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HMMR Podcast Episode 87: The Mentor (with Kelvin Giles)

After decades coaching elite track and field and rugby, Kelvin Giles has turned his attention more recently to youth development. Kids are no longer learning how to move, and we need to address it from the ground in both our approach to training and coaches education. On this episode Giles joins us to discuss foundational movements, coaches education, the pillars of performance, advice to beginning coaches, and how national governing bodies can support performance. Read more

Looking Back at 2016: Best Training Content

The past year was a busy one at HMMR Media with 97 new podcast episodes, 426 new posts, plus even more premium content for HMMR Plus members. Most important for us, we also added five new world-class coaches to our roster of writers: Nick Lumley, Jonathan Marcus, Danny Mackey, Sergej Litvinov and Bryan Mann. Combined they bring a variety of new viewpoints to the site from their backgrounds in endurance sports, rugby, and more. Read more

GAINcast Episode 39: Teaching Speed

Knowing about speed is one thing, but teaching it is something else. This is where the art of coaching comes into play. On this week’s episode Vern walks us through what he would do on the first day of speed training with a new group of athletes. It’s a great look into the mind of a coach to see how they put together their session and why. Read more

Athletic Development Seminar in LA

Developing coordination, athleticism, and conditioning are unfortunately not just tasks for youth coaches nowadays. Due to trends like early specialization, the decline of school PE, and less general play by kids athletes show up as high school freshmen, college freshman, and even as professional athletes unprepared to train. Read more

GAINcast Episode 37: Physical Education (with Greg Thompson)

Everyone laments about the current state of physical education, but what are we to do about it? GAIN faculty member Greg Thompson has put it upon himself to find a solution. As a USSF A-License coach and a primary school physical education teacher, he joins us on this week’s episode to discuss his methods for building athletes from the ground up in schools. Read more

GAINcast Episode 36: Physical Literacy

Learning to move is a lot like learning to read and write: you cannot write a novel without first learning the ABCs and how to string them together into words, sentences, and paragraphs. On this week’s episode Vern discusses physical literacy and how it fits into athletic development. Read more

GAINcast Episode 35: The Art and Science of Coaching Baseball (with Paul Davis)

Baseball is a sport that oscillates between tradition and modern analytics. Coaches like Paul Davis of the St. Louis Cardinals try to find a balance in the middle. As a developmental pitching coordinator and coach he has to understand the science of movement and the art of coaching. On this episode Davis joins us to walk through his approach to developing pitchers as athletes. Read more

GAINcast Episode 32: Reflections

This past weekend both Vern and Martin presented at Scottish Athletics National Coaching Conference in Glasgow. During the seminar they took a few minutes away to share some instant impressions on the seminars they had heard so far, including topics like distance training, youth athletic development, and more. Read more

Episode 58: Warming Up

Every training sessions starts with a warm up. We often focus our attention on the next parts of training, but hidden in the warm up are some of the most important aspects of training. It is a chance to set the tone of the session. It is a chance to do a substantial amount of work. It is a chance to develop robust athletes. It is a chance to assess your athletes. And so much more, including a chance to warm up. On this week’s podcast we talk about all things warm up. Read more

HMMR Media Visits the West of England

HMMR Media has been rolling out some new content at our recent seminars. Last weekend John Kiely and I presented an innovative seminar on periodization which is perhaps the first periodization seminar ever not to go into detailed discussion of periods. Instead we focused on how coaches can improve their process and approach to periodization in order to make it more effective. We had great feedback and I will have a more detailed report later in the week.

And next month Nick Garcia will be joining me in the West of England to put on a new workshop on athletic development. Read more