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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

GAINcast Episode 132: Learning to control (with John Kiely)

John Kiely has done some groundbreaking work on periodization, but that isn’t the only topic he is interested in. When it comes to his work with rugby, track and field, and soccer he focuses on making an impact through coordination. On this week’s podcast we take a look at the framework he uses to understand coordination, and how that translates into some surprising methods with athletes. Read more

GAINcast Episode 117: Moving, fast and slow

Movement is the foundational feature of sport. If you can’t move, you can’t play. Heck, it’s the foundational feature of life. Looking back at history, if you couldn’t move, you wouldn’t eat. On this episode of the GAINcast we talk about the basic principles of good movement, building better foundational movements, and helping athletes connect them through training progressions. Read more

HMMR Podcast Episode 149: Zen and the art of training (with Steve Myrland)

In some ways, training is about the constant pursuit of staying focused. Coaches can help in this regard. It isn’t just about telling athletes to focus; it’s also about what exercises you choose, how training is structured, and what tools are used. On this episode of the podcast Steve Myrland joins us to discuss mindfulness in training, finding focus, and rethinking the barbell. 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

GAINcast Episode 109: Drills

Drills have been the go-to technical tool for coaches for decades, but more and more research is showing that drills are not always the most effective tool for coaches. On this episode of the GAINcast we break down the shortcomings of drills, and discuss alternatives that can help get results that transfer back to your sport. Read more

The role of reptition in learning

Repetition is the mother of learning. We are what we repeatedly do. I doubt anyone would argue with those points. The task then becomes to carefully chose what we repeat. It is necessary to have a clear idea of the technical model you wish to achieve and a plan to achieve the desired technique. It is very important to fit the technique to the person not the person to the technique. Read more

HMMR Podcast Episode 128: Ultimate Instability (with Paul Venner)

One of the paradoxes of training is that you can build stability through destabilizing an athlete. Paul Venner has taken the concept to the next level as founder of the equipment company Ultimate Instability and head of athletic performance for the Dutch Baseball and Softball Federation. He joins us on this episode of the podcast to discuss stability, motor learning, the concepts of his mentor Frans Bosch, and how strength coaches can bring value in these areas. Read more

GAINcast Episode 86: Forget Technique (with Jerry Clayton)

Few track and field coaches have put together as diverse a resume as Jerry Clayton. The University of Michigan head coach has coached 16 NCAA champions across nearly every field event, including a world champion in the high jump and multiple Olympians in the throws. The key to Clayton’s success is to focus less on the minutia of technique and more on getting athletes to feel the movement. On this episode of the podcast Clayton walks us through his approach to develop technique and strength. Read more

Ask Martin Vol. 32: Throwing Slow

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After reading the “Training Fast and Slow” post, I started wondering about the various benefits of these training techniques for throwers. Is there ever a time to throw fast (light implements) or should a thrower only go slow (heavy implements)? Is there more benefit in one type of implement or another? -Andrew Read more