HMMR Podcast Episode 20: Admitting Mistakes

Take a look at politics, business, and sport and you will consistently see leaders unable to admit their mistakes. When the USATF was in the wrong in the whole Nick Symmonds affair they wouldn’t admit they made the slightest error even though they later reversed their position on their athlete’s agreement and athlete revenue sharing, Symmonds’ two main points of contention. Those in power often think that admitting a mistake shows weakness, but in reality not admitting mistakes puts you in the weakest position you could be in. Why is it then that it is so hard for us to admit mistakes? Read more

PUSH Band Giveaway Winner

Last month we solicited entries for a giveaway of a PUSH band velocity measurement device. To enter, podcast listeners simply had to send us an email with a description of how they would use a PUSH band. After some time to review the entries, Nick and I have are happen to announce Cal State-Fullerton masters student and assistant strength coach Arjan Dougan as the winner. Read more

HMMR Podcast Episode 19: Science of Speed (with Matt Jordan)

Speed is a common theme in our discussions on training. If you have listened to a few episodes you will continually hear us talking about how the effectiveness of maximal strength method is generally overestimated. In fact our second episode was about the advantages of submaximal training. But why does fast training work so well? Read more

HMMR Podcast Episode 18: Tools of the Trade

What do you look for when you are buying some new implements or training equipment? After a a record-length podcast last week, Nick and I have a quick chat covering of what we are looking for when shopping for new stuff. Whether it relates to feeling, quality, or durability, we have some tips for you. Read more

HMMR Podcast Episode 17: Velocity in Detail (with Bryan Mann)

Two weeks ago on our podcast, Nick and I provided an introduction to velocity-based training. It is a good primer on the topic, but we are hardly experts even though we have both read and experimented with velocity measurements in training. We want to learn more so on this week’s podcast we brought in an expert: Dr. Bryan Mann. Read more

HMMR Podcast Episode 16: Strengths and Weaknesses

A common approach to strength training is to assess an athlete’s weaknesses and focus training on those points. This makes sense at some level, but it also ignores an important variable in training: the athlete’s individual strengths. It would be nice if training were a simple formula: lift X pounds, sprint Y fast, and jump Z high will equal a certain performance. But training isn’t like that. There are many ways to the same level of performance and an athlete’s strengths will most likely be what bring them to the next level. Weaknesses are important, but so are the strengths. Read more

HMMR Podcast Episode 15: Velocity-Based Training

Velocity-based training has been a buzz word in training circles recently as devices to measure velocity becomes cheaper and easier to use. Nick and I are often skeptics with regards to new technology, but there are some real lessons to learn when the technology relates to one of sport’s most important elements: speed. We have both started implementing velocity measurements in our training and seen some fast benefits. Read more

HMMR Podcast Episode 14: Mental Toughness (with Kibwé Johnson)

Football season is starting and that means coaches around the country are working hard to toughen up their athletes. By giving them grueling workouts in the summer sun the idea is that they will grow mentally strong. Unfortunately it isn’t that easy. On this week’s podcast Olympic finalist and fellow HMMR Media author Kibwé Johnson joins us to discuss the topic of mental toughness. Read more

Win a Free PUSH Band

Velocity-based based training has been around for decades, but the topic is starting to gain some steam as new technologies become cheaper and also provide easier access to data. As a result research and practical usage is moving so fast it is hard to keep up with. Read more

HMMR Podcast Episode 13: What Makes Us Tick

For this week’s episode we wanted to change the pace a little and let our listeners get to know a little bit more about us. Nick and I discuss some of the things that make us tick outside of training and coaching like Nascar, BBQ, and even tax law. And, of course, we also find a way to connect those things back to coaching. Read more