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HMMR Podcast Episode 240: The mobility man (with Kelly Starrett)

When it comes to mobility, Kelly Starrett is the man. The topic was almost taboo when he starting teaching the CrossFit community about it. Now he’s working with elite athletes and teams in nearly every sport around the world. On this week’s podcast he joins us to talk about how we need to reframe the conversation around mobility and rethink youth development.

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What I think about when I think about mobility

The site theme this month is mobility. Mobility is a term that’s been a bit bastardized. Kelly Starrett, who will join the HMMR Podcast next week, helped popularize the term and even he told us the term has now come to mean everything and nothing just like the word “core” or “functional.” I’ve done a lot of research on mobility this month, and it has helped me shape my own thoughts on the topic. I wanted to share a few ideas about how I understand mobility and its role in the performance equation.

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What’s in a word: why we need to think beyond flexibility and mobility

“Strength and conditioning”—the collective sobriquet most often assigned to the profession of training athletes to soar toward the upper limits of their potential—is an amalgam of two tremendously elastic and ill-defined words. They are among many terms in the coaching lexicon that are, most often, used without much concern for their precise meaning.

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Speed 101: the essence of it

This is my attempt to summarize the essence of sprinting. Nothing complicated, just the basics. No need to complicate.

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Improving mobility for weightlifting

The sport of weightlifting requires speed, strength, coordination, and mobility all packed together with skill. Anyone can pick something off the floor, but picking something heavy up and lifting it above the head is much more difficult. Even the strongest individuals can only lift heavy weights so far off the floor. Therefore, in order to lift, you have to get under the bar. And do it quickly under time constraints. This is the essence of weightlifting and distinguishes it from the other ‘strength’ sports such as powerlifting and strongman.

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GAINcast Episode 207: Good reads

Vern is known as one of the most well read people in sport. In 2020 he ready 137 books. On this week’s GAINcast he shares his favorite books of the year, as well as some insights on the process of reading.

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GAINcast Episode 206: The state of sport

We’re bringing back our annual tradition to start off the year with a combined episode of the GAINcast and HMMR Podcast to discuss the state of training for sports. A lot has changed over the past year, so we sit down to discuss some of the biggest issues facing sports, how things looks going forward, and what we’re looking forward to in 2021.

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Training method evaluation

I have been getting many questions asking my opinion about various training methods that are being discussed online. Rather than comment specifically on each I will respond in a generic manner to help everyone develop their own universal filter.

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On the folly of rewarding A, while hoping for B

A new year means new goals and targets for many teams. While targets can help motivate and orient a team, coaches need to make sure their targets are pointing athletes in the right direction. A poorly chosen target might reward the wrong behavior, and history has given us countless examples of this happening.

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Looking back on 2020: top training resources

If I had to chose one word to define 2020 it would be chaos. If I had to choose another word, it would be growth. Through all the chaos HMMR Media saw a lot of growth this year: personal growth, educational growth, as well as new members and new content on the site. In 2020 our 31 contributors produced 68 podcast episodes, 215 articles, 12 premium video lessons, 8 training programs, 12 monthly themes, 106 research article summaries in our Sports Science Monthly, 4 member hangouts, and dozens of new exercises to our movement library.

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