs. the world

Europe has long been the epicenter of track and field. With the European Championships taking place last week, it’s a good time to take a look at whether that is still the case. On this week’s episode of the podcast we recap the highlights from the meet, which countries are on the rise, and how Europe still stacks up against the rest of the world. Read more

HMMR Podcast Episode 166: Champion’s mindset (with Aretha Thurmond)

For nearly more than 15 years Aretha Thurmond was among the world’s best in the discus throw, making four Olympic teams and winning four US titles. Along the way she got to work with some of the sport’s top coaches and learn from each of them what it takes to be a champion. Currently, she is passing along her knowledge to a new generation of throwers as the Managing Director of International & Championship Teams at USATF. On this episode, we talk about the lessons she learned in her career and the mental skills required to be a champion, including the amazing story of how she nearly made Team USA just two weeks after giving birth. Read more

HMMR Podcast Episode 165: Smarter circuits (with Dan Noble)

Just like a good book is more than just a collection of words, a good circuit is more than just a collection of exercises. Done right, circuit training puts exercises together to create a whole greater than its parts by focusing on how they connect. On this episode of the podcast coach Dan Noble joins us again to discuss why circuits work so well, share some best practices for circuits, and explain how to individualize them. Read more

HMMR Podcast Episode 164: The return of the rant

It’s been over a year since our last rant episode, so it’s time to let off some steam and discuss what really grinds our gears. On this week’s episode we cover a variety of rants from metric vs. imperial measurements to mentoring and the state of the profession. Read more

HMMR Podcast Episode 163: Coaching in the NFL (with Buddy Morris)

Training for the complex demands of American football can be a difficult task. Training within the constraints of the NFL is even harder. On this week’s episode Arizona Cardinals coach Buddy Morris joins us again to talk about coaching in the NFL, including the role of sports science, training loads, the impact of the collective bargaining agreement, and the state of the sport. Read more