Senior Sarah Ortes (Classical, Providence, RI) and Logan Coles (Woonsocket, RI) were the winners at this year’s Weightarama. Coles continued his nearly undefeated season while Ortes hit a new personal best for the win.Read more
New meet and facility records were set by Jared Briere (Woonsocket, RI) and Alyssa Wilson (Donovan Catholic, Toms River, NJ) at the Bishop Loughlin Games on Staten Island. Wilson, also the nation’s top shot putter, already added nearly five feet to her best from last season in her season debut. Briere, the early national leader, had close competition after a personal best from local thrower Phil Rosendorf (Susan E. Wagner, Staten Island, NY) but held on for the win. Biere and Wilson also took home field event MVP of the meet honors. Read more
In-depth interviews with top coaches and athletes.
- Throws: Don Babbitt (Part 1, Part 2)
- Rugby: Dean Benton (Part 1, Part 2, Tactical Periodization)
- Training Methods: Anatoliy Bondarchuk
- Motor learning: Frans Bosch
- Shot Put: Jean-Pierre Egger (Part 1, Part 2, More)
- Throws and Sprints: Derek Evely (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3) and even more with Derek (Part 1, Part 2)
- All Track and Field: Vern Gambetta (Part 1, Part 2)
- Youth Throwing: Nick Garcia (Part 1, Part 2)
- Discus: Vésteinn Hafsteinsson (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3)
- MMA: Joel Jamieson (Part 1, Part 2)
- Periodization: John Kiely (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3)
- Decathlon: Harry Marra (Part 1, Part 2)
- American Football: Tom Myslinski (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3)
- All Track and Field: Dan Pfaff (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3) and a second interview with him (Part 1 and Part 2)
- Rugby: John Pryor (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3)
- Former USOC Chief of Sport Performance: Steve Roush
- Soccer: Dave Tenney (Part 1, Part 2)
- Hurdles: Gary Winckler (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4)
- Dutch discus thrower Erik Cadée
- German hammer thrower Kathrin Klaas
- Solvenian Olympic hammer champion Primož Kozmus
- Russian hammer thrower Sergey Litvinov Jr.
- Slovakian hammer thrower Marcel Lomnicky
- Canadian shot putter Justin Rodhe
- Olympic flag bearer and hammer thrower Ed Burke (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3)
- Two-time Olympic hammer thrower Kevin McMahon (Part 1, Part 2)
- Olympic champion shot putter Adam Nelson
- Former hammer throw world record holder and two-time Olympic medalist Jüri Tamm (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3) and a second time (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3)
- Olympic champion and former discus world record holder Mac Wilkins (Part 1, Part 2)
Training with Bondarchuk
- Simplifying Bondarchuk
- An exclusive interview with Anatoliy Bondarchuk
- Sample training program and one month training journal
- Reviewing Volume 1 and Volume 2 of Bondarchuk’s Transfer of Training and how 60 meters is a special number in his transfer of training. His book on periodization are reviewed here and here.
- A video introduction to periodization
- Bondarchuk on long term athlete development
- Bondarchuk on maxmimum intensity training
- Bondarchuk’s thoughts on and approach to throwing technique
- A little about Bondarchuk’s background (more here), personality (more here), and sense of humor.
- In defense of Bondarchuk’s training style
General Training Concepts
- Building antifragile athletes
- The crucial difference between force and rate of force development
- The role of strengths and weaknesses in training plan design (more here)
- The Peak-End Rule (more here)
- Reverse transfer of training
- Why more short workouts are better than fewer long workouts
- Podcast interviews I did with the All Things Strength Podcast, Performance Podcast, and the Ultimate Athlete Concepts Podcast
- A video introduction to periodization
- A look at the evolution of periodization
- My periodization manifesto and an introduction to complex periodization
- Simple introduction of adaptation and how to incorporate change into a training plan
Special Strength/Specific Strength
- A video introduction to special strength and a brief overview
- A primer on specific strength training for all sports
- Implementing special strength into training
- Discussing the volume of special strength (more here)
- Sample special strength exercises for the hammer throw
- Using light and heavy hammer to develop special strength (continued here)
- Some of the down sides of throwing short heavy hammers (continued here)
- You can find more on this topic in the Juggernaut Specific Strength Series
Other Training Methods
- Westside Barbell’s Conjugate Method
- A different approach to velocity-based training
- An introduction to Hungarian Hammer Training
- About the legendary Hungarian coach Pál Németh (more here)
- Three steps in coaching technique
- The importance of finding the right cue and cue staleness (more here)
- Leadership and coaching
- Coaching can come in various forms, such as Quiet coaching or the use of paradoxes
- Evaluating the usefulness of a drill
- Coaches are shaping athlete’s minds, not just their bodies
Hammer Throw Technique
- A big picture approach to hammer throw technique
- Most common technical problem in America
- Perfecting the start of the throw (more here)
- Videos about how to stay low and increasing double support
- Pushing the hammer and the difference between being patient and relaxing
- A linear approach to a nonlinear event
- Some thoughts on technique by Sergey Litvinov Jr.
- The orbit of the throw and the rhythm of the throw
- Philosophy and hammer throwing technique
- Why technical training is also a form of strength training
- Chris Cralle Video Analysis
- Julia Ratcliffe Video Analysis
- Olympic Weightlifting for Throwers (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3)
Biomechanics and Data Analysis
- A brief introduction to the biomechanics of the hammer throw
- Biomechanics lessons from Koji Murofushi
- Suggestions for future hammer throw research (more here)
- An analysis of when hammer throwers hit their prime
- A breakdown of the height, weight, and age of hammer throwers at the London Olympics
- An analysis of qualifying results at past Olympics and World Championships
- The perfect physique for throwing
Hammer in America and Youth Throwing
- The scope of the problem in American hammer throwing
- Discussing how special strength, technique, or lack of youth throwers may be causes
- Discussion of talent identification and how to predict success of young throwers
- Talent is about the potential to grow, not current results
- A look at why American youth hammer throwing has improved so quickly and what others can learn from that
Beinging in October 2013 I have been writing a series on specific strength training for all sports on the popular Juggernaut Training Systems website.
- Specific Strength: An Introduction, Modern Athlete and Coach (October 2015 2010) – Classifying and applying specific exercises for your event.
- Specific About Strength, Athletics Weekly (9 July 2015). An introduction to the theory and practice of specific strength training for all events.
- Building the Next Generation: A Case Study in Resurrecting an Event, New Studies in Athletics (Fall 2013). This paper looks at the causes of a resurgence in American youth hammer throwing in order to see what lessons can be learned from such growth at a time when many other countries see numbers headed in the opposite direction.
- Simplifying Bondarchuk, Modern Athlete and Coach (April 2010) – This articles summarizes the basic principles of Coach Bondarchuk’s training methods.
- Teaching the Hammer Throw: How to Get A Beginner to Throw in Just Days, Track Coach (Fall 2010). Track Coach is the official technical periodical of USA Track & Field Association.
- Teaching the Hammer Throw: Perfecting Technique, Track Coach (Fall 2011).
- Rethinking Your Approach to the Weight Throw, Track Coach (Summer 2006) – This article explores alternative approaches to developing top hammer throwers under the traditional collegiate track and field system.
- Training Theory – Information about the technique and training in the hammer thrower.
- Ask Martin – Q&A.
- Training Talk – Discussing training with some of the world’s best athletes and coaches.
- Training Log – Updates on my training.
- Miscellany – Everything else.