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HMMR Podcast Episode 226: Inside PE class (with Andy Stone)

Physical education is a hot topic in the athletic development world recently. Simply put, kids need more quality physical education. But what exactly does a good PE class look like? On this week’s episode coach and PE teacher Andy Stone takes us inside how he designs PE class, what coaches can learn from PE, and tips on teaching movement. Read more

Physically and socially reintegrating a team after lockdown

As sport starts to return to training coaches will need to monitor social distancing, sterilization of equipment and the wearing of protective clothing. This is in addition to all their usual planning, booking, managing, communicating, reflecting and, somewhere along the line, coaching. Whereas team building and social identity could previously be built through normal sports training and extra-curricular activities, the new rules of social distancing means that players may well feel emotionally as well as physically detached from their team mates. Read more

HMMR Podcast Episode 225: Post-lockdown

In many parts of the world, the lockdown is coming to an end and training restrictions are slowly being lifted. The same is true for us. On this episode the podcast we look at how we are returning to training with our athletes, including what logistical and programming changes we’re making.
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GAINcast Episode 185: Constructing circuits

Circuits are often seen as a tool for beating an athlete down, but when used properly they can be an effective tool for developing specific qualities. As many athletes are now confined to their homes, understanding and utilizing proper circuit construction is more important now than ever. On this week’s GAINcast, Vern dives into circuit training, best practices, and examples of different types of circuit construction. Read more

GAINcast Episode 182: Skill acquisition

Skill acquisition is the science that underpins movement learning and execution. In other words, skill acquisition is what underpins sport. There is not performance without skill acquisition. On this week’s GAINcast we explore some simple ideas that can help coaches improve skill acquisition amongst their athletes. Read more

Some tips to optimize the training session

Have clearly defined goals and outcomes/expectations for the session. They should be specific, observable and measurable. Read more

HMMR Podcast Episode 183: Value of staying put (with Zack Nielsen)

Take a look at a typical NCAA weight room and you’ll see first hand the coaching carousal. The phenomenon isn’t unique to universities; you often see young coaches across the world changing job every few years in an attempt to fast track career development. Zack Nielsen might be young, but he’s learned the value of a different path: the value of staying put. As head strength coach for Olympic sports at Eastern Washington University, he joins to the podcast to talk about the value of staying put in career (and life) development. Read more

HMMR Podcast Episode 160: In the fire (with Chris McCormick)

There is something to be said about trial by fire. If you throw a coach into a difficult situation, they will learn fast no matter whether they are succesful or not. This describes the career of Chris McCormick, who has just started as the Head Strength & Conditioning Coach for Olympic Sports at Florida Atlantic University. Long before he was at FAU, he was a 23 year old coach running a one-man shop and hundreds of athletes at a Division II school. As he’s gained experience over the years, he’s learned along the way. He joins us on the podcast to talk about dealing with such situations, the logistics of running a strength and conditioning program, and setting up a training program. Read more

HMMR Podcast Episode 126: More Q&A

You ask and we deliver. On this week’s episode we answer listener questions on topics like squatting, putting together a program, using aquabags in training, working with large groups, and whether he have strayed from the right path in strength and conditioning. Read more

Putting the art of coaching in practice

Earlier in the year Lee Eldridge asked me to write down four simple coaching points to help advise young coaches. Eldridge, a English performance coach based in Geneva, put my input together with coaches like Nick Winkelman, Dan Baker, and more into a piece on the art of coaching for UKSCA members. You can check out my responses below. Read more