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GAINcast Episode 59: Take It to the Limit (with Dr. Michael Joyner)

How far can we take the human body? Can we break two hours in the marathon? Or will Usain Bolt’s records ever fall? Dr. Michael Joyner of the Mayo Clinic has spent his career asking that very question. On this week’s episode of the GAINcast, Dr. Joyner joins us to discuss the limits of human performance, what training and sports science need to improve upon to take us there, and more. 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

Dealing With the Downsides of the Information Age

Over on the GAINcast we are in the middle of a three-part series of interviews that Vern did with staff members at the US Ski and Snowboard Association’s Center of Excellence. Throughout the course of the interviews one recurring theme has emerged: the use data in sport. We are in the information age, and many coaches spend as much time with information as they do with athletes. But despite being with different teams and working in different roles, the staff all saw this as one of the most important issues they confront daily. To put it simply, we are not always getting much in return for the time we spend with information. The final interview will be up in two weeks, but in it Troy Taylor summarized the issue well: Read more

4 Rules For Coaching Your Spouse

One of the questions I get asked on a regular basis, be it from an athlete, coach, fan or journalist, is “how is it coaching your wife?” Depending on who is asking, the question might be a preamble into marriage counseling, a validation of their skepticism, or a thinly veiled gauge of my sanity. The one consistent is my answer: it is not simple. Read more

Searching for Hard Science in Sport

As much as we want it to be, athletics is not a “hard” science. The truth: unequivocally, sport falls within the realm of “soft” sciences. No experiment demonstrates this better than the US Olympic Track & Field trials, which I was pirvileged to coach at and witness this month. Read more

HMMR Podcast Episode 51: From Running to Throwing and Back Again (with Carrie Lane)

In various roles as a distance running coach, throwing coach, strength and conditioning coach, and physical performance specialist Carrie Lane has helped athletes in almost every capacity possible. Her career has also come full circle in a way: she began as a runner and distance coach, then worked with some of the world’s best throwers like Adam Nelson, and is now back working with a variety of individuals including endurance athletes again. Working across so many sports and cultures have given her a unique insight on training and she joins the podcast to share her experiences and discuss what we can learn other sports. Read more

Barriers

This post is in honor of the birthday of one of my heroes (I don’t have many) – Sir Roger Bannister who is 87 years old today. He refused to believe in barriers. He broke the four-minute mile barrier while training one hour a day during his residency in medical school. He opened the floodgates within a short period of time three others broke four minutes proving the artificial nature of barriers. Read more

Remedies for Collegiate Burnout

The past five years I coached at the NCAA Division I level here in Portland. This year, however, I am happy to report I have left the NCAA system. Why? In a word: burnout. No, I am not burnt out on coaching — I still have 5 more years until I retire! — rather I am burnt out on watching athletes burn out. From my experience, the heart of this variety of coaching entails an attempt, in vain, to prepare young men and women distance runners to compete at a very high competitive level for nine months out of the year, four years in a row. It is a fool’s gambit and athlete burnout is a guarantee. Read more

Understanding Culture in Athletics

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Every so often Vern Gambetta, a mentor, colleague, as well as contributor here on HMMR Media, comes to Oregon on business. We always find time to grab a cup of coffee and chat – for hours and hours. What I enjoy most about Vern is he’s honest, transparent, curious, and humble. He has more questions than answers, but much of what he does know, I do not. I always leave our coffee talks having learned and questioned more about the art of coaching than from any conference, clinic, or continuing education course. When he was in town recently our discussion centered around culture in athletics. The good. The bad. And the ugly. Read more

HMMR Podcast Episode 36: Strength and Endurance (with Steve Magness)

On this week’s episode distance coach, writer, and podcaster Steve Magness joins us again on the podcast to talk about what endurance coaches miss when they think about strength training, and what strength coaches miss when the think about training endurance. Read more