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Reflections on the art of coaching

Novice and average coaches discuss sets and reps and argue training systems. Great coaches do not waste their time and energy in such debates, for they understand that:

“The man who grasps principles can successfully select his own methods.
The man who tries methods, ignoring principles, is sure to have trouble.”

– Harrington Emerson

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HMMR Podcast Episode 157: The art of coaching

Most of our episodes cover topics like training methods, periodization, and sports science. This is just one side of coaching. Good coaches know their sport, but they do more than that. Making the right decision and then communicating it effectively can become an art. On this episode of the podcast we focus on the art of coaching and share some anecdotes from some of our mentors about how they mastered the art of coaching. Read more

HMMR Podcast Episode 150: Story time (with John Dagata)

Over 150 episodes of the podcast, we’ve had on some of the world’s leading coaches share their experiences. But sometimes listeners don’t get to hear the whole story. On this week’s episode of the podcast, coach John Dagata joins us to give us a new perspective on our past episodes. As the throws coach at the U.S. Olympic Training Site in Chula Vista, he’s run across many of our guests and shares some stories about ten different prior guests. Read more

Changing Practice

We all practice with the intention of getting better. But can we do better at practice? Can we get more out of practice? Changing practice offers the possibility of changing the game. Here are a few thoughts/ideas that will help make practice sticky and more effective: Read more

HMMR Podcast Episode 85: Married to the Job (with Danny and Katie Mackey)

Professional running coach Danny Mackey of the Brooks Beasts is literally married to his job. As he wrote about on HMMR Media last year, his team includes his wife, elite middle distance runner Katie Mackey. On this week’s episode we sit down with Danny and Katie to discuss how they make the most of the set up, what they are striving to improve upon, and the key factors in building a team. Read more

GAINcast Episode 47: The Art of Coaching (with Harry Marra)

Recently Ashton Eaton announced his retirement. During his career he took the decathlon to new levels and it was coach Harry Marra who helped guide him there. In order to break down 10 complex events, Marra has become a master of communication and the art of coaching. On this week’s episode he joins us to discuss the art of coaching, the decathlon, and more. Read more

HMMR Podcast Episode 78: Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a time for thanks, and on this week’s episode we give thanks to some of our mentors by sharing a few stories about how one moment can be pivotal in an athlete’s development. Read more

GAINcast Episode 34: Live from Glasgow

Two weeks ago Vern and I got the opportunity to present at the Scottish Athletics annual coaching conference. At the end of the seminar we got that chance to pose some questions to all the presenters at a roundtable session. We recorded that discussion and present it as this week’s episode. Read more

Vin Scully – Excellence Personified!

Growing up in California in the late 1950’s and early 60’s, Vin Scully was your steady companion on warm summer nights. There was nothing better than listening to Vin Scully on a little transistor radio describe the excellence of Sandy Koufax pitching or the daring of Maury Will stealing a base when everyone in the stadium knew what he was going to do. There was special melodic quality and clarity to his voice, no hyperbole, no screaming, pure class, and the focus was on the game and the players. Read more

HMMR Podcast Episode 67: Fit It Into the Plan

In order to get the best results, strength coaches need to work with other coaches. Sometimes this is by choice, sometimes it isn’t, but in both cases you need to figure out how to fit your method into the overall plan. On this episode Nick and Martin share some tips about how to do this effectively. Read more