Hammer Throw Target Practice

Today I want to tell you about a game that can teach you working with the hammer differently. We all struggle with the monotony of winter training and sometimes it is hard to find the motivation for the fine technical work required to throw far. This game will teach you to find your “fine feeling” of the throw. Read more

The HMMR Glove is Going to Rio

While most athletes got the day off on Wednesday, the hammer throwers were busy at the Olympic Trials. Olympic silver medalist and Hayward Field facilities manager Lance Deal helped organize a special hammer throw competition that brought the hammer throw back onto the infield at America’s most historic track and field venue. Read more

My 2016 Goals

Wow. It has been a long time since my last post! As you’re probably aware, lots of changes the last few months. So let’s dive right in. Without further adieu, here are my top goals for the coming Olympic year. Read more

The Glove of Champions

When we introduced the HMMR Glove in 2014, it was the first hammer throw glove made for and with input from elite throwers. Based on the feedback we are continually improving what we feel is the best glove on the market and, as a result, more and more elite throwers are trying it out too. It’s been used in the European Championships, Pan Am Games, and even made it’s World Championships debut last summer with US champion Kibwé Johnson. Now US record holder Amanda Bingson has been the latest world class thrower to give it a spin. Read more

Looking Back at 2015: Best Training Posts

We pumped out a lot of great information here in HMMR Media over the past year. With more than 450 new posts, we covered a wide range of topics. We also added new four new authors that bring world-class experience: Vern Gambetta, Craig Pickering, Derek Evely and Benn Harradine. Read more

Why 3 Turns are Harder Than 4

On this week’s podcast I mentioned some of the stories Nicola Vizzoni told about his competitive experiences at our recent Swiss Hammer training camp. Over dinner one night our discussion moved towards hammer throw technique and Vizzoni slowly laid out the case for why the three turn throw is harder than the four turn throw. By the time I finished dessert he had opened my eyes to the complexity of the seemingly simple technique. Read more

Ask Martin Vol. 30: Throwing Tactics

Do you have a question for me? “Ask Martin” questions are chosen from inquiries submitted by members. So join now and you’ll also get access to a wealth of other training information.

Question: I’m doing my PE A-level coursework at the moment and I have to come up with three good and bad tactical strategies. If you can help me it would be appreciated. -Jake Read more

Turn The Right

Last week I reviewed Bondarchuk’s latest book on long-term development. By my count Bondarchuk has now published 8 books in English as well as 6 limited release booklets. He has written about topics from transfer of training to strength training to long term development. He also just released the final volume of his periodization series. But there is one topic that has been missing so far from his bibliography: throwing. Read more


With two throws left in my last training session before leaving for the Tucson Elite Throwers Classic, we changed my entry from a step back, to starting with both feet to the back of the ring for a more static approach. Crystal pointed out that I’ve had the tendency to step out much too wide when I prepared to enter off of the second wind. Needless to say, it was interesting feeling my way through this new entry on the fly and at meet speed. I did ok, but I left a couple more good throws on the table, including one that was just short of 76m again in the second meet. So you know I wasn’t pleased about that. 🙂 Read more

Determining the Length of Your Hammer Wire

Seventeen years ago I was fortunate to have the opportunity to go to Cal State Northridge and compete for coach Glenn McAtee. While at Northridge coach McAtee instilled in us a blue collar work ethic. Our group of throwers were jacks of all trades. We built and fixed everything that needed it. This included plyo boxes, shot put, discus, javelin, hammer, and med ball storage. We fixed our cages, installed the nets, and chalked/painted our own arcs and sectors. We even built our own shot wall out of railroad ties. Read more