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Putting tactical periodization into practice

A lot has been written about tactical periodization on HMMR Media this month, including a primer on tactical periodization from Craig Pickering and a detailed discussion of Dean Benton’s experience with tactical periodization. I’ve come to tactical periodization from a different route. Much of the discussion around tactical periodization looks at complex data modeling and GPS metrics. With a background in physical education and coaching rugby at the grass roots, I simply looked at tactical periodization as a tool to help us better define how we wanted to play and train for that. This article aims to show you how I’ve taken some of the ideas from tactical periodization and put them into practice. Read more

HMMR Podcast Episode 178: Ice hockey coaching consultation

We’re trying something new for this week’s podcast: we’ve assembled a panel of experts to help one coach address a problem they are facing in training. On this episode we tackle a question from a Swiss hockey coach. Facing three games a week during the season, it can be hard to find the right mix or training and recovery to not only maintain, but hopefully improve form over the season. Hockey experts Dan Noble and Steve Myrland join us to brainstorm some ideas to confront these demands. Read more

Rethinking the 7-day microcycle

Last week Nick Garcia shared some of the innovative training templates he’s using with his athletes at Notre Dame High School, and talked more about his approach on Monday’s HMMR Podcast. As you can see, his approach focuses on athletes needs and it’s tied to a seven-day timeline. Think about athlete needs first, and the calendar second. Read more

Setting up training around a competition

Competing is the reason that we’re all involved in sport, and how you or your athlete performs in those competitions is what determines whether you’re a success or a failure; no one gets medals for good training programs. However, when discussing training theory, we tend to focus on the mechanics of physical preparation in the big picture, while neglecting the short periods of time directly before and directly after a competition. Read more

HMMR Podcast Episode 177: Behind the templates

Last week Nick posted an article sharing the templates he uses for traditional training and athletic development. His aim is to train the body from head to toe in all three planes of movement, and he has set up a thorough session and microcycle template to ensure he covers all the bases. On this week’s podcast we dive into more detail on his template to see how he’s put it together, the logic behind exercise sequencing, and how the microcycle fits together to prepare the athlete. Read more

Creating and implementing template-based training

When becoming an athletic development coach there are many things you have to consider before developing a training plan for the athletes you are working with. These include the amount of athletes you are working with in each session, total number of teams you are working with, and how much time you have for each training session. There are so many things to think about, that it can often become overwhelming to start from scratch each time. This is where templates can come in handy. With useful templates, a coach help make sure they cover all the bases needed in a training session or week. Read more

GAINcast Episode 137: The microcycle

If coaches sit around and talk about training, the discussion quickly focuses on either exercise selection and session design or periodization. In other words, we tend to focus on the small picture or the big picture. The microcycle is what connects the two. Coaches can get things right at both ends of the spectrum and still miss the mark if they do not connect them. On this episode of the GAINcast we talk about key the importance of the microcycle, key points to consider in designing the microcycle, and some examples from our own plans. Read more

HMMR Podcast Episode 174: Training Q&A

You ask and we answer. On this week’s episode we open the mailbag and answer listener questions on topics like microcycles, favorite exercises, key factors outside of training, overload, lessons learned, and more. Read more