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Sports Science Monthly – December 2019

Every month we take a deep dive into the latest research in sports science. This month we start off by looking at research on the performance stages of competition, then look at performance in the heat, genetic test, as well as injury topics related to sleep and hamstrings. Read more

The complete guide to the Reactive Strength Index

In my earlier posts, I have discussed reactive strength (RS) and the use of plyometric training for developing speed and jumping performance. The purpose of this article is to discuss the application of a test of reactive strength using the drop jump exercise. Read more

GAINcast Episode 176: Togetherness (with Calvin Morriss)

Togetherness is not a term you hear about often in training, but all good programs have it. They connect together teammates. They connect together the assets of various staff members. They connect together on field and off field work. They connect strength and skill. The longer Calvin Morriss coaches, the more important this aspect of training is. On this week’s GAINcast, Morriss joins us to discuss how interconnected training is and how his role with World Rugby helps smaller nations connect the dots. Read more

The surprising performance enhancing effects of bacteria

At the 2008 Olympic Games, Taiwanese weightlifter Chen Wei-Ling won the Bronze medal in the 48-kilogram category, snatching 84 kilograms, and clean and jerking 112 kilograms. Following the disqualification of the original gold and silver medalists, she was later awarded the gold medal for her performance. A decade later she is making headlines for the bacteria in her gut. Read more

November 2019 in review: foundational strength

We took a step back to the basics this month by looking at building foundational strength. Foundational strength is that strength quality that establishes the trainability for all the other strength qualities. Throughout the month we put together 1 new video, 3 new podcasts, and 4 articles from 10 contributors. Read more

HMMR Podcast Episode 211: Reactive throws (with René Sack)

It is easy to think about the throwing events as strength events. But in the end, the implement is often not that heavy. The bigger challenge is coordinating the whole body to add speed to the element through elasticity, as well as strength. German national discus coach René Sack joins this week’s podcast to discuss how he thinks about this element of the throw and exchange ideas about how to address it in training. Read more

Taking leg circuits to the next level

Every year I become more and more convinced of the effectiveness of the Gambetta Leg Circuits. A simple combination of four exercises ticks so many boxes for me in training: it is efficient, improves coordination, and develops strength all at the same time. For those familiar or unfamiliar with leg circuits, I hope this article explain a bit about how they work and some new variations that can make them an even better tool for training. Read more

The ingredients for a solid foundation

No matter the sport, no matter the athlete, everyone needs to begin with a foundation. Read more

GAINcast Episode 175: Outside perspective (with Mike Barber)

Mike Barber came to the javelin as an outsider, but a fresh perspective has helped him rethink the event and led Kelsey-Lee Barber to World Championship gold last month. On this week’s GAINcast we talk with Barber about how his career has developed, his approach to the javelin, and how he navigated complex waters in the lead up to the World Championships. Read more

Assessing foundational strength

Foundational strength is the essence of trainability. We need an appropriate level of coordination and strength through a maximum range of motion to set us up for athletic endeavors. Without it training becomes a game of Buckaroo – loading up and getting work done but waiting to get kicked in the mouth. Read more