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Vern Gambetta’s 2018 best books list

Of the 150 books I have read in 2018 these are my selections for the best. It is an eclectic collection reflecting my various interests. Hopefully this will give you some ideas for good reading. This year I did not pick a book of the year. Too many good ones to pick out one book. Read more

HMMR Podcast Episode 138: Marriage and coaching

Coaching requires passion, but so does a strong family life and balancing the demands of two passions can be quite difficult. Nick is getting married this weekend, so for this week’s episode we decide to explore the topic of marriage and coaching with three of Nick’s mentors and friends: Glenn McAtee, Derek Evely, and Vern Gambetta. They share their thoughts on coaching and marriage, plus their advice to Nick. Read more

GAINcast Episode 71: Peak Performance Part 2 (with Brad Stulberg and Steve Magness)

On part one of our interview with Peak Performance authors Brad Stulberg and Steve Magness we covered the stress-growth formula and productivity strategies like single-tasking. On this week’s GAINcast we continue the discussion to discuss how skills come from struggling, sleep, the role of focus and thought in performance, and more. Read more

GAINcast Episode 70: Peak Performance Part 1 (with Brad Stulberg and Steve Magness)

What does it take to reach peak performance in sport or in life? The new book Peak Performance by Steve Magness and Brad Stulberg attempts to answer this question and on this week’s GAINcast they join us for the first part of an interview on the topic where we discuss the stress-growth formula, productivity strategies like single-tasking, and more. Read more

The Periodized Life

How does one achieved sustained success in a venture? That’s the ultimate question in life, whether one is aiming to throw the hammer far, or just be the world’s greatest father. It’s also a question that distance coach Steve Magness and write Brad Stulberg pose at the start of their new book Peak Performance: Elevate Your Game, Avoid Burnout, and Thrive with the New Science of Success which will be released next week. Read more

HMMR Podcast Episode 13: What Makes Us Tick

For this week’s episode we wanted to change the pace a little and let our listeners get to know a little bit more about us. Nick and I discuss some of the things that make us tick outside of training and coaching like Nascar, BBQ, and even tax law. And, of course, we also find a way to connect those things back to coaching. Read more

Transitioning to the Next Level

Earlier this week I had the chance to sit down with the Sports Conflict Institute (SCI) in Eugene to talk about something other than training: athlete transitions. SCI is an online resource for assessing, preventing, and resolving destructive conflict inside and outside the lines. With my experience as an athlete, coach, and attorney they had a few questions about how athletes can successfully transition from high school to college, and from college to the pros or business world. Read more

A Day in the Life

At last week’s speech to the Bellevue Overlake Rotary Club, I was asked a question that I’ve received a number of times before: what is a day in the life of a professional* hammer thrower.  As you will see, what sounds like a glorious life is often monotonous.  However, I am nevertheless thankful to have the opportunity to chase this dream and enjoy every day as much as the one before.  Without further ado, here is a typical day in my life.
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