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Rethinking drills for the hammer throw

Back in December, I invited Sergej Litinov to Zurich to present a workshop and work with some of the Swiss hammer throwers. Since I first got to train with Litvinov in 2004, I have been impressed by the different perspective he brings to the event. He conceptualizes the hammer throw different than any other thrower I know. Back in August 2017 and September 2018 he joined member hangouts to try and explain his approach, but only seeing him with with athletes in person do you really get to understand how to put the concepts into practice. Read more

HMMR Podcast Episode 192: A star is born (with Kevin McMahon)

The making of a champion starts at a young age with the athlete’s family, youth coaches, and community. The champion’s mindset then grows from there. Kevin McMahon won two US titles in the hammer throw and competed in two Olympics and four World Championships. He joins this week’s podcast to share how he started out as a thrower, the San Jose throws community he came of age in, and the inspiration he took from that. In addition, we look a bit at what it takes to be a champion in the hammer throw, and more. Read more

HMMR Podcast Episode 185: Around the world (with Mattias Jons)

As an elite hammer thrower, Mattias Jons had the chance to work with coaches from a variety of countries, continents, and backgrounds. As he’s developed as a coach, his diverse background has come in handy. On this episode of the podcast he joins us to discuss some of the different approaches he’s encountered and what he has taken from Swedish, Finnish, German, Polish, American, Soviet, and other traditions. Read more

Understanding the orbit in the hammer throw

Hammer throwers have a tendency to be isolated. To start with, we spend most of our times turning around in circles in a cage. But beyond that, we sometimes get so focused on what we are trying to do that we forget why we are trying to do that. Read more

HMMR Podcast Epsidode 170: Throwing mechanics (with Don Babbitt)

Don Babbitt is one of the world’s best throwing coaches, having produced champions across every event and both genders. In addition to his role at the University of Georgia, he has been working with the IAAF on their recent biomechanical analysis of the 2017 World Championships. By adding a coach’s perspective, he can help identify key points to take away from the project in all throwing events. On this week’s episode we break down the report what its findings mean for coaches. Read more

3 things I learned from Primoz Kozmus

Note: The following notes were written by a junior thrower I co-coach together with Armin Spoerri. Additional thoughts from my perspective as a coach are included at the end of the article.

The athlete’s perspective

by Noah Fleischmann

This spring I asked Martin Bingisser about the possibility of doing a training camp, but none of the Swiss throwers had anything planned in July. As an alternative he came up with the idea of sending me to 2008 Olympic Champion Primoz Kozmus in Slovenia. From the beginning on, it seemed pretty surreal, me, a 19 year old thrower who throws around 50 meters, is going to be coached by an Olympic Champion. But it actually happened. Read more

HMMR Podcast Episode 148: Coaching character (with Dan Lange)

For three decades, coach Dan Lange has been quietly doing his thing out in Los Angeles: producing champions across all four throwing events. He is the only American to have coached an Olympic champion in the hammer throw, yet most people have no idea who he is or how he trains. In this exclusive interview, we get Lange to discuss his career, his character-based approach to coaching, how to deal with egos, and more. Read more

We all just want to be Litvinov

Like most hammer throwers, I was shocked to learn yesterday that former world record holder and Olympic champion Sergey Litvinov unexpectedly passed away. I only had the chance to meet him once, but he had one of the biggest impacts on my development as a thrower and coach; right up there with my two main mentors Harold Connolly and Anatoliy Bondarchuk. Read more

HMMR Podcast Episode 122: The Polish Secret (with Szymon Ziolkowski)

Szymon Ziolkowski is one of the most successful throwers in history. Despite competing in one of the most competitive times in history, he maintained an international level for nearly 20 years, spanning from the 1996 Olympics to the 2014 European Championships, capturing multiple World and Olympic titles in between. He joins us on this week’s episode to discuss how Poland has become so dominant in the throwing events, what he learned from decades at the top of the sport, and what he did in training to help keep him there. Read more

Thoughts from Litvinov and McMahon on accelerating the hammer

Biomechanists can break down how the hammer is accelerated, but one thing they can’t do is determine what is going on in an athlete’s mind to perform the actions they see. What does the athlete think about? How do they try an initiate the movement? This is an area that intrigues me and I’ve been chatting with elite hammer throwers recently to find out their approach. There is no one right answer here, but hearing different viewpoints gives you more tools you can use as a coach. Read more